The hot summer months are a great time to stay indoors and use this free easy-to-follow Summer declutter checklist. Find out what things to throw out this Summer. Get rid of clutter before school starts! Free your mind of the things that are weighing you down.
Late Summer is the perfect time to dedicate some time to declutter your home. It’s a good idea to get rid of the things that are stressing you out and haven’t been used in some time (i.e. junk drawer and a medicine cabinet that has been neglected for some time). Parents get busy and it’s hard to remember to declutter so this checklist will make it easy to declutter.
30 Things to Throw out this Summer
Whether you recently moved into a new home or have lived in your home for years, there’s no better time than Summer to declutter. It’s a great time of year to stay indoors away from the warmer temperatures to focus on getting your house tidy and clean.
Why spend time decluttering?
The fewer items you have means the fewer items you have to pick up, organize and store! Also, it’s been proven that organized spaces reduce stress, improve mental health, and improve your eating and exercise habits. In the words of Marie Kondo, if something doesn’t spark joy or isn’t usable anymore, it’s time to say goodbye.
Summer declutter checklist
The decluttering checklist includes 30 areas that you can spend a few minutes cleaning throughout your entire house. When you declutter here and there, it doesn’t seem as daunting. Here are a few areas to get you started:
- Unmatched socks
- Expired coupons
- Stretched out hair ties
- Old toys
- Expired food
- Old batteries
- Stale spices
- Last year’s calendars
- Old makeup and nail polish
- Useless swag
- Old prescription glasses
- Expired medicine – Check those expiration dates and act accordingly. Check to see if your community has an expired medication drop-off event.
- Ratty towels
- Jewelry you never wear
- Old perfume
- Product samples
- Rusty tools
- Broken hangers
- Product manuals
- Incomplete games
- Containers with missing lids – check your kitchen cabinets for these!
- Lids with no matching container
- Old takeout menus
- Travel brochures
- Chipped mugs and dishes
- Old cell phones
- Scratched pots and pans
- Old cords – Check your home office for cords that haven’t been touched in a while.
More Summer stuff to declutter
- Summer clothes – Did your kids have a growth spurt? If so, it’s time to donate or sell their clothes.
- Coats – Check your coat closets to see if any coats need to be donated.
- Video games – How many are collecting dust?
- School papers – toss or store them in a DIY Memory Box.
- Outdoor space – Check your Summer outside toys, outdoor toys, outdoor furniture including lawn chairs, and other outdoor products to see which ones need to go.
- Art supplies – Go through your kids’ art supplies and see which ones need to go.
- Craft supplies
- Home office – work from home? Take some time to declutter your space to improve your productivity.
- Under the bathroom sink – what beauty products are sitting unused?
How to use the summer declutter checklist
This declutter checklist makes the decluttering process simple and doable. Declutter a little bit every day or knock it out in larger chunks of time.
Best summer declutter tips
Summer decluttering made easy! First, sort your item into four different piles: Donate, Sell, Recyle or Trash. Keep small baskets or trash bags nearby to keep everything organized. Use the blank Summer Declutter Checklist to stay focused.
- Donate – give to a local charity, a friend in need, or a church. Find a local drop-off site for a non-profit organization. There are a few organizations that will pick up your larger items like furniture.
- Sell – There are some items that you can make money off of if you have the desire to do so. Host a garage sale if you have a lot of items or sell individually online. Yard sales are a great way to get rid of a lot of unwanted items. Thrift stores that buy your donations are always an option. Remember, to always be safe while selling items online. Always meet in a public location or with those you trust.
- Recycle – Are there any of your items that you can recycle instead of tossing?
More declutter pro tips:
- Avoid burnout! The worst thing that can happen is you go too hard the first few days decluttering and you give up completely. Start at the beginning of the month and finish one declutter checklist task each day. After 30 days, you will have a decluttered home at the end of the month. What a great start to August where you can focus all your attention on back-to-school shopping and school supplies.
- Can’t let go of items that have sentimental value? Consider placing these in a sealed container that offers easy access.
- Short on time? Get professional help and hire someone to declutter for you. There’s no shame is delegating!
- Consider getting the family members on board but only if they are good at letting go of items. They could slow down your home organization process.
Decluttering and Cleaning Printables
A true decluttering journey never ends. Use these decluttering printables to keep you on track throughout the year.
- 31-Day Declutter Challenge – use this on a regular basis to maintain a tidy home.
- Spring Cleaning Challenge – Do this after the winter season to refresh your home.
- Ultimate Holiday Cleaning Checklist – Clear the clutter and focus on the holidays.
- Weekly Cleaning Printable – Stay organized, delegate tasks, and keep your home clean with this cleaning schedule.
- Linen closet organization – 5 tips to get your linen closet clean and tidy.
Get the files
Don’t let Summer clutter weigh you down. Get started today! Here’s how: first, enter your first name and email address in the form below to get the printable pdfs. You will receive an instant digital download and the file will be sent to your email address within minutes.
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The PDF will include 10 pages of ultimate party planning resources including:
- Summer Declutter Checklist
- Summer Declutter Checklist blank page for sorting Summer clutter.
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