This list of things to declutter in October will walk you through what you can gather up and donate quickly and easily. Keep this list handy as you work on how to declutter, and refer to it year after year.
This will not only keep your home free from excess stuff but a bit less messy as well. Using a list to help you declutter is a great way to make this stressful job of cleaning out your home easier and less stressful.
Be sure to grab your free October Decluttering Checklist below!
When looking for an easier way to remove the extra stuff in our homes, cues can be incredibly helpful. They can guide you, lead you, and encourage you to make a change for the better.
The cues you use all depend on how you work best. For some, it may be a time of day, for others, it may be the threat of company coming over for a visit; and still, others may need something more tangible.
And it’s the third option we are going to talk about today, your tangible guide that you can use not only in October but for each month of the entire year.
Things to Declutter in October
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 easily remove for this month but that list will also be broken down by room.
Pssst, did you grab the free checklist for what you can declutter this month? If not, you can grab it here!
Now that summer, for most of us, is winding down, it is a good time to remove any items that we no longer need or use.
The kitchen can get cluttered quickly if we are not careful, so this will always be our starting point. Finding solutions for cluttered counters can help to keep this busy space more streamlined.
- Grilling items that are rusty or bent
- Random paper plates
- Random plastic silverware
- Torn summer tablecloths
- Broken or chipped dishes
- Extra items you no longer need or use
The Family Room
As football season starts, you may be using your family room more each weekend, during commercials is a great time to tackle a little bit of clutter. Once the clutter is gone, you can check out these Brilliant Organizers for the Family Room.
- Streaming services – keep only what you watch regularly
- Change the batteries in your remotes.
October is a good time to work on the office and files as the end of year gets closer. Work to organize things now so you are not left with a mess at the end of the year. If you want an easier way, check out these 20 Hacks for an Organized Office.
- Receipts that are not needed.
- Manuals for items you no longer own.
- Office supplies – Make care packages of the extras and pass them on to a college student.
The Master Bedroom + Closet
Now is the time to start putting away the summer clothes and linens. If you are short on storage space, check out Unique Storage Ideas for the Bedroom.
- Summer sheets
- Summer clothes
- Summer shoes and sandals
- Hats that are no longer worn
The Master Bathroom
If you have a bathroom for your kids, with school back in session, they might be taking more baths and showers. Remove the excess and make this area easier to keep clean.
- Ratty towels
- Empty bottles
- Broken bath toys
The Remaining Bedrooms
The less stuff you keep in a bedroom, the more inviting it is to your child. If you have the room to set up a play area in your home, consider keeping a majority of the toys in that space. This will really free up room in your child’s bedroom.
- Summer clothes
- Summer shoes
- Outgrown sportswear
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The Laundry Room
Keeping a clutter-free laundry room really helps streamline watching clothes. When there is less stuff lying around, you can get in, do a quick load, and get out in just a few minutes.
- Empty bottles
- Move appliances and clean the clutter underneath and behind.
- Socks that are missing their mates.
If there is an area in your home that is not listed, take a peek inside and see if you can find 5 things to remove. Here is a plan to use.
- Something to toss
- Something to recycle.
- Something to put away
- Something to give away
- Something to donate
Now that you have a step-by-step list of what to declutter in October, you can get busy removing the stuff gradually throughout your days. Baby steps are the secret to making this job so much easier and a goal we have here at Declutter in Minutes.
What other things do you like to declutter in October? Tell me in the comments below, I would love to hear about them!