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Decluttering Checklist

Use this checklist to help with removing clutter from your life. When choosing to keep or toss, consider this:

  • 1 Year: If you haven’t used it in the past year, get rid of it.
  • Size: If it’s too small, too large, or just doesn’t fit right with your home or body, toss it.
  • Duplicates: If you have more than one, keep one and give the rest away.
  • Love & Joy: If it doesn’t bring you joy and you don’t absolutely love it, get rid of it.
  • Replacement Cost: If you can’t remember the last time you used it and it is cheap to replace, toss it.
  • Doesn’t Fit in Your Life. Life is constantly changing. If it doesn’t fit in your current life and is something you can easily replace, give it away or donate it.
  • Does It Make Life Easier? If not, there’s no reason to keep it.
  • Would You Buy It Today? If not, you probably don’t need it.

Kitchen – Start at the top of your upper cupboards and work your way down

  • Extra & unused small appliances
  • Expired coupons
  • Old appliance manuals
  • Items that don’t belong in the kitchen
  • Empty vases, bowls, containers
  • Expired cleaning supplies
  • Unused cookbooks
  • Scratched or dented cookware
  • Dish towels with more holes than swiss cheese
  • Worn out hot pads & oven mitts
  • Outdated spices and pantry items
  • Expired or freezer burned foods
  • Gadgets that are never used
  • Old or unused dishes, utensils, cutlery, glasses/mugs
  • “Junk” drawers – sort and toss.

Living Room / Family Room

  • “Junk” drawers – sort and toss.
  • Extra ornaments, knick knacks
  • Out of date books
  • Broken furniture
  • Dead/dieing plants
  • Magazines
  • Uninspiring décor
  • Extra power cords
  • Toys that never get played with
  • Games with missing pieces
  • Outdated technology
  • Movies you no longer watch

Bath Room

  • “Junk” drawers – sort and toss.
  • Expired medications
  • Towels and wash rags with holes
  • Almost empty shampoo/conditioner bottles – consolidate and toss empties
  • Old razors, toothbrushes, combs, brushes, etc.
  • Expired makeup and dried nail polish
  • Unused curling irons, straighteners, blow dryers
  • Used lip balm
  • Expired sunscreen
  • Unused perfume and colognes
  • Unused travel size soaps and shampoos


  • “Junk” drawers – sort and toss
  • Wire hangers
  • Socks without mates or with holes
  • Clothes that don’t fit or have holes or stains
  • Old shoes you no longer wear
  • Outdated décor
  • Broken furniture
  • Extra pillows
  • Extra bed linens


  • “Junk” drawers – sort and toss
  • Old calendars and planners
  • Empty boxes
  • Take out menus
  • Old magazines and newspapers
  • Extra cleaning rags
  • Candles, night lights, etc. you don’t use
  • Ear buds, alarm clocks, old cell phones
  • Old paint
  • Screws, nuts, bolts, nails, etc.
  • Outdated or broken holiday décor
  • Unused flower pots
  • Anything you purchased and failed to return

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