There are several declutter your home checklist available yet so many people still struggle with minimizing and decluttering.
Why is that? It’s because some start and get distracted and simply don’t finish. Others find that they have an attachment to an item. And some grew up with nothing and now they it’s too hard to get rid of anything.
Would you be surprised if I told you it all comes to down the psychology of clutter?
You can try to declutter your home but if you are not using the correct declutter printable or planner then you may not finish at all.
Use the declutter your home checklist below to see what you can do now to help get rid of some clutter.
- Start with the front view of your home from the street. Are there too many items in yard or front porch?
- Continue with first impressions of your home’s interior. As you step inside your front door and enter the foyer, living room or great room area, how does it look to you?
Are there things laying on the floor? Is there anything that is not in it’s home?
- Look at the surfaces of all your furniture, like the dining table, the entertainment center, end tables, cocktail table, and even the kitchen countertops if they’re within your view.
If the surfaces are cluttered try removing some of the items.
- Walk each room in the house. Look for too many items in one space and clear the surface off.
- Put away most small items.
A quick and handy method to clear out the “small item” clutter is to grab a large laundry basket or cardboard box and walk through each room, plucking up items that don’t need to be there. Deposit them in your basket or box. Then, put them all away.
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Use Tools to Help You Declutter
Using tools will make decluttering your home easier. Be sure to have large garbage bags for trash and recycle as well as the following:
- Baskets to hold things you plan to keep or sort and cardboard boxes for donations.
- Post-it notes and a marker for labeling.
- A timer to keep you on track.
- A large space for sorting; this can be on a bed, a card table or just the middle of the floor.
Have a Decluttering Game Plan
Of course using a declutter your home checklist or planner can help guide you and keep you on track you still need a game plan regardless.
Start with Surfaces
As I suggested earlier after observing your front yard walk in side and observe your home. Specifically flat surfaces through out your home such as:
- counter tops
- end tables
- coffee tables
- tv stands
- washer and dryer
- refrigerator (ice box and/or deep freeze)
As mentioned above use a laundry basket to quickly throw everything into. Once you have gone through the clutter and disposed of everything you don’t need you can find a home for whats left.
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Declutter Your Home Room by Room with a Checklist
Before organizing your bathroom, go through everything thoroughly and throw out (or donate) anything that’s outdated or no longer needed such as:
- Old scissors or razors
- Expired prescriptions
- Any Make-Up over a year old (checkout the Minimalist Beauty Planner to help you declutter your Make-Up)
- Out of date products
- Things you don’t like or use
- Throw out all empty and almost empty bottles
Doing these kinds of things will maximize the space you do have. below are some tips and hacks for small spaces:
- Place a magnet strip inside your medicine cabinet to hang things like scissors and tweezers.
- Place skirt or piece of fabric around free-standing sinks to hide cleaning products underneath.
- Give each family member their own see-through container for the personal items.
- Keep cleaners in their own container under the sink, so they’re accessible when you need them.
- Small containers or baskets can help to organize cluttered bathroom drawers and cupboards.
Try keeping your fridge organized by doing the following to keep it clutter free:
- Go through and throw out rotten food at least once a week.
- Store leftovers in clear, labelled, containers
- Have a look through your condiments, and check expiration dates.
- Have a different shelf for different kinds of food and drinks.
Organizing the cupboards and cabinets is also essential because you open them several times a day.
- Put all mugs, glasses and cups in a cupboard near the sink if you can.
- Try to give all similar items their own shelf, i.e. plates, bowls, containers, etc.
- If you don’t have a lot of cupboard space, sort through all your kitchenware and put what you can live without in storage or donate it.
If you have a tiny kitchen, however, it may be hard to organize it in precisely the way you want. Here are some tips for making a little more space:
- Install mug hooks underneath your cupboards.
- Use square containers instead of round ones.
- Use square containers instead of round ones.
- Line up pat and pan lids vertically.
- Get rolling drawer units that you can just pull out when you need them.
- Keep a magnetic notepad on the fridge to write down things you need to buy on your next shopping trip. Then, before you go shopping, check your list against your fridge, freezer and cupboards to avoid buying items you already have.
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Start organizing your cluttered closets by clearing out everything you don’t need, such as:
- Throwing away, selling or donate any clothes that don’t fit anymore or are out of fashion.
- Go through shoes and throw out any that are damaged or are too old to wear.
- If you have a very full wardrobe, it can help to try and categorize them.
- Hang complete outfits together. i.e. suits
- Categorize by season. e.g. winter and summer.
- Categorize by style.
To have a genuinely uncluttered your closet, you need to be able to store things well.
- Store things in plastic, see-through, containers so that it’s easy to see what’s in them.
- Use shelving for storing shoes and extra folded clothes.
- Keep a few baskets in your wardrobes to store clothes that need mending, or clothes that you’re planning to sell or donate to charity.
Hang a bag specifically for shoes on the back of your wardrobe door to maximize space.
When decluttering and organizing kids bedrooms, it is a great idea to divide up the room according to what your child needs. For example:
- Sleeping area
- Reading area
- Homework area
- Play area
Use stack-able baskets in the wardrobe for shoes, scarves, gloves, etc. Use higher shelves in the wardrobes for seasonal clothes that are not currently in use.
- Use bigger buckets for larger toys and decorated ice cream tubs for smaller toys.
- Store books, stuffed animals and craft items on shelving units.
THE OFFICE (HOME)
These days, many homes have a home office. But these spaces have the potential to be the most cluttered and disorganized areas of a house.
Try arranging your desks or tables in an “L” shape or a “U” shape, giving you two or three substantial work areas.
Only keep what you need and use in desk drawers. If not, clutter will start to build up very quickly. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
Build yourself time into every day to sort through and clear off the papers on your desk and put things where they belong.
Try using folders for everything to really help you keep organised. For example, you can have separate folders for each of these things:
- Even better, if you have a computer, scan all your papers and use an electronic note/filing system like Evernote or OneNote.
- Have a large master calendar on the wall of your office at all times. This will organize not only your office but your life as well.
- Make sure your calendar is large enough for you to log down all of your essential activities, and that it is in a place where it is always visible to you.
GARAGE AND SHED
Garages and sheds can be incredibly overwhelming because, often, everything that we don’t want in the house ends up in these two places.
Always use lots of shelving in your shed and garage because they keep things off the floor and give you more room for more significant items.
Use pegboards to hang up a wide variety of items, such as:
- Garden Hoses
Store gardening tools in a portable basket or bucket so that they’re easy to transport.
Conclusion to the Declutter Your Home Checklist
Make sure all similar tools and supplies (i.e. car tools and supplies) are stored together to make it easier to find them when you need them.
Dedicate a portion of your shed and/or garage to outdoor toys and recreational activities. Large buckets can be great for this kind of thing.
Related Post to Help You Declutter Your Home:
- The Psychology of Clutter and What to Do About It
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- Decluttering Your Home: A Life Decluttered
- Digital Clutter: Minimalism isn’t Just About Physical Clutter