Your Ultimate Declutter List for a Fresh Spring Home

Your Ultimate Declutter List for a Fresh Spring Home

Start Your Spring with the Perfect Declutter List

Spring is here and you know your house is due for a good cleaning, but you don’t know where to start. Sound familiar? Clutter can sneak up on all of us - the overflowing closets, crowded countertops, and floors that disappear under piles of stuff.  Even the most organized among us find ourselves with possessions that haven't been used or needed for years.



But don’t worry, getting control over your space is totally doable! The challenge of decluttering your home and organizing it can be made simple with a structured declutter list. Breaking the process down into smaller, manageable steps can help transform this daunting task into an achievable mission. By making a commitment, critically assessing each item, and introducing clever storage solutions, your home can become a peaceful place rather than a source of stress.


In this comprehensive guide, I’ll give you a series of declutter tips and tricks that will help with navigating the clutter, one room at a time. A declutter list not only helps to sort through what stays and what goes but also provides easy-to-follow systems to keep your space orderly in the long run. So, let's dive into the step-by-step list that will empower you to scale down your belongings, designate spots for your everyday items, and enjoy the peace of mind that a decluttered space brings.


Creating Your Declutter List: Room by Room

Step 1: Draft Your Declutter Blueprint

Scan each room of your home to compile a detailed declutter list. Be specific about the target areas that need work. Instead of a general "bedroom", note down "overstuffed dresser drawers" or "nightstand cluttered with old magazines".


If you need some inspiration, check out the recent ApartmentGuide article we were featured in: How to Declutter Your Home Fast: Tips From Our Experts | ApartmentGuide


Step 2: Organize Your Priorities

Arrange your list by priority, categorizing tasks from pressing to less critical. Whether by difficulty, by room, or from the most visible clutter to the least, select a strategy that resonates with you.


Step 3: The Four-Box Method

Prepare four boxes, bins, or bags, each designated for items to keep, donate, recycle, and discard.


Step 4: The Decluttering Process

Set aside 30 minutes each day for decluttering and cleaning. Focus on the top task on your list, and make as much progress as possible within the time limit. If an area isn't completed, no worries, simply continue the next day.


Take all the items from that area and sort them into your four categories. This step is often the hardest part of the process. If you’re like me, you will probably think that you *might* need every single item at some point in the future, but try to take a step back and realistically analyze the situation.


Sorting with Sustainability

During your decluttering journey, consider the destination of each item with a sustainable and ethical mindset.


Letting Go Consciously

Sometimes it’s necessary to let things go but remember that the sustainability of their disposal is crucial. Instead of tossing everything into the trash, consider these environmentally-friendly and socially-responsible options:

  • Purposeful Donations: Gently used items can be immensely valuable to others. Connect with local shelters, libraries, and thrift shops where your items can live on usefully.
  • Sell or Share: Offer your items a new life by selling them or posting in your local buy nothing groups.
  • Creative Repurposing: Before considering disposal, think about how items might be repurposed. A little creativity can transform unwanted things into useful home accents or supplies.
  • Responsible Recycling: Proper sorting for recycling is a simple but significant step. Look up your local facilities to understand what materials are accepted and look for special recycling programs for specific categories like electronics or hazardous materials.


Remember, the choices you make for your declutter list outcomes can contribute positively to our planet's health and aid community support systems.


Organizing Your Spaces

After sorting your items, give all the surfaces a good wipe down. Then, figure out where the “keep” items should go. Having a designated place for every item really helps with clutter maintenance in the future – if you know where it goes, it’s so easy to put it away! Here are some clever organizing solutions that are both functional and stylish:

  • Stackable Bins: Ideal for vertical storage, clear stackable bins can be used in closets, pantries, or garages to save space and keep items visible for easy access. Don’t forget about our LuxeFold Linen Cubes for your bedsheets and linens!
  • Drawer Dividers: These help keep smaller items tidy and are especially useful in office and kitchen drawers.
  • Shelving Units: Wall-mounted shelves or freestanding units can greatly increase storage opportunities without taking up too much floor space.
  • Labels: Use labels to mark containers, shelves, and drawers. It’s a simple organization strategy that helps everyone know exactly where things belong.
  • Furniture with Storage: Ottomans, beds, and coffee tables often come with hidden storage, making them perfect dual-purpose solutions in small spaces.



By incorporating these organizational tools, you can maintain the clarity and ease you've worked hard to achieve during your clean-up. Plus, they contribute to a visually appealing home.


Repeat this process every day until you’ve completed your list!


Step 5: Long-Term Organization and Maintenance

Decluttering is not just a one-time event. To keep your home clean and organized, incorporate some of these habits into your daily routine:

  • Evening Reset: Spend 10 minutes each evening resetting any room that seems out of place, putting items back where they belong. This is especially necessary if you have young kids like I do.
  • One-In-One-Out Rule: Whenever you bring a new item into your home, find one to donate or discard. This helps prevent re-accumulation of clutter.
  • Regular Mini-Declutters: On a monthly basis, choose an area to quickly declutter. It could be a drawer, a shelf, or a cupboard. This regular check keeps clutter from spiraling out of control.
  • Seasonal Reassessment: Change of seasons can be a great reminder for a more substantial decluttering session. Checking through seasonal items can prevent the storage of things you no longer love or use.
  • Mindful Consumption: Before purchasing something new, ask yourself if it's necessary, where you'll put it, and how often you'll use it. Just thinking through these questions can drastically reduce the influx of non-essential items.


Creating and sticking to these maintenance routines will help ensure that the effort you put into decluttering and organizing continues to reward you with a tranquil home environment.


Now that you have the blueprint for a decluttered, organized, and sustainable home, it’s time to start! Embrace the change that comes with a cleaner space and the calmness it brings to your life. Whether you start with a single drawer or tackle an entire room, the important thing is to begin.


Here’s what you can do right now:

  • Share Your Journey: Document your decluttering process, take before-and-after photos, and share your progress. Challenge friends or family to join you in creating a clutter-free space.
  • Stay Motivated: Sign up for our VIP Circle to get regular tips and encouragement directly to your inbox.
  • Join Our Community: Become a part of our social media community to showcase your efforts and gain inspiration from others who are on the same journey.


Your home is a reflection of your life; make sure it represents the peace and order you wish to carry throughout your days. Take the first step towards a decluttered home today and enjoy the benefits for years to come.


Remember, decluttering is not an end, but a pathway to the lifestyle you aspire to lead. Happy organizing!

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