Get a Jump on Spring Cleaning with these 80 Things to Declutter NOW!

Clear the clutter in these places you may be overlooking, plus a FREE printable checklist!

By Jennifer Sheran, publisher Macaroni Kid McDonough, Stockbridge, Hampton, Locust Grove March 28, 2022

Life is so much easier when we are organized, but organization can be hard with all the stuff we have! Let's get a jump on the spring cleaning by clearing out some things we seriously don't need! Use this list for ideas of places to look for clutter you may be overlooking. 

Living Spaces

  • Newspapers
  • Magazine DVDs
  • Scratched and unwanted CDs
  • Blurry photos
  • Junk mail
  • Recorded TV shows on the DVR
  • Old product manuals
  • Unused apps
  • Books you have never read
  • Books you won’t read again

Everything Drawer

  • Excessive keys
  • Old phone chargers
  • Corroded batteries
  • Extra scissors
  • Excessive rubber bands
  • Broken staplers
  • Old notes and papers


  • Jewelry you no longer wear or is broken
  • Unflattering clothes
  • Clothing items you have duplicates or too many similar items
  • Bedding that lost it's elastic or has holes
  • Gloves missing their partner
  • Socks with holes
  • Shoes that hurt or cause blisters
  • Old purses and bags
  • Tights
  • Old Hats.
  • Anything that no longer fits your lifestyle


  • Games with pieces missing
  • Puzzles with missing pieces
  • Broken toys
  • Toys no longer played with
  • Outgrown costumes
  • Forgotten art projects
  • Dried out markers or markers without caps
  • Broken crayons
  • Tiny chalk pieces


  • Out of date food
  • Unused kitchen gadgets
  • Old sauces
  • Spices you won’t use again
  • Unused cookbooks
  • Appliances that are broken
  • Freezer food past its prime
  • Herbs you can’t remember the last time you used
  • Un-liked food
  • Plastic containers with cracks
  • Containers missing lids and lids missing containers
  • Extra pots, pans, and baking sheets
  • Forks with missing or bent prongs
  • Broken spatulas, tongs, and knives
  • Excessive whisks, sifters, and utensils
  • Appliances that perform the same function


  • Out of date medicines
  • Old glasses
  • Rusted or tangled jewelry
    Hair dryers, curlers, and curling irons you don't use
  • Gloopy lotion
  • Makeup past its prime
  • Old perfumes
  • Brushes that scratch
  • Hair products no longer used
  • Old poofs and loofahs
  • Towels with holes
  • Old Hair ties/bows
  • Moldy bath mats
  • Toiletries saved from hotels


  • Dead plants/flowers
  • Broken garden ornaments
  • Extra rakes, shovels, and brooms
  • Broken or extra plant pots
  • Deflated balls
  • Clogged bubble machines
  • Broken sports equipment
  • Expired chemicals
  • Dried out paint cans
  • Unwanted holiday decor
  • Old car parts
  • Empty boxes
  • Random nuts, bolts, and screws
  • Broken flashlights