As we get older, it becomes more and more difficult to keep our homes neat and tidy. Suddenly, we have a lifetime's worth of stuff, and nowhere to put it. How did this happen and more importantly, what can we do about it? If you're struggling with clutter in your home, don't fear! These 10 easy steps will help you declutter your home quickly and efficiently.

Start with a plan
Before you start decluttering, it's important to organize a plan of action. What rooms do you want to focus on? What items do you want to get rid of? Having a plan will help you stay focused and on track.

Set aside some time
Decluttering your home is not a quick task. You'll need to set aside at least a few hours, if not an entire day, to really make headway. Choose a day when you don't have any other obligations and can really focus on the task at hand.

Make three piles
As you start going through your things, make three piles: one for items to keep, one for items to donate or sell, and one for items to trash. This will help you stay organized as you declutter.

Be brutal
It can be tough letting go of things that we've had for years, but it's important to be brutal when decluttering your home. If you haven't used something in the past year, chances are you won't use it again in the future. Donate or sell any items that fall into this category.

Get rid of duplicates
Do you really need three coffee mugs or five pairs of black pants? When decluttering your home, get rid of any duplicates that you have. Keeping multiples of the same thing is just wasting valuable space in your home.