Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in your home? I certainly do. It’s easy to accumulate things over the years, and before you know it, your house is filled with clutter.
Recently, I decided to take a simple and stress-free approach to decluttering. I started by getting rid of 20 things that I no longer needed or used. And let me tell you, it made a world of difference.
One of the first things I tackled was my kitchen supplies. I had so many gadgets and appliances that I never used. I cleared out the clutter and now I have more space in my cabinets. I also got rid of any mismatched or outdated dishes and accessories.
Next, I turned my attention to my linen closet. I had towels that were worn out and no longer served their purpose. I also had a mountain of fitted sheets that were missing their matching pillowcases. I decided to only keep the essentials and donate the rest.
Another area that needed purging was my bookshelf. Over the years, I had accumulated so many books that I no longer had any room to add new ones. I decided to let go of the ones that I had already read and didn’t plan on reading again. It was tough, but I knew it was for the better.
When it came to clothes, I had a tendency to hold onto items that I no longer wore or that no longer fit me. I cleared out my closet and drawers, and it was liberating. I donated the clothes that were still in good condition and threw away the ones that were beyond repair.
Finally, I tackled my bathroom. I had toiletries and beauty products that were expired or that I never used. I got rid of them and felt a sense of relief. It’s amazing how much clutter can accumulate in such a small space.
In the end, I found that getting rid of these 20 things not only cleared out physical space in my home, but it also cleared out mental space. I felt lighter and more at peace. I no longer had to worry about the clutter and mess.
So if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in your home, I encourage you to start small. It doesn’t have to be a big battle – just start with one drawer or one closet. And remember, decluttering is an ongoing process. It’s not something that happens overnight.
Once you start clearing out the things you no longer need or use, you’ll find that it becomes easier to let go of more. You’ll begin to gravitate towards a more minimalist lifestyle and appreciate the simple things in life.
And the best part? You’ll have more time and space to focus on the things that truly matter – like spending time with loved ones, pursuing hobbies, or getting a good night’s sleep. Trust me, it’s worth it.
1 Mismatched socks and accessories
One of the easiest things to clear out when purging your house is mismatched socks and accessories. We all have those socks that have lost their partner somewhere beyond the bottom of the drawer, and the accessories that we keep even though they no longer go with anything we wear. It’s time to let go of them and make space for something new!
Instead of keeping those lonely single socks and accessories, it’s a good idea to gather them all together and assess if they can be matched with anything else. If not, it’s time to say goodbye. You can donate them to someone in need or simply throw them away if they are beyond use.
If you have a lot of mismatched socks and accessories, you can also repurpose them. For example, socks can be turned into cleaning rags or used as padding for delicate items when packing. Accessories like earrings or necklaces can be given to someone who might love them or used as decorative items in the house.
By clearing out your mismatched socks and accessories, you will not only have less clutter in your house, but you will also feel less stress when trying to find a matching pair of socks in the morning! It’s a win-win situation.
- Take a look in your drawers and cabinets and gather all your mismatched socks and accessories.
- Assess if any of them can be matched with something else to create a pair or a set.
- If not, decide if they can be repurposed in any way or if it’s time to let go.
- Donate them to someone in need or throw them away if they cannot be used anymore.
- Enjoy the feeling of decluttering and having more organized drawers and cabinets.
2 Scratchy bath towels
One thing that I realized I had way too many of in my house was scratchy bath towels. I had accumulated so many over the years that I hardly even noticed how bad they were getting. They were tucked away in the back of my linen closet, taking up valuable space that could be used for something else.
Although I always thought it was important to keep a good supply of towels, I realized that the ones I had were not doing me any favors. They were scratchy, thin, and simply not enjoyable to use. Instead of reaching for these towels every day, I found myself gravitating towards the softer ones that I really loved.
It was time to let go of the scratchy towels and make room for the ones that I actually enjoyed using. I took all of them out from the back of the linen closet and laid them out on my bed to get a better look. Even though I had hardly been using them, it was clear that they had seen better days.
I decided to use the KonMari method to determine which towels to keep and which to let go of. I picked up each towel one by one and asked myself whether it brought me joy. If it didn’t, I thanked it for its service and put it in the donation pile. It was a simple and effective way to clear out the towels that were cluttering up my space.
In the end, I was able to get rid of about half of the towels that I had been holding onto for so long. It felt great to have a clear and organized linen closet, with only the towels that I truly loved and used. Plus, I no longer had to deal with scratchy towels after every shower!
3 Redundant cables and charging wires
When it comes to decluttering your house, one area that often gets overlooked is the collection of cables and charging wires that have accumulated over the years. We all know how easy it is to accumulate these items without even realizing it, but the truth is, we don’t need as many as we think we do.
How many times have you found yourself rummaging through a drawer or box full of cables, desperately searching for the one you need? It’s a battle that many of us have faced, and it’s time to put an end to it.
Take a moment to gather all the cables and charging wires you have scattered around your house. Start by checking your entryway. Do you have a bag full of cables in the closet? Are there charging wires tangled up with your keys and paperwork on the table?
Next, move into your living room and bedroom. Look under the couch cushions and behind the bookshelf. You might be surprised at how many cables have found their way into these hiding spots.
Now, let’s take a look at the bathroom. Do you have a drawer full of cables and chargers? How many of them do you actually use on a regular basis? I’m willing to bet that you hardly use any of them.
Although it’s always good to have a spare cable or two, the truth is, we tend to gravitate towards using the same few cables and charging wires over and over again. While it’s nice to have the latest cable that came with your newest gadget, do you really need to keep all the older ones?
