50 THINGS TO DECLUTTER AT HOME RIGHT NOW
Decluttering your home is simple once you get the hang of it, but it can be a little daunting for those who are new to the whole thing. If you’re keen to try it yourself, but need some help getting started, check out this post for some quick and easy declutter projects. Here are 50 things to declutter at home right now.
THE BENEFITS OF DECLUTTERING
Studies have shown that the amount of clutter around you is directly proportional to stress levels, especially for women. The more clutter, the more stress.
So, decluttering your home can really make a big difference to your life.
- Your home will be easier to look after as it’s quicker to tidy and clean when there’s generally less stuff.
- You’ll spend less time maintaining it and your home will always generally look great if an unexpected guest drops by!
- You’ll have more time to do other things in life because you’ll be spending less time managing your home.
- You might even feel more relaxed or calm in a less cluttered environment so you’re able to focus and concentrate on other things instead of stressing about the state of your house and what needs doing to it.
WHY CAN DECLUTTERING BE HARD?
If decluttering your home involves just getting rid of anything that you don’t use, don’t like or don’t need, then really it should be quite easy.
Just ask yourself simple questions to help you decide what to declutter and get started! Easy? Well, not always!
Despite some wonderful benefits, sometimes we find it difficult to declutter.
Here are some of the reasons we give:
- Not enough time
- Don’t know where to start
- Always got the kids with us
- Too much stuff
- Lack of motivation
- Don’t know what to do with the unwanted stuff
Do any of these sound familiar? If so, don’t worry! You’re definitely not alone.
STARTING TO DECLUTTER
If you find it difficult to declutter or are just getting started and need a little kick-start to boost you, why not try this list of 50 things to declutter at home right now.
I’ve listed a few little projects which will take you no more than a few minutes each (of course, you can spend longer if you get carried away!).
My aim is to help you get used to the feeling of clearing your unwanted items, making some simple decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of, and importantly, giving you some quick wins so you can see and feel the benefits of less clutter.
Starting is often the hardest bit (of anything) but I hope these little projects will encourage and motivate you to continue. Decluttering skills are much like a muscle, the more you use them, the stronger they become.
50 THINGS TO DECLUTTER AT HOME RIGHT NOW!
Try these small decluttering projects to help you declutter your home. Follow the list or pick and choose what takes your fancy at the time.
- Old newspapers and magazines
- DVDs that you’ve watched and won’t watch again
- Books you’ve never read or won’t read again
- Old mobile phones and accessories
- Old keys that you don’t know what they’re for
- Any furniture or ornaments that you don’t like to look at
- Instruction manuals for things you no longer own
- Excess plastic bags
- Anything on your calendar that you don’t want to do
- Receipts you no longer need
- Bank statements you no longer need
- Pens that don’t work anymore
- Junk mail
- Expired store cards, credit cards and gift vouchers
- Jewellery that you never wear
- Earrings that don’t have a pair
- Old glasses that you don’t use
- Odd socks and socks with holes
- Stained clothing or that’s damaged beyond repair
- Clothes that you don’t like or don’t fit
- Excess clothes hangers
- Junk in the bottom of your handbag
- Toiletries and old makeup that you never use/has seen better days
- Old towels or bedding that have holes, are worn out or you don’t need
- Unused cookbooks
- Food that is past its use by date or you don’t like
- Any food that’s gone stale
- Storage containers that you don’t use or don’t have lids
- Gadgets and appliances you never use
- Extra dishes, cutlery, glasses that you never use or are damaged
- Broken toys or toys with parts or pieces missing
- Out of date medicines
- Clothes and shoes that your kids have outgrown
- Kids’ artwork you don’t want to keep or have taken a photo of
- Toys that your kids have grown out of
- Baby stuff (if you’re past the having babies stage!)
- Half-finished craft projects that your kids have forgotten about
- Desktop icons on your pc that you no longer use
- Fuzzy photos or duplicate photos that you don’t want to keep
- Apps on your phone that you don’t use
- Junk email in your inbox
- Unsubscribe from newsletters that are no longer of interest
- Broken tools in your garage or shed
- Your car
- Old paint/chemicals in your shed you never use
- Broken garden furniture
- Outdoor toys that aren’t played with anymore
- Broken Christmas/festive decorations
- Cleaning products you don’t use
- The front of your fridge (photos, paperwork, magnets etc)
RESOURCES FOR DECLUTTERING
If you enjoyed this post and would like to learn more about decluttering and what it could mean for you, here are some resources which you might find helpful:
- How to declutter your home and life – a helpful guide to how to start
- 6 tips to help you declutter
- How to declutter when you don’t have time
- 20 daily habits for a clutter-free home
- Declutter Starter Kit – a free guide and workbook to help you understand the what, why and how of decluttering. Projects, tips and guidance to clear the clutter in your home and life.
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS…
Have you started to declutter or are you still deciding how to go about it? If you got stuck, how did you overcome that? What have been the greatest benefits to a life with less stuff?
Drop a note in the comments if you have any thoughts or tips to share!