You choose whether you declutter one item a day for 28 days or do a marathon weekend decluttering session. Use these decluttering checklists so that they work best for your needs, personality and time limitations.
How to Declutter Quickly
- Start by quickly removing all the trash. Carry a trash bag with you and move quickly.
- This includes actual trash.
- Broken items.
- Stained items.
- Ripped items.
- Unusable items.
- Take any items you can readily see that belong in a different area and put them away.
- If there are many items, create groups for each area that items need to be relocated to and then make one trip to relocate them.
- Select items you can readily see and immediately know you can donate.
- Have a box or large bag already marked as “donate” and place items in the box.
- Schedule a time to drop those donate items off in the next 5 days. Don’t let it become a box of clutter in your home.
- Begin grouping like items together.
- Group all similar items together.
- This allows you to see how many of each you have. You can then decide how many you really need and declutter the extras.
- Consider how much space you have when you determine how many you really need.
- Step back and reassess. Is there anything else you can remove from the space?
- For more information on decluttering, check out the 31 Day Decluttering Challenge.
Decluttering Scavenger Hunt
How to Use this Decluttering Scavenger Hunt Checklist
- This decluttering checklist is designed to give you assistance in decluttering when you’re feeling overwhelmed or don’t just don’t know where to start.
- Decluttering can be an intimidating process for many, so thinking of it as a scavenger hunt can make it a less daunting and even a fun process.
- You decide how to use these printable decluttering checklists to best meet your needs.
- You can declutter one item on a scavenger hunt sheet at a time.
- You can declutter all the items in a row or column of your choice.
- You can set aside an afternoon or a weekend to declutter all the items on one sheet.
- When you complete decluttering each item, mark it off the scavenger hunt sheet.
- You can reward your decluttering achievements by earning a prize when you complete each decluttering scavenger hunt board.
- Be sure that the incentive does not involved purchasing more items. You don’t want to replace the clutter you’ve eliminated with new items.
- Select experiences as a reward.
- A concert
- A dinner out
- You can create an incentive by playing competing with a friend to be the first to complete one or all of the decluttering scavenger hunt game boards.
How to Print the Decluttering Checklist
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- When the pdf opens, right click on the document.
- You can either print directly from there or download and save the pdf to your computer so you can print it later.
More Decluttering Resources
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- How to Declutter Your Office
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- How to Teach Your Child to Declutter
- Easy Tips for Decluttering Your Kitchen Counters
- How to Declutter a Messy Garage
- 10-Minutes a Day Decluttering Challenge
- Back-to-School Decluttering Calendar
- Summer Declutter Calendar
Once you’ve tackled your decluttering projects, you’ll want to examine our extensive organizing tips and tutorials.
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