Grab this free printable decluttering checklist – it can be used for any room/space and walks you through the process of organizing your space step-by-step!
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I love a good checklist – and I think I've got an amazing one for you today! With today's printable, you're going to be able to declutter basically any space in your home, from the bedroom to the kitchen. The steps in this printable walk you through the process with a step-by-step format that works incredibly well for me.
I've shared this basic process before on the blog – it's my no-fail, no-fuss decluttering method. It works for any space in the home, from big overwhelming spaces to small corners that just need a good clean-out. Let's take a look at the simple process (in a very condensed checklist):
STEP 1: Take it all out.
The best way to clean out a space is to remove everything from that area to give yourself a clean slate. You can organize those items somewhere else; just take them out of the space you're organizing and refill as needed.
- Sort into keep/donate/trash piles. Before you fill the space again, make three piles; keep, donate, and trash. Keep will obviously be further sorted and dealt with later, but you can go on and bag/box donate and trash piles (separately).
- Consolidate duplicates. You're going to see this the most in the kitchen (says the lady that currently has 3 half-empty bags of tortilla chips in her pantry. 😉). If you have more than one container of an item, consolidate them into the container that expires first. You might also see this in the garage, craft room, or office – anywhere that requires a lot of expendable items!
- Group items you'll be keeping. Once trash/donate items are set aside, group like items that you'll be keeping in your space. This is easiest in the kitchen or closet, but can be done in any space you're organizing! Groups can be as general as you'd like; just make sure you don't go too general that you won't be able to maintain the organization after your declutter day is over.
Step 1 is the hardest/most time consuming part! Once you're done with this, the rest is a piece of cake.
STEP 2: Decide category names for grouped items.
I've talked about some of my favorite grouping tools here – there are so many, both expensive and cheap, that work. You probably have a ton in your own home – don't feel like you have to go out and buy containers! Shoe boxes, old diaper boxes, glass food jars, and even gallon freezer bags work wonderfully.
I usually go with 5-10 categories in any given area, depending on the size and type of space. Any more than that gets confusing; any less can be too general.
And yes, I've got labeling covered too! I've talked about how to make labels with a Cricut machine and, if you don't have a vinyl cutter, how to make with a simple printer and packing tape.
STEP 3: Refill grouped/labeled spaces.
Now, simply refill your empty space with your labeled groups!
STEP 4/5: Take out trash and donations.
Yes, do it now – before it can sit in a corner for months. I take out trash immediately (like, that day) from a decluttering project. If it's damaged/old enough to go in the trash pile, there's no coming back from that…let it go.
I put donations in my car as soon as I decide what to donate. Schedule a time that week to drop it off (in many places, you don't even have to get out of your car. Trust me, it's worth the extra 15-30 minutes to offload that clutter.)
And now, you have an organized way to plan out a decluttering session! Simply click here to download your copy of this printable decluttering checklist. It matches both my cleaning system and my collection of planning printables, so you'll be nice and coordinated all the way around.
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