Summer Decluttering Checklist

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Today I’m going to share a summer decluttering checklist with you. With this declutter list on hand, you can easily get rid of clutter during summer and get ready for the new school year.

It’s the time of year when kids are taking school breaks, and more family activities and outdoor adventures are happening.

Summer is not only about travel and play, it’s also the perfect time to declutter our homes.

The longer daylight hours and warmer weather make it easier to access our belongings and sort through them.

Plan your decluttering list for summer. Declutter one area at a time and set a timer for 15 minutes. Move as fast as you can and see how much you can declutter.

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Easy Things to Declutter This Summer

Want to take this summer decluttering challenge? Spread the decluttering projects out and do a little at a time. You don’t need to spend the whole day decluttering unless you want to.

There are different areas that we’re going to focus on and declutter before September school starts. Okay, let’s go…

Declutter your basement

Basements can easily become dumping grounds. The favorable weather conditions and more free time during summer make it more pleasant to declutter in the basement.

If you store seasonal decorations, old furniture, excess household items, exercise equipment, kids’ toys, books, craft supplies, etc., it’s time to do a seasonal declutter to make sure the space keeps functional and usable.

Removing unwanted, unused, and broken stuff from the basement helps you find things easier and feels less chaotic.

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Declutter your bedrooms

Declutter clothing and accessories you no longer wear. Clean out your child’s wardrobe as well. Declutter and organize the outgrown kids’ clothes and toys.

Clear all the flat surfaces from the dressers, nightstands, and shelves. Remove clutter and put things away.

Declutter your kitchen

Toss expired food and organize your pantry before school starts.

Declutter unused kitchen gadgets and unused kitchen appliances.

Declutter your medicine cabinet and organize your first aid supplies.

Clean out your junk drawer. Toss the trash and only keep the things that actually should be in this drawer. Organize them in dividers or containers.

Declutter your bathrooms

Discard expired toiletries and beauty products. Only keep what you use and keep them minimal.

Bug sprays and sunscreens usually have a shelf life of two to three years. Check the expiration date on them. Dispose of them if expired.

Declutter your home office

Clear out the paper clutter from the filing cabinets and drawers. Remove the papers that you no longer need to keep.

Organize school supplies.

Declutter and organize your kids’ school papers and artwork. Have one or a few boxes for memorabilia and label them.

Go to the outdoor spaces

Outdoor areas can often be neglected. The abundance of natural light in summer allows us to get rid of clutter around the garage, patio and garden.

Items like empty cardboard boxes, broken hand tools, unused flower pots and containers, damaged gardening tools and equipment, sports equipment, old and unwanted furniture, outdoor toys and play, pool accessories, etc.

These kinds of things are easy to get rid of and you won’t miss them. Items in good condition can be donated or sold for some cash. You will feel much lighter when unused things are removed and space is opened up.

Decluttering the outdoor areas in summer creates a clean and inviting space for hosting parties and gatherings. How nice it is to set up a cozy sitting area in a clutter-free environment and invite friends over for some drinks.

Digital Decluttering

Last but not least, I like to do some digital decluttering every once in a while. Digital clutter is just like physical clutter. It can be distracting and can affect our stress levels and ability to focus.

Digitally declutter your phone and computer. Remove blurry, duplicate photos, unnecessary screenshots, files, and downloads. Back up photos and important files to the cloud.

Delete old text messages that you no longer need to keep.

Remove the apps you don’t use anymore.

Declutter your inbox. Unsubscribe from newsletter emails that you are not interested in.

Final Thoughts

I hope you found the above tips for summer decluttering helpful. By removing the unused and unnecessary stuff from our lives, we make space for new experiences and opportunities.

When it comes to decluttering, it doesn’t have to be done all at once. By breaking it down into smaller projects and tackling one area at a time, we avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Seasonal decluttering not only helps tidy up our homes, free up space, and make them more functional and organized, but it also brings simplicity, clarity, and ease into our lives.

This summer, take some time to declutter both physically and digitally. You’ll be amazed at how much lighter you feel when you let go of what no longer serves you, making room for what truly matters.

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