It’s possible to finish decluttering your home and still be left wondering, “what else can I declutter?” If you’re in that boat, I’ve got you covered with these 15 uncommon things to declutter today!
Don’t feel bad if you end up with a few areas that still need decluttering after you’ve, um, decluttered. Life gets busy and many items in our home can go untouched during the decluttering process.
Here are 15 things to declutter you might have forgotten or haven’t thought of before!
Also, feel free to download this FREE CHECKLIST of 70 Things to Declutter Right Now.
1 | Subscriptions
It’s all too easy for the number of subscriptions that you have to sneak up on you. Are you paying for subscriptions you don’t even need anymore? Try to look at your bills and see if you are paying too much for something. Cancel any subscriptions you don’t need and free up some space in your budget!
2 | Outdated Bills, Coupons, or Papers
It is normal to keep bills, receipts, and tax papers. But do you still need all those from years ago? Try going through your important papers and clean them out. It’s recommended to only keep tax returns for the last 7 years. Let go of the others (but do shred them). Also, go through all of your coupons to see if there are expired ones that you can let go of.
3 | Home Decor
Whether it’s throw blankets that have seen better days or throw pillows that have lost their plump, these living room items are easily overlooked when decluttering. Sometimes we may just be so used to looking at our tired and worn throw blankets and pillows that they go unnoticed. Refresh your space by decluttering the old ones, purchasing new ones, or simply giving them a good wash.
4 | Emergency Supplies
When we initially put together an emergency supply kit, it’s easy to see the expiration date and think “that’s a long time from now!” And, while the shelf life of these items is long, we can quickly forget to check to see if our items are expired. Go through your natural disaster kit, 72-hour kit, or car emergency kit and check your items.
5 | Purse
When I ask myself, “what else can I declutter?” I usually think big: kitchen, closet, garage, etc. Areas that, honestly, can seem overwhelming. Meanwhile, decluttering my purse is completely overlooked. Yet it can make a big difference in my daily life. Clean out your purse today and tomorrow you will thank yourself!
6 | Junk Drawer
We all have a junk drawer that could use a good decluttering session. Get rid of things you never use and put things where they actually go instead of just shoving them back inside! Better yet, organize the junk drawer with drawer dividers or repurposed boxes to contain the stuff.
7 | Reusable Bags
Even though there are plenty of ways to control and keep the plastic bags all neat and tidy, you probably have thousands, which you know you don’t need. Nowadays, many states are requiring reusable bags only and have replaced their plastic bags all together. It is only a matter of time before that requirement is everywhere.
Empty out your plastic bags and recycle them or give them away! Then keep a stack of your favorite reusable bags in your car, so you don’t forget them at the store.
Do you ever go through your bookcase? Chances are that you put books away after you read them and don’t get them out again. If you truly will never read the book again, why keep it? Donate it and let someone else enjoy the book you love! Your local library is a good place to take unwanted books.
9 | Arts & Crafts
Crafts, usually by our children, tend to pile up right before our eyes. Before we know it, the crafts and artwork become unruly.
Go through the artwork and digitize the favorites. If you are saving them for when your children are older, keep a few important ones and digitize the others. Don’t forget to be discreet when throwing them out! This is an activity that’s best to do once the kids go to bed.
While you’re at it, declutter any craft items that are unusable, paper scraps, or other trash.
10 | Phone
Have you recently decluttered your phone? Like apps you don’t need, files taking up your digital storage space, and oh the photos! Chances are you probably have screenshots you no longer need, blurry photos, and duplicates you don’t want.
Since we use our phones so often, they are probably full of things we never use or even need anymore! Here are a few of the most common things you can easily declutter from your phone:
You can even organize your apps into folders by category for ease of use.
11 | Email
Have you gone through the emails in your inbox recently? Do you have more than 500 emails in your inbox? More than likely, you don’t need them all. Go through your emails and delete what you don’t need!
An easy way to do this is to search by sender name or subject line and bulk delete.
For the rest, set up folders to organize your emails. You can even program your email provider to send certain emails directly to a folder. Then, you can check that folder as needed.
Try to keep as little as possible in your inbox. Mentally, when your inbox is clean and empty, it is a lot easier to focus and work! It might sound silly, but it will make a huge difference when you finish.
12 | Social Media
When you spend time on social media, take some time to scroll, and unfollow accounts that are no longer beneficial to you. Consider going through your friends list on Facebook and unfollowing people.
Social media is so powerful and can easily clog our minds; you don’t need that negativity in your life.
After you unfollow those pages or people, you will enjoy social media and will feel happy and not distraught when you scroll. This can have a positive impact on your mental health.
13 | Mind
Your mind is probably filled with feelings, thoughts, and a never-ending to-do list. In today’s information age, information-overload is a thing. Our minds are constantly full, and it is overwhelming. However, most people don’t know how to declutter their minds.
Self-care is one way in which you can relax and unwind. Most often, as moms, we never get that time. If you find yourself alone for five minutes, try to relax and unload. Take a deep breath. Every little minute counts.
You can also write down all your thoughts and feelings in a journal. Journaling is one of the easiest ways to declutter your mind. Find a journal and pen and just write nonstop for ten minutes. Slowly, everything built up in your mind will come out. See how good you feel when you finish!
You can also declutter your mind by meditating and practicing mindfulness. Similar to self-care, even just five minutes can change your entire day!
We are naturally happier and can focus better when our minds are clear.
14 | Schedule
How often do you go through your schedule to pinpoint where you’re overloaded? Take a look at your calendar and see where you can shave off some activities to get back some time in your day. Modern-day life can make us feel like we have to say yes, but once we start saying no to things that aren’t a priority to us, it gets easier.
15 | Keepsakes
Maybe you’ve decluttered your entire home, and you’re still wondering, “what else can I declutter?”
Look no further than keepsakes and sentimental items. This should actually be the last area of decluttering in your home.
Keepsakes and sentimental items are something that we need to be mentally prepared, and emotionally ready, to declutter. As you gain more experience and confidence in decluttering the other areas of your home, you become ready to tackle the keepsakes and sentimental items.
What else can I declutter? These 15 items!
Have you ever thought of decluttering these 15 things before? If not, go through as many as you can today! Decluttering not only keeps our house clean but also takes a big mental load off our minds too.