Quick Decluttering Projects

Clutter can get annoying when you’re trying to find homes for new items. Here are some tips for decluttering that could take 15 minutes or less.

Food Storage Containers

The cabinets where you keep all your food storage can get a little wild. Pull out all the containers and start finding their matching lids. For any of the mate-less lids or containers, recycle or toss them into the garbage. For the rest, use your space to dictate how they will all fit in and the pieces you may not really need.

Fridge Condiments

Any condiments on the door of your fridge, pull out and place on the counter. Search all the expiration dates and toss any that are past due. If there are condiments you didn’t like and haven’t touched, it’s time to throw those away, too. To be a little cleanly with the decluttering, take a wet sponge and wipe the bottoms of the containers.

Utensil Jar

Check to see if you use the utensils in the jar by the stove. Are they used every day? Maybe you could get rid of one of your many spatulas. If you have some utensils that you don’t use daily but you do need, try finding them a new spot.

Pen Cup

Grab any pens you see that are laying around. Take a sheet of paper and test them. All the ones that work, designate a cup for them near the places you use them the most. For all the pens that don’t work, it’s time to throw them out.

Sock Drawer

Pull out all the socks in your drawer and make sure they each have a pair. For those that do have pairs, make sure they are free of any holes. For the pairs that you can’t find their match, try to check around your laundry room for their missing brother. If there are mate-less socks, put them in a bag and locate your nearest clothing recycle donation bin.

Shower Products

If you have a lot of clutter in your shower, it’s time to sort through it. If you have products left over that you tried but didn’t like, then it might be time to throw it away or give it to someone you know would like it.

Dish Towels

Before you know it, you’ve got 20 dish towels. Pull out all the ones that are old, raggedy, and have the permanent mildew stench. Maybe keep some of the old ones for rags when it comes to painting, car work, yard work, or any other task that will eventually stain them. Try to find a new home for them, but don’t go overboard on how many you keep.


Go through your magazines to make sure you’ve gotten rid of older issues. If you’re keeping them for an article, cut the article out and keep it in a folder to reduce the space your magazines are taking up. Or, if you’re really trying to reduce paper clutter, try to find the online version and bookmark it.

For even more decluttering ideas, check out the original article: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/81853344/list/10-decluttering-projects-you-can-do-in-15-minutes-or-less

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