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Getting ready for fall and winter, or perhaps looking to get your home in shape for the holiday season? Then you might love our Fall Decluttering Checklists, which go room-by-room, come with plenty of tips along the way, and can be a great way to prep for fall and holiday cleaning too.

We even followed things up with even more helpful tips and habits at the end, which might help you out even more with the decluttering process, preparing for it, and working towards preventing it from getting out of control in the future.

Not sure if you even need to declutter? Then you might like reading our post on 18 Critical Signs It’s Time to Declutter Your Home first, or even once you’re finished here (new tab).

Don’t want to go through every room’s details? No worries! Just use the accordion feature under each room’s heading or click the arrow to the right of it.


1. Kitchen

The kitchen can be one of the biggest hotspots for clutter in the home, especially when food items have expired or aren’t being used. Clutter can also lurk in junk or utility drawers, under-the-sink, and throughout the rest of our drawers and cabinets too.

Many people tend to be in the habit of accumulating extra cooking utensils, while others may be in the habit of storing one too many like items that they don’t even use. Excess or unused items might include anything from that one handy-dandy kitchen appliance or gadget that sounded novel when we bought it, but we never seem to use it. It can also include having one too many strainer spoons, mugs (raises hand), damaged pots and pans, pizza cutters, and so forth.

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Common Kitchen Items to Declutter

  • Out-of-date spices and seasonings
  • Old baking ingredients
  • Expired pantry items
  • Kitchen towels
  • Fridge items not being consumed or that have gone beyond their expiration date
  • Freezer items that have expired
  • Unused appliances and kitchen gadgets
  • Old, damaged, or unwanted dishcloths, sponges, brushes
  • Extra, unused, or old and tattered oven mitts, aprons, tablecloths, and other kitchen textiles
  • Unused baking dishes
  • Broken or damaged kitchen items (pots, pans, bowls)
  • Unused cleaning products
  • Junk drawer items that could go elsewhere, need to be thrown away, or that can be recycled or donated

Quick Fall Kitchen Decluttering Tips

  • If you feel like you’re not ready to let go of something, consider putting it inside a cupboard or drawer—especially if it’s not something you’ll be using regularly. This will help ensure that the room is easier to clean on a day-to-day basis, and you’ll spot messes faster. Just try to keep the items in plain view wherever they’re stored, whether in a drawer or cabinet, particularly if you’re in the habit of forgetting the item even exists.
  • If you’re not sure whether an item needs to go or not, try storing it elsewhere for a month or two, or even the year. You can come back to it the next time you declutter and determine if it’s a keeper or not.
  • If you ended up needing an item or missing it with it stored elsewhere, then the chances are good that you already returned it to the kitchen. If, however, you completely forgot about it or never need it while having it stashed someplace else, then it might be safe to get rid of when you’re able to.
  • If the cost of something is holding you back from getting rid of it, try to find a way to use the item more regularly. It also helps to consider giving it away to a loved one, friend, or an individual who might need it more than you. Sometimes it can be easier just knowing an item will be going to a good home and that someone else will be getting

2. Dining Room

The dining room can be a great place to start when decluttering for fall since it’s usually one of the least cluttered areas in many homes. And you’ll likely want to focus on decluttering and getting rid of items that you never use, like, or feel might do better in someone else’s home.

Any items you keep can then be tidied up and organized accordingly, whether immediately after decluttering or later in the season.

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Common Dining Room Items to Declutter

  • Tablecloths and table runners
  • Placemats and charger plates
  • Dining decor pieces (i.e., holiday table decor, candles, knickknacks, etc.)
  • Cloth napkins, paper napkins, paper plates, napkin rings, wine rings, placement cards
  • Servingware or unused china
  • Any extra or unwanted flatware, plates, bowls, etc.

3. Living Room

Living rooms, like kitchens, function as part of the heart of the home. Because of this, they also tend to accumulate a lot of clutter, whether due to adults, kids, pets, or overly enthusiastic shopping and/or hoarding habits.

Either way, decluttering the living room area in the fall and throughout other times of the year can make for easier cleaning. It also makes for a more inviting and relaxing environment, thanks to having less visual stimulation and fewer things to tidy up after.

