This list of things to declutter in November will show you just what you can get rid of with the least amount of stress and overwhelm.
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The holidays tend to be a clutter magnet with decorations being added to every room. Decluttering in November is a perfect time to create space no only for the new decor but also to reset your home just in time for the new year.
Things to Declutter in November
I am all about easy, and this list is meant to be just that. Easy. Below, you will find not only a list of things you can declutter and get out of your home organized by the room. My hope is to help you create a home you love without getting stressed, frustrated or overwhelmed. So, if you’re ready, let’s get started!
Seasonal Items to Declutter
With the cold weather comes a new list of activities. This is a great time to declutter toys and sport gear for winter.
- Toys from summer that are damaged or broken.
- Winter recreational items – skis, snowboards, snow shoes, go through each and sell anything that no longer fits.
- Medicine – Go through cold and flu medicines and toss safely anything that is expired. Add to your list any supplies you need for the season ahead.
The kitchen is a busy room all year, but even more so in November. There is so much activity going on with baking and cooking and that means creating space will help these projects be more enjoyable.
- Spices – Go through your spices and check the freshness. If they are no longer good, add them to your shopping list so you can replace them the next time you are out shopping.
- Baking supplies – Inventory your baking supplies and toss anything that is stale or outdated.
- Freezer – Go through your freezer and toss anything that is out of date or damaged from freezer burn.
- Soups – Set up a soup basket in your pantry for easy meals on cold days.
- Old sponges that are torn or smell.
The Family Room
The family room is such an important room this time of year and for many people, it’s where your tree will be set up. Let’s take some of the stuff out so you can make space for the memories that are sure to come.
- Knick·knacks – Pare down on the number of misc items in your family room. Rotate things out each month rather than have every single item out all the time.
- Pillows that are flat or stained.
- Pet toys that are torn or smell.
Not every home has an office, but every home has a budget and bills that need to be paid. Where ever you do this task, that is what you want to focus on for this section.
- Excess school supplies – If you bought more than was needed for school this year, donate the excess to charity or make up stockings to give away for the holidays.
- Old textbooks – If you can find a place that will take books, get them gone. Ask around if you can’t find a location for donating.
- Receipts that are not needed for taxes.
The Master Bedroom
I want to encourage you to be selfish regarding your bedroom. You need a sanctuary a space that is free of clutter and chaos. If you take anything away from this article, it’s this: every day, put your focus on your bedroom and only keep the things you need to sleep and get dressed for the day in that space.
- Knick·knacks – Make a rule that these items need to be somewhere other than your bedroom.
- Dust and cobwebs that are hiding behind dressers, nightstands, or under beds.
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The Master Closet
My favorite saying is this: Life is too short for a closet full of clothes that you do not love. Keep that thought in the back of your mind and get anything you don’t routinely wear out and gone. The space you free up will benefit you more than a huge collection of clothes.
- Summer clothes – As you are swapping out your seasonal clothing donate and clothes from the summer that you did not wear.
- Shoes – The same is true for your sandals and summer shoes.
- Coats – Take some time to try on your winter coats and keep only the ones you love to wear.
- Bras, slips, or shapewear that no longer fits.
This room should only have the tools needed for getting ready for the day ahead.
- Unused lotions – Not everything is a hit when you buy it, toss any that you do not like or you are not using.
- Replace razors, loofahs, and toothbrushes.
- Empty floss containers.
The Remaining Bedrooms
In a child’s room more tends to happen than just sleeping. There’s playing, reading, homework, and art. By segmenting a busy room into zones you can help your child learn the importance of being organized.
- Make room for new toys! Help your kids to declutter toys and games they have outgrown before the holidays.
- Books – These are great items to donate for families that may want to give them as gifts.
- Stuffed animals that your kids have outgrown.
With the weather getting colder, organize a few areas in your linen area for blankets, cozy sheets, and warm, comfy pillows.
- Sheets that are stretched out or have holes.
- Pillows that are stained or flat.
- Electric blankets that no longer work.
Holiday decorations can grow year after year, let’s talk a bit about what you can let go of so your collection is a more reasonable size.
- Old holiday cards – Keep only a few choice cards and remove the rest. One box of holiday favorites is a better way to sum up each year.
- Leaves and branches – Before it snows, remove the yard clutter that nature left this fall.
- Flowers and plants – Cut back plants for their winter hibernation. Doing so will give you a lush flower bed next spring.
- Door mats that are damaged or worn out.
- Loose change – gather it up and take it to the bank to be rolled. Use the money for holiday shopping.
Decluttering can be overwhelming especially with the holidays fast approaching; to help, use this list of things to declutter in November to help get you back on track.