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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Find Time to Declutter When You Don’t Have Time 

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12 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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  6. 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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