One thing I hate having in a house is clutter! Joey and I have been in our new home for about a year and half now and I feel like I am running out of room. Which is crazy because it's a four bedroom two bath house. We have our master bedroom and Ava has her room. That leaves two rooms open yet they are full of stuff. It drives me crazy. So I decided it was time to throw away some things. My husband will tell you that I love throwing away stuff. I hate mail clutter on the counter or anywhere in the house so I often toss it the second we get it. When Joey can't find something he will alway ask if I know where it is and the first thing I say is, "I didn't throw it away" and in my head I am saying, "Oh, I hope I didn't throw that away". I usually ask if I can toss something before I do. I find that throwing away things is a stress reliever for me and it makes me feel "lighter" or free. With that said, here is a list of 150 things to throw away. Now, even though I like to throw away stuff I found that when I read this list I started to get overwhelmed. So I decided that I would pick one thing from the list a week and "try" to throw it away. I have to be honest, even though I enjoy tossing stuff, there are some things that are just hard to let go of. Like my 473 coffee mugs. Yes, I am a coffee mug addict. However, I did get rid of some and now I only have 470 coffee mugs. I mean come on...you never know when your friends might drop by for a cup of coffee. As a hostess you must be prepared!
I hope you are able to find a few things, if not a lot of things on this list to help make your life clutter free. Happy tossing!
150 Things to Throw Away
1. Old product boxes (Apple products, TV, etc.)
2. Hangers from the dry cleaners
3. Plastic hangers from the store
4. Expired make up
5. Half-finished projects
7. Coasters that go unused
8. Old paint (Visit Earth911.com to find a place to dispose of it safely)
9. Ugly undergarments you hate to wear (We all have them)
10. Bills, taxes, paperwork over 7 years old (Mine are lucky if they stay around for a few months)
11. Socks with holes or without mates…also those lonely socks that have holes too.
12. Extra cups and mugs – How many does your family use in a regular dishwasher load? Add a few more for company and be done with the rest. (Totally guilty of this)
13. Books you’ve never read or will never read again
14. Old technology (8 tracks, floppy discs, VHS tapes w/o a player, etc.)
15. Unloved toys
16.Cleaning rags – You only need a few before you’ll wash them again, right? (And that doesn’t mean retire them to the junk rag drawer for washing the car or spills because you already have plenty of those)
17. Remotes that have no purpose
18. Take out menus you never look at
19. Old greeting cards (Save the super sentimental ones and recycle the rest)
20. Outdated over the counter drugs and vitamins
21. Calculators – Phones have replaced these for most people.
22. Instruction manuals – Most are online now.
23. Old spices – Spices don’t actually spoil but they lose their potency. A good rule of thumb is 1-2 years for seasoning; 1-3 for herbs and ground spices; and up to 4 years for whole spices.
24. Duplicate power cords
25. Old sports equipment from days gone by
26. Games with missing pieces
27. Dried up nail polish bottles
28. Video games you’ll never play again
29. Recalled baby items (carseats, cribs, etc.)
30. Jewelry you don’t wear
31. Expired food in your freezer/pantry
32. Rugs or home decor you haven’t used since you redecorated
33. Unused perfumes and cologne
34. Old towels that make you cringe when you look at them
35. Purses/dufflebags/old luggage you don’t use (This is a hard one for me. I always say I will use them sometime but NEVER do).
36. Extra sets of bed linens – two per bed tops
37. Unused plastic containers – especially those without a lid and those old plastic containers.
38. Old bills (Switch to online banking and stop the clutter before it comes in your home)
39. Paychecks older than 2 years
40. Stretched out hair ties
41. Piles of “scrap paper”
42. Old newspapers
43. Old sports equipment that you never use
44. Old baby gear that you no longer need – Great donation item if you don’t want to sell it!
45. Ticket stubs (Sentimental like myself? Store in a scrapbook or fill a mug with old stubs)
46. Make up you’ll try “one day” If you’ve owned it for more than 2 weeks without trying it, toss it.
47. Clothes that are more than 2 sizes too small. Don’t give up on your weight loss dream but WHEN you do lose that weight go and buy new clothes to reward yourself.
48. Things you’ve bought have haven’t returned yet (Return them, sell, or donate them)
49. Unused picture frames
50. Unneeded notebooks
51. Pens and pencils – Keep your favorites and let go of the rest
52. Little shampoo bottles from a hotel you went to 5 years ago (Donate them to a low income school to give away).
53. Knick knacks that don’t make you smile every time you see them
54. Cords that don’t belong to anything you currently own
55. Lose screws, nuts, bolts, etc. unless you happen to be a handy man who would actually reuse them one day
56. Dull or duplicate pocket knives
57. Old party supplies
58. Old wallets (guilty of this)
59. Old Christmas cards of your family (Save one from each year, recycle the rest)
60. Holiday decor you never remember to set out (If you didn't remember this year chances are you won't remember next year)
61. Holiday decor that you use once a year (ex. Easter deviled egg tray that collects dust 364 days of the year! Buy a lovely one that you can use for other holidays too.)
62. Cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, shampoo that you used once and didn’t like. Donate to a local shelter.
63. Flower pots. Plant a flower or toss the pot.
64. Watering cans if you don’t have flowers.
65. Too small kid’s clothing. Only save favorites if you’re saving for another child. Sell the rest while they’re still in style.
66. Extra buttons (If you don’t sew, toss them all. Reduce your supply if you will use a button in the next few months)
67. Old calendars
68. Outdated computer software
69. Movies you’ll probably never watch again
70. Old cell phones – Recycle!
71. Multiple pair of scissors (Keep one or two tops)
72. More ear buds than you’ve got family members
73. Extra folders, binders, labels, etc.
74. Address labels – Do you ever really use them? Buy an address stamp instead
75. Junk mail
76. Boxes – shoe boxes, diaper boxes, cereal boxes. Recycle and be free.
77. Samples of any kind – Use, donate, or trash.
78. Games you haven’t played in the last year
79. Tape measures – You know the rule, keep one and toss the rest.
80. Old phone covers, styluses, screen protectors, etc.
81. Plastic children’s plates/cups that they’ve outgrown
82. Expired coupons
83. Organizers you bought to get organized that didn’t work
84. Belts that no longer fit, are worn, or are out of style
85. Duplicate kitchen utensils – Have you ever used three wisks at the same time before? Me neither.
86. Cookie cutters unless you’ve used them in the past year and foresee using them again
87. Damaged/stained clothing
88. Old teeth whitening trays or strips. Use ’em up or toss ’em out.
89. Hard candy that you’re not sure where it came from or how long it’s been there
90. Unloved stuffed animals
91. Half used chap stick containers
92. Duplicate measuring cups and spoons
93. Old day planners (and current ones if you don’t use them!)
94. Candles – If it’s not lovely to look at and you’ll never burn it, let it go.
95. Mason jars (or baby food jars, spaghetti sauce jars, etc.) that you won’t use
96. Expired sunscreen
97. Scarves you never wear
98. Alarm clock – We have phones now.
99. Stress balls- Can you even find them when you are stressed?
100. Plug in air fresheners without a refill (I am so guilty of this)
101. Unloved dog toys
102. Extra USB flash drives – Keep two and throw the rest away.
103. Shoes you never wear.
104. Key chains you don’t use
105. Recipe books you don’t ever use. (This is hard for me but if you never use it and it doesn’t have sentimental value throw it away.)
106. Push pins in the junk drawer just waiting for unsuspecting fingers
107. Keys that you don’t know what they go to
108. Lanyards, name tags, bags, etc. from previous jobs. -Keep your new badge and throw away the rest. 109. Gifts you don’t love
110. Lotions, face washes, serums that you don’t use
111. Random batteries you’re not sure where they came from
112. Extra photo prints- Give them or toss them
113. Combination locks – Chances are slim you’ll use one again but if you do, they’re cheap to replace.
114. Paper weights
115. Near empty bottles of bubbles or little numbs of side-walk chalk
116. Completed coloring books
117. Markers without lids and lids without markers
118. Goodie bag toys from previous birthday party celebrations
119. Empty bottles of anything
121. Old invitations
122. Travel brochures
123. Tissue paper/gift bags- unless you TRULY reuse them.
124. Unused sticky notes
125. Extra shoe laces
126. Sticker’s from a precious yard sale
127. Hair products you don’t use
128. Chinese Take-Out sauce packets- let’s be real, you are going to get more again next time.
129. Old prescription glasses
130. Old sunglasses
131. Worn out flip flops.
132. Magnets – Unless they are lovely or useful, discard.
133. Posters you’ll never display again
134. Excess decks of cards
135. Phone books- there is the internet
136. Broken Christmas lights
137. Dried flowers
138. Hats you don’t wear or that look like you shouldn’t
139. One orphan earring
140. Hair accessories you don’t use
141. Old and ugly t-shirts
142. Dried up glue
143. Lawn and garden pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers you won’t use
144. Loyalty cards – use the key ring version or enter your number for even less clutter
145. Rusty tools you’ll never use again
146. Touristy knick knacks
147. Business cards – Keep an electronic record
148. Old textbooks
149. Unused vases
150. CDs unless you use them regularly
Do you have anything to add to this list?