If you’ve noticed the messes are piling up, you can never seem to find your keys, or you have no room on your counter or nightstand, it may be time to declutter. Here are some checklists to help you get started.
Things to Consider Before Decluttering Your Home
Decluttering can be a stressful process, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed or you’re not sure where to begin. The following questions will help you find a source of motivation and a goal to focus on.
Have I set my intention?
Ask yourself why you want to declutter. Is it for peace of mind? Do you need to free up some counter space? Are you getting ready for a move? Whatever the reason, think of what decluttering means to you and why you are doing it. Setting an intention can help keep you motivated.
What is my goal?
Ask yourself what you want to accomplish by decluttering. Is it just one room that needs to be cleared out? Your entire house? A few overflowing closets? Perhaps you have an upcoming move and are preparing to downsize.
Based on that information, determine how much you want to get done, and when you want (or need) to finish. That is your goal.
Everyone’s goal for decluttering will look different depending on their intention. For example, you may be planning to do a major declutter of one room in your house every Saturday for two months because you are preparing to move. Or, you may want to do a light declutter of your kitchen and living room every other week to make housekeeping more manageable. Your decluttering routine is up to you!
Have I set aside time to declutter?
Based on the deadline outlined in your goal, do you have enough time to declutter? Are you able to set aside uninterrupted time to go through everything on your list? You may want to reach out to a friend or family member for help, especially if you are working against an inflexible date or there is a lot to do.
Do I have the emotional support I need?
Decluttering can bring up some unpleasant emotions. It’s normal to feel upset, overwhelmed, or even angry or sad when decluttering. You don’t have to handle that alone.
Ask a trusted friend or family member to help out if you’re feeling upset, or if you know you will be decluttering items that will spark emotion. It’s important to find the support you need so you accomplish your goal efficiently.
Get Started Checklist - What Do You Need Before Decluttering?
Now that you are ready to start decluttering, what are some things you need for a successful decluttering session?
Declutter Checklist for Your Bedroom
Tip: For many people, getting rid of clothes is a big part of decluttering the bedroom. To help decide whether to keep an item of clothing, notice its condition, whether it’s in style, whether you’ve worn it in the last few months (or last time it was in season), whether it still fits, and why you may be holding on to it.
Declutter Checklist for Your Living Room
Tip: To help you determine whether to keep a piece of decor, consider whether it is useful or necessary, if it brings you joy, if there is a more practical way to store it, and if it is taking up too much room.
Declutter Checklist for Your Kitchen
Tip: If you are constantly doing dishes, it may be that you have too many. Decluttering dishes can result in a smaller pile of dishes at the end of the day, because you’ll be cleaning in smaller increments.
Declutter Checklist for Your Bathroom
Do you need some help decluttering? We understand! It can be an overwhelming process. Our Caring Transitions team provides compassionate support and practical assistance as you work toward a clutter-free home. Sign up for a free consultation to get started.