Is your house cluttered? Sometimes the easiest solution is also the hardest – deciding what things to throw away, donate, or repurpose. Grab some trash bags and a couple of bins and let’s get started!
How to Not Be a Hoarder: 50 Things You Need to Throw Away
Do you have a “catch-all” drawer or spot in every room? I think we all might have one. That’s just one area to start attacking to create more useable space. Read through and find out what to toss to reduce the mess.
In the Kitchen
Extra grocery sacks.
Your candy stash. Just throw it away and start fresh and sugar-free!
Your kitchen sponge
Any chipped dishes (chipped areas harbor bacteria)
Expired food in the pantry.
Unmatched food storage containers and lids.
Look for duplicates and eliminate – you know you have an extra casserole dish!
In the Bathroom
Old Liquid Makeup
Any broken or expired beauty products.
Broken makeup applicators
Leftover lotion bits and the bottom bottle shampoo remnants
Old medications – bring them to your pharmacy for proper disposal.
Your toothbrush, these need to be replaced regularly, especially after a cold.
Expired sunblock and other lotions.
Toilet brush. Yup, get a new one!
In the Bedroom
Unused shoes, purses, bags, accessories, etc.
Any clothing that you have waiting to be altered or fixed… if it has been waiting for more than a month.
Socks that are missing it’s twin.
Clothes that don’t fit.
Clothes that are stained, torn or otherwise damaged.
Broken Toys – un-played with toys!
The junk that is in your junk drawer
Old cleaning supplies
The bits and papers in your purse. Take a photo of something if you think you’ll need the info later.
Furniture. Remove unused or damaged furniture.
The junk in your couch cushions. Lift them up and clear it all away.
Unread books and magazines.
Paper bills and receipts. Scan, save, shred and recycle.
Empty boxes for appliances and products. You got a phone. Great. You don’t usually need to keep the box to keep the warantee.
Kids artwork and school work! Scan it. Save it. Keep one for the wall and toss the rest.
Knick knacks. Try to throw one away a day! You will be surprised at how many you have and how you won’t miss them.
The filter in your vacuum. When was the last time you cleaned your vacuum?
Wires and chargers that don’t belong to anything. That old phone from ages ago, and you still have the charger?
The current batteries in your smoke detectors.
Your air conditioner’s air filters need to be replaced every 30 days.
The broken pens, chewed pencils, and bits of crayons. Toss them.
How to Throw Things Away
…and lastly, if you don’t know if you want to keep the item or not, put it into a box. Date the box and seal it up. If you see the box six months later and you haven’t opened the box, just throw it out.
Your life will be so much more free without the clutter of things!