Decluttering your home can be a daunting task, especially when you don’t know where to start. But, with the help of a decluttering checklist, this overwhelming process can become much more manageable.
Whether you’re looking to downsize and simplify your life or just wondering about what stuff to get rid of in your living space, a declutter checklist is an excellent tool for staying on track with decluttering and organizing.
So if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff cluttering up your space or you might be tripping over knick-knacks and dodging piles of clothing daily I’ve got you.
Sometimes we just need to declutter like there’s no tomorrow! LOL.
Oh, and grab a trash bag or multiple so you can sell the items you are getting rid of for some extra cash or head to your nearest donation center.
So let’s get into decluttering your home. In this post, I’m going to go over the benefits of using a declutter-your-home checklist, some tips to declutter your home, and my printable decluttering kit that also makes the perfect ADHD decluttering checklist.
So what’s decluttering?
Decluttering is getting rid of all the useless junk that has accumulated in your home over time. It’s like a spring cleaning on steroids, where you have to make some tough decisions about what stays and what goes.
But decluttering doesn’t mean you have to become a minimalist (unless that’s your thing). There are different decluttering categories of clutter that you can tackle one by one.
Let’s dive into them:
1. The Sentimental Clutter. We all have those items that we hold on to because they remind us of a special moment or a person in our lives. But let’s be honest, do you really need every single ticket stub from every concert you’ve ever been to? Probably not. Keep the truly meaningful mementos and let go of the rest. If that includes your Taylor Swift or Beyonce ticket stubs so be it (just kidding, get rid of those too).
2. The “I Might Need It Someday” Clutter. This is where things get tricky because we convince ourselves that we’ll need that broken toaster or old magazines in the future. Totally me!
Spoiler alert: You won’t. If it hasn’t been used in six months or more, it’s time to say goodbye.
3. The Duplicates Clutter. Do you really need three pairs of black boots or five spatulas? Nope, didn’t think so. Choose your favorite and donate the rest (or sell them if they’re still in good condition).
4. The Outdated Clutter. That neon pink scrunchie from 1992 might bring back memories but it doesn’t belong on your wrist anymore (unless you’re going for an iconic ’90s look). Same goes for expired spices or makeup products past their prime.
Decluttering isn’t just about throwing everything away and living with bare walls – it’s about making room for what matters most and letting go of what no longer serves us (even if it’s a little hard at first).
First off, let’s talk about why a declutter home checklist is so darn important. For starters, it helps you stay on track. Have you ever started cleaning one room only to get sidetracked by a pile of laundry in another room? Yeah, we’ve all been there. With a decluttering checklist, you can focus on one task at a time and avoid getting distracted by other messes.
But that’s not all! This declutter list also helps keep you motivated. Nothing feels better than crossing something off a to-do list. As you work through each item on the checklist, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and be more likely to keep going.
Now let’s talk about the benefits of using this bad boy. First and foremost, it’ll help reduce stress. Cluttered spaces can make us feel overwhelmed and anxious. With a checklist, it’s a helpful way o make sure nothing gets missed. By decluttering our homes, we create a calming environment that promotes relaxation and peace of mind.
Decluttering can also save you money in the long run. How many times have you bought something only to realize later that you already had it buried under piles of junk? By clearing out unnecessary items, we’re able to see what we actually need and avoid making duplicate purchases.
And finally, decluttering can even improve relationships! Think about it – when our homes are clean and organized, we’re more likely to invite friends over for dinner or host family gatherings without feeling embarrassed or stressed out.
These are just a few reasons a printable declutter checklist is so important and the benefits of using one. It may seem like a small thing, but trust me – it can make a big difference in your life.
Here’s a list of declutter tips I hope will leave you feeling just a tad bit lighter.
1. Start with a plan-Get rid of anything you haven’t used in the last year. That includes clothes, books, gadgets, and anything else that’s collecting dust. If it hasn’t sparked joy or been useful in the past 12 months, then chances are it won’t be missed.
2. Take it room by room-First things first, start with one room at a time. Trying to tackle the whole house in one go is like trying to eat an elephant in one bite–it’s just not possible (and also kinda gross). So pick a room and focus on that bad boy until it’s sparkling clean.
3. Donate or sell items in good condition.
4. Use storage solutions to organize the remaining items. Invest in some good storage solutions. Whether it’s bins under your bed or shelves for your knick-knacks, having designated places for everything will make life so much easier (and less cluttered).
5. Set limits on sentimental items. We all have those keepsakes that we can’t bear to part with but here’s the thing: memories don’t live in objects. You can keep the memory without keeping the item itself. Take a photo of the item and store it digitally instead.
