38 Ways to Declutter and Organize

January 9, 2018

We get it, the words “declutter” and “organizing” can sound pretty intimidating, especially when you don’t even know where to begin. There’s the constant struggle of determining what items you NEED to keep verses what you WANT. But don’t worry, we are here to help!

Here is a list of 30 things you can get rid of to start your journey to a clutter-free home:

  1. DVDs you never watch
  2. Old receipts
  3. Expired coupons
  4. Clothes that are too big/small
  5. Clothes you never wear (Yes including that blouse that you “might” wear for the one occasion throughout the year)
  6. Unmatched earrings
  7. Out of date makeup/hygiene products
  8. Expired medications
  9. Scraps of mail
  10. Gooey nail polish
  11. Worn out sheets
  12. Old pillows
  13. Worn out shoes
  14. Takeout food packets (soy sauce, ketchup, fry sauce, etc.)
  15. Chipped plates and cups
  16. Dried out markers
  17. Pens with no ink
  18. Books you’ll never read again
  19. Old paint
  20. Expired food
  21. Old notebooks
  22. Old wallets, belts, hats, etc.
  23. Outgrown toys
  24. Board games with missing pieces
  25. Ripped towels
  26. Containers without a lid (and lids with no containers)
  27. Old magazines
  28. Old pet toys
  29. Old or broken electronics
  30. Cookbooks you don’t use

Now that you’ve decluttered, here are a few ways to organize your home:

  1. Fold your sheets and put them into their corresponding pillowcases
  2. Plastic shoe organizer on the inside of your pantry to hold all your sauce packets (click here for example)
  3. Family Binders – put all social security cards, birth certificates, passports, medical records and emergency information in binders for each family member and keep in a safe place
  4. Qtip storage container
  5. Makeup drawer organizers
  6. Toilet paper holder (for those extra rolls that take up the space under the sink)
  7. Under-bed rolling storage
  8. Store unused chords in old cardboard toilet paper roll

(For more organization tips click here!)


As always, I’m Alex Mosher and thank you for reading!

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