This can be ideal during the holiday season as well, since people often bring out even more decorations, which can add even more clutter and visual over-stimulation to the space, potentially raising cleaning efforts and stress levels without proper decluttering beforehand. And what better time to declutter than when you’re getting those holiday decorations out to enjoy.

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Common Living Room Items to Declutter

  • Items that belong to another area or room
  • Throw blankets and pillows
  • Unwanted decor items and knickknacks
  • Any extra furniture that’s unused or could be moved elsewhere to free up some space
  • DVDs and video games and peripherals
  • Devices and device accessories (i.e., mobile phone chargers, unused remote controls)
  • Mail and any supplements or catalogs
  • Clothing (i.e., shoes, socks, coats, sweaters, etc.)
  • Magazines and books

Need to Get Your House in Order for the Holidays?

Check out our Ultimate Fall Cleaning Checklist to help you prep for fall and winter festivities like a boss!

4. Hallway/Entryway

Hallways and entryways can accumulate a lot of clutter, too, making it important to keep up on things throughout the year. And as the warmer months start to wane into the colder seasons, it can mean even more clutter in the future than usual. Therefore, it’s good to work on decluttering whatever is present beforehand and to even work on decluttering those colder weather items as you start to bring them out for use.

And even if you have items that you may want to hold onto, you can still try to put away what you won’t be using for the next few seasons. For instance, many people find it useful to store away summer and springtime items and even decorations to make way for fall and winter ones. It not only helps to free up space while reducing clutter, but it can make your environment easier to maintain and more comfortable to be in.

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Common Hallway/Entryway Items to Declutter

  • Any warm weather items or outdoor/sports gear that can be replaced or is no longer wanted
  • Warm weather jackets, hats, clothing, swimsuits, shoes, and coats
  • Cold weather jackets, coats, scarves, gloves or mittens, hats, snowsuits, boots, and shoes
  • Any pool, sports, or beach-related bags or towels
  • Any unused bags, purses, reusable shopping bags, etc.
  • Any work or school-related gear that is no longer relevant or can be put away
  • Clear out and declutter any items that belong to another room or area
  • Declutter any weather-related items that you might have too many of, might be broken, or that you no longer use (i.e., umbrellas)
  • Any miscellaneous items that you feel you can donate, give away, or put elsewhere (i.e., board games, photo albums (to be digitized), stored items, knickknacks, etc.)
  • Any pet gear that needs to go elsewhere, be washed, replaced, or can be donated (leashes, harnesses, collars

5. Bedroom(s)

Like the living room and kitchen areas, bedrooms tend to accumulate a lot of clutter–especially when it comes to clothing, gadgets, bedding, decorations, books, and even things that might belong in other rooms.

Try to work towards purging items you no longer use, need, want, or love to free up the space and make your bedroom more inviting. Plus, if you struggle to keep on top of cleaning your room, making it look like your ideal space can work as an excellent motivator to keep things tidy—or at least neat-ish.

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If you can’t or don’t want to get rid of items, consider storing away seasonal items, clothing, and gear that you won’t be using any time soon. Having time away from things can also make it easier to discern what you might need to keep or could do with getting rid of later on.

To make things a bit easier, we’ve broken the bedroom down into three parts: bedroom, closet/dresser (fall/winter time), and closet/dresser (summer/springtime).

6. Bathroom

Bathrooms can be a mega hotspot for toiletries, makeup, hair products, shaving products, and even toys and clothes that don’t belong in the space, have expired, aren’t used, or need to be thrown away. Because of this, it can be ideal to declutter the area during the fall and springtime, if not every single season.

If you struggle with decluttering your bathroom, work on an area or two at a time each day or as you see fit. Do what works best for you. That might mean working on expired or throw-away items only or even working on one or two bathroom drawers or cabinets at a time.

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Common Bathroom Items to Declutter

  • Shaving gear and accessories
  • Makeup
  • Hair tools
  • Hair product
  • Skincare items
  • Body wash and soaps
  • Cleaning product
  • Hair accessories
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Unused toiletries
  • Expired toiletries
  • Knickknacks and other decor pieces or accessories
  • Old body towels, hand towels, washcloths, robes, scrubbing mitts, body brushes, rugs, etc.
  • Skincare or makeup-related gadgets
  • Toys and other kid-related items

Quick Fall Bathroom Decluttering Tips

  • Add additional hampers if you struggle to keep clothes and towels off the floor. I love to keep one in the bathroom and bedroom closet since I have fewer excuses to hold me back.
  • The same goes for trashcans. If you’re bad at throwing away trash, place extra trashcans in those trouble spots, even if that means two trash bins in one bathroom.
  • Keep cleaning products nearby if you struggle to clean the bathroom and/or shower. Just make sure they don’t get too cluttered up as well.
  • Make an effort to declutter items that regularly buildup or expire in less than a year, such as certain skincare and makeup. This way, it won’t build up or become a bigger hassle later on.

