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Monday, January 11, 2016

Printable Signs to Help You Declutter!

Do you feel overwhelmed when you think about decluttering an area of your home?  Sometimes it's hard to know where to start or what to do.

Today I want to share some free printable signs that will help you as you tackle your next decluttering project!

Decluttering Categories

When I declutter around my home or when I work with my clients, I always start by having several boxes, bins, bags, baskets, or other containers handy.

I often use these boxes, or these baskets, or these bins (affiliate links) when I'm organizing for myself or with my clients.

But before you buy anything, take a look around your home and see what you can find!  Most often my clients already have empty boxes or bins they can use and they find more as we declutter :)

Once we have our containers, I establish one of them for some or all of these categories:

  • Donate
  • Garbage
  • Recycle
  • Sell
  • Relocate
  • Return
  • Keep

If I'm tackling a small project, like a junk drawer, I may just have small piles on the counter for each of these categories.  But even then I almost always have some items that fit into each category.

And for a larger project like a basement or a garage, some of these categories will have multiple bags or boxes by the end!

I used to just use sticky notes to label where each category went, but those can get buried under stuff, mixed up, or lost quite easily.

So I decided to make myself some printable signs.  I printed mine on cardstock and even laminated them so I can use them over and over with my clients or in my own home.

Printable Decluttering Signs

Here are a couple of my signs in action :)

These small baskets are right by my door with items to donate and return.  If you're working on a decluttering project, you'll want your bins and signs right where you're working.  But the rest of the time, having a donation station and a returns basket somewhere near the door you use most often for coming and going is really helpful.

I use binder clips to attach these signs to whatever containers I'm using.  You could also use double-sided tape (affiliate links).

You can attach the signs to the front of your container or the back... whichever will help you see them the best when you're decluttering!

How These Signs Can Help You Declutter

These really help my clients and I stay focused on what we're doing.

  • If the goal is to declutter a certain amount and the "Keep" bin is filling faster than the "Donate" bin, we take a minute to reflect on the established goals so the client can make more choices that will help them achieve their goals.
  • We don't take time away from what we're doing when we find items that belong in another room... they just go in the "Relocate" bin and everything can be relocated all at once later!
  • We aren't distracted with items we find that need to be returned to someone or someplace... they just go in the "Return" basket and everything can be added to an errands list or taken to the car at once!
  • We don't stop to look up the value of items that could be sold... they all go in the "Sell" box and the research can be done all at once later. 
  • And as we see the "Garbage" and "Recycle" bags filling, we're motivated to keep going!

See how these signs can help you declutter?

How You Can Get These Decluttering Signs For Yourself

If you'd like to download a copy of these decluttering signs to help you with your next decluttering project, click the picture below!

Please note, these printables are for personal use only.  Thanks :)

Soon I'll be giving these printable signs away only to people who subscribe to my blog by email. But for now, feel free to download these even if you don't subscribe :)

If you're ready to declutter but you need some tips, you can check out my Decluttering / Purging Tips & Ideas board on Pinterest.

I hope these printable decluttering signs will help you as you declutter!  Which project are you going to tackle first with these printable signs?

Happy organizing!

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  1. Great idea! I keep a labeled box for freecycle so I can put stuff in there as I think of it. Then I go thru on one day when it's full and post everything (or bring to thrift store).

    1. I love Freecycle Danielle! It's definitely easier to post a bunch of stuff all at once.

  2. This is a great idea! Whenever we do a big projects (basement or garage), the kids are always asking which box is which. I also keep a box for donation in the basement, and they can never find it. Maybe if it were labeled they could find it. Maybe LOL

    1. The signs definitely help when you have other people helping Cari!

  3. Great idea for using the printable labels. I've tried with sticky notes as well but your right they don't last long.

    1. These are definitely better than sticky notes Kim! Hope they help you :)

  4. This would be great. I usually have to sort again when it's time to take things out because everybody just throws whatever anywhere. I like this setup

    1. That sounds like lots of extra work Renz! Hope this makes it easier for you!

  5. I love the decluttering signs. It helps me and my clients remember the piles and what action is next. I don't think I could organize with clients without them. Thanks for sharing your signs. =)

    1. Glad to hear you do the same thing Sabrina! They really help me and my clients too.

  6. Now I just need to figure out how to get hubs to use the system with me instead of leaving stuff for me to go through.

    1. Well that's a trickier thing Jeannie... hope you can talk to him and get him involved :)

  7. What a great idea, I have used different labels over the years, many of which come off very easily, but clipping them on the way you do makes perfect sense. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Glad you liked the signs Jill. Yes, binder clips really help keep them in place!

  8. What a clever idea to provide these downloadable printables! So useful!

    1. Thanks Sarah! I hope they help lots of people declutter :)

  9. Seeing your photos makes me think it would be handy to keep one of these upstairs labelled "downstairs" and one downstairs labelled "upstairs" - then whenever you are going to another floor, you could bring it with you and put stuff where it belongs.

    1. Great idea Janet! I have baskets for things going up and down both sets of stairs in our home, but I really should label them so the rest of my family can actually help bring things to the floor they belong... especially since it's often their stuff!


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