Declutter

Don't let clutter happen to you! Use the ReStore's quick and easy declutter checklist!

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Bedroom
Surfaces: Examine items on all flat surfaces – the tops of dressers and nightstands, for example – and make sure the all are something you use regularly.
Closet: Take a close look at your clothes and shoes. A good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t worn it in a year, you probably won’t wear it again. The closet hanger experiment is a great way to examine how often you wear each item.
Under the bed: You never know what’s accumulated under there – and it’s time to find out!

Bedroom items the ReStore accepts
Beds | Dressers | Nightstands

Kitchen
Cabinets: Perform a thorough cabinet sweep. Match containers and lids. Take stock of the dishes you need (and those you don’t). Remove expired items and be sure to check that all spices are fresh.
Refrigerator: Clean out any old or unused items in the fridge and the freezer.
Drawers: Is the infamous “junk drawer” located in the kitchen of your house? If so, take out all items to assess what you really need.

Kitchen items the ReStore accepts
Sinks | Refrigerators | Other appliances

Living room
Entertainment center: Sort through Blu Rays, DVDs and CDs and donate any you no longer watch or want. Recycle any empty cases you find.
Drawers: Go through any drawers to remove trash and other unneeded items.
Shelves: Organize all shelves, getting rid of any unneeded items.

Living room items the ReStore accepts
Furniture | Antiques | Rugs | Bookcases

Garage/basement/shed
Everyone’s garage or basement or shed is different, and we’ve put them all together because what we are really referring to is the place in or around the house where extra stuff tends to pile up. This can be a closet, a finished basement, an outdoor shed or any place in between.
Donation piles: These spaces can seem overwhelming, so start with the easiest of all; donation piles. You’ve spent all year collecting items you need to donate, and it’s finally time to load them up and take them to the various donation centers around town.
Categories: Divide everything left into categories and go through each category one by one. Tools, building materials, cleaning supplies, whatever it may be. Check for duplicates and get rid of anything that’s broken – throw away if necessary but donate or recycle if possible!
Reorganize: For everything that you are keeping, organize by the same categories to help keep them organized year-round.

Bedroom items the ReStore accepts
Doors | Lumber | Windows | Tools | Building materials