Inside: If you’re looking for the ultimate declutter your home checklist, you’ve found it! Use this as a guide to avoid overwhelm when decluttering.
I love to dance. Any time. Anywhere. I’ll bust a move in the middle of the supermarket or waiting in the carpool pick up line. (My 4-year-old thinks I’m cool. 😎)
Moving my body to the groove makes me happy. It lights up my soul.
You know what I don’t love? Clutter. Oh, and decluttering.
This is quite a conundrum, one you might find yourself in. What do you do when you hate clutter but hate to declutter?
First, declutter in small chunks. You may have seen a few posts on the internet about how to declutter your entire home in a short amount of time: say…a day, a weekend, or a month.
Y’all, I’m here to tell you, if you can declutter your entire home in a weekend, you don’t have a cluttered home.
If your home looks like someone bought all the contents of a going-out-of-business Toys’R’Us and dumped it on your living room floor, I’m talking to you.
Below, I’ve racked my brain to think of all the items you would commonly go through to declutter. Take a glance at the list and read through my best tips on how to tackle your clutter.
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The Ultimate Declutter Your Home Checklist
Here’s a list of suggested items to go through. Use what applies to your home and life and skim over the ones that don’t.
- Glasses & cups
- Food storage containers
- Pots and pans
- Cooking utensils
- Cutting boards
- Mixing bowls
- Small appliances
- Oven mitts & potholders
- Serving utensils
- Junk drawer
Read more: 5 Easy, Peasy Tips to Declutter Your Life
- Makeup brushes
- Hair tools: hairdryer, straightener, curling iron, etc.
- Shampoo & conditioner
- Feminine supplies
- Towels & hand towels
- First Aid
- DVDs & BluRays
- Video games
- Knick Knacks
- Board games
- Craft supplies
- Sort toys into categories. Go through one category at a time.
Related: How to Declutter Toys in 8 Easy Steps
- Pants & shorts
- Exercise clothes
- Socks (throw out holey ones!)
- Fashion scarves
- Unused hangers
- Winter apparel: hats, scarves & gloves
Learn more: The Quick And Easy Way to Organize Donations
- Cleaning supplies: glass cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, bleach, white vinegar, etc.
- Cleaning tools: vacuum, broom, mop, duster, etc.
- Laundry detergent
- Junk mail
- Tax information
- Paid bills
- Writing utensils
- Sticky notes
- Electronic cords
- Nails & screws
- Outdoor supplies
Holidays & Celebrations
- Paper plates, napkins, etc.
- Cloth napkins
- Wrapping paper
Add areas and items unique to your lifestyle. This may be an in-law suite, a formal living room or a craft room packed with all. the. things. 😉
Help me out: If you feel I missed something obvious, let me know in the comments below, and I’ll add it to the list! Thanks!
4 Quick Steps to Implement the Declutter Your Home Checklist
A checklist is useless if you don’t use it. Here are some quick tips to help you get to work on your declutter your home checklist.
Break each project into tiny tasks.
Each item on your checklist should take no more than 15 minutes to do. When you break giant projects into tiny tasks, you’re able to fit decluttering into the fringe areas of your day.
You can easily break projects into small tasks by downloading the Declutter Your Home Checklist. (It’s free!) Just fill out the form at the bottom of this post.
Schedule a time to be consistent.
When is a time you have a spare 15 minutes to devote to decluttering every day? This might be when you first wake up or after the kids go to bed.
It’s easier to build a habit if you do it at the same time every day, but don’t stress if this is not possible. What’s important is you make time in your schedule for decluttering.
Want to get more things done? My favorite planner, the Living Well Planner, helps me plan out my week so I get things done without feeling overwhelmed.
Focus on progress, not perfection.
Don’t stress over being perfect. Perfection is an impossible standard. Instead, focus on how much progress you’re making.
Give yourself grace.
Miss a few days or a few weeks? No worries. Pick up where you left off and focus on making small, consistent steps.
The same applies if you lose interest in an area. If you find yourself thinking if you see one more spatula, you might just scream, move onto another area.
No one says it has to be done in a particular order. What matters is what will motivate you to keep going.
You can do this!
I know what it feels like to hopelessly stand kneedeep in a pile of clutter. You think you’ll never see the end of it.
But I’m living proof anyone can declutter their home by taking teeny tiny steps. I believe you can do the same.
Regardless of your marital, financial or living situation, taking simple steps every day will get you closer to your goal.
As the saying goes…how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Break your giant decluttering project into small, manageable tasks and take one step at a time.