An Effective Declutter Your Home Checklist

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Have you ever tried to declutter your home? It can be so hard without a decluttering checklist. It is so easy to find a reason to hang onto something. Are you a thrower or a keeper? I am a thrower, yet I still can get in the habit of keeping things that really have no value. Welcome to the Declutter Your Home checklist where we toss, donate, or repurpose the things that are not serving our home and focus on the things that will best serve us in the days, months, and years to come! We are going to look at the decluttering process objectively and truly declutter our homes!

I keep things because of an abundance of excuses. Here are a few of the excuses that pop up frequently: it’s too valuable, I’ll fix it someday, or the famous, we’ll use it someday. Yet are those things that pile up in our home of actual value, or is it just adding to the clutter and brain space that could be used by more important things?

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What is a Decluttering Checklist?

A decluttering checklist will give you a guide on where to start with decluttering your entire home. It is not an organization checklist, which comes after you declutter.

The checklist will be divided into three sections

  1. Things to throw away today.
  2. Things to donate
  3. Things to find a new place for.

Unwanted items go in the first two sections. The last section is for things that you want to keep but don’t necessarily have a spot.

Where do I Start with Decluttering my House?

As with many other things in life, you need to know where you want to end up before you can know the process. That is the first thing to do if you want less stress and less clutter! Figure out where you want your home to be once you are done. Even if you have a lot of stuff or you live in a small home, the process is the same. Where do you want to end!?

The first step is knowing what do you hope to gain by decluttering your home. More organization? Less stuff? Is there a specific room or area that is causing you angst? Where is ‘too much stuff’? What is your end goal?

Write those things down, or at least identify them in your head. They are going to become crucial as we move on.

To start you must know what you desire as a result. The hard work starts with knowing where you want to end.

The Home Edit is another great resource in book format for decluttering your home.

Checklist of Places and Spaces to Declutter

Creating a declutter-your-home checklist does not need to be hard! It will be a hard time if you make it into one, but before you get going clear your head (praying is also a great way to start this process) and make the decision to be decisive!

You can use this free checklist to start, but remember, this is only the beginning. There are a lot of other things that can get decluttered. Usually, one space will lead to the next as you put away things that are useful and find another area that needs attention.

Important: As you are decluttering it is essential that you FREEZE your buying! Freeze it until you get a good handle on what you are getting rid of and what you need in order to organize your home more efficiently.

Here are some places you might want to start with your decluttering tasks. This list is a great place to start. With just a little bit of time and effort you will see a great reward for throwing these things away!

  • Makeup drawers
  • Kitchen drawers
  • Laundry Room
  • Kids closets
  • Toy bins
  • Old drawers
  • Bathroom Drawers
  • Bathroom closet
  • Medicine cabinet
  • Cooking utensils that you don’t use
  • Expired pantry items
  • Expired refrigerator items
  • Winter clothes
  • Kids clothes
  • Broken dishes
  • Electronic chords and accessories
  • Anything that you have 2-3 of
  • Sentimental items that don’t have a place

What is the Fastest Way to Declutter and Clean a House?

I hope you don’t hate me for saying this, but the fastest way to declutter your house is to start! I know it can seem overwhelming if you have many closets and areas that need it, but we will break down all the problem areas into manageable chunks. All you need to do is start! Grab that trash bag and start today!

One reason that many people start to declutter is that they are considering a move. If that is you, make sure that you head over to the Ultimate Moving Kit where there are ample resources for managing the most organized move you have ever had! You can use the Declutter Your Home checklist to start the process of moving.

Declutter the Space Steps

Whenever you are decluttering a space, here are the steps that you are going to want to take to ensure that you get through that section in a reasonable amount of time. Many times people declutter their homes after the holidays. The beginning of a new year is a perfect time to start or refocus your goals, but you can use this free checklist any time of the year!

