Decluttering List: 100+ things to get rid of to simplify your home!

Decluttering List: 100+ things to get rid of to simplify your home

Today I’m sharing an awesome decluttering list of more than 100 things to declutter from your home to simplify your home and your life!

When you’re decluttering, sometimes getting started can be one of the hardest parts. Maybe you feel overwhelmed by the amount of clutter in your home. Or overwhelmed with the amount of work ahead to declutter your whole house.

Or maybe, you just don’t know where to start, so you keep putting it off.

These are all very common roadblocks when you’re decluttering. But the easiest way to get around them is to find an easy way to dive and get started.

Often, once you get started decluttering, it becomes a lot easier to keep going!

Decluttering List: 100+ things to get rid of to simplify your home
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Get started decluttering with this list of easy stuff to get rid of

In today’s post, I’m sharing a decluttering list with 100+ things to declutter from all over your house. Start at the beginning and work your way down the list. Or pick anything on the list and get to work.

Most things listed in the post are easier things to get rid of. They are things you don’t use, love or need, so deciding to get rid of them is relatively easy. You probably won’t even miss these things once you get rid of them!

Decluttering this easy stuff from your home is a great way to kickstart your decluttering progress. It’ll get you started, and once you’ve started, it’s a lot easier to keep going!

If you’re ready to clear the clutter from your home, this list is a great tool to help you get started decluttering and build up your momentum and motivation to keep going!

Decluttering list: 100+ things to get rid of today!

Bathroom decluttering list

The bathroom is a great place to start decluttering. Not only are bathrooms usually smaller rooms, allowing you can make progress and see the results of your decluttering efforts quicker.

But also, bathrooms aren’t usually places you keep your most special, sentimental items. That means the decluttering decisions are easier because they’re more logical and less emotional.

Here is a list of things to declutter from the bathroom:

  • Dried up nail polish
  • Nail polish you haven’t worn in the last year
  • Empty or almost empty makeup and personal care items (i.e. lotion, face wash, mascara tubes, eye shadow, etc.)
  • Makeup you don’t like or never use
  • Old makeup (makeup has a limited shelf life before it becomes unsafe or unsuitable for use)
  • Old perfume or perfume you never wear
  • Samples or hotel toiletries
  • Any duplicate items, such as extra hairbrushes, hair tools, tweezers, nail clippers, makeup brushes, etc.
  • Expired or no longer needed medications (take them to your local pharmacy for proper disposal)
  • Mouldy bath toys
  • Stained, ripped or worn out towels (animal shelters are great places to donate old towels)

Wardrobe decluttering list

Decluttering clothes can easily feel overwhelming. But when you start small and keep working away at simplifying your closet, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming or stressful to declutter your wardrobe.

Start clearing the clutter from your wardrobe by getting rid of these things:

  • Socks with holes or no match
  • Worn out or uncomfortable underwear
  • Worn out or uncomfortable bras
  • Bathing suits that have lost their elastic
  • Clothes with stains, holes or are beyond repair
  • Clothes that no longer fit your body well today
  • Anything that doesn’t make you look and feel good
  • Clothes that are uncomfortable
  • Items that have lost their shape or stretch
  • Clothes you try on often, but never end up wearing
  • Anything you haven’t worn in the last year (aside from special occasion items)
  • Shoes that hurt your feet
  • Shoes with holes or no support left
  • Any shoes that have dust on them (proof that you’re not wearing them!)
  • Eyeglasses that don’t have your current prescription
  • Broken jewelry that is beyond repair (or you don’t want to repair)
  • Single earrings
  • Costume jewelry you don’t love and never wear
Decluttering List: 100+ things to get rid of to simplify your home
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Kitchen decluttering list

The kitchen is another great place to declutter. It’s a hardworking room in your home – where you cook, eat, entertain, gather, etc. The less clutter you have in your kitchen, the easier it will be to use and enjoy the kitchen as the heart of your home!

Here’s a list of things to declutter from your kitchen:

  • Expired food in the pantry, fridge and freezer
  • Any food that has gone bad in the pantry, fridge and freezer
  • Any foods you don’t like and know you won’t use in the pantry, fridge and freezer
  • Expired spices
  • Freezer burnt food
  • Old sauces and condiments
  • Cooking gadgets you haven’t used in the last year
  • Any gadgets that are more work to clean than the convivence they offer
  • Chipped or cracked plates and bowls
  • Extra plates or bowls you rarely use
  • Chipped or cracked glasses and mugs
  • Ugly mugs you never use
  • Plastic containers with no matching lid or vice versa
  • Warped, stained or damaged plastic containers
  • Duplicate cookware and bakeware
  • Duplicate cooking and baking utensils
  • Travel mugs you never use
  • Water bottles you never use
  • Damaged or worn out pots and pans
  • Cracked, chipped or broken cookware and bakeware
  • Fancy dishes or china you never use or don’t like
  • Serving dishes you never use or don’t like
  • Small appliance you never use or are too difficult to clean
  • Stained or worn out tea towels and dishcloths
  • Rusty can openers or cooking utensils
  • Anything on the front of your fridge you no longer need or want to display

Kid stuff decluttering list

There’s no doubt that kids seem to generate a lot of clutter! But it doesn’t have to take over the house!

Get your kids on board with helping you declutter whenever possible. It’s usually not a good idea to get rid of stuff that belongs to your kids without their input and consent. It can often end up leaving them feeling violated and make them hold onto stuff even tighter.

However, most younger kids have limited attention spans and limited decision-making abilities when it comes to decluttering. It can be helpful to do a quick decluttering sweep through their things, removing the garbage and obvious clutter first, so they can use their attention and decision-making abilities for the more important decisions.

