Declutter Your Home Check List- 101 Things to Get Rid Of

Why You Should Declutter Your Home


I remember being so sick of the mess. So tired of walking into rooms that were stacked high with junk.


Keeping doors closed and avoiding certain spaces because just being in there brought on so much stress. Telling myself, “declutter your home,” but not knowing where to start. 


I finally got so tired of it all that, I just started getting rid of things – all of it, and never looked back.


At first, it was overwhelming and hard to part with things. Now, I hardly buy new stuff and getting rid of things is easy.


I don’t find value in small trinkets or clothes and other random household items. It’s easier to clean my house and I know where everything is. The list of benefits goes on and on and on.


So what are you waiting for? I know you have that room that always has the door shut, the drawer you can barely open, and that closet full of clothes that you don’t wear.


If you are looking for some secret recipe for decluttering… you won’t find it. The secret is… there is no secret.


You just do it. You do it or you let it sit and get worse. Declutter your home and don’t put it off!


So right now… today… you take this list of 101 Things to Get Rid Of and declutter your home, right now!


Start purging your house.


You will be much better off. I also provide a printable list of all 101 things so that you can mark them off as you work. You can find it at the end of this post.


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How to Get Rid of the Clutter – Topics To Be Covered

How do I start decluttering?
List of 101 things to declutter right now!
Where do I donate my items?


You can also read tips on decluttering your closet, your kids toys, and your kitchen. 


where to start decluttering


How to Start –  Declutter Your Home


  • Understand it is going to take time
  • Don’t try to do it all in one day… you’ll get discouraged
  • Do one space at a time
  • Get trash bags for the items you are throwing away
  • Get boxes or bags for the items you are going to donate
  • Have a place to set items you are going to give to friends or family
  • Join My Free Facebook Group so you will have a community to help hold you accountable



Checklist Of 101 Things to Declutter Right Now


1. Clothes that don’t fit


2. Clothes that are torn or stained


3. Clothes that aren’t flattering


4. That clothing item you bought but never wear


5. Extra hangers


6. Undergarments that don’t fit, are stained, etc.


7. Accessories you haven’t worn in 6 months


8. Old nail polish


9. Socks without a mate


10. Shoes that don’t fit, are worn out, stained, etc.


11. Gloves without a mate


12. Cracked or never worn belts


13. Unused or broken hair ties


14. Old/never worn hats


15. Free/promotional t-shirts


16. Scarves you don’t wear


17. Old bedsheets


18. Old/stained pillows


19. Books you have read and won’t read again


20. Books you have never read


21. Old makeup


22. Travel sized toiletries


23. Perfumes and lotions, you don’t wear/are old


24. Old toothbrushes


25. Shampoo you aren’t using


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26. Old towels


27. Hair Products you aren’t using


28. Baby items they have grown out of


29. Baby items you didn’t like using


30. Old/broken toys


31. Toys that aren’t played with


32. Pens that don’t work


33. Half-finished craft projects


34. Craft supplies you haven’t use in a year


35. Games with missing or broken pieces


36. Greeting and Birthday Cards that were you


37. Gift bags to reuse that aren’t in good shape


38. Wrapping Paper Scraps


39. Notes you kept from school


40. Chargers for old phones


41. Old phones


42. Old phones cases


43. Random cords you don’t use


44. Old tables, computers, etc.


45. Manuals that you can look up online


46. Old CD’s (or all CDs)


47. Extra purses


48. Extra totes/bags


49. Extra mugs


50. Extra sunglasses (or other glasses you may have)



51. Old food in the refrigerator


52. Expired food from the pantry


53. Old Food in the freezer


54. Tea/coffee you never drink


55. Recipe Books


56. Dirty Sponges


57. Worn out kitchen towels


58. Food you haven’t eaten and won’t eat


59. Broken/chipped dishes


60. Duplicate items


61. Herbs/Spices you don’t use


62. Specialty Kitchen Items not used in a year


63. Art work you don’t like


64. Decor/Knick knacks that you don’t like


65. DVDs you don’t watch


66. Old video games


67. Old video game consoles


68. Old Computer games


69. Duplicates of tools


70. Broken Tools


71. tools you don’t use and/or could easily borrow


72. Items in storage you never look at


73. Unfinished projects


74. Cans of paint that you no longer need


75. Memorabilia that means nothing to you



76. Old medicine and vitamins


77. Old receipts


78. Duplicate/bad photos


79. Paperwork you don’t need to file away


80. Dead plants/flowers


81. Cleaning products you don’t use


82. Furniture that isn’t necessary


83. Old candles


84. Take out menus


85. Take loose change to the bank


86. Old boxes and packaging


87. Workout equipment you don’t use


88. Magazines


89. Old pet toys


90. Unused vases


91. Old shopping bags


92. Broken Christmas Ornaments


93. Old car chargers


94. Trash in your car


95. Loose change in your car


96. Give back borrowed items


97. VHS you can’t watch


98. Audio tapes you can’t listen to


99. Switch bills to paperless billing


100. Old keys


101. Expired gift cards or gift cards you aren’t using


I made this into a printable checklist for you! The information on how to download it is below.


It’s basically a declutter your home checklist that will help you become a decluttering pro. 


where to take donations


Where Do I Donate My Items?


  • You can give some items to friends or family if you think they would really enjoy them
  • Give to the Veterans of America. You can sign up for them to pick up your things.
  • Drop your donation off at a Goodwill, Salvation Army, or other second-hand stores
  • Drop your donation at a Planet Aide (or other) Box in a local parking lot
  • Sell High-End Pieces on Poshmark or Facebook Marketplace
  • Throw away all broken items!


