The Ultimate Declutter Checklist (Free!)
Looking for the ultimate declutter checklist to finally get organized? Use this free printable decluttering checklist to get things done!
Do you have the decluttering bug?
Even when it’s not Spring, I tend to get the urge to clean and organize my whole house pretty often.
(And it’s not because I’m just obsessed with decluttering and housework.)
Truth be told, clutter and disarray gives me anxiety and leaves me feeling restless and overwhelmed.
Sound familiar to anyone?
Anyway, I’m so glad you’re here!
I’m going to help you with decluttering motivation, give you a little direction, and then hook you up with a big decluttering checklist to help get you going.
Let’s get to it!
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Use A Declutter Checklist to Boost Your Decluttering Motivation
If you’re anything like me, visual aids can really help you get things done.
I can’t wait for you to get your free printable decluttering checklist PDF and get started, but first, I want to be sure to leave you with some serious decluttering motivation.
You probably have experience with feeling overwhelmed when it comes to cleaning and organizing. But did you know that there are a whole bunch of reasons why you should declutter and get organized?
Here are just a few really good reasons to get your home clean and organized:
- Time freedom – once you’re done, and if you can maintain a decluttered space, you’ll have more time to do other things.
- Feel-good – cleaning gives you a great sense of pride and accomplishment. Embrace the endorphins and use them to your advantage mentally & emotionally!
- Good example – if you have children, cleaning up and maintaining a clutter-free home is going to help them understand hard work and the value of maintaining a clean space.
- Charitable donations – if you declutter and are able to donate your used belongings to charity, you can not only claim them on your taxes, but you can feel good knowing you did something environmentally friendly.
- Peace-of-mind – living in clutter is stressful, even if it doesn’t seem readily apparent to you. Your body feels it, and decluttering really does help with stress, sleep, and peace!
If that isn’t enough motivation for you, know that there have actually been studies about cleanliness, decluttering, and mental health. Here are few articles that explore the relationship between health and clutter:
Those are some really good reasons to just download your declutter checklist and get started already. But you’ve taken a good first step by getting some motivation to start you off.
Now grab a trash bag and let’s go through the decluttering process together!
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Different Ways To Declutter
There are no right or wrong ways to clean or declutter your home. You can start small, go big and gut your whole house in one week, or you can land somewhere in the middle.
It doesn’t matter if you have a small space to declutter or an entire house.
You can focus on large messes or small messes (I love to micro-organize), small rooms or big rooms, etc.
It can honestly be pretty fun to get started decluttering your home, but no matter how you do it, I beg you to pace yourself. If you go too hard, you might burn out and quit before you make any significant progress.
Getting rid of a lot of stuff can be a bit draining and take a large amount of time, so try your best not to overdo it.
The good news is that any decluttering you do will help, so it doesn’t really matter how you get started – it only matters that you do!
That being said, here are my other top tips for using this decluttering checklist:
- Always add music! Music helps you keep pace (it’s science) and it will help you stay motivated. Find a good playlist on Spotify or make your own to add to the “fun factor.”
- Focus on big problems before you focus on small problems. Remember when I said I like micro-organizing? I do! But it’s not usually helpful for the big-picture of a clean and tidy home (At least not at first.) Start with your biggest problems – like laundry and dishes, or boxes and clothes – before you get into the spice cabinet. 🙂
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Why? Because aching feet and back pain are two things that are not going to help you get things done.
- Enlist family or friends. This tip serves two purposes. First, it is super healthy for kids or family members to actively participate in getting rid of things. This will help them learn to make the decision to clean up and get rid of things more easily in the future. Secondly, getting help from others will help things go faster!
- Use the 6-month rule. The 6-month rule is simple. If you haven’t used or opened an item for 6+ months, get rid of it! Of course, there are exceptions to this rule, such as seasonal items like Christmas decorations, family keepsakes, etc. Use your best judgment, but when it doubt, throw it out! (Or donate.) 🙂
The Big Declutter Your Home Checklist
I’m going to do this two different ways for accessibility purposes (just in case you don’t have a printer).
