50 Things to Declutter at Home Right Now

50 things to declutter 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.


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.

In short, there are many benefits to decluttering your home, thinking differently about what you keep and perhaps finding ways to shop more mindfully or have less stuff generally.


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.


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.


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. 

  1. Old newspapers and magazines
  2. DVDs that you’ve watched and won’t watch again
  3. Books you’ve never read or won’t read again
  4. Old mobile phones and accessories
  5. Old keys that you don’t know what they’re for
  6. Any furniture or ornaments that you don’t like to look at
  7. Instruction manuals for things you no longer own
  8. Excess plastic bags
  9. Anything on your calendar that you don’t want to do
  10. Receipts you no longer need
  11. Bank statements you no longer need
  12. Pens that don’t work anymore
  13. Junk mail
  14. Expired store cards, credit cards and gift vouchers
  15. Jewellery that you never wear
  16. Earrings that don’t have a pair
  17. Old glasses that you don’t use
  18. Odd socks and socks with holes
  19. Stained clothing or that’s damaged beyond repair
  20. Clothes that you don’t like or don’t fit
  21. Excess clothes hangers
  22. Junk in the bottom of your handbag
  23. Toiletries and old makeup that you never use/has seen better days
  24. Old towels or bedding that have holes, are worn out or you don’t need
  25. Unused cookbooks
  26. Food that is past its use by date or you don’t like
  27. Any food that’s gone stale
  28. Storage containers that you don’t use or don’t have lids
  29. Gadgets and appliances you never use
  30. Extra dishes, cutlery, glasses that you never use or are damaged
  31. Broken toys or toys with parts or pieces missing
  32. Out of date medicines
  33. Clothes and shoes that your kids have outgrown
  34. Kids’ artwork you don’t want to keep or have taken a photo of
  35. Toys that your kids have grown out of
  36. Baby stuff (if you’re past the having babies stage!)
  37. Half-finished craft projects that your kids have forgotten about
  38. Desktop icons on your pc that you no longer use
  39. Fuzzy photos or duplicate photos that you don’t want to keep
  40. Apps on your phone that you don’t use
  41. Junk email in your inbox
  42. Unsubscribe from newsletters that are no longer of interest
  43. Broken tools in your garage or shed
  44. Your car
  45. Old paint/chemicals in your shed you never use
  46. Broken garden furniture
  47. Outdoor toys that aren’t played with anymore
  48. Broken Christmas/festive decorations
  49. Cleaning products you don’t use
  50. The front of your fridge (photos, paperwork, magnets etc)

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:


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!