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350+ Categories You Can Declutter in 15 Minutes or Less

Grab your free printable checklist of 350+ categories in your home that you can declutter in 15 minutes or less! Start making the very most of the margins in your day!

350 Categories You Can Declutter in 15 Minutes or Less with Free Printable Checklist

The Decluttering Problem

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When I talk to people about decluttering and organizing, I feel like I hear the same phrase over and over again:

“I would love to be more organized, but I don’t have enough time!”

Girl, I hear you! With jobs and kids and school and church and hobbies and volunteering and sports and alllllllllll of the other commitments that we have on our plate, life gets busy fast.

Mother and Son Decluttering in Home Office

But there is one giant misconception about decluttering and organizing that I want to make sure I clear up right now.

Everyone thinks that you have to clear a big, long chunk of time out of your schedule in order to get organized. But that’s just not true.

Can it be done in a big, long chunk? Sure! But the problem is that we rarely have a lengthy, uninterrupted amount of time free. So we tell ourselves that there is no way we can possibly be organized.

The Solution

Over the past year or two, I have been really working on making the most of my “margins.”

Wait, remind me what a margin is again…

I’m so glad you asked! Margins are those little bits of time we have throughout our day, usually when we’re waiting for something.

Maybe we’re waiting for our kids to get their shoes on. Or for the dryer to finish so we can fold the laundry.

Maybe we’re waiting for the oven to preheat. Or for our spouse to get home from work so we can leave for a family activity.

Maybe we’re waiting for an email response we need. Or for our favorite show to come on TV.

All of these short waiting periods create bits of margin in our days.

If you’re like me, my automatic reaction in these little periods of margin is to pick up my phone and scroll through Instagram or play a quick game. (I’m addicted to Threes! Anyone else?!)

However, all of those short little bits of time can really add up! So rather than fill them with mindless scrolling, I have been trying to fill them more intentionally. One of the ways I do that is by using my margins to declutter.

Putting Away Clothes in a Bedroom Dresser with a Pink Comforter on the Bed

Now, it sounds really easy to say, “Less Instagram! More decluttering! Great!”

But the problem is, even when we are able to train ourselves to recognize these short periods of margin, there often seem to be SO many possibilities of how to use it! We feel overwhelmed, give up, and just return to our default mode of playing on our phone.

The Ultimate ” Declutter in 15 Minutes ” Checklist

Enter, the ultimate ” declutter in 15 minutes ” checklist! [Fanfare sounds! 🙂 ]

Checklist of 15-Minute Decluttering Tasks

I recently went through room by room and tried to break down the decluttering tasks into the smallest pieces I could so that they would be bite-sized enough to tackle in those margins of our day.

I then compiled allllllllllll of the different categories into one helpful checklist. So anytime you find yourself with a bit of downtime, you can just consult the list, choose a task, and get moving!

Free Printable Decluttering Tasks Checklist

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If you prefer pen and paper and checking things off, you can print the list and keep it in a central area of your home where you can consult it easily.

If having it on your phone would be easier, simply save it to your phone or take screenshots of each page. Then you can pull it up on your phone and know what to tackle next!

A Little Caveat

Though I tried to break down each area of the checklist as thoroughly as possible, there are still a few areas– such as paperwork and items in storage spaces like the basement and garage– that will probably take multiple 15 minute sessions.

Because everyone has a different collection of items in their home, it’s hard to make a checklist that is truly “one size fits all.” But I gave it my best shot! I also left three blank spots in each section of the list so you could add items that you own that I may not have thought of.

It will take a little bit of “retraining your brain” to move toward making the most of your margins rather than just defaulting to mindless phone time. But I have been shocked at how much more I accomplish in my days simply by taking advantage of those short periods of downtime. It really has been a game changer for me!

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Declutter in 15 Minutes or Less

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Thanks so much for following along! Have a wonderful day!

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Free Printable Checklist with 350 Categories that You Can Declutter in 15 Minutes or Less


  1. at home with Ashley says:

    You’re definitely right – I totally wait for big chunks of time to get my organizing projects done! This is such a great way to look at it! As a mom I’m always trying to fit things in where I can, but putting in organization is genius. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      So glad it was helpful for you, Ashley! It’s certainly been a game changer for me! Have an awesome week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  2. Julie Briones says:

    Awesome list, Abby! You are the queen of organizing, and these ‘breakdowns’ are perfect! Thank you!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Aw, so happy it was helpful for you, sweet friend! Hope you have a blessed week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  3. Great list! This is on my end of summer to do list before the school year gets going!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      So glad it will be helpful for you, Daphna! Happy decluttering! 🙂

      ~Abby =)

  4. Amanda Polson says:

    Yikes….honestly I could use a good decluttering in MOST of these areas! ?. Thanks for putting this whole list together! It’s super helpful!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      So glad it will be helpful, Amanda! Have a wonderful weekend!

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