This free printable declutter checklist is a room by room list of things to declutter so you can get rid of your unwanted items quickly and easily!
Often, the hardest part of decluttering is getting started. Particularly if our spaces have gotten really cluttered or we haven’t gone through the decluttering process in a while, it can feel overwhelming to know how to begin.
To help curb the overwhelm, we can break down our decluttering into smaller chunks and simply focus on one piece at a time. That’s exactly what our decluttering checklist printable is designed to do.
How to Use the Declutter Your Home Checklist
The decluttering checklist breaks down decluttering tasks by room so it’s easy to see what needs to be done in each space. It then lists items by category to give you ideas of certain things to look for in the room. There are extra spots for you to add your own categories in each room as well.
You can obviously keep the list together as one big master list. Or we like to print out the checklists on card stock, cut them apart, and keep each room’s list in a drawer or cabinet of the room it belongs to for easy reference.
Free Printable Decluttering Checklist PDF
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Room by Room List of Things to Declutter in the Margins of Your Day
This checklist is a great way to make the most of the margins of our days. Sometimes we’ll find ourselves with 10 extra minutes while we’re waiting to leave the house or 15 spare minutes while dinner is in the oven. These small amounts of time are perfect for decluttering one small category in our space.
When we find ourselves with a little bit of margin in the day, we can pull out the checklist from the room we’re in and choose a category to declutter. We like to set the timer on our phones and use the time we have available to declutter as much as we can from that category.
If we can consistently work in a few 10-15 minute decluttering sessions per day, they will really add up over time, and we’ll find ourselves with a beautifully decluttered house faster than we ever thought possible!
What should I declutter first?
Sometimes it helps to have a definitive starting point for our decluttering, especially when we’re feeling overwhelmed. Here are a few ideas of places to start decluttering first:
Start with the category that annoys you the most.
If you avoid going into your kitchen cabinet because the Tupperware lids fall down on you every time you do, decluttering your Tupperware would be a great place to start!
Start with the category that will significantly impact your day.
If you can never find the office supplies you need because your desk drawers are a cluttered mess, start there. You’ll enjoy working at your desk more, and you’ll be more productive because you can easily find what you need.
Start with the trash.
Trash is a really easy starting point because it’s often a no-brainer, we’re not emotionally attached to it, and once it’s gone, it frees up space to work on the rest of the room.
Start with a space that’s important to you.
If you have a reading corner in your bedroom that’s buried under a pile of clothes and accessories, start by decluttering that pile, putting items away, and reclaiming your happy place.
Start by helping someone else!
If your partner’s workshop is so cluttered that they avoid working in there, start by helping them organize their tools. Once they see how great it feels to have an uncluttered space, they’ll be a lot more likely to pitch in on future projects.
(Caveat: Only work on their space if it’s something they want, and don’t get rid of their items without asking. This would have the opposite effect of what we’re going for!)
Decluttering Checklist: Final Thoughts
Sometimes all we need is a simple tool to help us get started on a project that will greatly improve our lives, like decluttering.
We hope that this decluttering checklist will help you on your way to creating that beautiful, uncluttered house you’ve been dreaming of!
Room-by-Room Decluttering Checklist: Frequently Asked Questions
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