Checklist for Decluttering Your Home

Checklist for Decluttering Your Home [105 Items to Purge]

So you’ve decided to declutter your house. It’s probably long overdue! Did you know that 80% of our stuff is unused? It sounds insane, but if you’re honest, it’s probably pretty accurate. So! Time to declutter! But…. where to start?? Don’t worry, just use this checklist for decluttering your home. This is NOT an exhaustive list, but it’s a great place to start, especially if you are feeling a little overwhelmed by the thought of going through all of your stuff. 

I always find that with giant tasks it’s best to keep my head down and work through it bit by bit. If I spend too much time thinking about how much there is to do I get overwhelmed and discouraged. AND it starts to feel like I will never be done, so my motivation flags and I start taking more breaks… And then I never really finish.

Don’t do that! You can use this checklist to work through your house bit by bit. Just tackle one thing at a time and you’ll be done before you know it.

If you’ve hit a few snags or are looking for a more comprehensive guide to decluttering, scroll to the bottom to find 5 incredibly helpful guides that will have your house cleared out before you can say “I give up!”

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Checklist for Decluttering Your Home

Once you get going, I think you’ll find that it gets easier and easier. And I bet that if you go back through some of the categories more than once, you’ll find even more to get rid of the second time (or third time!) through.

I have a big move coming up and I need to declutter my house before I start packing. I’ll be using this checklist to keep me on task and focused.

105 Things to Get Rid of NOW

I’ve broken down the list by general area or room to make things easier. Your possessions may not match my list exactly, but that’s fine! Everyone is different. Use this list as a springboard and don’t be afraid to add on or ignore whatever you need to.

Happy decluttering!

Kitchen

Declutter your kitchen
  1. Duplicate items
  2. Straws, fast food utensils, condiment packages, etc
  3. Food storage containers
  4. Kid items
  5. Fridge
  6. Under the sink
  7. Anything you haven’t used in a year
  8. Pantry
  9. Old spices
  10. Kitchen gadgets
  11. Cooking utensils
  12. Dishes
  13. Cups
  14. Hand towels
  15. Reusable shopping bags
  16. FOOD – toss anything expired or that you don’t want to eat
  17. Fridge magnets
  18. Takeout menus
  19. Cookbooks
  20. Loose recipes
  21. Cleaning products
  22. Jars and vases
  23. Small appliances
  24. Pots and Pans
  25. Baking sheets, tins, and pans
  26. Bread ties, twist ties, clips, rubber bands, etc
  27. Water bottles
  28. Expired vitamins and supplements

Bathroom

Decluttering your bathroom
  1. Skincare
  2. Makeup
  3. Hair products
  4. Hair appliances
  5. Towels 
  6. Almost empty bottles
  7. Nail polish
  8. Perfume
  9. Personal toiletries
  10. Hair ties and clips, bobby pins, etc
  11. Expired prescriptions and medications

Bedroom

Declutter your bedroom
  1. Socks
  2. Tops
  3. Bottoms
  4. Outerwear
  5. Bags
  6. Special event clothing
  7. Undergarments
  8. Shoes
  9. Hangers
  10. Eyewear
  11. Duplicates
  12. Accessories
  13. Jewelry
  14. Blankets
  15. Linens

Kids

Declutter children's items
  1. Stuffed animals
  2. Toys
  3. Artwork
  4. Puzzles
  5. Books
  6. Games 
  7. Kits 
  8. Trophies
  9. Seasonal gear (snow boots, beach toys, etc)
  10. Bath toys

Living Space

What to declutter in your living room
  1. DVDs/CDs
  2. Knick-knacks
  3. Books
  4. Junk mail
  5. Newspapers
  6. Magazines
  7. Candles
  8. Fragrance diffusers
  9. House plants
  10. Boardgames
  11. Wall art
  12. Pet toys
  13. Old “collections”
  14. Furniture 
  15. Area rugs

Office

Declutter your home office
  1. Abandoned and uncompleted projects
  2. Craft supplies
  3. Stationary
  4. Electrical equipment
  5. Old cards
  6. Headphones
  7. Old cell phones and chargers
  8. Office supplies
  9. Phone books
  10. Wrapping supplies
  11. Product manuals
  12. Electronics

Garage/Attic/Shed/Storage

Decluttering your garage, attic, and other storage areas.
  1. Bolts, nails, and screws
  2. Tools
  3. Sports equipment
  4. Seasonal gear
  5. Outdoor furniture
  6. Seasonal decor
  7. Holiday decorations
  8. Lawn and garden equipment and tools
  9. Leftover project supplies like paint, lumber, chemicals, etc
  10. Cleaning supplies
  11. Lightbulbs 
  12. Batteries
  13. Exercise equipment
  14. Luggage

Don’t be Afraid to Start Over

Have you gotten through the checklist but didn’t get rid of as much stuff as you wanted? Maybe this whole decluttering thing turned out to be A LOT harder than you anticipated? You’re not alone! Decluttering is a giant industry for a reason: it’s HARD!

It’s hard to get rid of stuff you’ve held onto for such a long time. It’s overwhelming to go through EVERYTHING you own!

That’s why, when it’s time, use this checklist for decluttering your home! It will keep you not rack, keep you organized, and can make all the difference between giving up halfway through and actually finishing your decluttering process!

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