Is your living space overrun with a pile of stuff that’s been accumulating for far too long? Do you want to reclaim your home, your mental health, and your time? If so, you’re in the right place!
I am sharing 75 quick decluttering tips to help you kickstart your decluttering journey and achieve a clutter-free home. Whether it’s your living room, home office, kitchen cabinets, or even that dreaded junk drawer, we’ve got you covered with quick decluttering hacks and easy ways to make your space more organized.
I’ll be the first to admit that while I love the holidays and holiday decor, I do not love the clutter. Once Christmas is over, it can feel a bit suffocating.
That is why I typically like to start the New Year off with a clean and organized space and that is where these decluttering tips can help you do the same too!
Plus, if you’re looking for a way to stay on track, I’ve made a Printable 30 Day Declutter Challenge you can use to keep track of everything you’ve purged!
How to Start Decluttering Your Home (Quick Start Tips)
Start with a Plan: The first step in any decluttering project is to have a clear plan in mind. Set decluttering goals and establish a time limit for each task.
Enlist a Family Member: Don’t tackle the entire house alone. Get a family member involved to make the process more efficient and share the hard work.
Declutter in Small Areas: Begin with a small area, like your kitchen countertop or coffee table. It’s a great way to get started without feeling overwhelmed.
Clear Flat Surfaces: Make it a general rule to keep flat surfaces in your home clutter-free. This applies to your living room, kitchen table, and home office.
Use Proper Storage: Assign a proper place for everything you keep. Storage bins, containers, and cabinet space can be a lifesaver.
Set a Time Limit: Give yourself a specific amount of time for each decluttering session. Even a 20-minute break can make a difference.
Start with the Easiest Way: Begin with the easiest areas and work your way up to more challenging spaces.
Sort Similar Items: Group similar items together while decluttering. This helps in identifying duplicates and streamlining your possessions.
Get Inspired by Marie Kondo: Embrace the “spark joy” philosophy by Marie Kondo. If it doesn’t bring you happiness, it’s time to let it go.
Make Use of Drawer Dividers: Keep smaller items organized by using drawer dividers in your kitchen cabinets and bathroom cupboards. Dollar Tree has great options for this!
Prioritize Your Living Room: As the heart of your home, your living room should be a clutter-free zone. Focus on decluttering this space first.
Set Up a Donation Box: Have a donation box ready to go. Whenever you come across unwanted items, toss them in. Then drop them off at your local Goodwill.
Tackle Paper Clutter: Declutter your home office by sorting through daily routine paperwork and recycling what’s not needed.
Clear the Junk Drawer: We all have one! Take a deep breath and tackle that daunting junk drawer by sorting items and tossing what you don’t need.
Take It One Room at a Time: Don’t try to declutter your entire home in one go. Take it one room at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Schedule Regular Decluttering Efforts: Make decluttering a part of your daily or weekly routine to prevent clutter from accumulating.
Recycle and Donate: Be eco-friendly by using recycling bins for items you no longer need, and donate what’s still in good condition to your local library or charity.
Declutter Sentimental Items: While it may be hard, consider whether sentimental items truly add value to your life. Keep only those that truly matter.
Start at the Front Door: Create a clean slate by decluttering the area near your front door. It sets a welcoming tone for your home.
Embrace Minimalism: The fewer possessions you have, the less clutter you’ll have to deal with. Follow the simple rules of minimalism.
Keep Beauty Products in Small Containers: For your beauty products, use small containers to keep them organized and easy to access.
75 Things to Throw Away (or Donate) for Quick Decluttering
Old and worn-out shoes
Broken or mismatched hangers
Damaged or useless kitchen gadgets
Dried-up paint cans
Chipped or cracked dishes
Takeout menus you never use
Excessive coffee mugs
Empty cleaning product bottles
Worn-out bath towels
Scratched non-stick cookware
Expired canned goods
Old magazines and newspapers
Unwanted or duplicate kitchen utensils
Expired makeup and skincare products
Outdated electronics (e.g., chargers, cables)
Torn or faded bed linens
Empty candle jars
Dried-up markers and pens
Unused or broken jewelry
Expired sunscreen and lotions
Broken or outdated umbrellas
Scratched and chipped glassware
Broken holiday decorations
Worn-out, holey socks
Outgrown children’s clothing
Receipts and bills over a year old
Expired condiments in the fridge
Old, outdated calendars
Empty perfume bottles
Unwanted promotional items
Broken or incomplete board games
Old, worn-out pillows
Unused or expired gift cards
Duplicate kitchen appliances
Unnecessary paper clutter
Damaged or outdated wall art
Expired food in the pantry
Old greeting cards
Outdated software and CDs
Broken or tangled headphones
Scratched CDs and DVDs
Unused pet supplies
Old, worn-out handbags
Broken phone cases
Old, unused phone books
Duplicate kitchen gadgets
Unneeded user manuals
Expired tea bags
Unworn or out-of-style clothing
Old, worn-out bras and underwear
Unused luggage or bags
Outdated textbooks and reference materials
Damaged or expired food storage containers
Unwanted or broken holiday lights
Outdated event tickets
Worn-out gardening tools
Broken or unused sports equipment
Outdated calendars and planners
Empty and dried-out glue
Scratched or broken sunglasses
Old and broken cell phones
Unused craft supplies
Broken or outdated kitchen appliances
Expired pet food
Empty, dried-out nail polish bottles
Unused wedding or party favors
Outdated travel brochures
Broken or incomplete puzzles
Old, unused stationery and envelopes
Tossing these items can help free up space and create a more organized and clutter-free living space. Remember, decluttering is not just about throwing things away but also about creating a more intentional and peaceful environment.