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A checklist to declutter your home.

Do you feel like no matter how much cleaning you do…

Your home STILL looks messy?

Yes? I have a perfectly logical explanation– It’s time to declutter.

Clutter in the home may show up in lots of different ways.

It might 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.

Either way– it’s time to tackle it once and for all.

What are the benefits of decluttering?

Why is decluttering important?

Not only does physical clutter cause our homes to be messy, it also affects us on a deeper level.

Clutter affects our stress levels, our ability to focus, and can even make us more likely to make unhealthy eating choices (source).

All the more reason to toss the stuff you no longer need and use. Right?

Plus, having less stuff overall sure makes it a heck of a lot easier to maintain a clean house.

(Pssst… Do you struggle to KEEP your home clean? Here’s a simple solution.)

Questions to ask when decluttering

Decluttering isn’t always easy. That’s the honest truth.

You mind will come up with all sorts of excuses to keep something when it’s time to decide whether to toss or keep.

But there are a few questions you can ask yourself to make the decision a tad bit easier:

  • Have I worn or used this item in the past year?
  • Does it serve an actual purpose or is it just taking up space?
  • Do I (really) have any intentions on using this item in the near future?
  • Is it worth fixing?
  • Would I purchase this again?

Where to start decluttering

Not sure where to start?

Here are 50 (not so obvious) things you can declutter (toss, donate, or possibly even sell if it’s still in good shape) right now!

  1. Expired food in your fridge, freezer, and pantry
  2. Expired vitamins/supplements/medications
  3. Expired spices and seasonings
  4. Unused cookbooks
  5. Mugs and glasses you “just don’t like” to drink out of
  6. Cooking utensils you don’t use
  7. Scratched up nonstick pans
  8. Small kitchen appliances (Do you really need 3 coffee makers?)
  9. Lids with no containers (and vice versa)
  10. Sponges/brushes/scrubbers that are worn out and gross
  11. Worn out oven mitts with holes
  12. Night stand clutter
  13. Unnecessary decor
  14. Old shoe boxes
  15. Jewelry you no longer wear/like
  16. Clothes that no longer fit/are not comfortable to wear
  17. Shoes you never wear or find uncomfortable
  18. Misc. accessories you don’t use
  19. Socks that do not have matches
  20. Earrings without matches
  21. Underwear that isn’t comfortable or that is worn out
  22. Ripped or damaged sheets/pillowcases/blankets
  23. Old makeup you’ve had forever
  24. Empty (or almost empty) product bottles
  25. Hair styling tools you never use
  26. Old contact lens cases
  27. Dried up nail polish
  28. Old nail files
  29. Unused purses/handbags/wallets
  30. Old backpacks that are collecting dust
  31. Books you will never read again
  32. Old textbooks from college
  33. Magazines
  34. Old receipts
  35. Dictionaries and encyclopedias
  36. CDs and DVDs
  37. Pens and markers that no longer work
  38. Broken crayons and other art supplies
  39. Kid’s toys that are no longer played with or are broken
  40. Games and puzzles with missing pieces
  41. Exercise equipment you no longer use
  42. Remote controls that go to nothing
  43. Broken or outdated electronics
  44. Old screen protectors of phone covers
  45. Old product manuals that are cluttering up your drawers
  46. Holiday decorations you never put up
  47. Bridesmaid/old prom dresses
  48. Magnets you never use on the fridge
  49. Old business cards
  50. Old notebooks/planners

An easy decluttering list to help you get started!

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