What is the best time of year to declutter? Professional organizers' favorite season for a sort out

Wondering what time of year is the best to declutter? Here our experts share the reasons why it matters

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Decluttering is a job that can often feel overwhelming, one that most of us put off until it becomes a significant problem. 

When it comes to decluttering your home, the last thing you want is to be in a constant stop-start mentality, where you get halfway through a job and then never find the time to go back and finish it.

Often, the best way forward is to have a structure in place that includes a specific time of year that you will dedicate to decluttering and implementing all the home organizing ideas you want to incorporate for the year.

Experts explain why spring is the perfect time for a deep declutter

Here are four reasons why this is the perfect season for anyone to declutter their home.

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1. A fresh start

Spring is often associated with renewal and new beginnings. As nature rejuvenates and new things start to grow, it often brings about a sense of change and a desire to improve our homes and do some spring cleaning.

Jackie Pittman, home organizing expert at Chez Nous Organizing, says that she finds that during spring, her mind can more easily be channeled into the task of decluttering, which normally demands significant effort and attention.

This is because during this season decluttering feels less daunting and more achievable. Jackie also observes that during this season her clients are less stressed and find the mammoth task of decluttering a house more approachable.

‘As winter frost melts away, there is a natural resurgence of energy and focus that comes with spring,’ says Jackie.

Jackie Pittman
Jackie Pittman

Jackie Pittman is the owner of Chez Nouz organizing, having started her business after making multiple cross county moves and becoming familiar with the process of cutting back belongings and organizing the essentials of everyday life.

2. Perfect weather conditions

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The weather is more cooperative in the spring for some serious decluttering. It gets easier to drag stuff out to the yard, the garage, or just outside to get a clearer overview of what you are dealing with. 

If you are planning on having a full in-depth declutter, this may include moving furniture or opening up closets, this is a lot easier when you are not freezing or overheating while it is being done.

It is easier to open windows and doors and let fresh air into your home, making the whole experience more comfortable. This also improves airflow as you sort through your things.

3. Extended daylight hours

The longer hours of daylight that arrive with spring also have a significant effect on our drive and vitality as the extra hours of daylight encourage us to be outside and mingle with others.

You can put that burst of energy toward clearing up clutter, which can be a mentally and physically taxing activity. Cleaning out the attic, the basement and the drawers in the kitchen no longer feels like a chore but rather like a refreshing challenge.

By drawing on the good feelings that come with the arrival of spring, you are able to conquer even the most challenging cleaning tasks.

4. Preparation for summer


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‘By decluttering and reorganizing your home before summer, you can save time and stress as you prepare for trips or family visits,’ says professional organizer Mary Jo Contello. ‘Having an organized home will allow you to locate those essential items when you most need them.’

Decluttering before the holidays also allows you to prepare space for your holiday décor and ensures those decorations are prominently displayed without being overwhelmed by existing clutter. All of the nick-nacks, trinkets, and decorations you are planning to cycle out, can be stored in stackable storage containers like these from Amazon.

Make the most of the sunny days ahead by taking the steps necessary to make your home an efficient and inviting space ready for guests to arrive and for the family to relax.

Mary Jo Contello
Mary Jo Contello

Mary Jo Contello spent years in the corporate world, when downsizing and layoffs left her with a sudden need for a new direction in life. Passionate about organizing,  she started Organized by MJ with the goal of cleaning and organizing people’s spaces in Houston, TX and the surrounding communities. MJ is also a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing (NAPO).


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Decluttering your home bit by bit may sound appealing, however when you stick to a springtime regime, where you really concentrate on a full declutter, you will see the difference, as your home will feel more organized and tidy throughout the rest of the year.

Seraphina Di Mizzurati
Contributing Editor

Seraphina is a contributing editor at Homes & Gardens, writing Solved features on organizing and storage. She loves to decorate and also grow her own produce from her home in London. Her previous experience includes working at Women's Health and Fabulous Magazine.