4 Things to Declutter This Fall

Quick Autumn Organizing Projects

“Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.” - Rumi

I don’t know about you, but every time the seasons change I get the urge to make some type of fresh start. It could be a new project or setting a new goal - as long as it gives me the sense of a new beginning, I feel like I’m on the right path.

As a September baby, fall is my ABSOLUTE favorite time of year and my own personal new year 😉 So this is definitely a season change that I love to acknowledge and celebrate by letting go of things I no longer want or need.

If you’re looking to get your home less cluttered and more organized before the craziness of the holiday season kicks in, add these 4 things to your fall to-do list:

Summer Fun

I’m apparently in the minority (per Instagram anyway lol), but I’m never really all that sad to see the summer leave 🤷🏾‍♀️

The summer heat here in the deep South makes life almost unbearable, so I start the countdown to the fall as soon as the temperatures start to rise.

Summer does have its high points though. Trips to the beach, a couple of fun holidays, cookouts with friends and family. All of the ‘stuff’ that goes along with all of that fun is the first group of items we’ll be focusing on during our fall decluttering.

Look through any of the following items you may own and toss, donate, or recycle anything that’s worn, torn, faded, or just not in your taste anymore:

  • Beach towels and blankets

  • Beach toys and gear (umbrellas, bags, coolers, etc.)

  • Bathing suits and flip flops

  • Swim gear (goggles, caps, etc.)

  • Sunglasses and sun hats

  • BBQ tools

  • Citronella candles

  • Summer holiday decorations

  • Summer home decor

  • Coolers

  • Patio furniture and cushions

  • Pool equipment

Consider storing all of your summer gear together in containers so it’s easy to locate everything next year. Make sure to label bins so you can tell what they contain without having to dig through them. A year is a long time in between uses!

Decluttering summer items this fall will have everything in good condition and ready for next year’s (hopefully more plentiful and in a COVID-free world 🤞🏾) summer adventures!


The start of the holiday season is another reason why this time of year is my favorite 😍

The back-to-back holidays of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas make the last 3 months of the year feel like a break from my usual reality. It’s also a time when a lot of us are cooking a lot more often and using more of our cookware to prepare larger meals.

So before you start planning your holiday feasts, carve out some time to declutter the following items in your kitchen:

  • Baking sheets

  • Pyrex cookware

  • Cake pans

  • Roasting dishes

  • General pots and pans

A little decluttering and organizing early in the fall can save you a lot of stress during the holidays. There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of Thanksgiving prep the night before and realizing you don’t have enough pans after the stores are all closed!


I would say that this group of items is important because we all typically have more houseguests during the last few months of the year, but with it being the year of this dragging pandemic that’s probably not going to be the case 😟

But the end of the year is still the perfect time to declutter and organize your linens because it opens up space for replacement items in January, when many stores hold their annual ‘white’ sales on bedding and towels.

So open up those linen closets and check your bedrooms to see if any of the following are in need of replacement:

  • Sheets (flat and fitted)

  • Pillowcases

  • Pillows

  • Blankets, comforters, quilts, and duvets

  • Towels

  • Washcloths and face towels

  • Throw blankets

Taking care of this now will help you be prepared for guests when we’re (hopefully!) all able to move around more freely in 2021!

Winter Accessories

And last but not least, it’s time to prep a little for the year’s final season ❄️

It may be a little irritating that stores start bombarding us with holiday and cold weather items before the temps even dip into the 70s, but one silver lining is that they also start putting out winter clothing and accessories.

I’m a planner by nature so I always like to go into something prepared if possible. Going through winter accessories now and buying any new items you may need ahead of the seasonal rush will help you save time and stress, while avoiding the holiday shopping hustle and bustle and ‘out of stock’ messages online 🙄

It’s also a good time to downsize your collection of winter items if you tend to hoard gloves and scarves! Make sure you have the basics when it comes to color options and then allow yourself to keep some of the more ‘not so necessary’ items if you see you have room for them.

Like the previous 3 item groups, look for items that are worn, torn, or just not your style anymore and toss, donate, or recycle them (did you know there are places that recycle textiles??):

  • Gloves

  • Scarves

  • Hats, earmuffs, and headbands

  • Tights and heavy socks

  • Winter undergarments like thermal underwear

  • Coats

  • Snow/rain boots

  • Umbrellas

Don’t get caught in the cold without the protection you need! And who knows, decluttering and organizing these items may even help you free up some space in your home for any holiday gifts you receive 😉


So there you have it, a fall decluttering and organizing checklist that’s big enough to have you going into the new year with a more organized space but focused enough to not overwhelm you as you knock things out bit by bit!

Comment below and let me know your favorite season and what items you put up for review as you get ready for it. Happy organizing!

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