If you want to declutter your house, but you have no idea where to start, then you’re in the right place. This huge list of 100 things to declutter will get you started on the path to decluttering your whole home!
Okay, you’ve watched Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up on Netflix, and you’re seriously inspired. You want to start folding your tank tops like little tea sandwiches, too. The only problem is, you can’t even get to your tank tops because they’re buried under piles of mismatched socks and hole-y t-shirts that you wouldn’t be caught dead wearing in public.
So, what’s a girl to do?
Print off this list of things to declutter and get to work! But WHY should you get rid of stuff…
There have actually been scientific studies done that prove that clutter causes stress, especially in women. So, no, it’s not your fault if walking into your home makes you instantly feel overwhelmed and stressed out. That’s just how us gals are wired.
Check out this huge list of 100 things to declutter now and reclaim your home from the piles of mess.
Stuff to Get Rid of from the Living Room
- Old magazines
- Old newspapers
- Worn-out throw pillows
- Old blankets that you no longer want
- Seasonal decor items
- Decor items that no longer match your home decor
- Coasters that you don’t use
- Remotes for electronics that you no longer use
- Kids’ toys or other items that don’t belong in the living room
- VHS tapes
- CDs, or if you’re in DESPERATE need of decluttering, cassette tapes
- Old books
- Candles that are almost completely burned down
- Worn-out pet toys
- Random knick-knacks that just collect dust
Things to Declutter from the Bedroom
- Chargers for old electronics that you no longer own
- Remote controls for electronics you no longer own
- Dead batteries
- Random paper clutter in your nightstand
- Worn-out throw pillows that you no longer use
- Sheets or blankets that are in poor condition
- Jewelry or accessories that you haven’t worn in the last year
- Shoes that you haven’t worn in the last year
- Bras that are worn-out or no longer fit
- Pantyhose with holes in them
- Socks that are missing a mate or have holes
- Worn-out underwear
- Old t-shirts that you no longer wear
- Old pajamas
- Old bathing suits
- Old tote bags, such as “Free with purchase” gift bags
- Empty boxes (shoe boxes, electronics boxes, etc)
- Hats you no longer wear
- Winter hats, gloves, or scarves that you didn’t wear last winter
- Clothes that haven’t been worn in the last year
- Clothing and shoes that no longer fit
- Damaged or stained clothing
- Purses you no longer use
- Luggage you no longer use
- Old prescription eyeglasses
- Games and puzzles that are missing pieces
- Candles that are almost completely burned down
And after you’re done decluttering your bedroom, you may want to give it a good cleaning too! Visit this post for some printable bedroom cleaning checklists to help you!
Things to Declutter from the Bathrooms
- Old, worn-out towels and washcloths
- Toiletry items that you haven’t used in 6 months
- Makeup that you no longer wear
- Old hairbrushes/combs
- Old hair ties (the ones that have enough hair stuck around them that you could create a wig)
- Old magazines
- Old toothbrushes
- Expired medications – You can go here to see how to organize your medicine cabinet using easy DIY basket labels!
- Sample size beauty products that you won’t use
- Mini toiletries from hotels
- Empty or nearly empty toiletry bottles
- Expired beauty products
- Beauty tools that you haven’t used in past year (curling iron, eyelash curler, etc)
- Old bath toys
- Disintegrated soap bars
- Old, dried-out air fresheners
- Shower poofs that you no longer use
- Old razors
Items to Declutter from the Kitchen
- Plastic food storage items (Tupperware) that are missing lids
- Individual condiments from restaurants
- Take-out silverware
- Expired pantry items
- Expired refrigerator items
- Plastic souvenir cups
- Extra coffee cups
- Serving dishes that you haven’t used in the last year
- “Junk” from your junk drawer – Go here for tips on how to organize your junk drawer once and for all!
- Food that you will not eat
- Paper recipe clippings
- Coupons that you won’t use
- Papers stuck on the front of your refrigerator that you no longer need
- Advertisement magnets
- Rarely-used kitchen utensils that you have multiples of (potato masher, garlic press, etc)
- Old kids’ cups
- Seasonal paper goods (plates, napkins, cups) that you don’t have a full set of or won’t use in the near future
- Pots, pans, and utensils that are in poor condition
- Plastic disposable medicine cups (if you’re like me and somehow end up with 16 of them in your silverware drawer)
- Damaged water bottles
- Extra plastic shopping bags
- Old dish sponges
- Vases that you never use
- Empty jars that you’re holding on to for some unplanned future projects
- Pet treats or food that your pets don’t like
- Spices/sauces/condiments that you are not likely to use
Your kitchen counters are probably a clutter magnet themselves! You can check out this post for how to declutter kitchen countertops once and for all!
Things to Declutter from the Office
- Receipts you no longer need
- Expired coupons
- Pens and markers that are dried out
- Instruction manuals (these are typically available online)
- Warranty information for products you no longer own
- Insurance policy documents for expired policies
- Phone books
- Tax and financial documents that are more than 7 years old
- Random craft supplies that you are not likely to use soon
- Wrapping paper scraps
- Empty ink cartridges
- Outdated software
- Computer items you no longer use (keyboards, mice, etc)
- Old power cords and chargers
- Outdated text books
The family paper work that you do need to keep should be neatly organized so that it doesn’t look like a hot mess after you’ve taken your time to get rid of things.
I’ve got a GREAT filing system for family paperwork here, with sample categories for you to use and tips to organize your paper clutter so you can find what you need!
Stuff to Get Rid of in the Garage
- Old lumber scraps
- Old sports equipment that is in poor condition or hasn’t been used in over 6 months
- Power tools that do not work
- Tools or other equipment that is missing pieces
- Holiday decor that is broken or that you did not use within the last year
- Toys and bikes that your kids have outgrown (Your 8-year-old doesn’t still need her Power Wheels Barbie car!)
- Random nails/screws/bolts that you probably won’t use
- Trash (cardboard boxes, soda cans, etc)
- Old, dried-out paint and paint cans
- Expired chemicals (grass seeds, fertilizer, etc)
- Tools that you have multiples of (rakes, garden shears, shovels, etc)
Free Printable Decluttering Checklists
Want the printable checklist version of this list of items to declutter so that you can check off junk while you declutter it?
If you’re like me, then you LOVE a good checklist! And I’ve got a bunch of free printable decluttering checklists available in my freebies library, including…
The list of 100 Things to Declutter from this post and…
All of these free printable decluttering guides are available in my freebies library (with a LOAD of other home management, parenting, and marriage printables!).
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And there you have it… over 100 different things to declutter now!
Can you imagine how much cleaner your house will feel if you get rid of all of that stuff? You’ll have less to dust around, less to store, less to fold, less to dig through, and…
LESS TO STRESS ABOUT!
I hope you enjoyed this post, and I hope that you’re a little less afraid to start the big decluttering process.