Are you looking for tips on how to declutter your living space?
Do you want to have less items and more space available to you in your home?
Decluttering items on a regular basis in your home is always good idea.
Why is this the case? Well, items enter our homes every single day.
Sometimes we’re aware of items crossing the threshold, such as groceries and personal belongings.
And sometimes we’re puzzled as to how items arrived in our home in the first place, as is commonly the case with junk mail and free promotional items.
If we don’t keep an eye on the total amount of items entering and leaving in our home, then items can take a huge toll on our living spaces and lives.
In this post, I offer a collection of over 100 items for you to declutter at home.
As you remove items you no longer need, use, or want, you create space for what you truly need, use, or want in your life.
The process of decluttering literally frees up physical space in your environment.
You have more room to move about, interact with, and enjoy your space.
What’s more, the act of decluttering helps free up mental space.
With less items to distract your attention at any given moment, your mind has ample room to rest and relax.
As the old saying goes, this is truly a case of “Out of sight, out of mind.”
Ready to declutter your home? Let’s get started!
Tips on How to Declutter: The Easy Way
This may come as a surprise, but there’s no rule that says decluttering sessions have to be hours and hours long.
You don’t have spend half a day sorting through your belongings.
Nor do you have to slog and trudge your way through waist high piles of “stuff.”
In fact, you can make great progress clearing out your space by culling collections of items in your home.
Maybe you’ve amassed a large collection of mugs in your kitchen, but use no more than half a dozen mugs at a single time when entertaining friends.
Perhaps your sock drawer is overflowing with a mix of brand-new, old, saggy, and threadbare socks, and you’re constantly struggling to find mates to socks.
It’s as simple as choosing a single collection of items in a single area of your home…and start decluttering!
Below you’ll find a long list of items you can potentially declutter from your home.
You don’t have to declutter everything at once, or at all; just choose a line item that resonates the most with you.
Focusing on a single category will help you stay on task.
What’s more, you may be surprised by the amount of items you have of one type, and will be even more motivated to streamline others items down to a more manageable amount.
Tips on How to Declutter: Types of Items to Declutter
Items that are obviously old, expired, or out of date.
For safety’s sake, it’s a good idea to remove any items that are old, expired, or out of date from your home. You want to have a home environment that is clean, safe, and healthy for you and your loved ones.
Key examples of items that can age, expire, or become out of date are food items, makeup, bath products, coupons, medication, batteries, and so forth.
Items you no longer use.
Sometimes, we no longer use items in our homes. Perhaps you’ve lost interest in personal and professional items, have found a superior product, find items are worn or damaged beyond repair, or are simply ready for a change of pace.
Examples can include materials related to old hobbies, sports equipment, art and craft materials, area or location-dependent items (beach items versus mountain items), old professional journals and reference materials, and so on.
Items you no longer want or need.
It’s completely normal to outgrow items you’ve purchased or acquired over the years. Perhaps your tastes have changed, you’re tired of items taking up valuable space, you’ve given up old habits or lifestyles, you no longer feel an attachment to your belongings, or you feel like your space needs a breath of fresh air.
Examples can be a blazer that just isn’t your color or style, a pasta-making machine you dislike cleaning, or a collection of candy dishes that just doesn’t float your boat anymore.
Items to Have on Hand When Decluttering
As you set out on your decluttering sessions, you may want to have the following items on hand.* These items can make the decluttering process a bit easier:
- Trash bags or bins – for all-purpose trash items
- Plastic recycling bag or bin – for any recyclable plastics
- Electronics bag or bin – for proper electronics recycling and/or disposal
- Paper recycling bag or bin – for all-purpose paper recycling
- Hazardous material bag or bin – for materials such as paints, oils, thinners, weed killers, and other hazardous or poisonous materials
- Paper shredder – for disposing of personal and/or sensitive information
*When in doubt, check with your local municipality’s website or resident telephone help line on how to properly dispose of items in your area.
More Decluttering Tips
Looking for even more decluttering help? Be sure to check out the following posts here on the site:
- How to Declutter Your Home
- How to Declutter Your Life
- 10 Practical Decluttering Tips to Try Today
- 3 Smart Tips to Declutter Any Room
- 23 Decluttering Questions to Ask Yourself at Home
- How to Declutter Your Home Office
- 7 Things to Declutter from Your Computer
- How to Declutter Your Closet
- 18 Quick Ways to Declutter Your Calendar
- 14 Fantastic Paper Decluttering Tips
- How to Declutter Toys
- How to Declutter Your Shower Area
- 3 Easy Steps to Decluttering Pens, Pencils, and Markers
- A Productive Way to Declutter During the Holidays
- 30 Decluttering Projects to Tackle
Ready to begin? Choose from any one of the below line items and start decluttering!
- Mixing spoons
- Mixing bowls
- Rolling pins
- Cutting boards
- Baking sheets
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
- One-use kitchen gadgets
- Spoon rests
- Small appliances
- Oven mitts
- Dish cloths
- Dish towels
- Hand towels
- Food storage containers
- Canned goods
- Boxed goods
- Dry goods
- Frozen foods
- Drinking glasses
- Serving trays
- Serving utensils
Hand and Body Care
- Hand soaps
- Hand lotions
- Body soaps
- Shower gels
- Body lotions
- Shaving creams
- Bath salts or soaks
- Bubble baths
- Hair scissors
- Hair accessories (elastics, barrettes, headbands, clips, ribbons, bobby pins)
- Hair care products (shampoos, conditioners, leave-in conditioners)
- Hair styling products (gels, mousses, pomades, sprays)
- Hair color or tints
- Hair dryers
- Hair curlers
- Flat irons
- Lip gloss
- Lip balms
- Lip liners
- Eye shadows
- Eye liners
- Facial moisturizers
- Makeup brushes
- Makeup tools
Health and First Aid Items
- Dental floss
- Rubbing alcohol
- Witch hazel
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Adesive bandages
- Antibacterial ointment and sprays
- Cotton balls and pads
- Cotton swabs
- Baby wipes
- Hand wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Shower caps
- Bath pillows
- Hot water bottles
- Pumice stones
- Bath and shower poufs
- Bath brushes
- Children’s bath toys
- Travel-size bath products
- Hand towels
- Bath towels
- Wash cloths
- Bath robes
- Shower curtains
Nail and Hand Care
- Nail scissors or trimmers
- Cuticle trimmers
- Emery boards
- Nail polishes
- Nail polish removers
- Nail buffers
Bathroom Cleaning Products
- Toilet brushes
- Cleaning powders, gels, and liquids
- Dress shirts
- Dress slacks
- Casual slacks
- Dressing gowns
- Dress shoes
- High heels
- Flip flops
- Shape wear
- Full slips
- Half slips
- Long underwear
- Reading glasses
- Tie pins
- Shirt stays
- Mattress pads
- Bed sheets
- Fitted sheets
Living Room Decluttering
- Throw blankets
- House plants
- Remote controls
- Paper Materials
- Paper files
- Printing paper
- Toner cartridges
Children’s Items Decluttering
- Picture books
- Coloring books
- Finger paints
- Watercolor paints
- Craft materials
- Art paper
- Stuffed animals
- Board games
- Electronic toys
- Outdoor toys
Clothing and Linens
- Dress clothing
- Bed linens
- Changing tables
- Diaper bags
- Sippy cups
Pet Care Decluttering
- Food bowls
- Water bowls
- Pet furniture
- Dog toys
- Cat toys
How about you? What items are you most looking forward to decluttering in your home? How do you feel after a successful decluttering session? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!
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