6. Tackle paper clutter with a filing system or digital organization tools.
7. Create designated spaces for frequently used items.
8. Practice the one-in-one-out rule.
9. Consider minimalist living.
10. Get rid of duplicates and excess items.
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List Of Things To Declutter
A helpful list of things to declutter to simplify your life, free up space, and reduce stress:
1. Clothing: It’s time to go through your closet and donate or sell clothes you haven’t worn in months or years, that don’t fit anymore, are damaged beyond repair, or don’t match your style.
2. Paperwork: Get rid of old receipts, bills, manuals, magazines, newspapers, and other documents that you no longer need. Keep only the essential ones like tax records, contracts, and certificates.
3. Books: If you have books that you’ve already read and won’t read again or those that don’t interest you anymore then give them away by donating them to a local library or charity.
4. Kitchen gadgets: We all have kitchen utensils that we never use but keep because we might need them someday. Get rid of the ones gathering dust in your drawers by giving them away or selling them online.
5. Old electronics: There’s no point in keeping outdated technology such as old cell phones, cameras, etc., if they’re not being used anymore consider recycling these items instead.
6. Home decor: Look around your home and see if there are any decorations collecting dust on shelves or walls which doesn’t add value nor appeal to you anymore; get rid of them!
7. Beauty products: Check expiration dates on makeup & skincare products and samples that may be lying around unused for years taking up space unnecessarily.
8. Toys/games/entertainment systems – If children have outgrown some toys/games/electronic devices like gaming consoles unplug them from outlet sockets/cables & donate/giveaway/sell whatever suits you best.
Try to declutter regularly to maintain tidiness at home with one room at a time. You never know you might find decluttering therapeutic.
Declutter Room By Room Checklist
Start by removing any items that don’t belong in the living room. This could be dishes, shoes, or anything else that has found its way into the space. Next, tackle any visible clutter such as magazines, books, toys, and knick-knacks. Determine which items are important to keep and which ones can be donated or tossed out. If there are any large pieces of furniture taking up unnecessary space or serving no purpose anymore then consider selling them off.
Declutter kitchen checklist- begin with clearing all surfaces and drawers of utensils and products that are not being used regularly. Check for expired food items in the pantry or fridge/freezer and dispose of them. Take stock of the number of kitchen gadgets/accessories you have – do you really need that extra blender? Organize your countertop appliances so they’re easily accessible without taking up too much space.
The room that we all look forward to getting started on so here’s my declutter bedroom checklist. Start by removing all clothing from closets/drawers and separating it into piles for donation/sell/keep. Go through any other belongings (books, electronics, etc.) on nightstands/shelves to determine what is necessary to keep around and what can go. Consider purchasing storage solutions like under-bed containers or closet organizers if needed.
Toss any empty bottles/cosmetics/toiletries that aren’t getting used anymore. Make sure everything is organized within reach. Clear counter spaces as much as possible.
30-Day Declutter Challenge & Schedule
With my printable cleaning and decluttering checklist kit, you will find a 30-day challenge to keep you on track, create a minimalist living space or just clean up the clutter.
Each day you will have a cleaning task to complete and you focus on that one task each day. No need to try to complete the entire challenge in one day. A thirty-day period makes it much more manageable.
Here’s a little bit of what you’ll find:
Day one: Prepare your boxes and bags.
Day five: Okay, now things are getting serious. Label all your jars and spices.
Day ten: Head to the freezer. Anything old, expired, or has frostbite get rid of it.
Day twenty: We’re getting close to the finish line now! Today is all about toys and the playroom – go through the toy boxes and all around the house anything your kids no longer use or need it’s time to find a new home for them.
Day thirty: We made it! The last day of the challenge calls for going outside. This could be door mats, old patio furniture, dead flowers, and anything else outdoors that should go.
Congratulations on completing the 30-day declutter challenge! Now sit back and enjoy your newfound space… until next year when we do it all over again 🙂
Now for the declutter schedule. Assess your space: Take a good look at each room in your house and identify areas that need decluttering. Decide which rooms or spaces you want to tackle first.
Set realistic goals: Don’t try to do everything at once. Break down your goals into smaller tasks that you can complete within a specific timeframe.
Create a timeline: Assign deadlines for each task on your list. Make sure you give yourself enough time to complete each one without feeling rushed or overwhelmed.
You’ll also find a speed-cleaning checklist with increments of 15, 30, and 40 minutes. This checklist will help you with your declutter schedule by setting realistic goals and setting a timeframe to complete each task.
A declutter checklist to help you tackle the mess in your life. Don’t be overwhelmed by the clutter, take control and start sorting through your belongings one step at a time. Remember, if something doesn’t spark joy or serve a purpose in your life, it’s time to say goodbye. And who knows? Maybe getting rid of all that excess stuff will open up space for new opportunities and experiences. So grab a trash bag and get ready to say goodbye to those dusty old knick-knacks – trust me, you won’t miss them!
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