You can either scroll down for your free printable declutter checklist PDF, or you can just use this blog post to go through the process! I’m going to divide the decluttering tasks into typical home areas to break things into smaller chunks. (So you don’t get overwhelmed!)
P.S. If you’re wondering how to declutter your house in one day, this isn’t the declutter your home checklist for you – it’s LONG!
Please don’t place the expectation to clean your entire home in one day on yourself, that’s just too much pressure.
Let’s do this!
* Scroll down for the printable declutter checklist *
Things to Declutter in The Living Room
- Excess couch / throw pillows
- TV remotes
- Dying houseplants
- The top of the coffee table and in any drawers if you have any
- Vases, candles and other trinkets you’ve outgrown
- Accent chairs that don’t fit the space
- Extra furniture that crowds the space
- Old DVDs or movies you haven’t watched in years
- Random electronics, chargers, and other cords you don’t need
- Books gathering dust
- Extra blankets
- Broken lamps or anything else taking up space
- Other piles of things – go through them and purge!
Things to Declutter in The Kitchen
- Junk drawer
- Fridge & freezer
- Spice cabinet
- Dishes and mugs – most of us have way too many!
- Supplements and medicine cabinet (also, do you really need that many shaker bottles?)
- Liquor cabinet
- That random cabinet full of pet stuff or old jars
- Extra utensils like spatulas, tongs, etc.
- Excess pots and pans (especially that one that’s all scratched up)
- Shot glasses, mixers, shakers, whiskey glasses, etc.
- Magnets, old pictures, last year’s calendar, and anything else on your fridge
- The top of the fridge (it’s gross!)
- Mismatched or chipped China or other dishes
- Spaghetti-stained plastic food storage containers and other Tupperware types
- Under the kitchen sink – sponges, old cleaning bottles, empty wine bottles, etc.
- The foil & baggie drawer – get rid of rubber bands, ties, extras, etc.
- Old kitchen towels and cleaning rags
- Baking sheets, glass pans (like Pyrex) etc.
- Any other cabinet – declutter your serving platters, kitchen gadgets, seasonal items, small appliances, etc.
- Dining table or kitchen countertops
- The pantry – see below!
Things to Declutter in The Pantry
- Expired foods – check your canned goods, pasta, beans, rice, and other grains
- Old snack foods that no one liked
- Storage containers that aren’t in use
- Break down bulk boxes and nearly-empty boxes
- Spices & condiments
- Baking supplies/ingredients like flour, salt, sugar
- Old plastic bags or shopping bags
- Sauce packets, flavoring, pasta sauce, etc.
- Shelf-stable drinks & treats
- Napkins, paper towels, picnic supplies, etc.
Things to Declutter in The Bathrooms
- Under the sink – old washcloths, cleaning supplies, etc.
- Extra or old towels or hand towels
- Expired cosmetics and personal care products
- Old or extra hair curlers, straighteners, etc.
- Old toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes, etc.
- Clumpy old nail polish
- Those empty bottles sitting in your shower
- Old razors and hair brushes
- Those free hotel soaps you’ve been hoarding
- Old hair ties, scrunchies, and broken bobby pins
- Old makeup brushes, deodorant, and anything else you can think of
Things to Declutter in The Office
- Tax documents that are 7+ years old
- Scribbled on paper or sticky notes you don’t need anymore
- Spent gift cards or old debit/credit cards you need to cut up
- Your old college textbooks
- Broken pens or pencils
- Scissors, dried-up glue, and other craft supplies
- Dried-up Sharpies and dry-erase markers
- Extra cords, chargers, and those headphones that don’t work anymore
- Thumb drives and other storage devices
- That old camera that your phone can outdo tenfold
- Junk mail and empty envelopes
- Those expired coupons you forgot to use
- Spent legal pads, journals, notebooks
- Desk drawers / any other home office supplies I forgot 🙂
Things to Declutter in The Bedrooms
- Clutter on the nightstands (don’t forget to clean out any drawers)
- Laundry on the floor or in piles
- Clutter on top of the dresser
- Check your bedroom closet and get rid of anything stained or ripped
- Loose change – put it in a jar or baggie
- Jewelry box or keepsakes box
- Hats, gloves, shoes
- Any sitting chairs – clean them off!
