Steps to Decluttering: Create a to-do list

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife
  • Do you have a to-do list that’s a mile long?
  • Have you created a list, but never find time to complete it?
  • Do you realise you have tasks to complete but just can’t make a start

Today I would love for you to create your to-do list.  If you would like, add your to-do list in the comments here and I can check on you regularly and see how you are going with your lists.  It can also help me know what you need help with and blog ideas in the coming weeks for you.

Steps to create and complete a TO DO LIST

  1. Determine the tasks that you need to complete
  2. Create your to-do list by writing everything you need to accomplish in a list style format
  3. Print 7-14 copies of the Day Planner, or use your diary
  4. Block out your working hours
  5. Add any appointments you have scheduled
  6. Now start adding items from your to do list onto the day planner, into the times/day you would like to accomplish them.  Be realistic with your times, eg, if my basket is full ironing takes me 2 hours to get to the bottom of the pile, so dedicate a realistic amount of time.
  7. Then make a start.
  8. If you weren’t able to complete a task, fit it into your schedule the following day.


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The Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks process so far:

Step 1:  Determine what are your organising goals

Step 2:  What is clutter

Step 3:  5 steps to clear your clutter

Step 4:  Start the 52 things in 52 weeks Challenge – it’s not too late to start now

Step 5:  How to part with sentimental items

Step 6:  Create a to-do list

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Aspiring Millionaire February 8, 2011 - 5:41 PM

I just found your blog from the list of Aussie Bloggers Conference Attendees and love it. You have such great advice on here.

I am on a big declutter mission, so will be using your advice! Thanks.

Lou February 8, 2011 - 6:59 PM

I am a list girl for sure! If I don't have a list I get nothing done. I try and work on the list first thing and tick as many things off as possible and then I get slacker as the day goes on (but at least i've done something for the day).

Meg February 8, 2011 - 7:52 PM

I love my lists!! I have a schedule on my fridge for my daily routine and then I have my to do lists in a book. As I have a lot going on in my life I have seperate lists for different activites so I don't feel overwhelmed at the size of one list! I have a list for housework/cooking, a list for my uni work, a 'when I get time one day list'(the not so urgent, just wish list things on this one).

I feel more organised when I know what jobs I have to get done and I can prioritise better when they are right in front of me and I love the feeling of satisfaction when I can tick each task off!

Whenever I don't get one task done it gets rolled over to the top of the next days list to ensure it gets done.

Glad I am not the only one that loves my lists….some of my friends laugh and tease me (in a loving way) which sometimes make me think I am a little over the top but I just love feeling orgnanised, life is too crazy for me with 5 kids and studying full time externally to not be orgnanised 🙂

Kim February 9, 2011 - 1:14 AM

Kat – You are a legend, if not for you my kitchen bench would still have bits of paper all over it!!!

I bought two of those A4 box draw thingys, you know the ones that sit on top of each other in an organised office? They now sit on my kitchen bench next to the fruit bowl, the top one is for current items and the bottom one is for filing.

Now I know some may consider them ugly on my kitchen bench but they are much nicer than the pile of cluttered paper that used to be scrawled over most of the benchtop. Hubby is also very happy with the new look. I think too that if we are having people over and I want to remove the draw thingys, they will be easier to hide than a huge pile of papers 😉

Thanks again

Kim xx

Tam February 9, 2011 - 4:13 AM

That's a great idea, Kim! My kitchen bench is definitely the dumping ground of our home! My home is never going to be 'perfect', and as much as I'm to blame for it lol I hate the paper clutter, so this is probably a great compromise – thanks 🙂

Kellie February 9, 2011 - 5:40 AM

Well as i have said before we have alot of stuff in the shed since we moved over a year ago – and it hasn't been touched. Well GARAGE SALE this weekend, so hubby and I also decided that the house needed to be cleaned out – so over the weekend we tackled the 3 kids and main bedroom, done. We decided to clean out the front room and make it a reading room with my ikea bookshelf, a nice little table and chairs for us and some nice cushions for the girls, done. We are half way through the lounge/dining and phone table/paperwork/bills area. We also sat with the kids tonight after dinner and organised what tasks they will be doing on a daily basis, and have also given them a night each where they choose dinner and help prepare. We are already feeling so releived with what has been accomplished and I am also happy to say our to do list that we created is getting smaller, we have left – Bathroom, Kitchen, side room and laundry clean out… We want to tackle the garden and yard… And make a life a little less hectic. So thank you for all your inspiration as I am sure we would still be unorganised and in a RUT. THANK YOU…

Kellie February 9, 2011 - 5:44 AM

Oh and before I forget I have a dressing table, chair and set of bedside drawers that were my grandmothers and I have not been able to part with them, Well i am happy to say after your tips on sentimental items I am able to have these items sitting with the Garage Sale stuff ready to sell. So THANK YOU again..

Emma February 9, 2011 - 10:24 AM

These last couple of days I have done a massive adhoc declutter of my house.

Feels so cleansing.

Most of the items will be going down to flood/cyclone victims, makeup went to friends, books have been sold of.

Can sleep easy tonight!

Details and photos are on my blog 🙂

samone February 12, 2011 - 6:44 PM

Organised groceries to be delivered…best thing I've ever done!

Kirra July 9, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Ok my main to do list items are:
• Finish sortingOffice ( 3/4 of the way theough that now)
•Sort out sewing room mess and destash some fabric ( this comes under my sentimental thing lol)
• sort out and declutter my daughters room (eg. Toys she dosent play with and clothes that dont fit)
•clean out spare room/ensuite and redesign layout
• sort out garage and declutter
• create a more funcional laundry
• clean out my junk drawers again
Phew! I am getting overwhelmed just thinking about it! I think i will create a to do list for each space and pin it up in there. As i do one i will cross it off. Wish me luck! Lol


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