100+ easy ways to organize & declutter your home right now to assist the overall flow of your living space by getting rid of unnecessary clutter!
Here today with A LOT of ways to declutter your home! Not only is spring cleaning upon us, but many of us are spending a lot more time at home than usual thanks to social distancing. I wanted to put together this post because a handful of people requested decluttering tips over on my Instagram stories, so I wanted to share a thorough list of decluttering & organizing ideas for your entire house! Obviously you don’t & probably can’t declutter everything all at once – if you can, hey, more power to you! But for the majority of us, it’s smart to break each room or area of the house into separate pieces & to look at each area individually, rather than the house as a whole!
At least that helps me!
My best decluttering advice is to start in the morning & dedicate a certain amount of time towards the task you want to complete or work towards completing. Do a little everyday…you don’t have to do everything all at once! Maybe one day this week, you’ll plan on cleaning out your bathroom, the next day you can tackle that junk drawer that I know we all have, when the weather is nice, clean out your garage, car, etc.! Focusing on smaller areas makes everything so much more attainable.
The other day, I wanted to organize my desk space, where I do the majority of my work. It was getting a little cluttered & was forcing me to lose focus, so I put on a podcast & spent 30 minutes organizing & decluttering the space. That’s all it took & after that 30 minutes, I felt SO much better about my little work area!
So here’s what I did. Below, I share multiple ways to declutter a variety of areas within our homes. Everything from how to clean out your makeup bag to your pantry, it’s all pretty much covered & I really hope it helps!
One of my own personal goals for the month of April is to have my entire house decluttered so when life goes back to normal, it will all be done & I won’t have to worry about doing it then!
100+ Ways To Declutter Your Home
- sort through & toss any empty or near-empty products
- take products out of your shower that you no longer use or like using
- dispose any old razors
- go through old towels or wash cloths
- declutter your medicine cabinet or any bathroom drawers
- organize cleaning supplies under the sink
- return things back to their places throughout the house if they don’t belong in the bathroom
- untangle wires & store unused hair tools if you do your hair in the bathroom
- toss any product that has an expired date or just looks or smells *gross*
- read through ingredients & look to replace your conventional skincare with cleaner alternatives
- remove things from your vanity that haven’t been used in over a year
- keep all hair products (hair ties, bobby pins, scrunchies etc.) in a dedicated place
- check expiration dates
- don’t hoard free or old samples
- only keep what you enjoy & ACTUALLY use
- use up the entire product before purchasing the same product again – ex: use up your current bronzer before buying another bronzer
- check ingredients – look for parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, mineral oil, talc, PEG compounds, etc.
- organize makeup products by category (face, blush, lips, etc.) in small bins or drawers instead of storing everything all together
- sort through your makeup brushes & clean the ones you use regularly
- store the items you use on a daily basis in a convenient place
- donate/sell/toss anything you haven’t worn in over a year
- donate/sell/toss anything that doesn’t fit your body right now
- if it doesn’t make you feel AMAZING get rid of it
- stop saving/holding onto items for the “perfect occasion” that will probably never come (I know we all probably have at least one dress or item that we hold onto for some fancy party that most likely isn’t going to happen LOL)
- organize your closet based on similar items or color code
- replace any broken hangers
- hang items going in the same direction
- toss random buttons, because most likely, you won’t ever use them
- toss any broken jewelry or sunglasses
For more ways to effectively clean out your closet, check out this post!
- invest in drawer organizers
- categorize drawers by purpose & items (ex. electronics – cords, plugs, outlet covers, etc.)
- get rid of anything you no longer need, use, or know what the heck it is
- batteries…we all have them, randomly…toss expired or used batteries..they have no place in our drawers
- collect all loose change
- loose screws? put them in your toolbox or toss them out
- loose/expired coupons – TOSS or recycle
- sort through plastic shopping bags & store them in a proper place all together or recycle them
- cleaning supplies – expired or simply don’t ever use? TOSS
- toss mix-matched Tupperware or anything that doesn’t have a lid or container that fits
- get rid of anything chipped or broken
- toss or donate any unused or duplicate kitchen tools
- only keep cook books you actually use (& like)
- sort through any reusable water bottles..get rid of any that smell funky
- keep counter tops relatively clear & free of things that you don’t use on a daily basis
- check for expired dates
- organize items with the labels facing forward
- store like-items in the same area
- invest in a spice rack
- if you have items that are open/resealed, check if they are still good/aren’t stale
- take note of everything you do have to keep from over buying
- toss anything in your freezer or fridge that is past the point of return
- dispose of any near-empty salad dressings or condiments that are past their prime
- toss any loose ketchup/sauce packets
- clean out your refrigerator drawers & obviously get rid of anything that has gone bad or moldy
- store things in an organized manner so you are able to see what you actually have, therefore eliminating things going bad before you have a chance to use it, which results in unnecessary food waste
- toss anything toxic or expired
- toss any old dusters, ripped cleaning rags, used gloves, or sponges
- if you haven’t used something in over a year, get rid of it
- keep like items together
- opt for all-purpose cleaners instead of single cleaning items to reduce clutter/excess bottles
- toss any pens that don’t work
- get rid of old bank statements, receipts, bills that you no longer need
- remove any unnecessary cords or electrical equipment
- collect any loose paper clips or push pins
- keep all acquired business cards in one area
- cut up extra paper with blank spaces or blank areas to use as scrap paper or shopping lists
- only keep items that you actually use on your desk or clear your desk completely – whatever best helps your work flow
- keep track of reoccurring/monthly expenses
- start an Excel document to keep track of expenses for tax purposes (if applicable)
- cancel monthly subscriptions you no longer need or use
- frequently check your bank statements for unexpected fees or charges
- pay credit cards off in a timely manner
- establish a monthly spending budget
- try a no-spend challenge
- opt for online payments for bills to eliminate paper mail
- use a debit card to track spending
- have an area to keep all of your books instead of scattered throughout your home
- donate or sell books that you no longer have interest in reading
- choose what books you want to display (if any)
- arrange books facing the same uniformed way
- return books that are no longer yours
- organize, toss, or donate any old movies, DVDs, CDs, magazines, etc.