  1. Go through all the items and lay them out.
  2. Throw away things that are garbage or have no use.
  3. Organize the remaining things into a pile of things to be donated and things to have a home.
  4. Everything must have a place. If you are going to keep the item, it must have a place to life and be used. The only exception to this is if you are moving. In that case, manage things based on whether they have a place in your life, instead of a physical place in your home.

Throw Things Away

Throwing things away can be hard for some people. It can feel like you are not being a good steward of what you have been given. Although I am not an advocate for throwing away everything, there is a mind shift change that might need to take place. A good starting point is with the trash list that you will find below.

Are you being a poor steward of your emotions, frustrations, and mental health by keeping the item? Or would you be a better steward to keep the item? Or maybe it’s time to simply throw it away!

You are the only one that can decide between those two questions.

Time yourself

It can sometimes be helpful to set a timer for a specific section of your house, so you don’t spend your entire day on one tiny little drawer. Give yourself a set amount of time and attempt to finish it in that allotted amount of time. If you are like me there is never enough time in my day, so setting a timer, does help people like us allow for more margins of our days!

Donating items just take a trip to your local thrift store! If you have items that your children or you are done with and they are still of excellent quality, make sure to bag or box them up for someone else. One easy trick for organizing your piles is to use labels! In the Declutter your Home Checklist download, you will get this printable PDF. You can print it out, cut around the labels, and then use them to identify your piles! Just make sure that once you fill the trunk of your car you actually remember to take the items in!

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Enlist Help

Get your kids and spouse involved! They live there too, and they need to learn for their future how to declutter and their own homes.

Included in the “Declutter your Home Checklist” will be a PDF that has labels you can print and place on the things you decide belong in those three categories. Let these freebies be a game changer in your home! Get the entire family involved!

Things to Throw Away TODAY

As you work through your declutter your home checklist, there will be opportunities to throw things away. Here are some of the easy things that you can declutter fast as you start your decluttering journey. This is a small step you can take TODAY for quick decluttering! I have found over the years that tossing these things leads immediately to less stress!

Think of this as a to-do list. I love checking things off my to-do list and this list is a great place to start. With just a little bit of time and effort, you will see a great reward for throwing these things away!

  1. Old makeup
  2. Unmatched socks
  3. Old magazines
  4. Old calendars
  5. Takeout menus
  6. Junk mail
  7. Old towels
  8. Falling apart rags
  9. Old perfume
  10. Old nail polish
  11. Toys that are broken
  12. Broken dishes
  13. Scratched DVDs and CDs (or just toss them all if you are like me)
  14. Expired medications
  15. Worn purses you never use
  16. Old shopping bags
  17. Fridge magnets that you don’t use
  18. Worn rugs
  19. Placemats
  20. Paper plates you are not using (or will use ever)

Now What? How do you keep your home Decluttered?

Using a declutter-your-home checklist is just the beginning. How you must maintain it! Here are two tips for continuing the decluttering magic!

  1. Continue to declutter at regular intervals
  2. Declutter as you go! Do you have a few minutes each night? Do a 10-minute declutter where you tackle one small area. 10 minutes add up quickly!

You will be amazed at how fast your home becomes decluttered! Just keep taking it step-by-step and little bit by little bit, and you will do amazing!

The FREE Declutter your Home Checklist PDF

Welcome to the free printable declutter checklist! This will be a valuable resource as you navigate organizing and decluttering your home.

Each page below is a part of the FREE download bundle, however, there is an email sign-up form that will allow you to access our entire homemaking vault with lots of other resources for your home, faith, and family. You will need your email address to get into the vault.

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Other Decluttering Resources

The name Marie Kondo probably is familiar to you, she became very popular a few years ago and still to this day is a best seller, but the Life Changing Way of Tidying, may just be her most popular!

If you love listening to podcasts, I highly recommend the hilarious podcast called Homemaker Chic Podcast! Toward the end of 2023, they went through The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley. It is a great book to go through if you need things broken down room by room! It’s a short read so it won’t take much time to read through!

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