Declutter Checklist for Bedrooms and Bathrooms – 2023
This Declutter Checklist for Bedrooms and Bathrooms is the first of 7 posts helping you jumpstart your decluttering process. This first Declutter Your Home Checklist includes 26 items commonly found in bedrooms and bathrooms that you can most likely discard and won’t miss! At the end of 7 weeks, you will have checklists of more than 150 items that you can toss! Think of it as a Decluttering Scavenger Hunt!
If you haven’t joined the Declutter Challenge yet, you can do that here. Once you join, you will receive the following:
- weekly emails with a decluttering checklist for specific areas of the home. With these checklists, I feel that I am on a Decluttering Scavenger hunt, which makes the whole process a wee bit more enjoyable!
- additional tips, suggestions, and resources for your successful decluttering
A declutter checklist is a great help when you just don’t know where to start decluttering! It prompts you to look for items you might otherwise have overlooked, and in the process, you will likely uncover other items you realize you need to send off to a new home.
before you begin decluttering:
Before you begin the process of decluttering your life, pop over to read the 10 Questions To Ask Yourself When Decluttering. These were questions I asked my sister-in-law when I was helping her recently.
Also, check out this list of Where to Donate and Recycle your Discards. It’s often helpful to know where your discards could go when deciding if an item is staying in your home or moving out to a new home.
Once you know where your items will go, label a bag or box which each destination. For example, with this checklist in hand, I tackled our bedrooms and bathrooms. I had bags labeled ‘TRASH,’ ‘RECYCLE,’ ‘Rx DISPOSAL,’ ‘LION’S CLUB,’ ‘CONSIGNMENT,’ ‘GOODWILL,’ and ‘HOMELESS SHELTER.’
You do you, but I find it helpful to get the stuff out of the house as quickly as possible to feel the sense of accomplishment I need to keep going. Some of you might prefer to do one big donation run, whatever works for you and motivates you.
Definitely put on your favorite music and have a rag and a spray bottle handy. While pulling things off shelves and out of drawers, you might as well wipe them down!
And finally, keeping this quote front of mind helps me plow on through. My goal is to only have things in our home that inspire us, make us feel good, warm our hearts, or make our lives easier. If an item doesn’t quite check those boxes, it gets a good hard look.
declutter your home checklist
So, let’s get to the checklist.
As I mentioned earlier, I consider this checklist almost a Decluttering Scavenger Hunt! I find it helpful to be prompted to look for things, and in the process of finding that ‘thing,’ I typically unearth other items that need to be discarded.
a couple of notes about some of the items on this checklist.
- I mention your ‘third oldest pair of athletic shoes.’ Once the treads get worn on your athletic shoes, it is usually time to replace them. But if you are anything like me, you will keep on to them to ‘work in the garden.’ I find that I accumulate way too many ‘garden shoes.’ Really, I only need one pair.
- This may be TMI, but after too many years, I finally figured out what pairs of underwear were really comfortable. I found myself sifting through my skivvies each day, just looking for the comfy ones and bypassing the others. So, this year, I asked for several pairs of comfy undies for Christmas and trashed all the uncomfortable ones! Life is too short for underwear that constantly needs to be adjusted! AMIRIGHT?! The same holds for bras!
- Check out this post for recommended disposal dates for cosmetics.
- Sunscreen loses its effectiveness after three years.
- Dry Cleaners are usually happy to take wire hangers.
- As you go through your clothing, turn ALL of your hangers backward. When you wear something, hang it back up the right way. One year from now, you will clearly be able to see what you wore and what you didn’t, making it easier for you to declutter your closet.
- If during your decluttering you uncover some moth damage, don’t panic. This post will show you how to mend the damage.
- And let’s talk about those little hotel toiletries! If you want to add clutter quickly to your bathroom, then bring those babies home! But I do know that homeless shelters welcome them. I know my mom brings them home with the intent of donating them; you just need to be disciplined about doing so.
with all that said, let the decluttering scavenger hunt begin!
Pop back in with your successes or challenges! How many items were you able to check off of your list?
If you signed up for the Declutter Challenge, you received a link to the PDF in your email inbox. If you didn’t sign up for the challenge but still want the Bedroom and Bathroom Declutter Checklist, you can grab it in the Subscriber Benefits Library, where all of the checklists will eventually land. Or, you can click the button below to subscribe to the Declutter Challenge. You can join the challenge at any time and receive one weekly email for 6 weeks with each of the 6 checklists.
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now, treat yourself to a little organization!
Now that your closet is less cluttered, make it and keep it organized to help you keep it decluttered. Not only is it easier to see what you have and what you use when you have less stuff. But, when everything has a place and is in its place, it is hard for clutter to take hold.
