How to Start a Decluttering Business: A Step-by-Step Guide


A decluttering business can be a lucrative investment. Learn how to start a decluttering business and what you need to do before you begin.


Professional organizers have become a hot commodity in a day in age where not only are people continuing to accumulate more things, but we are also trying to find ways to make the most of our living and workspaces. The act of decluttering our own spaces can prove difficult, especially as we become attached to items and lack the objectivity to dispose of things that hold sentimental value, even if they no longer serve us. And people place a high premium on tasks they are unable or unwilling to do themselves.

To start a decluttering business, you not only need to possess fine organizational and management skills, but you should also consider what a personal process this may be for some of your clients, so you should be sensitive to different needs and personalities. If you can balance all the necessary aspects of this line of work, a decluttering business may be right for you.  


While decluttering may already be considered a sub-category of the larger professional organization business, you can choose to get even more specific with your offerings. You may choose to focus on closets, helping clients streamline their wardrobes by getting rid of old or unused items to make better use of space and increase access to belongings they actually use. You may work with clients who have recently lost a loved one and need assistance cataloging their homes and disposing of trash items—a job that can prove especially difficult in the midst of grief but is made easier with the help of compassionate professionals.

Whatever you choose to focus on, the more specific you can get with your business plan, the better. Clients typically know what they’re looking for, so they will find you as long as you have a clear directive and market your services accordingly.


The startup costs for opening a decluttering business are minimal, as most typically operate from home and require little overhead. Beyond the costs of legally establishing a business entity, other startup costs may include insurance, website design and hosting, and education—while not explicitly required, certain certifications and training can help you stand out from the competition.

Ongoing costs may vary, but with a franchise, you can rest assured that these fees are minimal and typically pay toward advertisement and support funds that benefit your business.


Writing a business plan doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process. Once you have identified a few key factors and goals, with a little creativity and dedication, it basically writes itself.

Your plan should outline the services you plan to offer, what differentiates you from the competition, your marketing plan, etc. While there is no set length for a business plan, keep in mind that it’s best to keep it concise and engaging while relaying as much information as possible. You want to accentuate the positive while acknowledging any possible challenges you may encounter, and how you plan on solving problems.

A major benefit of owning your own business with an established and reputable franchise is that the business plan is essentially already written for you, including pertinent financial information that will be especially crucial if you are seeking lender assistance to start your business.


If you choose to start an independent decluttering business, you will have to conduct your own market analysis research in order to identify your target market, potential competitors, and necessary funds to promote and build your business.

If you are going the franchising route, Item 12 of your franchisor’s Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) will contain information like the size and territory description of your local, target market. You may also find information like experts’ industry forecasts, demographic factors, and statistics on the prospective competition.

Item 11 of your franchisor’s FDD will give you an overview of their marketing and advertising system—another massive advantage to partnering with a home organization franchise


With nearly 200 franchised territories across the United States and Canada, Tailored Living is the largest whole home organization franchise in North America. Franchisees enjoy access to a proven business model, a support team comprised of industry experts, minimal inventory, scalability, and much more. As part of an award-winning consortium of home services brands under the Home Franchise Concepts banner, Tailored Living franchisees are able to parlay their natural skills and passion for customer service into a lucrative and sustainable business.

To learn more about how Tailored Living may present the perfect decluttering business opportunity for you, get started today.