Decluttering can sometimes take the form of a capital-P project (like the one we’re doing right now with the Cure) where there’s a big effort over a brief period of time. But people with tidy homes also know the power that small, frequent efforts can have towards keeping a home uncluttered, too.

Everyday clutter — those small objects that pop up far from their homes or don’t make it into the recycling bin as quickly as they should — is clutter all the same, and can contribute to a space that feels out of control.

To get you into the habit of picking up everyday clutter, we’re going to take on four different decluttering sweeps of rooms and areas at home in the course of this two-week challenge. They’re timed—the goal for each day isn’t a spotless space, it’s cleaning up as much as you can in 20 minutes, to build a habit you can keep up year ’round.

Day 3: Declutter the kitchen for 20 minutes.

Here’s how it works: Set a timer for 20 minutes, and head into your kitchen with a laundry basket (or something else to collect clutter with). While the timer is counting down, venture around and collect as much clutter as you can into your basket.

You’re looking for anything that’s out of place, including stuff that needs to be trashed (or maybe just needs to find a new home). Remember the five decluttering rules from yesterday—if you wouldn’t buy it again or take it with you when you move, it might be time to let it go.

Gather it all up in your basket. When the timer stops, you can stop too. Empty your laundry basket by returning things to their rightful place, or by discarding anything you don’t want into the trash, recycling, or  your “sell” and “donate” boxes from day one.

That’s it for today! You can stop after 20 minutes, confident that you’re on the way to discarding clutter and building better habits.

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Taryn Williford

Lifestyle Director

Taryn is a homebody from Atlanta. She writes about cleaning and living well as the Lifestyle Director at Apartment Therapy. She might have helped you declutter your apartment through the magic of a well-paced email newsletter. Or maybe you know her from The Pickle Factory Loft on Instagram.

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