Decluttering your house can take some time. It took me a year to really get through everything so make sure you give yourself plenty of time and a little bit of grace.


It can get overwhelming when you are in the thick of it, but remember that the results will be totally worth it!


If you need more help decluttering your home, then check out my Honest Declutter Guide.


Or Sign Up For My FREE 3-Day Declutter Challenge!


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Why Decluttering Is So Hard and How to Overcome It

Find Time to Declutter When You Don’t Have Time 

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Organize and Declutter Your Kids Toys

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  1. tripichick

    February 16, 2024 at 1:07 am

    my sweet, NOBODY history of 63 yo alter-abled senior’s has less unnecessary crap than i. i have three outfits i can wear outside the apartment, read library books and use every scrap of my craft materials needle felting and weaving.

    “getting rid of’ stuff requires a black hole. we have to shlep every thing down steep shaky metal steps, Trash gets emptied twine a Minth. Goodwill etc requires a car.

    Far easuier tio not purchase unnecessary stuff.

  2. Jackie

    February 12, 2024 at 11:51 am

    Thanks so much for sharing your decluttering tips. I am hoping to do a big deep clean of my home this month and want to start with some decluttering. I am going to get my carpets cleaned once that is finished & then move on to the rest of the house. Thanks again for the inspo!

  3. Caroline goins

    November 2, 2023 at 8:16 pm

    Going to get started very soon now that weather is cooler I can tackle storage unit frist than the house it’s only my dog and I so things aren’t that bad but I have clothes to donate as well thank you for yr help on the list

  4. Retha Cawood

    July 14, 2023 at 4:10 pm

    Can’t wait to start with your list on how to declutter.

  5. Michelle Hurlbut

    April 12, 2023 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks for this list! I am going to retire in next year and have gradually been starting to declutter. My 26 yr old daughter with Asperger’s Syndrome is moving out this summer so once that happens, it should be much easier to simplify. Right now, housework is hard because she messes things up as fast as I clean it! We are starting to update our house we’ve lived in for 8 yrs. Got painting done, moving out clutter, and making it into our “dream home”; We are in our 60’s so are ready to brighten and update everything.

  6. Karen Maynard

    March 3, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Great advice Thank You, I will be using you’re list 😀 👍

  7. Shirleen Curtis

    February 19, 2023 at 6:32 pm

    Thank you Rhonda for the ideas how to declutter my house.

  8. Britney Jones

    August 12, 2022 at 5:02 pm

    Thank you so much for this post! We have been helping my mom declutter her house and she has SO MUCH STUFF!! We had to get a dumpster rental for all of her stuff! We’ve been trying to help her to see that it’s ok to get rid of things and I think I’ll show her this post to help. Thanks again!

  9. karen klien

    November 2, 2020 at 6:48 am

    I appreciate your list of things that are no longer needed.
    It will be helpful in the near future to put aside the things that do not matter and are not vital to life!

    1. KatiesKottage

      November 5, 2020 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks Karen! Glad the list was helpful for you.

  10. Susie

    September 25, 2020 at 12:17 am

    I laughed so hard at this list (in a good way) 100% me I have every single item on this list stacked stored or scattered throughout my house. I’m a pack rat, but my husband (ooof) he would divorce me if I got rid of everything while bitching that our house is messy ?

    1. KatiesKottage

      September 25, 2020 at 4:55 pm

      🙂 Stacks drive me nuts but if you can live with them then maybe it’s worth saving your marriage. Lol! But if you really wanted to declutter you could start by getting rid of your own things… not his… and not complain not about the house being messy. Can’t ever expect someone else to get rid of their things. They might not be in the same place as you.

  11. Sharon Patton

    February 13, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Great suggestions. I didn’t know where to start!

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 13, 2020 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you Sharon! So glad it could help. 🙂

    2. Deborah Beckner

      March 14, 2020 at 7:36 pm

      Books videos can be donated to libraries.
      Sheets, towels, blankets your local government run animal shelter. Tents, sleeping bags, travel size items donate for the homeless. Food that isnt expired or open give to local food pantry. Some charities take damaged clothing that they send to Africa to be made into rugs. Church thrift stores takes utems money earned is usually to help the poor. If you want the items donated to stay in the community our local Salivation Army sends all items to a central place and only send some of the items back.

      1. KatiesKottage

        April 4, 2020 at 8:29 pm

        Thanks Deborah! That is such great advice. Thank you for sharing that valuable information.

  12. Anna Macias

    December 19, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you! I hope to be able to to put myself in a decluttering mode. Being disabled I have had to take on side work to be able to buy treats for my dogs and a burger for myself on occasion. I’ve been hauling other people’s garbage. There are lots of good things people throw away that I felt others could use and took home. Forgetting I’m not very social I wasn’t letting anyone know I had all this stuff. Now to get rid of it. I’m responsible for everything on my own. Payments repairs to my house, vehicles, dogs, tools, gifts to my family etc. Being hit by a drunk driver and hit by a hit and run person took a toll on my body especially my balance. Feeling a little bit better I’m going to make time to declutter. Applying for your three day help.

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  14. Rhonda

    March 4, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Just wanted to say, places that rescue animals can use donations of towels, blankets,…etc to help the critters. It is sometimes easier to get rid of something if you know that the items will be used & needed. ask at your local pound or ASPCA

    1. KatiesKottage

      March 4, 2019 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you Rhonda! That is such a great idea. That is also why I like to suggest donating to the Veterans. I’ll definitely be looking into this. I have two dogs that we rescued. I love helping the critters. 🙂

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