More than 100 things to clear from your home when you are decluttering
Clutter has a way of creeping in and overwhelming every area of your life. Decluttering your home is an ongoing operation that can feel pretty overwhelming. But a clutter free home will reduce anxiety and make you more efficient and productive.
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Some people seem to naturally be able to maintain a clutter free home with little effort. I, on the other hand, have to work really hard to get rid of the unneeded excess.
One of the biggest obstacles for many people is not knowing where to begin. This has always been a struggle for me. And if I can’t figure out what to do first, I won’t do anything at all.
Guess what happens then?
Yep…the clutter mountain continues to grow—increasing my anxiety, guilt, and embarrassment. This article explains how clutter contributes to significant stress in our lives and how to begin to dig your way out.
When I’m completely overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, I choose one thing from the decluttering your home list. It reduces the stress in my brain when I don’t have to even decide where to begin. The list decides for me.
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Things to declutter from the kitchen
The kitchen is the center of the home and can quickly become the drop off spot for all kinds of clutter. Here are some common things that quickly accumulate and need to be purged.
- Pantry: expired foods or foods nobody will eat
- Bulky food packaging: transfer foods to clear canisters or containers to save space
- Refrigerator: expired foods and foods nobody will eat
- Freezer: anything expired or that will never be eaten
- Spices: any that are expired or haven’t been used in a year
- Extra salt and pepper shakers
- Duplicate measuring spoons and cups
- Stained dishcloths
- Worn out oven mitts
- Cookie cutters
- Cake/cookie decorating supplies
- Mixing bowls
- Pots and pans
- Pan lids without a pan
- Cookie sheets
- Baking dishes
- Chipped dishes
- Coffee mugs that are chipped or you never use
- Chipped drinking glasses
- Plastic containers without lids
- Extra water bottles
- Any small appliances you haven’t used in a year
- Kitchen gadgets you never use
- Silverware that has seen better days
- Duplicate utensils
- Worn out knives
- Extra shopping bags
- Junk drawer
- Expired medications and vitamins
- Worn out scrub brushes or sponges
- Decor that you don’t like anymore
- Excess serving pieces
- Recipe books you never use
Related: declutter and organize the kitchen
Laundry room decluttering tips
I don’t know about you, but I don’t enjoy being a daily laundry lady. Making sure your laundry room is clutter free will increase your laundry productivity. Then you can implement the one-day-a-week laundry routine and have 6 days laundry free!!
- Socks without a mate, socks that have holes or are stretched out
- Cleaning supplies you don’t like and won’t use
- Cleaning tools that you never use
- Hangers from the cleaners
- Old appliance manuals
- Worn out cleaning towels
- Unusable light bulbs
- Unused hangers
decluttering your home: the family room
The family room is another hot spot for clutter. It’s where everyone gathers to spend time together and things get left out and start to create a mess. Start clearing the clutter and reestablish this cozy happy room!
- Excess picture frames
- Throw blankets you don’t love (consider donating to an animal shelter)
- Decor that you’re tired of
- Books you already read, and books you’ll never read
- Throw pillows
- Excess furniture
- Work out equipment that you never use
- Games with missing pieces or that your family never plays
related article: 18 things making your home still look cluttered
decluttering the office
Even if you don’t have a designated room for a home office, you definitely have a place you keep office type items. Getting rid of the unused excess will free up space in your home and mind.
- Cords/wires that are a mystery
- Old computers and laptops (consider donating to a small private school that may not have the funds for technology)
- Old phones
- Old phone cases
- Old electronics
- Used printer cartridges (recycle or have them refilled)
- Empty boxes from things you bought
- Used or partially used notebooks
- Pens and markers that don’t work
- Duplicate office supplies (consider donating to a school)
- Receipts (except for big ticket items or receipts needed for tax purposes)
- Unneeded paperwork: here’s an article that tells you which documents you should keep and for how long
- Mystery keys you’ve had for 20 years
- Broken binders
Maybe you use a corner of a room for crafts or your garage for your tools. Either way, decluttering your home of these things can really help your mental well-being.
- Old paint
- Abandoned projects that you’ll never finish
- Broken tools
- Duplicate tools
- Specialty tools you’ll never use again
- Dried up paint brushes and paint rollers
- Crafting/sewing supplies
- Excessive number of organizing tubs and baskets
decluttering your home: the bathroom
I can’t tell you how many times I would have just a bit left in the conditioner bottle, but didn’t have time to work for it. So I would grab a new bottle of conditioner with intentions to get the last bit of the other one the next time.
I never have time.
And so that almost empty bottle of conditioner clutters my shower and causes me guilt every time I see it.
I just toss the almost empty bottle immediately and my guilt is gone by the next time I shower.
- Almost empty bottles of lotion, shampoo, conditioner
- Expired cosmetics and make-up that didn’t work out
- Dried up nail polish or polish you hated
- Duplicate or dull manicure/pedicure tools
- Worn out hair brushes
- Damaged hair tools
- Stretched out hair ties
- Dingy or damaged towels and washcloths
- Icky kids bath toys
related article: how to declutter and organize the bathroom
Declutter the bedroom and closets
- Broken jewelry and jewelry you never wear
- Belts you haven’t worn in a year
- Handbags not used in a year
- Clothing that doesn’t fit, is damaged or you never wear
- Old and worn out bedding (animal shelters would love to have these)
- Pillows past their best life (animal shelters would love these too)
- Raggedy rugs
decluttering your home: storage closets
I declutter holiday decorations regularly since I don’t have much storage space for decor. You’ll enjoy your holiday decorations much more when you clear out the clutter.
- Holiday decorations you haven’t used
- Anything you are storing for your grown kids…have them come pick it up!
- Leftover party decorations
- Excess or broken luggage (consider donating your unneeded luggage to a local foster care agency. Foster kids often have to transport their belongings from place to place in a trash bag.)
Sheesh….this is a stressful one. Some kids are resistant to change and never want to get rid of anything. If you start when they are really young, it will become more natural and routine for them.
- Damaged books and books they have outgrown (outgrown books could be donated to a local child care center)
- Toys and games that they are too old for and toys they never play with
- Toys that are damaged
- Clothes and shoes they have outgrown
- Decor they have outgrown
- Coats and gloves they have outgrown
- Outside toys they’ve outgrown or never play with
- Stuffed animals no longer loved
related: Declutter and organize the kids toys
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Final thoughts on decluttering your home
Clutter doesn’t have to control your home and life. You can start taking steps today to start decluttering your home and reclaim your space.
What else would you add to the decluttering list? Leave a comment below—I’d love to know!
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