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Resetting Your Home Checklist

January 17, 2023 | Organized Living |

A home reset is the process of getting your home back to its optimal form by doing things today to set your future self up for success. Everyone can use a reset at times and it always feels good to catch up on those little things that can make a big impact. With the endless aspirational content online of influencers resetting their homes, it can be hard to know what’s actually a good use of your time. Below is our tried and true checklist of what we like to do on our “reset” days. Remember, no two people’s lists are alike so take this and customize it to be your own!

Make A List

First and foremost, make a list of realistic routine action items that you can take action on once a week, every 2 weeks, or however often works for you. You can refer to this list when you’re doing your reset in order to remember everything so nothing is getting missed. Pick a day of the week that works best for you to do your reset. Often we find ourselves restocking and cleaning on Sundays or after holidays.


Washing your clothes is one thing but are you remembering to wash those other items around the house? For example, the pillowcases on the couch, extra blankets, washable kid items, and bedding. Bedding should be washed once a week and that can be hard to do when you don’t set yourself a date to do this! Giving these items a routine wash can be surprisingly refreshing for your space. This should be the first thing on your list so that the laundry can run while you complete the rest of your reset tasks.


Restock anything that is decanted in your home. A common list includes: soaps (like dish pods, dish soap, hand soap, and shower soaps) and pantry items (like coffee pods, snack bars, etc). Decanting can save you money (for example purchasing large soap containers in bulk) and can save you time (for example it’s quicker and easier to grab a snack bar if it’s already out of the box and in an accessible area). Restock toilet paper in all bathrooms and any essential baby/kid items like diapers and wipes.

Pro tip: while decanting in every area of your home may look appealing (shoutout to those aspirational pantry photos on Instagram), it’s important to only decant what really saves you time and you know you can keep up with it on a regular basis!


After you’ve restocked everything in your home, a great next step is to reorder any backstock items that you’ve run out of. Walk through areas like your pantry, cleaning closet, etc. and take inventory of items you are out of or low on, make a list and go ahead and reorder. Remember that buying in bulk is okay as long as you have the proper storage system set up. Buying in bulk can save you money but not if those items expire or are forgotten about!


During this reset is a great time to clean as well! When cleaning, always think from top to bottom. For example, dust up high first, then wipe the counters, then vacuum/Swiffer the floor. If cleaning the house weekly is too overwhelming then put different rooms/areas on rotation. Pro tip: add essential oils to the bottom of your Swiffer for an even fresher-smelling house!


There’s no better feeling than giving your home a reset! These little tasks can make a big difference. They will increase your productivity, uplift your spirits, and will help you relax and enjoy your home more. A few additional things we recommend are to water any plants, light a candle while resetting your home, and put away any screens. These things will help you reduce stress, set a ritual, and transform the ambiance of your space!

Now that the new year is in full swing we’re especially craving a reset! It’s a great time to make your reset list and routine to set yourself up for success for the year. We hope these tips can help you start your weeks off strong! 

If you need some extra help but aren’t sure where to start, reach out to Horderly to schedule an in-home or virtual organizing session. 

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