Decluttering your house can feel like an overwhelming task. But you can simplify your home by challenging yourself to remove one of these items a day. At the end of the time period, you’ll be amazed at how much calmer, cleaner, and peaceful your home feels.
When you look around your house, you feel overwhelmed at the clutter.
You think life would be easier if you got yourself organized, but the reality is, no full-scale organization, or using of storage space in or out of your home will help.
There’s simply too much stuff.
You need clear the clutter and simplify your life – simplify your home.
But you don’t know where to start decluttering this mess that is the space you live in.
There are several approaches you can take, but if you’re feeling that state of overwhelm you really need to give yourself grace and tackle the job in a slow and steady manner.
To do this, you can either try one of these 25 10 minute decluttering tasks OR challenge yourself to get rid of the 120 items listed in this article from your home even as slowly as one item a day.
The focus today is simply to focus on things to declutter right now by removing them from your space – whether that’s by throwing in the trash, donating or gifting.
However, if you want to then organize some of these spaces, you’ll find related posts to give you some guidance there too.
Here we go!
Things to get rid of in the kitchen
The kitchen has a lot of quick wins when you’re looking to simplify your home from clutter.
My faves would have to be containers with no lids. Like the sock with no mate, it’s a mystery to me how these things disappear!
Items to throw out include:
- old herbs or spices
- canned food with dents
- any expired food item
- ratty sponges
- rusty potscrubbers
- excessive cleaning rags
- empty cleaning products
- cooking utensils / items you’ve never used (I’m looking at you, omlette maker!)
- mugs given as gifts
- containers with no lids / lids with no containers
- holiday decor you never use
- disposable cutlery
- takeaway food containers
- recipe books you’ve never cooked one recipe from
- empty jars (mason jars can be kept- here’s some awesome Christmas decor ideas using mason jars)
Things to get rid of in the bathroom
The bathroom or ensuite is another treasure trove of items you can throw out for a fast declutter.
- expired makeup
- makeup you never use
- expired medication (check out Marie’s comment at the end of the post first though!)
- stretched out hair ties
- old razors
- empty bottles
- samples from hotel rooms
- perfumes / aftershave you don’t wear
- unopened gift sets
- old sunscreen
Things to get rid of from your bedroom
The main trash targets are related to your clothes, though I am sure you’ll find some of these other items to declutter:
- socks with holes
- underwear with holes
- clothing that is too small, too big, or stained
- knick knacks you don’t like
- jewelry you never wear
- never used handbags
- shoes you have not worn for several years
- paper of any kind
- extra phone chargers
- empty perfume bottles on your dresser
Things to get rid of from the living room
The living room can house a number of items that can be thrown out for a fast declutter.
- old newspapers / magazines
- old brochures / catalogs
- books you will never read again
- home decor you no longer like
- extra candles
- old dvds / videos
- old remotes
- 3D glasses
- old video games
- extra cushions
Things to get rid of from the children’s rooms
Your child’s room can quickly become a repository of clutter.
I recommend the process of getting rid of toys is done with your child.
However as much as I am a fan of decluttering, you may want to keep treasured books and toys for when your children are parents themselves and you have grandchildren to visit.
My son really loved reading the book that was his dad’s favorite when he was a little boy and I look forward to the day I can share such treasures as “Where the wild things are” and “The hungry caterpillar” with whatever grandbabies I am blessed with!
However the things you can declutter include:
- clothing that is stained or torn
- too small clothing
- broken toys
- toys they have grown out of (that you don’t want to keep)
- books they have grown out of (that you don’t want to keep)
- puzzles with missing pieces
- crafts they have never done / will never do
- stuffed toys that just take up space
- toys with missing pieces
- old school books / artwork that you do not wish to keep
Things to get rid of in the laundry room
Oh the laundry… my main struggle here is ending up with piles of clothes to be put away.
But there are still things you can declutter!
- dried up shoe polish
- broken / dirty pegs
- open cleaning products that have not been used for more than a year
- unopened cleaning products that are several years old
- odd socks
Things to get rid of from your linen cupboard
The linen cupboard can be a place where all manner of stuff goes to die.
Turn it from graveyard to chic spot by simplifying this part of your home and getting rid of:
- anything gifted to you (towels, sheets etc) that you don’t like and doesn’t suit the style of your home
- towels that have become thin with age
- sheets or towels with tears / holes
- stained sheets
- sheets with no mate
- mismatched pillowslips
- bedding for bed sizes you don’t actually own
- any more sheet sets than 2-3 times the amount of beds in your house
- more than 10 old towels
- children’s bedding (eg themed comforters) when your children have grown
- old / single cushions
- old throws
- old electric blankets
- unused bedskirts
- face cloths / hand towels that don’t match sets
Things to get rid of from the garage
The garage is a haven of things that should not be taking up space in your home.
Did you know almost one quarter of Americans have so much stuff in their garage that there’s no longer space for their car (source)!
Go on the hunt for the following (note – check disposal instructions for anything toxic such as paints, automotive fluids etc. Do not just throw them in the trash!):
- expired garden sprays
- empty / near empty garden sprays
- extra / unused cords and cables
- dried up paint tins
- empty / near empty automotive fluids
- broken tools
- trash dumped on the ground
- paint brushes that are stiff with paint
- materials from hobbies long forgotten
- broken / unused sports equipment
- old children’s equipment (including helmets, bikes, slides, and so on)
- stored furniture
- unused exercise equipment
- boxes for things in your home (eg television, microwave)
- empty plant pots (especially plastic ones plants come in from the garden center)
Things to get rid of from your wallet
Ah the overstuffed wallet! Full of unused and unnecessary items, it’s the perfect item for a fast declutter.
Slim down your wallet by throwing away the following:
- coffee cards for places you never visit
- expired cards
- old receipts
- old tickets
- used gift cards
Miscellaneous things to get rid of
As well as giving us joy, love and companionship, pets can also generate their own clutter.
Pet items you could throw away include:
- pet clothing that no longer fits
- damaged pet toys that represent a choking hazard
- old leashes / collars that are too small
- expired pet medication
- old pet blankets / bedding
Holiday decorations can also provide a quick win when you’re decluttering.
- broken decorations
- lights that no longer work
- random decorations from sets / themes you no longer use
- garish / ugly decorations
- anything that has not seen the light of day for three years or more
Other random things to declutter:
- buttons / thread provided for clothes you no longer own
- phone chargers for phones you no longer have
- cables that you can’t identify the purpose of
- headphones / earbuds that don’t work
- old computers / printers / modems etc
- empty boxes from appliances you’ve purchased
- paper pads, especially free ones given by random businesses
- pens that don’t work
- cards without envelopes
- plastic bags
- old ribbons
- scraps of wrapping paper
- excessive amounts of gift bags
- sellotape past its best
- excessive amounts of rulers (we seem to have about 10 in our house. How and why?)
Decluttering your house can feel like an overwhelming task.
But you can simplify your home by challenging yourself to remove one of these items a day.
At the end of the time period, you’ll be amazed at how much calmer, cleaner, and peaceful your home feels.