Inside: Want to declutter your home but don’t know where to start? Here’s a list of 75 things to declutter right now. You’ll see massive progress right away.

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Frantically, you run around, panicking while you look for your keys. You were supposed to leave 5 minutes ago and now the dread of being late settles like a pit in your stomach.

Randomly, you decide to check inside the dollhouse and voila, you find them on the dolls’ kitchen table. Makes perfect sense. 🤔

I think we’ve all been through a situation similar to this. Our clutter keeps us from being able to find what we really need. We spend several minutes (or sometimes even hours) looking for something we could’ve sworn we just saw.

I hear ya, friend. In this post, we’re going to cover 75 things to declutter right now, even if you’re overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.

This list should help you get a kickstart on your decluttering by immediately getting rid of the things that are bogging down your life.

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Things to Declutter in the Kitchen

  1. Kitchen utensils you haven’t used in the last year
  2. Throw out any utensils that are broken
  3. Pare down the number of forks, knives and spoons to what you actually need on a weekly basis
  4. Declutter one use appliances you haven’t used in the last year
  5. Excess plastic containers (keep only what you use on a weekly basis)
  6. Plastic containers that don’t have lids
  7. Plastic lids that don’t have containers
  8. Throw out expired food in the pantry, fridge and freezer
  9. Food you never will use
  10. Cleaning supplies you don’t use
  11. Cookbooks you don’t use
  12. Spices that are expired or that you don’t use

Learn more: How to declutter the kitchen, even if you’re overwhelmed by all the mess.

Things to Declutter in the Home Office

  1. Throw out junk mail
  2. Shred junk mail with personal info
  3. Cords and technology stuff that is no longer useful
  4. Blunt scissors
  5. Pens that don’t write
  6. Pencils that are more nub than pencil
  7. Markers and highlighters that have lost their ink
  8. Manuals for appliances or devices — you can always look it up online.
  9. Notebooks full of notes you no longer need
  10. Old phone cases for previous phones
  11. Dried up glue
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Things You Should Get Rid of in the Bathroom

  1. Rusty jewelry
  2. Everyday jewelry you haven’t worn in the last year
  3. Special occasion jewelry you haven’t worn in the last 5 years
  4. Cleaning supplies you don’t use
  5. Soaps and mini shampoos from hotels (if unopened, consider donating to a local shelter)
  6. Old towels you no longer use
  7. Expired makeup
  8. Makeup or hair products you no longer use (or have never used)
  9. Old razors
  10. Old hair ties or hairpins that are too yucky or bent out of shape to use
  11. Reduce the number of bath toys to the ones your kids really like
  12. Old glasses or sunglasses

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Things to Declutter in Your Bedroom

  1. Bedsheets that you no longer use
  2. Comforters or blankets you no longer use
  3. Clothes you no longer wear
  4. Clothes that don’t fit
  5. Clothes you kind of like but pass on wearing and pick something you like more
  6. Badly fitting bras
  7. Shoes you hate wearing or haven’t worn in the past year
  8. Shoes that hurt
  9. Shoes that are too small or two big
  10. Socks that don’t have a match
  11. Socks that have more hole than sock
  12. Hats you don’t wear
  13. Excess hangers
  14. Old, worn out swim suits
  15. Spare buttons that come with clothes

Things to Declutter in Your Kids’ Bedrooms

All the things on the bedroom list above, plus: 

  1. Throw out clothes with massive stains or rips
  2. Declutter clothes and shoes that are too much of a pain
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Things to Get Rid of in the Playroom

  1. Toys your kids never play with
  2. Throw out broken toys
  3. Throw out toys that are missing too many pieces
  4. Books your kids no longer read

Learn more: 7 Playroom Organization Ideas That Will Crush Overwhelm

Things to Declutter in the Living Room

  1. Old magazines
  2. Books you’ve never read and won’t ever read
  3. Extra throw pillow that just take up space
  4. Excess furniture
  5. CDs you no longer listen to
  6. VHS tapes or DVDs you no longer watch
  7. Empty CD or DVD cases where the contents have long been missing

Things to Declutter in the Dining Room

A lot of time, the clutter that gathers in the dining room doesn’t actually belong to the dining room. The first thing you’ll want to do is:

  1. Take anything that doesn’t belong back to its “home”
  2. Declutter special occasion silverware, plates or serving dishes that you haven’t used in the last five years.
  3. Table cloths you no longer use
  4. Cloth napkins you no longer use

You might like: How to Create a Simplified Home in 4 Simple Steps

Things to Declutter in the Garage, Attic or Other Storage Space

  1. Anything you haven’t used in the last five years.
  2. Throw out anything that is broken.
  3. Old bikes
  4. Dried up paint brushes or rollers
  5. Dried up paint cans
  6. Vacuum attachments that you never use
  7. Any home decor you don’t like that just sits in storage
  8. Exercise equipment you no longer use

Ready to Kickstart Your Decluttering?

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