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DeClutter with Habitat ReStore

A simple spring cleaning checklist.


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Decluttering 101

Quarantine is leading many people to start decluttering their homes.  Confused about where to start?  Check out this helpful guide to get started and see if you might have possible ReStore donations hiding in plain sight!

While the task of spring cleaning can feel overwhelming, a room to room checklist can break the decluttering process into more manageable chunks.  Completing each room before moving on to the next can provide a motivating sense of accomplishment throughout the decluttering process!

The “three box method” is a fantastic organizing tool for the decluttering process. As you move from room to room, take three large boxes labelled “Donate,” “Keep” and “Trash/Recycle.”  For larger items, you can use sticky notes or group items into piles.  You can even print out an abbreviated version of the Declutter spring cleaning checklist to take with you from room to room.


  • Surfaces.  Take a look at all flat surfaces – nightstands, dressers, etc. and make sure they only store frequently used items.
  • Closet.  A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn it in a year, you probably don’t need to keep it around. 
  • Under the bed.  You never know exactly what you’ll find down there, it’s time to find out!
  • Bedroom items accepted at our ReStores:
    • Beds
    • Dressers
    • Nightstands


  • Cabinets.  Match all containers with their lids.  Take stock of the dishes you use and the dishes you don’t.  Remove expired items to ensure all seasonings are fresh.
  • Refrigerator. Clean out old or expired items – make room for your next grocery order!
  • Drawers. Time to tackle the infamous “junk drawer,” in the kitchen!  Take all the items out and assess what you really need to keep around.
  • Kitchen items accepted at our ReStores:
    • Sinks
    • Refrigerators
    • Cabinets
    • Stoves
    • Pressure cookers
    • Other appliances

Living Room

  • Entertainment center.  Sort through your old Blu-rays, DVDs, and CDs, recycling any empty cases you find.
  • Drawers.  Go through drawers to remove trash and other unneeded items.
  • Shelves.  Arrange shelves too look organized, removing any unnecessary items.
  • Living room items accepted at our ReStores:
    • Furniture
    • Antiques
    • Rugs
    • Bookcases
    • Air-conditioners

Garage, basement, shed or patio

  • Categorize.  Divide everything into categories and go through each category one by one - tools, building materials, cleaning supplies, whatever it may be!  Check for duplicates and donate or recycle anything if possible!
  • Reorganize.  For anything you keep, organize your categories to help stay prepared year-round.
  • Donation Piles.  Create a ReStore Pile to save any donations for when the ReStore opens back up!  It’s as simple as setting aside a corner of the room and labelling it ‘ReStore.’
  • Misc. items accepted at our ReStores:
    • Solid doors
    • Lumber
    • Windows
    • Tools
    • Flooring
    • Light Fixtures
    • Building materials
    • Air hockey tables

You can make the most of spring decluttering by donating to the Habitat ReStore and making your very own ReStore Pile!

ReStores play an integral part in Habitat for Humanity’s mission of helping families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.  ReStores allow us to fundraise our projects, through the sale of new or gently used furniture, tools and building materials.  The money made from these sales directly helps us provide affordable housing for families in DuPage who need it. 

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The materials sold at ReStores come entirely through donations from individuals, organizations, and corporate sponsors. Each ReStore brings in approximately 3000 donations a year, which comes down to about 12 donations for each day we are open.  At this time, our donation acceptance is temporarily suspended due to the governor’s regulations regarding COVID-19. 

However, YOU can still support the ReStore and Habitat for Humanity’s mission by creating your own ReStore Pile!  Setting aside items ready for donation, you will be ready to contribute when we reopen donation acceptance in the near future. Our donation acceptance will look a little different when it returns, to keep up to date on, visit our donation page.

Although we are thankful for every donation, we do not have the room for everything.  To see a full list of what we accept, click here.




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