This Declutter Checklist for Bedrooms and Bathrooms is the first of 6 posts helping you jumpstart your decluttering process. This first Declutter Your Home Checklist includes 28 items commonly found in bedrooms and bathrooms that you can most likely discard and won’t miss! At the end of 6 weeks, you will have checklists of more than 100 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:

  • 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 declutter

A declutter checklist is a great help when you just don’t know where to start decluttering! It prompts you to look for items that you might otherwise have overlooked and in the process, you will likely uncover other items that 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’, ‘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 you are pulling things off of 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, makes us feel good, warms our heart or makes our life easier. If an item doesn’t quite check those boxes, it gets a good hard look.

Motivational quote about keeping only what is useful or beautiful when decluttering your home.

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 true for bras!

Check out this post for recommended disposal dates for cosmetics.

Sunscreen loses its effectiveness after 3 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 which will make it easier for you to declutter your closet.

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 will receive one email a week for 6 weeks with each of the 6 checklists.

  • 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!

Want to keep going on your decluttering journey?

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 aimed at items in those rooms.

We go head first into our den and craft rooms during week 4.

You know your pcs and mobile devices get just as cluttered? Let’s deal with the clutter on those devices this week.

We go out with a bang during week 6 as we tackle our garages and attics with a decluttering checklist aimed at those areas.

To refer back to this Declutter Challenge and Declutter Checklist in the future, bookmark this page or pin the following image.

pin showing decluttered bedroom for Week 1 of the Declutter Challenge for bedrooms and bathrooms.

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  1. Deana Landers

    January 13, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Great ideas here. I especially like the 10 ways to declutter.

    • lynn

      January 14, 2020 at 9:56 am

      Thanks Deana! Glad they were helpful!

  2. Maria Brittis

    January 13, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Hey Lynn
    These tips are very helpful. I think they help clear the mind. It has done wonders for my psyche.

    • lynn

      January 14, 2020 at 9:55 am

      I wholeheartedly agree Maria!

  3. Jemma

    January 13, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    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!

    • lynn

      January 14, 2020 at 9:55 am

      I am with you…seems the taking down of Christmas clutter always gets me motivated!

  4. Karyn

    January 23, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    I should sort through the box of samples…. you know all those makeup and skincare ones.

    • lynn

      January 25, 2020 at 7:06 am

      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.

      Hugs, Lynn

  5. Sheila Fox

    January 24, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    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.

    • lynn

      January 25, 2020 at 6:53 am

      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.

      Hugs, Lynn

      • Terri. L

        February 7, 2020 at 10:40 am

        Thanks so much for the encouragement and tips. I can always use a nudge or two😜

        • lynn

          February 7, 2020 at 8:06 pm

          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.



  6. Stacia Coughlin

    January 28, 2020 at 11:54 pm

    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.

    • lynn

      January 29, 2020 at 4:21 pm

      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.


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