Do you want to create a clutter-free home? If so, here’s a round-up of decluttering checklists that will help you achieve your minimalist goals!
I know that one of the hardest parts of decluttering is getting started. When you have a whole house to go through, it can be really overwhelming. Plus, you probably have a lot on your plate—between work, family, and life—and you’re tired of making decisions.
Instead, sometimes you just want to be told what to do, which is what may have brought you to this blog post. You’re looking for something to make decluttering easier, and don’t worry; I’m here to help.
I’ve put together a collection of checklists to guide you, along with some of my top tips that will take the stress out of decluttering your home. Let’s get started!
How to Use A Checklist For Decluttering
Before I share the checklists with you, I think it’s essential to clarify something.
There is no such thing as a “one-size fits all” decluttering checklist.
Minimalism is personal, and there are no rules about what you can and can’t keep. Don’t let anyone or anything (including these checklists) make you feel bad about holding on to an item that adds value to your life. Minimalism is NOT about deprivation.
This is the reason why I haven’t shared any decluttering checklists in the past. Instead, I generally recommend creating your own (but more on that in a moment).
For now, I’ve decided these lists can be helpful as long as you use them for inspiration—a bit like a conversation starter. As you go through each item on the list, ask yourself why you’ve kept it. Then let your answers guide your actions.
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Declutter Your Home With These Checklists
Here is a round-up of helpful minimalist decluttering checklists from around the web (and most include free printables!). Putting this together was fun—it was certainly interesting to read how different people approach decluttering.
Personally, I believe in a mindful, two-part process that involves practical advice AND a mindset shift. This is the method that helped me declutter over 80% of my belongings, and it continues to support my minimalist lifestyle.
I’ll share more details later in this post, but if you’re interested, I also wrote a free guidebook.
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Your bedroom is the perfect place to start decluttering because it’s where you retreat at the end of the day. If it feels light and open, you’ll find it easier to rest and recharge.
Use this bedroom decluttering checklist as inspiration to create a sanctuary in your home.
The living room is a focal point in most homes, so feeling clear and at ease in this space is essential. This checklist from Chelsea over at Making Home Base is super helpful, with many suggestions of what to declutter from your living room.
The kitchen can often feel like the most overwhelming room to tackle, with so many nooks and cubbies hiding all sorts of things! But don’t worry—this helpful checklist will help you get started.
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Decluttering the kids’ bedrooms can be a great project to do together. It gives you a chance to teach the importance of being intentional, and it also helps them feel better about letting things go. Be sure to read this checklist before you tackle the project.
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If you find yourself digging through a bin of mostly unused samples to get to the one item you need, it might be time for a bathroom declutter!
The number of small tubes and bottles that end up in our bathrooms can be enough to overwhelm anyone, but this checklist should help you begin.
How to Create Your Own Decluttering Checklist (And Why You Should)
I hope that you found these checklists helpful but, as I mentioned earlier in this post, I also recommend that you create a personalised list.
There are two important reasons for doing this:
- Your list should be a reflection of what matters most to you. What you need to “let go” of will be different depending on your values and priorities.
- The act of writing the list is actually an essential part of decluttering. Trust me—if you want to clear your clutter for good, then you have to tackle the thoughts and beliefs that led to clutter in the first place.
To get started, choose a room in your house. Then, take a few minutes to think about your goals for that space. What practical purpose does it serve? And equally important, how do you want to feel when you’re there?
For example, your bedroom is obviously a place to sleep—but it’s more than that. It’s also a place where you go to relax, unwind, and recharge.
With this in mind, what doesn’t belong in your bedroom? Electronics? Paperwork? Old clothing?
Write your list, keeping in mind that it might be more powerful to group items by purpose instead of by name. For example, instead of “electronics”, you might want to say “anything that distracts you from rest”.
I found that this mindset shift makes decluttering easier. Instead of focusing on what you’re giving up, think about the life you’re creating. It’s a subtle change that moves you beyond cleaning and organising to truly simplifying your home.
Related Post: How I Became a Minimalist: My Story of Living with Less
My Top Decluttering Tips + Resources
If you’d like to find out more about my mindful approach to decluttering, here are some resources you might find helpful.
- Where To Start Decluttering – if you don’t know where to begin decluttering your home, this post has five simple (but impactful) ideas!
- 7 Secrets of a Decluttered Home – after nearly a decade of minimalist living, I’ve learned a few (surprising) things about maintaining a clutter-free home.
- Are you feeling stuck? Here are my top decluttering tips, which will help you tackle your biggest clutter challenges.
- How to Decide What To Keep While Decluttering
- Clear Your Clutter – if you want to learn more about my two-part approach to decluttering, I invite you to check out my signature course. It’s entirely online and the first video lesson is free, so be sure to check it out!
Do you find room by room decluttering checklists helpful? Let us know in the comments!