Want an easy list you can use to declutter right now? I’ll show you step-by-step what to look for and how to decide what to toss and what to keep. You’ll be able to easily toss out things in your home that are old, expired, unused or just don’t bring you joy anymore. Get ready to let go of the clutter and make space for what you love.
Ever walk into a room or open a closet and immediately want to leave or close the door? You don’t have to feel like that anymore. I’ll show you how to get rid of things you don’t need so you feel happy when you go into a room or open cabinet.
Just remember to toss out what you haven’t used or needed, and things that are worn out, expired or used beyond their shelf life. While it’s tempting to keep things to use someday or to have “just in case”, just remember if you haven’t needed it in the last year then you likely don’t need it at all.
Check out 10 Steps to Declutter Your Home as a guide to get started in decluttering your entire home.
7-Day Decluttering Challenge
Looking for more ways to declutter your home? Join my FREE 7-Day Decluttering Challenge! I’ll go more in-depth on how to declutter your bathrooms and every room in your home. I’ll also show you how to deal with the emotions that often come up when you’re decluttering and simple strategies you can use to overcome them.
It’s time to get rid of those unused, broken and chipped dishes and glasses, as well as the extra lids for Tupperware and pots (I found 3 extra lids myself for pots I don’t even have anymore).
Toss expired, old, and food you don’t recognize (if doesn’t have a label and you don’t know what it is then get rid of it). Get rid of food you don’t plan on eating either like old sample packets of ketchup or salad dressing you tried once but didn’t use.
- Food in the fridge, freezer and pantry
- Dishes and flatware (forks, spoons, knives)
- Glassware, plastic cups, kids cups
- Tupperware and food containers, extra lids
- Mugs and coffee cups
- Cooking utensils
- Pots, pans and lids
- Cookie pans, cooking sheets, glass bakeware
- Old kitchen appliances
- Cookie cutters and silicone molds
- Cutting boards
- Reusable water bottles
- Reusable lunch boxes and containers
- Cookbooks you never use
- Cleaning products (make your own non-toxic cleaners instead like these)
- Expired or old medicine (over-the-counter and prescription)
The bathroom is the space where half-used bottles of shampoo and makeup samples live way longer than they should. Open up the medicine cabinet and under the sink and pull everything out. Think about whether you’ve used the items in the last 6 months. If you haven’t, then toss it out. I’ve got a full tutorial on how to declutter the bathroom here.
- Makeup (including samples)
- Skincare like face wash, toner, lotion, cream, etc. (learn how to make your own skincare)
- Soap and body wash
- Shave cream and aftershave
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Travel-sized or samples of skincare
- Toothpaste, mouthwash, floss
- Nail polish
- Hair brushes, pins, hair ties
- Old hair dryers, curling irons, flat irons, electric toothbrushes
- Old razors
Kids Room Clutter
Kids rooms can be a place where parents feel the need to keep things for sentimental value or for younger children. Go through toys, clothes, books, art supplies, etc. and ask yourself will you really want to keep it for a younger child. If so store in a plastic bin and take it out of the room. For artwork or sentimental items, take a photo or keep a small handful of things in a small keepsake box. Recycle the rest and let your kids enjoy their space.
- Dolls and accessories
- Swag from other kids’ birthday parties (like coloring books, crayons, whistles, etc.)
- Coloring books, crayons, art supplies
The closet is a great place to declutter old, unused, mismatched, and worn out items that have been taking up too much space in your closet. Let go of the worn out underwear and swimsuits. Get rid of the wire hangers. Let go of the old towels and bedding, and upcycle them as dust cloths or cleaning cloths around the house.
- Jackets and winter wear
- Bras and underwear
- Shoes and shoeboxes
- Belts, hats, gloves, and scarves
- Formal wear (like a bridesmaids dress from 5 years ago)
- Wire hangers (get hangers in one color like white for an instant closet facelift)
- Costume jewelry
- Bedding and pillowcases
Miscellaneous clutter can build up in every area of the home – like under the kitchen sink, junk drawer, garage, office, and closets. Take it all out and go through each item to assess whether it’s broken, usable, or needed (or wanted). Toss out things you don’t use, need, or want – especially things that are broken or unidentifiable like cords for electronic devices.
- Pens and markers that are broken
- Old batteries
- Cords to devices that are broken or you don’t know where they belong
- Empty CD and DVD cases
- Boxes for electronic devices (keep instruction manuals and warranties in a file folder rather than keep the big box the device came in)
- Magazines and newspapers (take a photo on your phone if there’s a recipe or article you want to keep)
- Scented candles (use a diffuser instead to save money)
- Office supplies (like paper clips, sticky notes, note pads, clip boards)
- Old electronics (cell phones, computer parts, printers, etc.)
- Old files, file folders, mail, clippings, etc. (shred any personal information before tossing it)
- Supplies for art projects or hobbies that haven’t been used for the last year
- Old paint cans
- Broken or unused sports equipment, bikes, skateboards, etc.
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