80/20 Rule

Kathi Jensen

May 15, 2023 | 2-3 min read

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The 80/20 rule, also known as the Pareto Principle, (the ummm what?). This rule can be a powerful tool for decluttering and prioritizing. Here’s a 30-day plan to help you get better at it as a beginner.

Days 1-5: Understand The 80/20 Rule

Day 1-2: Research the 80/20 rule and its application in decluttering, understand that roughly 20% of your items often contribute to 80% of the clutter. It’s the dang sticky hand I keep finding on my coffee table. 🤫 It just found its home in the garbage.

Day 3-5: Start observing your living space. Identify areas or items that seem to cause the most clutter and stress. Take notes or pictures. Every flat surface in my home! 🤯

Days 6-10: Assess Your Priorities

80/20 Discard

Day 6-7: Make a list of the areas or items you identified in the previous step. Prioritize them based on how much they impact your daily life.

Day 8-10: Begin decluttering by focusing on the top 20% of items that cause 80% of the clutter. Set a goal for how many items you want to declutter each day. Children/humans take ten extra steps or 30 seconds to flippin’ put your stuff away. I’m perfect so I leave nothing out said no one ever. 👸👀😬

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Days 11-15: Understand The 80/20 Rule

Day 11-12: Start sorting through the items in the prioritized areas. Create three categories: Keep/Donate/Sell, and Discard.

Day 13-15: Begin organizing the items you’ve decided to keep. Invest in storage solutions like bins or shelves if necessary.

Days 16-20: Review & Reflect

Day 16-17: Review your progress so far. Take note of how decluttering has affected your daily life and well-being.

Day 18-20: Reflect on any challenges you’ve faced during this process and how you’ve overcome them. Adjust your approach if needed.

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Days 21-25: Extend to Other Areas

Day 21-23: Apply the 80/20 rule to other areas of your life, such as your work tasks or personal relationships. Identify the most valuable activities or connections.

Day 24-25: Start decluttering and prioritizing in these other areas, focusing on the most impactful ones.

Days 26-30: Maintain & Fine-Tune

80/20 Clean Cubies

Day 26-28: Develop a system to maintain your decluttered spaces and prioritize your time effectively. This many include regular cleaning routines and a task list.

Day 29-30: Fine-tune your decluttering and prioritization skills. Continue to observe how the 80/20 rule applies to various aspects of your life.

Remember, the 90/20 rule is a guideline, not a strict rule. It’s about identifying what’s most important and letting go of the less valuable. Regularly practicing this principle will help you maintain a clutter-free, carefree, and more focused life. Good luck with your decluttering journey! Message us on our social media with your story or comments about the 80/20 rule.

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Kathi Jensen


Kathi is not just a co-owner of Clutter B Gone, but also the mastermind behind our vibrant social media and marketing campaigns. When she’s not crafting engaging content, you’ll find her coming up with the next thing to organize, always with a smile!