“Your home is a living space, not a storage space.” – Francine Jay, Author of The Joy of Less and Lightly.

Less is now the new more. It’s time to lighten the load in your home! Consider getting rid of the following and declutter your home one room at a time.

Home Decluttering Checklist

Living Room:

  • Books you don’t enjoy
  • Used up candles
  • Unwatched DVDs, CDs, and VHS
  • Old magazines and newspapers
  • Worn-out rugs
  • Excessive knick-knacks and decorations
  • Remotes to old devices
  • Broken or worn furniture
  • Electronics that are not commonly used
  • Dead plants


  • Dried up pens
  • Promotional products/flyers
  • Old electronics
  • Expired coupons
  • Old bills and receipts
  • Broken cords
  • Scraps of mail

Kitchen & Dining Room:

  • Old spices
  • Expired anything
  • Broken utensils
  • Extra utensils, tools, or appliances
  • Storage containers with missing lids
  • Old cleaning supplies
  • Chipped dishes
  • Rarely-used small appliances
  • Extra table linens


  • Orphaned jewelry
  • Clothes and shoes you haven’t worn in a year
  • Orphaned socks
  • Excess/broken hangers
  • Old gadgets and electronics
  • Junk from the nightstand or dresser junk drawer
  • Old t-shirts and white undershirts


  • Expired makeup
  • Expired meds
  • Dried up nail polish
  • Perfume you don’t like
  • Lotions/soaps you don’t like
  • Frayed towels


  • Old product boxes
  • Product manuals
  • Broken seasonal decor
  • Unknown keys
  • Old textbooks
  • Expired batteries


  • Rusty hand tools
  • Broken power tools
  • Unused sports equipment
  • Empty paint cans

Hope this list helps. We have prepared a
Decluttering Checklist Downloadable PDF that you can print at home. Please dispose of the items properly. For electronic waste, please drop them off at any of these electronics recycling center. Donate your old clothes, furniture, and other goods to a good cause like Father Joe’s Villages.