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A checklist to declutter your home.
Do you ever feel like no matter how much cleaning you do…
Your home STILL looks messy?
If so, there’s a perfectly logical explanation– It’s time to declutter.
Clutter in the house can manifest itself in a variety of ways.
There may be random items scattered along your countertops that don’t belong there.
Or a closet full of clothes you haven’t worn in 2 years.
It can be overwhelming to know where to start.
And that is exactly why we put together this checklist for decluttering your home, room by room.
Whether you are looking for a way to start small or want a complete overhaul, this list will get you started!
Related: How to Declutter Your Home Fast
Why is decluttering your home important?
Not only does physical clutter cause our homes to be messy, but it also affects us on a deeper level.
It can be incredibly overwhelming and stressful when you’re digging and searching for something that you cannot find.
It’s also not the best feeling to walk into a messy room.
This may cause a lack of motivation and inspiration when it comes to other aspects of life as well.
Clutter affects our stress levels, our ability to focus, and can even make us more likely to make unhealthy eating choices (source).
Also, when your home is cluttered, you feel like nothing can be organized.
Having fewer items makes keeping a tidy house considerably easier!
(Pssst… Do you struggle to KEEP your home clean? Here’s a simple solution.)
Questions to ask yourself to make decluttering easier
It is not always simple to declutter. That’s the plain truth.
Your mind will come up with all sorts of excuses to keep something when it’s time to decide whether to toss or keep.
However, there are a few questions you can ask yourself to make the decision a tad bit easier.
If you can honestly answer no to the majority of these questions, then your best bet is most likely donating or recycling.
- Does this item bring me joy?
- Have I worn or used this item in the past year?
- Is it useful or is it just a waste of space?
- Do I (truly) have any plans to utilize this item in the near future?
- Is the value of this item worth fixing if it’s damaged?
- Would I purchase this again?
How to start decluttering when overwhelmed
Most people tend to overthink what they need when it comes time to declutter.
Don’t think about all the possibilities, just start with one room (or one area within a room) and take baby steps!
Here are 83 ideas for how you can begin:
- Sponges, brushes, and dish scrubbers that are worn (or gross)
- Tupperware that no longer has a purpose (especially the ones with missing pieces)
- Expired food in your fridge, freezer, and pantry
- Tinned food you don’t plan on using
- Expired spices and seasonings
- Packaged sauces and dressings you only use occasionally or is out of date
- Unused small appliances you don’t use or are broken (Do you really need 3 coffee makers?)
- Expired vitamins or supplements
- Unused cookbooks
- Mugs and glasses you “just don’t like” to drink out of
- Any extra plates or silverware you no longer need or use
- Cooking utensils you don’t use
- Scratched nonstick pans
- Unused pots or pans
- Worn oven mitts with holes
- Extra magnets you never use on the fridge
- Clothes that no longer fit or are uncomfortable to wear
- Clothing with holes, rips, stains, faded colors (unless they still serve a purpose)
- Pajamas you don’t sleep in
- Underwear that is uncomfortable or has rips or holes
- Shoes you never wear or find uncomfortable
- Old shoe boxes
- Unused purses/handbags/wallets
- Old backpacks that are no longer used
- Bridesmaid/old prom dresses
- Jewelry you no longer wear/like
- Earrings without matches
- Old belts and ties that have been broken or bent beyond repair (or missing a buckle)
- Ripped or frayed bedsheets/pillowcases/blankets
- Nightstand clutter
- Kids’ toys that are no longer played with or are broken
- Games and puzzles with missing pieces
- Empty detergent bottles
- Old laundry baskets that you no longer use
- Unused dryer sheets or fabric softener
- Socks that do not have matches
- Old remote controls
- Old magazines and/or books that
- Old entertainment center items (DVD players, video game consoles)
- DVDs, CDs, or video games you no longer use
- Outdated decor and furniture with no sentimental value and doesn’t match your style anymore
- Expired makeup you’ve had forever
- Empty product bottles
- Hair styling tools you never use
- Old contact lens cases
- Dried up nail polish
- Old nail files
- Plastic shower caddies with missing pieces
- Expired medicine
- Any old prescriptions that are out of date (contact your doctor if needed to see how you can safely dispose of it)
- Old towels and washcloths that have tears, stains, faded colors, or do not match the rest
- Old toothbrushes
- Exercise equipment you no longer use
- Holiday decorations you never put up
- Boxes you are storing random items in that do not have a home or use anymore
- Toys and sporting equipment not being used
- Garden tools that are dull or rusty
- Ladders no longer in use, with missing pieces/broken parts
- Paint supplies left over from a past painting project that have dried up or out of date
- Umbrellas that are damaged or broken
- Tools you never use (or can’t remember where they came from)
- Tools in need of repair and have been sitting around for a while collecting dust (and cobwebs)
- Storage containers with missing pieces or no lid is left behind after tossing the contents out
Paper items to declutter
- Expired coupons
- Old utility bills (or duplicate copies)
- Junk mail and flyers
- Old notebooks
- Out-of-date calendars, planners, and organizers
- Expired warranties
- Old greeting cards (unless they are special to you)
- Empty folders that serve no purpose
Misc. items to declutter
- Books you will never read again
- Old textbooks from college
- Old phone cases
- Old phones and/or other unused or broken electronics
- Useless power cords
- Pens and markers that no longer work
- Broken crayons and other art supplies
- Old product manuals
- Old business cards
- Old or unused lightbulbs
- Lamps that do not work
- Unused mattresses, desks, or other large items
Printable declutter your home checklist (by room)
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Hopefully this decluttering checklist will give you the starting point you’ve been looking for!
Decluttering can be overwhelming and time-consuming but it’s completely worth the effort in order to create an environment that is more peaceful and relaxing.
Just remember to take it one room at a time and don’t think you have to do it all in one day– Unless you just want to of course.