7. Garage

Garages aren’t just prone to being a hotspot for clutter, but they also tend to be a hotspot for bugs, critters, and other messes. And they often tend to be one of the more neglected spots within a home, too. This can make it all the more important to ensure that the garage is organized and appropriately decluttered. You can find a few tips for this below.

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Common Garage Items to Declutter

  • Holiday decorations or items (Christmas decor, lights, etc.)
  • Seasonal storage (warm/cold weather clothing, decor, or gear for outdoor activities or sports)
  • Sentimental items (photos, items that belonged to loved ones, childhood items, wedding items, baby items)
  • Old paperwork and documents
  • Outdoor activities gear (sports gear, bikes, backyard games, pool or swimming gear, skates, skateboards)
  • Cleaning products (cleaning sprays; old sponges, brushes, and microfiber cloths; cleaning tools and devices)
  • Yard maintenance products (lawnmower, weedeater, and accessories, leafblower, rakes, brooms, gardening tools and supplies, buckets)
  • Tools (dirty, extra, old, damaged, broken, or unused/needed tools, such as screwdrivers, hammers, drills, nails, plumbing or electrical parts, old tool batteries and chargers, etc.)
  • Auto-related products (car parts, maintenance or service products, microfiber cloths, car-washing products, cleaning products, paint)
  • Pet-related products (old toys, leashes, food, grooming supplies, bowls, crates, etc.)
  • Kid-related products (clothing, toys, stuffed animals)
  • Home maintenance products (old smoke detectors, paint, paintbrushes, gutter parts, AC filters, light bulbs)
  • Devices and gadgets (old, unused, or forgotten about items that have been stored in the garage, stereos, computers, old game consoles, etc.)
  • Old donation items (clothing, toys, etc.)
  • Items no longer used or needed (paperwork, throw-away items, miscellaneous items or parts, junk, etc.)
  • Throw-away or damaged clutter
  • Hazard materials (light bulbs, oil, batteries, old smoke detectors, or anything that needs to be safely and appropriately discarded at local waste facilities)
  • Memorabilia (collectibles)
  • Food or beverage items that might be stored in the garage that have expired, gone bad, or have gone through extreme temps due to weather and are no longer good

Quick Fall Garage Decluttering Tips

  • Garages can build up with clutter, bugs, and debris relatively quickly. Therefore, considering decluttering the area at least every season, if necessary.
  • Make sure everything has a home. Bins not only help keep items where they belong, but they can help prevent clutter from building up and make cleaning a heck of a lot easier later on.
  • Try to keep things off the floor and, if you live in an area with spiders, consider having things set up in a way that will be easier for you to get behind, underneath, or around items, shelves, cabinets, and so forth. The easier it is and the fewer steps involved, the more likely you’ll be to clean and declutter the space more consistently.
  • In an effort to reduce clutter year-round, it helps to avoid using the space as a default storage unit for everything under the sun. Try to figure out what you’ll be keeping in the space as where and how you’ll be storing it. We love bins with lids since they help keep bugs and critters out, help to preserve stored items, and help us stay in check when it comes to adding more than what there’s space for.

8. Exterior

The outside of the home can get cluttered, but it can be more about winterizing it more than anything else.

Fall is a great time to work on getting rid of anything that might be broken, doesn’t suit the space, no longer fits your needs, might need to be repaired, or needs to be stored in preparation for the colder seasons.

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Common Outdoor Items to Declutter

  • Patio and yard decor (seasonal or otherwise)
  • Patio furniture
  • Plants (prune, dead plants, etc.)
  • Any debris, leaves, or trash
  • Bugs, nests, critters
  • Any outdoor game sets
  • Pool and/or jacuzzi items
  • Any wood or fireplace-related items
  • Yard maintenance tools and supplies
  • Gardening supplies and tools
  • Any outdoor feature items that need to declutter, donated, thrown out, or put away
  • Grill or barbeques and/or accessories
  • Kiddo items (toys, playsets, etc.)
  • Pet-related items

Want more outdoor fall preparation tips? Check out our Ultimate Fall Cleaning Checklist + Tips | Prep for Winter & Holidays post next (new tab).

9. Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous items to declutter in the Fall season can include personal files and gadgets to holiday decor, car clutter, pet supplies, kid-related items, office-related messes, and financial records.

While these may seem basic, keeping on top of some of these items year-round won’t just help your home feel neater, but it can also help your life run more smoothly in general. And having set times throughout the year to tackle them is a great way to stay consistent.

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Common Miscellaneous Items to Declutter

  • Unused or old backpacks, purses, wallets, bags, shopping bags, reusable bags
  • Pet supplies
  • Car accessories that are no longer in use
  • Items left in the car (trash, items that belong elsewhere, children’s items, pet items, work items, school stuff)
  • Old devices and gadgets (computer or laptop, mp3 players, phones)
  • DVR, DVDs, CDs, albums that are no longer loved or needed
  • Old and redundant files (paper)
  • Unnecessary digital files, apps, emails, messages, photos, etc.
  • Books, magazines, catalogs
  • Your in-use wallet, purse, backpack, workbag
  • Extra, excessive, old, worn-out, or unused pens, pencils, highlighters, stationary, folders, paper products, office supplies, etc.
  • Paper mail
  • Decorating accessories (candles, picture displays, knickknacks, potpourri, diffusers, and essential oils)
  • Hobby items (art supplies, coloring books, sewing supplies, knitting items, scrapbooking, model crafting)
  • Holiday and seasonal decorations (Religious holidays, Spring, Halloween, New Years, Fall, Summer, etc.)

Conclusion

This post covered many items you can work towards decluttering through the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, living room, entryway or hallways, dining area, outdoor space, and garage.

We also included a few miscellaneous items, from holiday decor to personal files, car decluttering, and more. Some sections, or rooms, also feature a few of our quick fall-related tips to help you along. And, as promised, you’ll find a few bonus tips on how to declutter in the fall season and year-round.

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Final Tips on How to Declutter in the Fall

  1. Entertain Yourself – If you find yourself lacking motivation to decluter, try to entertain yourself by listening to music, audiobooks, podcasts, or anything that might make the process more enjoyable but without distracting you too much.
  2. One Step At a Time – If you have a lot of items declutter, don’t feel you have to get it done all in one day. Break it down into more manageable chunks so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Maybe that means spending a few minutes a day working on it, or even an hour or two on one day out of the week. Decluttering is a year-round event that you can work on each season, not just fall or during spring cleaning time.
  3. Plan Ahead – Rather than diving into the decluttering process, have a good idea for what you’ll be tackling for the day or session. It also helps to move in a systematic fashion, such as counter-clockwise throughout the room, inside cabinets before the exterior of the room, from top to bottom, etc. You can also have tools you’ll need to make the process easier, such as a donation box or bag ready, a trash or recycling bag, etc.
  4. Research – Even tasks like cleaning and organizing can take practice and can be aided by doing a little research. If you find yourself unsure where or how to start, looking for decluttering videos on Youtube or check out some popular decluttering books, such as Marie Kondo’s best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.
  5. Make Decluttering a Habit or Mindset vs. a Goal – Instead of making an effort or goal to declutter a few times out of the year or whenever things start to get out of control, consider working it into your daily, weekly, or even month or quarterly cleaning routines and schedules. You can also incorporate it into you shopping habits, such as by asking yourself why you need an item before you by, can you live without it, are you willing to add it to your cleaning routine (i.e., washing, dusting, etc.), and if there’s something you can get rid of to make room for it in your life.
  6. Pay Attention to Your Mood and Environment – If you find that certain areas of the home are getting harder to clean or that don’t feel very relaxed while in them, it could be a red flag that the space has accumulated too much clutter.

We wish you luck on your fall-time decluttering and hope you found this post helpful. If you’re looking for more fall-related tips to help you get ready for the fall and winter seasons, then you might love our post, Ultimate Fall Cleaning Checklist + Tips on Prepping for Winter & Holidays, next. You’ll also find other related posts and topics listed below.

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