- store all board games in a organized, concealed fashion
- if you do have board games, get rid of anything that is missing pieces, cards, parts, etc.
- get rid of any extra or old remotes that no longer being used
- hide long cords with a cord cover
- toss any burned, empty candles
- check in between your couch cushions & under your couch for trash, remotes, crumbs, socks, etc.
- keep surfaces like an end table or coffee table clutter free
- recycle any papers or newspapers
- go through your glove compartment
- go through your middle console
- pick up anything on the floor
- make sure car registration/insurance info/inspection dates are up to date
- make sure you keep all necessary paperwork organized in your glove compartment so it’s easy to find if ever needed
- clean out your trunk
- store any reusable shopping bags within one another if you keep them in your car
- organize workout equipment/free weights
- keep all tools, lawn, & gardening equipment in one dedicated area
- get rid of anything broken or damaged, or anything you no longer need/use
- toss any old or previously open/unused paint
- get rid of anything empty that is just taking up space – old boxes, bins, etc.
- sort through (holiday) decorations that you no longer use or are outdated
- donate or toss any deflated sports balls – basketballs, baseballs, footballs, etc.
- toss anything old or expired – lawn chemicals, paint, cleaning supplies, etc.
- keep any old dirty shoes in your garage? toss or donate if possible
I hope this list of 100+ ways to declutter your home has helped sparked some Marie Kondo vibes & has you in the mood to declutter & get rid of anything you no longer need! I know I’ll be busy this month doing the same!
Did I miss anything?! What area of your home are you decluttering next?
What I am currently doing right now, is reorganizing my kitchen and outdoor space including the garbage; and just you mentioned, we are disposing items that are irrelevant and no longer needed to create space.
Rosemary | A Hint of Rosemary says
Love, love, love these lists! Great motivation to get me going during this “hibernation.”
I did a declutter challenge a while back and it surprised me that so many people didn’t know how to declutter. This list is such a great guide to help people know where to start! I LOVE decluttering and now that I have a little more time on my hands, we are cleaning out every nook and cranny in our house. Great post!
Madalena Rowan says
Me too, I really do enjoy it! Thanks so much for taking the time to read & comment Adriane! 🙂
Carletta Shannon says
This is so timely and helpful. I have been avoiding cleaning and I know I will feel better if I just get down to it already. Thanks for providing an awesome list for inspiration!
Madalena Rowan says
So happy to help Carletta! 🙂
Cristina Petrini says
I have done it these days and I must say that personally it has given me great satisfaction. Both to make room in the house and in my life.
These are some awesome ideas! I have plenty of time now to declutter so I’m saving this post to reference as I go!
Madalena Rowan says
Yes, I think we all do haha! Thanks for reading Charlene!
I totally decluttered my bathroom vanity and closest a couple of weeks ago – what a difference! Will be working on kitchen drawers then cabinets soon! Thanks for these tips! Helps to get me moving.
Charlotte Jessop says
Great ideas and so many that I hadn’t thought of. I’m always finding new stuff to declutter.
Madalena Rowan says
I think we all are right now haha! Thanks for reading Charlotte!
Decluttering is the best! I absolutely love the freedom it brings, and I agree that it often takes less time than we think it will. Your list is awesome.
Bumo Mgabe says
Such a helpful read! Thank you 🙂 I loved the section on decluttering a make-up bag. I always kept everything until the products would make me breakout lol I’ve def learnt to get rid of old makeup
Madalena Rowan says
Ohh yes! It’s always smart to toss it before you get to that point! Thanks so much for reading! 🙂