It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it!

Including your kids when decluttering is not always easy, and can be frustrating when they want to keep more or different things than you would prefer.

But by including them you’re helping teach them valuable life skills, helping them learn the value of simplifying, and are giving them more control over their belongings and the care they require.

If your kids are resistant to letting go of anything, try giving them space limits for each category of their stuff and allowing them to keep only what they can fit in that space to encourage them to declutter.

It’s also important to teach them to be responsible for cleaning up and taking care of their stuff. Remind them that the less they have, the easier it is to take care of it, and the more they have the more work it is to manage it all.

Here’s a list of easy kid stuff to declutter:

  • Finished colouring books
  • Broken crayons
  • Dried up markers and glue
  • Broken toys or toys with missing pieces
  • Toys you can’t stand and drive you crazy!
  • Any toys no one plays with or likes
  • Toys that are no longer age-appropriate
  • Damaged books
  • Artwork and schoolwork (Keep a physical or digital copy of the pieces they’re most proud of. Display their work you’re not keeping, then recycle it after a few days. Remind them the fun of art is most often in the process of creating it!)
  • Damaged books
  • Puzzles with missing pieces

Linen closet decluttering list

The linen closet is a great place to get started decluttering. Again, it’s a small space, so you’ll be able to see and enjoy the results of your efforts right away!

And if you’re getting rid of old, worn out or stained linens, animal shelters are great places to donate them.

Here are some things to declutter from your linen closet:

  • Any linens that are worn out, stained or ripped
  • Sheets sets you never use or don’t like
  • Extra pillows, linens or blankets you haven’t used in the last 1-2 years
  • Blankets you don’t like
  • Stained or old pillows
  • Extra towels you never use

Electronics decluttering list

Old electronics are things that are easy to hold onto “just in case”, but more often than not are never needed or used and end up as clutter. Take a few minutes to sort through any old electronics you have and get rid of the clutter.

Here are some ideas of electronics to get rid of:

  • Old computers and laptops (copy any important data to your current computer, hard drive or cloud storage, then be sure to remove the hard drive and any sensitive information before getting rid of old computers)
  • Old devices you’ve upgraded
  • Cords you don’t use (or even know what they’re for!)

Books decluttering list

When you’re decluttering books, your local library is a great place to donate any you’re getting rid of.

Then, if you’re struggling to let go of certain books, remind yourself that if you ever want to read or reread them in the future, you can simply borrow the book back from the library!

Here are some ideas to get you started decluttering your books:

  • Books you’ve owned for 2 or more years and haven’t read yet
  • Books you’ve read but won’t reread
  • Old textbooks
  • Cookbooks you never use
  • Books you started and never finished
  • Children’s books that are no longer age-appropriate

Miscellaneous decluttering list

These miscellaneous items are great to get rid of when you’re decluttering to build your momentum and motivation. Most of them are easy to let go of and give you an easy place to start decluttering and start making progress.

Here are plenty of other things to declutter to keep your decluttering progress going:

  • Old receipts you don’t need
  • Old or expired credit cards, store rewards cards or membership cards
  • Keys you don’t need or know what they’re for
  • Junk mail
  • Old magazines
  • Old coupons
  • Take out menus (can usually be found online)
  • Manuals (most manuals are available online with a quick google search)
  • Pens that don’t work
  • Old or holey pet toys
  • Decorations you don’t like or have no attachment to
  • Throw pillows that are ripped, worn out, misshapen or you don’t like
  • Half-finished craft projects you haven’t worked on in the last year
  • Craft supplies you haven’t use in the last year
  • Board games with missing pieces
  • Board games you don’t like or never play
  • Any board games or puzzles that are no longer age-appropriate for your family
  • Empty electronics boxes
  • Any out of focus or unimportant photos
  • Unused or broken sports equipment
  • Outside furniture that is broken, worn out or not used
  • Old DVDs you won’t watch or re-watch
  • VHS movies if you no longer have a device to play them on!

Use this decluttering list to get started clearing the clutter

Use these 100+ ideas of things to declutter from your house to get started making decluttering progress in your home today.

Remember, sometimes the biggest obstacle to decluttering your house is deciding where or how to get started. This list gives you plenty of easy ways to start clearing the clutter and simplifying your home and life today.

Where are you going to start decluttering? Leave a comment and let me know so I can cheer you on!

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4 Comments

  1. Good morning ? You less really is really best… I have been decluttering for the 1st time in a while and I have been getting rid of stuff I use, need, wear, things I used to hold on to just in case I might need it… My kids and I are going to have a yard sale in May (hopefully) I have been donating things that people can use now…Also throwing away so much paperwork I don’t need, filing etc. It actually does make me feel better! I’m glad I saw your email, Have a great day and Happy Decluttering!!

    1. That’s so great, Nicole! Good for you! It does make us feel better to clear the clutter. And in times like these, it’s more important than ever. Take care, thanks for reading and happy decluttering 🙂

  2. Hi, I have signed up for the Simple Decluttering and the free 7 Steps to Declutter booklet. When will that be arriving in my email?
    Thanks, I am looking forward to starting the 14 day program.
    I am working on preparing while we are home isolating in California.

    Stay safe and healthy. Thanks for helping us keep our spirits up.

    1. Hi Barbara! Thanks for signing up! The decluttering workbook has been sent and should be arriving in your inbox very soon! I hope you find it helpful.

      And I’m so happy to hear you’ll be joining the Spring into Simple Decluttering Challenge as well. That’s great!

      Thank you for reading and I hope you stay safe and healthy as well. Take care!

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