9 Basic Decluttering Supplies

Before you jump into the task of decluttering and organizing your home, there are some very basic items you need. This page focuses on this simple decluttering supplies list.

In our new book, 10-Minute Declutter, Barrie Davenport and I (Steve Scott) show how to create a declutter habit where you organize a home into simple 10 minute steps.

Of course, before you start decluttering, will need certain items to get the job done right.

As you clean, sort, and organize, it is likely that you will create a larger mess. Since a big part of the decluttering habit is to have an organized environment while you're cleaning in order to not be surround by piles of junk.

It is always better to have all your equipment on hand before starting rather than going and finding things as needed.  It is all about efficiency.

Chances are good you have most of these items (or suitable substitutes) already in your home. On the off chance that you are not sure of about a certain product, you can check out the following decluttering supply list.

9 Basic Decluttering Supplies


In order to break up the declutter tasks into bite size chunks, some sort of a timer is very useful  A watch or an app is perfectly fine, but an egg timer or this digital timer here are also great solutions.

LOUD RINGING ALARM: 24 hours count down cooking timer with 85DB loud beeping sound. 



MAGNETIC BACK, RETRACTABLE STAND AND HOOK FOR HANGING: The digital kitchen timer is convenient to place in three ways especially its STRONG

MAGNET working fine on the refrigerator

THREE-IN-ONE DESIGN: You can set min/sec/hour individually in manual operation. With countdown timer, count up timer and clock all in one, this kitchen timer clock has two modes which it's easy to change

LARGE LCD SCREEN AND BIG DIGITS: With bigger and clearer 2.6 inches LCD screen, it is simple to read the time and bold numbers effortlessly. Ideal for those without the best eyesight

MULTIPLE FUNCTIONS: The digital kitchen timer clock can both count up and count down in a range from 1 second to 24 hours which makes it a perfect timer for VARIOUS ACTIVITIES like cooking homework, taking drugs, barbecue, gym, workout, cooking, baking, sports, competitions and meetings


If you have any sort of large decluttering project in mind, then it's important to have lots of extra boxes.  Whether you are planning on storing your clutter or donating certain items, you will certainly need some boxes.  You can “dumpster dive” in the back of local retail stores, but for a fairly low cost you can also get different sized boxes online.



This specific kit includes

  • 15 Boxes, Moving Supplies, with 22 cu.ft. of space Economy Moving Boxes Kit for 1 Bedroom
  • 10 Medium moving boxes 18x14x12, 5 Small moving boxes 16x10x10
  • 1 rolls of packing tape 2″ x 110 yards & 1 Marker

You may not need a set of boxes as large as this one, but you will certainly want something to store your junk.


You will definitely need a marker for your declutter project. It will be used to make lists of the things you store and mark boxes for storage, sale and charity.

Chances are you have a few markers in your home.  I am sure you can find quite a few at your local convenience store.



If you don't, then Sharpie is a brand of high quality permanent markers.

These 5 and 12 pack pens are good quality and a great buy if you don't already have heaps laying around the house.

Post-It Notes

Not only do use these when decluterring, I also use them for my business.  There is nothing quite as handy as a Post-It Note to mark locations (and ideas) on items you'd like to move or store.

With a Post-It Note, you can do a once over of a room, marking items with reminders of what you need to take action on.  This can become a fast way to plan out your decluttering project.



  • These notes come in 100-Sheet Pads, 3 in x 3 in
  • Perfect size to keep your thoughts in-sync
  • 5 Pads/Pack. 100-Sheet Pads

Moving Labels

You can use these labels to identify the rooms where certain boxes belong.

If are a bit of a compulsive personality, these labels are perfect to impeccably mark your boxes.

Never deal with a disorganized collection of boxes when you can use these labels to clearly identify each item.  This is far more “professional looking” than simply scribbling on boxes with a marker.



Shelf Liner

Since you are organizing and decluttering, shelf liners will make your job easier to do.

These liners keep small items from falling through wire shelves. Plus, they make your shelves look fresh and modern. And they provide a multi-purpose surface, that is easy to clean with only soap and water.



The pictured shelf liner is only one option.  There are over a dozen different choices to choose from, so one will surely be perfect for your shelving.

The paper is simple and easy to lay down, and comes in a handy 2 pack of sheets:  18″ H X 120″L

Cleaning Gloves

Heavy cleaning is often be an important part of decluttering. This means you will certainly want a bit of hand protection.

The Playtex Living Gloves have a number of benefits: superior protection, comfort to wear because of its soft cotton lining, reinforced fingers/palm and protective drip-catch cuffs.



These gloves are trusted to provide the highest quality and protection for indoor and outdoor household chores.

They comes in a handy 3-pack, so you can multiple uses from one purchase.

Short Ladder/Stepping Stool

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You will need to reach high shelves in just about every single room.  In order to do do this a short ladder or stepping stool is an important item to have on hand.

This simple and inexpensive stepping stool is just an example of what you can get. It has non-marring, skid-resistant front leg tips and back glides for stability, which makes it safe for reaching those heights.

This ladder is also easy to fold, store, and carry around.  This is important because you don't want to cart around a bulky item from room to room.

Personally I have the short ladder listed on this page at home…it's both portable and safe.

Cleaning Cloth

When cleaning, you do not necessarily need a specialized cloth for every surface.  Papertowels will usually do fine.  Old cloths and rags often also work quite well for cleaning surfaces.

But if you really want the best cleaning solution, then purpose built, microfiber, lint-free cloths will be your best bet.



These Microfiber Cloths are 80% Polyester and 20% Polyamide, measuring 14.2 Inch x 14.2 Inches.

They cleans gently, removing dirt and grime like a magnet. They are super absorbent, holding up to 5-6 times their weight in liquid (based on our testing).

Cleans without chemical, leaves lint-free and streak-free results. Thick, plush and soft; Machine washable, air dry; Safe for all hard surfaces.

They come in 8 packs of cloths.

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