How is decluttering different than spring cleaning? Quite simply, it isn’t cleaning, in any form. That may seem confusing, but it’s true. Cleaning implies wiping things down, removing dirt or dust, or picking up loose particles with a broom or mop. Decluttering is none of those things. It is something that you can do any time of the year, but many people prefer to do it alongside their spring cleaning. In truth, doing a good, thorough de-cluttering should be attempted at least once every six months.