I treated myself to these shelf dividers that we use in our clothes and linen closets.
I keep my extra toilet paper rolls and backup master bedroom sheets in these baskets.
And this belt/tie extendable rack tucks back in after I’ve found the belt I need! By cleaning out my closet, I made room for this jewelry cabinet that sat in my closet for the past three years.
What is missing from these declutter checklists for the bedroom and bathroom? I want to continue to add to these lists, so I would love your input.
What is your biggest decluttering or organizing challenge? I want to tackle some of the challenges our readers have!
The 2023 Decluttering Challenge
- We kick off this decluttering odyssey in our bedrooms and bathrooms with a handy decluttering checklist.
- During week 2, we tackle the kitchen and laundry room with a checklist to help you locate items that may need to be ‘re-housed’.
- Week 3 has us tackling the clutter in the den and linen closet with another handy checklist for items in those rooms.
- We go head first into our office and craft rooms during week 4.
- Did you know that your pcs and mobile devices get just as cluttered? Let’s deal with the clutter on those devices this week.
- During week 6, we tackle our garages and attics with a decluttering checklist aimed at those areas.
- New this year, we are dealing with mental clutter during week 7.
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Great ideas here. I especially like the 10 ways to declutter.
Thanks Deana! Glad they were helpful!
These tips are very helpful. I think they help clear the mind. It has done wonders for my psyche.
I wholeheartedly agree Maria!
It feels so good to declcutter! It takes me awhile to get the motivation going but once I do, I’m ready to roll. Love the hanger tip. Hang clothes up and recycle to the cleaners! Genius.
Great to visit you today and Happy New Year!
I am with you…seems the taking down of Christmas clutter always gets me motivated!
I should sort through the box of samples…. you know all those makeup and skincare ones.
Oh yes, Karyn! Samples and trial/travel sizes are the clutter version of bunnies…they multiply before your eyes!
Good luck with your decluttering my friend.
Thank you for the ideas! We have an extra bedroom that has become a catch all for anything and everything. I am very happy to say that, because of you and your checklists, that room is being transformed into a sewing room for me to get back to making quilts! It isn’t a complete success until it is totally finished, but it feels great to get rid of useless things and turn a cluttered space into a useful space.
Oh, I love that you will be putting your newly decluttered space to good use! And don’t you find that you breathe easier in these less-cluttered spaces? I know I do!
Happy Quilting, my friend.
Thanks so much for the encouragement and tips. I can always use a nudge or two😜
You are so very welcome my friend. We all need nudges from time to time and I am glad to be the nudge you need right now!
Happy Decluttering Terri.
Thank you for the declutter project and especially for starting it a bit into the month. Seems there is always a bit of recovery after the holidays with thank you notes and such.
When the first weeks list came out, I was right ready. The lists have been so encouraging as I check off accomplished tasks. Thank you.
Oh, yes, I needed a few days to get grounded and breathe before I dove into this declutter. And I am so glad that they have been handy to you. By no means are they exhaustive, but the hope is that you will be prompted by discovering more items as you go along.
You could add gloves, extra pillows, blankets, sheets… how many sets of sheets do we really need for one bed🤷🏻♀️ I have too many sheets🤦🏻♀️. Your lists are so helpful ! Thank you, we’re moving soon & I don’t want to move a lot of this stuff yet again.
Thanks for that input. You are absolutely right! I will add them.
I’m so glad the checklist are helpful to you. When I’m stuck, they give me some direction and that is typically all the kick start I need.
Keep me posted ony your progress. You have a great motivation with a move coming up.
I am leaving for a long vacation this weekend, but I’m hoping I will be able to activate all your lists when I return (4 weeks). I really, really need to declutter my home, all my cabinets, drawers, closets, boxes of stuff in the storage room! I would be a perfect candidate for a TV program. My home is large and over the last 30 years I have filled the 5200 sq ft (daylight basement and 1st level) with beautiful things, but I’ll be 73 this year and DO NOT want to leave this to my daughter to deal with! Will I still be able to access your printable sheets and good ideas when I return in early March? Thanks for your help!
Hi Jan, I am thrilled you have a nice long vacation coming up, and this challenge will be ready for you when you are ready! If I were you, I’d wait to sign up until you get back. Once you do, the emails will come to you once a week for seven weeks.
My mom did the very same thing several years and my brother, and I are so appreciative. She dramatically downsized and I have a post about some of the tips we used for that as well.
So, you go and enjoy yourself! Where are you going? And when you return, you can hit your decluttering with gusto!