Home life Organization

51 Tasks to Declutter the House

I don’t know about you, but I fall into the Not Naturally Organized category. I’d love to fix that, but first I need to get a baseline established, which means a massive declutter of the entire house!

Working full time, this is a pretty intimidating task. On a recent day off work, I grabbed a Starbucks treat and sat down at the kitchen table for a mental walk-through of the house. Going from one area of the house to the next, I created a list of small tasks to slowly get our house tidy. I tried to keep them to thirty minutes or less, but the nature of the beast for some is bigger than that.

All the photos in this post are taken without staging, cleaning, or any preparation. This is the raw reality of my small home right now. I’d like to blame months of illness and general busy-ness, but this is our natural state. I’m hoping to be able to share an “after” video with everything shiny and clean (and keep it that way!) by the end of the year.

Front Entrance Task List

We live in a rear-detatched home, and, as much as I would love to keep the front door for guests, our garage is a mess so we park on the street. Which means the front door is where everything coming in is dumped, and everything going out rests until it leaves.

  1. Tidy the bag bins
  2. Get everything off the floor & pony wall
  3. Purge the shelf over the coats
  4. Reorganize the hat & mitt & helmet shelves in the closet
  5. Go through the coats

Living & Dining Room Tidying Task List

A chaotic disaster of a living room. Toys for young children cover the gray carpet on the bottom third of the photo. A large mid-tone wood piano and white cube bookcase fill the left side of the wall. A black blocks bin and dress up box are low to the ground on the right with a gray flower area rug under them.

These two rooms can seem out of hand SO quickly, but it would only take me a couple hours and they’d be in the pristine state I dream of. We currently have the added bonus of a hole in the dining room ceiling due to some condensation on the stack for the main bathroom. Isn’t home ownership glorious?!

  1. Tidy the book cases
  2. Clean up behind and under the couch
  3. Tidy the piano
  4. Sort & purge the toys
  5. Price and list my baby carriers
  6. Clean up the top of the china cabinet
  7. Clear out the bottom drawer of the china cabinet (full of fish tank supplies — we haven’t had a fish tank in three years!)
  8. re-organize and purge the remaining drawers of the china cabinet
  9. Tidy the kids craft supplies in the broom closet (again)
  10. Reorganize and purge the home stuff in the broom closet

Kitchen Organization Task List

White kitchen cabinets, gray counter top, dark gray tile backsplash, metal sink filled with dishes. A sunny window is over the sink. The counters are covered with clutter - dish rack with a cookie sheet, bananas, grocery bag, coffee supplies, paper towel, a glass tiered desert dish filled with random items.

I’ve already been making some serious progress in the kitchen, so there isn’t as much to do in here. Saying that, there’s still a long list! I broke it down by individual cupboard.

  1. Plate cupboard – purge baby items, possibly reorganize
  2. Over the stove – organize
  3. Upper corner – tidy, sort, and purge, purge, purge!
  4. Over the fridge – tidy, sort, and purge, purge, purge!
  5. Baking cupboard – organize and purge
  6. Pantry. Save me.
  7. Counter – clear off as much as possible

Back Door Decluttering Task List

Small entryway with closed doors. The floor is filled with clutter. Mini fridge in the foreground with outwear on top.
Between the mini fridge, hubby’s “landing zone” (and shoes), and the pile of stuff to go to the garage and trash, our back entrance in a mess.

For a space that we rarely use, this is such a mess! It regularly ends up as the dumping ground for recycling (our pick-up is in the alley), stuff to go out to the garage, off season items, and who knows what else.

  1. Shoes!
  2. Purge
  3. Organize and move things around

Kids Bedrooms Task List

Until I started looking at my photos, I wasn’t too worried about the kids’ rooms. I try to keep on top of them and do a little bit each night at bedtime or when I’m putting away laundry. But I’ll be honest that most of my efforts are focused on the floor. Obviously I need to look up (where I put stuff so they can’t get into it!) more often. There are still a few areas that could use some improvement.

  1. KonMarie fold the kids clothes
  2. Purge clothes that are too small and move stuff that’s too big back into storage
  3. Tidy the top shelf of their closets
  4. Organize stuffies and dolls
  5. Tidy books and bookcases
  6. Clear off dressers
  7. Organize the top bunk

Upstairs Hallway Task List

For under 40 square feet, this space sure finds its way to being a clutter catcher!

  1. Linen closet – purge and organize
  2. Pony wall over stairs and shelf above the stairs – clear them off
  3. Any random stuff sitting out – put it away

Kids Bathroom Uncluttering Task List

This is another spot that I try to keep on top of when the kids are having a bath, but we still have a few spots I need to go through.

  1. Under the sink – organize & purge
  2. Eldest’s hair stuff – organize & purge
  3. Bath toys – purge

Master Bathroom Cleaning Task List

I’ve recently made some progress here, but it needs another pass. Hubby is certainly contributing his share here.

  1. Medicine cabinet
  2. Under the sink
  3. Items on the floor
  4. Counter clutter

Master Bedroom Chaos Rangling List

Of the areas I’m “responsible” for, this is, by far, in the worst shape. Why do our personal spaces always seem to come in last place?

  1. Top of the ANTONIUS – remove extra items
  2. RASKOG – tidy and put things away properly
  3. Chair – finish mending currently sitting on & under it
  4. Floor – organize and put away all the little piles
  5. Desk – find a home for everything
  6. Storage containers under bed – clean & purge
  7. Bedside tables – tidy & purge
  8. Closet – redesign & purge
  9. Laundry – stop leaving the drying rack out all week!

Hubby’s Zones Are His… For Now

There are a few spaces in the home that are primarily Hub’s domain. The basement and garage have become his areas, and I’ve done my best to stay out of them. I know I have stuff in both that I could help organize, but the rest of this list will likely keep me busy for most of the year!

Plan Of Attack

Now that I have a solid uncluttering task list, I plan to work on one or two spots at a time. I’ll take before and after (and maybe some during) photos to share, and link up to those posts from here so you can follow along.

Share your thoughts!

Has this sparked any ideas of places you should go tidy? Is there a cupboard you could clean up in under thirty minutes? What would it take for you to get your house HOUZZ tour ready, or is it always like that?

4 thoughts on “51 Tasks to Declutter the House”

  1. This is exactly how I tackle clean/decluttering. I find it really satisfying to cross it out after! The only problem is when you do one and then you turn around and it’s fallen apart again! Good luck taking on the clutter!

    1. Yes! The magically reappearing clutter is a nightmare! We have a few clutter collector spots in the house that are a constant struggle. I can’t wait to be on the defensive side of the clutter battle instead of offensive!

    1. It gets kind of overwhelming all at once, isn’t it? I love that I can pick one item and just GET IT DONE in 30 minutes. It’s not an overwhelming “clean the living room”. And it’s so satisfying to strike it off!

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