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. 


how 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
  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. 


donating items


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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Read more:

Why Decluttering Is So Hard and How to Overcome It

Find Time to Declutter When You Don’t Have Time 

Decluttering Sentimental Items :: How to Let Go

Organize and Declutter Your Kids Toys

Have a Clutter Free Christmas



  1. 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.

  2. 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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  4. 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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