41 Things To Declutter And Throw Away
There are several things that I believe in like cute pajamas or that you should never show up empty handed. I’m also a big believer in the fact that a cluttered or messy house can cause unnecessary stress. Even if you don’t realize it! When my house is clean and clutter free – gah – I feel SO much better.
I hate to clean. No, scratch that. I don’t hate it. I clean – when I have to. And when I am in the mood to. When I’m in the mood to – man, watch out. I get in the zone and go to town. Nothing is safe – trash bags come out and the great purge begins. I wouldn’t call myself a hoarder, but I’m a bit of a saver. I like to think it’s my inner hippie. I hate the idea of throwing things in a landfill. But I’ve trained myself to be pretty good about dropping off (lots) of donations to our local Salvation Army. There are a few things that I have a hard time parting with though like books. So believe me, when I say decluttering can be hard…I totally get it! But it is necessary and even if it is difficult, I promise that it is so worth it!
Whether you struggle with clutter or don’t have to ever think twice about tossing it (hopefully in the recycling bin or donation pile!) here is a list to get you painlessly get started living a clutter free life!
Remember to ask yourself questions like
- Do I really need this?
- When was the last time I used this?
- Is there anything wrong with it? (Holes, stains, etc..)
- Will I actually use this?
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In the kitchen
- Plastic shopping bags (This will keep your plastic bags organized and looking clutter free!)
- Extra coffee mugs or drinking glasses that you don’t use
- Things in the refrigerator that are expired or won’t get eaten (Check out our 5 ideas for organizing your refrigerator here!)
- Cooking utensils you don’t use or have multiples of
- Appliances that you never use (sorry sandwich maker….)
- Tupperware without lids…or lids without containers. (This gadget is awesome for organizing those pesky lids!)
- Old spices
- Empty or close to empty bottles (Remember to check your cleaning supplies too! If a bottle is close to empty, you may be able to combine what is left in a new bottle.)
- Take out menus (Usually you can get them online anyways!)
In the bedrooms
- Worn out, faded or stained bedding
- Old pillows
- Socks….mismatched and worn out (We use these to organize our socks. LOVE them!)
- Clothes that are no longer in style, worn or fit
- Old promo t-shirts
- Old underwear – (I subscribe to Splendies which sends out 3 new pair of underwear each month and I love it! It’s super affordable, you can stop anytime and they have plus sizes too if you need it. As soon as a new package comes in – I toss a pair of panties that need to go or one that I tend not to wear often for whatever reason.)
- Old bras (Adore Me is one of my favorite places! Did you know they also have PJ’s and swimwear? LOVE it! And the prices are amazing!)
- Broken jewelry … or that costume jewelry you bought but never wore
- Shoes – worn out or just ones that don’t get worn (the shame…)
- Dresses….you know the one you probably paid too much for or bought to wear to your sister’s best friend’s cousin’s wedding and it hasn’t seen the light of day since. There are some great organizations that take fancier dresses and give them to girl’s for things like prom or if it is business attire, to women who have left abusive relationships and are entering the workforce again but can’t afford business clothes.
- Shampoo, conditioner, body wash bottles (This gadget comes in handy so there is no clutter!)
- Old razors that aren’t as sharp
- Sample sized makeup you’ve never used or opened
- Towels that are scratchy, worn or faded
- Old makeup (Did you know mascara expires after 3 months?)
- Old toothbrushes
- Hair ties that lost their stretch
- Nail polish that is almost empty (not enough to paint a full set with) or colors that you won’t wear
- Expired medicine
- Lotions (how do I accrue so many?!)
The rest of the house
- Your purse
- Old receipts
- Greeting cards
- Old magazines
- DVDs (Do you watch them anymore? We Netflix, Prime and On Demand everything!)
- Charging cords that no longer fit your devices
- Old devices – sell or donate those old phones, tablets, cameras, etc
- Old textbooks (I know they were stupid expensive, but are you ever going to read about finite math again?)
- Junk mail, catalogs, old paper work, unused coupons
- Toys that are no longer played with
- Loyalty cards (Can you just use your phone number instead? Or an app?)
There you have it 41 things that you can easily declutter that you won’t even miss! Don’t forget to pin our simple things to declutter on Pinterest!
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