- The treadmill, laundry drying rack or anything else you’re using as a hanger!
- TV remotes or anything else that’s creating clutter
- Each drawer of your dresser – socks, underwear, jeans, tops, etc.
Things to Declutter in The Bedroom Closet
(Use the 6 month rule!)
- Beanies and ball caps – you don’t need 20!
- Sports bras, workout clothes, etc.
- Check all of your seasonal items (like jackets) to see if you can part with any of them
- Old shoes and boots
- Scarves, gloves, sunglasses, and other accessories
- Those cringey high heels you’ve had since Prom
- Old swimsuits
- Jeans that don’t fit anymore
- Blankets or bedding you don’t rotate through
- T-shirts and sweatshirts
- Purses and backpacks you don’t use regularly
- Formal wear like suits, bridesmaid dresses, etc.
Things to Declutter in The Linen Closet
- Old towels and hand towels
- Old blankets and quilts that you don’t like anymore or are falling apart
- Mismatching sheets or pillowcases
- Lumpy extra pillows or stained pillows
- Sheets that don’t fit well or you don’t like anymore
- Old rags/anything excessive
- Baby blankets
- Irons, laundry balls, steamers, etc.
Things to Declutter in The Coat Closet
- Outgrown winter gloves/snow gear
- Excess beanies or hats
- Extra hangers or broken/bent hangers
- Old jackets or sweatshirts
- Outgrown shoes and boots
- Umbrellas or other outdoor accessories
- Old slippers
Things to Declutter in The Playroom
- Broken toys or toys that are missing pieces
- Old markers and broken crayons
- Ripped books or baby books (they grow so fast!) – really just the whole bookshelf
- Lone Legos and other small pieces
- Dress-up costumes or other pretend-play items
- Snack scraps, bits of cardboard, and other things that remind you that you have children
- Old Play-Doh or that terrible slime and dirty kinetic sand they begged for
- Magnatiles or similar
- Stuffed animals (or stuffies/plushies, as the kids say these days)
- Old coloring books or drawing supplies that have been used up
- Puzzles, games, workbooks, etc.
- Anything your child has outgrown
Extra: Things to Declutter in The Garage or Mudroom
- Declutter & organize your screwdrivers and other small tools
- Workbench clutter – solo screws, nuts, bolts, etc.
- Boots, coats, etc.
- Empty cardboard boxes
- Cans/bottles or other things that need to be taken out to the recycling
- Camping or other outdoor gear
- Old appliance or tool manuals
- Wood scraps (or other building or landscaping materials)
- Get rid of any old or dried-up glue, caulk, etc.
- Old batteries and other unwanted items
Extra: Things to Declutter in The Laundry Room
- Cleaning supplies
- That broken laundry basket that buckles when it’s full
- Laundry supplies (think baking soda, old bleach, broken clothespins)
- Household manuals or other small booklets you might have in a drawer
- Hangers or racks
- Empty laundry detergent bottles or boxes
- The basket of mismatched socks – it’s time to let go. 😉
- The donation box – load it into your car!
- Emergency preparedness stuff (I personally have more candles and flashlights in my laundry room than I care to admit)
- Vases or other little decor items that got stored in the laundry room
Wow…was that not the declutter checklist of your dreams?
Printable Declutter Checklist PDF
In case you just want to print and go, here is a free printable decluttering checklist for the whole house. Click on the image, download, and print!
I so hope you enjoyed this big declutter checklist as much I enjoyed writing it.
(Be sure to share this decluttering checklist with any family and friends that might need it!)
Just a reminder to think of this as a to-do list that should take you a month or more to complete. You aren’t going to declutter an entire house in one decluttering session.
Take it slow and admire your work anytime you make great progress in the fight against excess clutter.
You might not notice a huge difference on the first day, but this is the best thing you can do for your peace of mind.
Just keep at it – you’ll get to enjoy a clutter-free environment sooner than later!
Best of luck,