Things to declutter in October

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Things to declutter in October

If you’re looking for some decluttering projects to try for yourself at home, then check out this handy list of things to declutter in October. There are big and small daily projects to clear the clutter from your home, declutter your time, get organised and generally simplify your life.


Decluttering can take practice. In this post I’m sharing some easy daily projects to help you get started.

If you’re new to decluttering or need some extra help, you might also like to read more about deciding what to keep and what to get rid of and some of the reasons to become clutter-free!

  1. Your plans for Christmas – Make Christmas a little simpler and more magical for both you and the kids by planning ahead and getting organised.
  2. Relationships that don’t serve you – Identify which relationships are important to you, add value to your life and really mean something to you. Build and strengthen these and find ways to filter out the relationships that aren’t based on mutual support, trust and respect.
  3. Things that make you unhappy – Find ways to be happier, put a smile on your face and on those around you!
  4. Double-booking yourself – Stop running around because time is tight. Declutter your calendar so you have more wiggle room and more free time.
  5. Keyrings you don’t need – Whilst you’re at it, check whether you still need the keys too.
  6. Your kitchen junk drawer – We all have one of these. It’s a catch-all drawer that needs sorting out from time to time. Do it this month!
  7. The storage drawer under your bed – Out of season clothing, spare bedding, extra blankets? Work out what you need to keep and donate/throw/recycle the rest.
  8. Camping equipment – Are you going to use it again? Is it in full working order?
  9. Tools that you don’t use – If you don’t know how to use them, have never used them or they’re broken, do you really need to keep them?
  10. Paintbrushes and decorating supplies – Check for old paint that’s gone off, paintbrushes that are past their best and any other materials that you don’t use.
  11. Things that you don’t really need and could give to charity – Somebody else could put them to good use.
  12. Unwanted gifts – Just because someone gave it to you, doesn’t mean you have to keep it. Pass on to a friend or recycle or donate instead.
  13. Expired coupons and vouchers – If they’ve expired, they’re probably of no use!
  14. Anything that you haven’t used in the last year – No need to clutter up your space with things you’re not likely to wear.
  15. Pet supplies – Check for out of date food and medicines.
  16. Seasonal clothes that could be put into storage – Coats in mid summer, shorts in mid winter? Go through your seasonal clothes before you put them in a bag until the weather changes.
  17. Stuff on top of the wardrobe that you’d forgotten about – Can you see it? It’s still there even if it’s out of sight!
  18. Stuff that’s squashed into your wardrobe that you’d forgotten about – Pull it out now and re-home it. Wardrobes are for clothes only!
  19. Old school reports for the kids which you can scan and save electronically – Same goes for other important documents and sentimental items the kids created.
  20. Tax and VAT records that you no longer need – Check how long you need to keep these before you dispose of them though!
  21. Debt – Identify how much you owe and come up with a plan for paying it off at a rate you can afford.
  22. Too many credit cards – Credit cards can be useful but use them wisely.
  23. Memberships to gym clubs etc – If you use your memberships then keep them. If not, cancel them and use or save the money in a more useful way.
  24. Subscriptions you never use – As for memberships above!
  25. Your time – Declutter your time like you declutter your stuff.
  26. Things you bought which seemed a good idea at the time but you never use – Think about what you could have done with the money and shop more mindfully in the future.
  27. Bad memories – We carry our memories with us but don’t let bad memories cloud your thoughts.
  28. Any information that you can find on the internet if you need it – Instruction manuals or maps?
  29. Time looking mindlessly at social media – Limit your time looking into the lives of others and focus your time and energy on working on your own life!
  30. Hobby supplies you no longer enjoy – Declutter what you don’t use and don’t enjoy any more.
  31. Things that waste timeUse your time wisely and be mindful of how you spend your days.

If you enjoyed this post, you might like to take a look at declutter projects for other months in the year.

Each month I suggest a series of declutter projects. I hope they help you clear the clutter in your home, little by little and create space and calm for you too!

Hop over to my post on declutter projects for every month of the year.

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