The top 5 ways to declutter your home (from the world's top 5 declutterers).

It feels so wonderful to organise your home but it’s a huge and overwhelming task, particularly when we haven’t done it in a while (or ever).

We’ve found the 5 best books on decluttering and present to you 5 very different ways to declutter your home. Now there really is no excuse.

1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy by Marie Kondo

Discard everything that does not spark joy.

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In her books, Kondo introduces the Japanese KonMari Method which tells us to go item-by-item and only keep those that "spark joy" in us. Her philosophy is that once your home is clean and tidy you have no choice but to examine the rest of your life. She says, "The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life."

2. It's All Too Much by Peter Walsh

What you own can easily blind you to who you are and what you can be.


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Walsh advocates the room-by-room approach as opposed to an item-by-item approach. You don't have to love something to keep it but you do need to have a reason. He says, “There's memory clutter, which reminds you of an important person, achievement, or event from your past. I think memory clutter often gathers in the homes of people with some degree of depression. And then there's "I might need it one day clutter, in which people hang on to stuff in anticipation of an imagined future. Among these folks, I've noticed a recurring theme of anxiety...Maybe it's possible that the stuff we own and obsess over is the physical manifestation of the mental health issues that challenge our minds."

3. The Yoga of Cleaning by Jennifer Carter Avgerinos

Care for your body as you care for your home.

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Yoga means "union or yoking of the mind, body and spirit" and Avgerinos argues that when these three aspects of us are brought to the task of cleaning (which is the art of purification) a greater expansion of well-being is created. She says we need to, "Care for your body as you care for your home, and care for your home as you care for your body.” She reminds us that all actions have meaning and impact on our lives and says the decluttering process needs to be holistic, efficient and streamlined for care of the self and our surroundings.

4. 10-Minute Declutter: The Stress-Free Habit for Simplifying Your Home by S.J. Scott Barrie Davenport

Organising your clutter is a path to healing.


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Instead of advocating an overwhelming massive cleanout of your stuff, Davenport says all you need to do is commit to 10 minutes of decluttering per day and before you know it, your home will be devoid of junk. Davenport also links a cluttered home to a cluttered mind and says the busiest of people can follow his method and get the same result as those who clean for hours. He says, "Day by day, you'll chip away at this project without feeling that sense of overwhelm that often pops up when you are faced with a daunting task. Within a few weeks, your rooms will be organised, clean and arranged to perfection."

5. Throw Out Fifty Things by Gail Blanke

"If you want to grow, you gotta let go."

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Blanke says it doesn't matter which room you start in, just go through the house picking up items you don't need in lots of fifty is possible and you'll soon sort out your home and your life. She calls stuff "life plaque" and says throwing it away allows us to live a freer life. She writes, ""Our lives are so filled with junk from the past - from dried up tubes of glue to old grudges - that it's a wonder we can get up in the morning."