When it comes to decluttering, it’s important to be honest with yourself. Do you really think you’ll ever use that cable you found in the bathroom again? Will you ever need that bag of cables you ordered from Amazon?
Now, let’s talk about the ones that are actually being used. Do you really need five charging cables for your phone? How about those extra USB cables that came with your appliances? Are they really necessary?
One way to determine which cables and charging wires to keep is to make a list of the gadgets and devices you currently own. Look at what each of them requires and see if you have the necessary cables. If not, keep those. If you find yourself with an overflowing collection of cables and wires, it’s time to start purging.
If you’re not sure what to do with the cables and wires you no longer need, ask around. Somebody might be in need of a specific cable or charger and would be happy to take it off your hands.
In terms of organizing the cables and charging wires you decide to keep, there are a few options. You can use cable management solutions like cable clips or cable ties to keep them neatly bundled. Another option is to use small bags or boxes to store them, labeling each one for easy access. This way, you won’t have to go through the same stressful search for a needed cable again.
Remember, the goal is to simplify and declutter your life. By reducing the amount of cables and charging wires you have, you’ll not only free up space but also reduce stress and save time in the long run.
So, take a look around your house and start the process of clearing out those redundant cables and charging wires. Your house will thank you!
4 Batteries that have long-since died
When it comes to decluttering, it’s important to admit that we all have items we keep around that are entirely unused. One category of items that often gets overlooked are batteries that are no longer functional. Batteries have a limited lifespan, and many of us end up holding onto dead batteries for much longer than we should. It’s time to clear out those expired power sources and make some space in your home!
1. Phone batteries
We are all guilty of holding onto old phone batteries. Perhaps you were planning on getting them fixed or recycling them, but never got around to it. Without even realizing it, we tend to accumulate a collection of dead phone batteries, which can take up valuable drawer space in the kitchen or bedroom. It’s time to say goodbye to those once-useful gadgets and make room for more important items.
2. Remote control batteries
Do you have a pile of remote control batteries you’ve been holding onto, thinking that maybe, just maybe, they’ll come in handy someday? It’s time to face the reality that those dead batteries are probably never going to magically come back to life. Clear them out and free up space in your electronics drawer.
3. Flashlight batteries
How many times have you gone to use a flashlight only to find that the batteries are dead? It’s a common occurrence in many homes, and the trend of keeping expired batteries has to stop. Take a moment to check all your flashlights and get rid of any dead batteries. This way, the next time you’re in need of some extra light, you won’t be disappointed by dead batteries.
4. Watch batteries
If you have a drawer where you keep your old watches with dead batteries, it’s time to clean it out. Those watches are simply taking up space, and chances are, you aren’t planning on getting the batteries replaced anytime soon. Say goodbye to the timepieces that no longer serve a purpose and free up some space for more useful items.
By clearing out these expired batteries, you’ll not only create more space in your home, but you’ll also reduce the stress of searching for functional batteries when you actually need them. So, take a few minutes to go through your drawers, gather up those long-since died batteries, and dispose of them properly. Your home will thank you!
5 instruction manuals for appliances I no longer own
When it comes to decluttering and clearing out unnecessary items, instruction manuals for appliances that you no longer own should be high on your list. These manuals tend to accumulate over time, taking up valuable space in your drawer or on your shelf. Here are some tips to help you get rid of those instruction manuals:
- Identify the manuals you no longer need: Start by going through your drawer or storage area where you keep these manuals. Take out all the instruction manuals and lay them on a table. Go through each one and determine if you still own the appliance or if you can find the information online. If not, it’s time to let go.
- Check online: In today’s digital age, many appliance manufacturers provide online versions of their instruction manuals. Simply search for the make and model of the appliance to find the manual you need. This saves you the hassle of keeping physical copies of manuals for appliances you no longer own.
- Purge the old manuals: Once you have identified the manuals for appliances you no longer need, it’s time to get rid of them. You can either recycle them if possible or throw them away. Holding on to these manuals will only take up unnecessary space in your house.
- Organize the remaining manuals: After purging the old manuals, take the manuals for appliances that you still own and organize them in a way that is convenient for you. This could be in a folder, a binder, or using a storage box.
- Keep important paperwork: While it’s important to get rid of instruction manuals for appliances you no longer own, it’s essential to keep important paperwork such as warranties, receipts, or any other documents that might be needed for repairs or returns.
By getting rid of instruction manuals for appliances you no longer own, you not only free up space in your house but also declutter and reduce stress. Instead of laying around unused in a drawer, these manuals can be replaced with more important items or accessories. So, start purging those old instruction manuals and enjoy a more organized and clutter-free living space.
6 Expired pantry items
- Batteries: Check your kitchen drawers for old batteries that have expired or are no longer working. These can be safely disposed of and replaced with fresh ones.
- Overflowing towels: If you have too many towels in your pantry, it’s time to declutter. Keep only what you need and donate the rest to someone who could use them.
- Expired phone or electronic products: Go through your pantry and discard any outdated phone chargers, cables, or other electronic accessories that you don’t use anymore.
- Unused manuals: If you have manuals for gadgets or appliances that you no longer have or use, get rid of them. You can always find the manuals online if you need them in the future.
- Expired food products: Take a look at your pantry and remove any food items that have passed their expiration date. This will help you make space for new items and ensure that you’re only consuming fresh and safe products.
- Old linens and towels: If you have old or worn-out towels or linens that you no longer need, it’s time to let them go. Donate them to a local shelter or recycle them if they cannot be repurposed.
7 Old grocery bags
One of the things that tend to accumulate in our homes without us even realizing it is old grocery bags. It’s easy to forget about them, especially if you don’t use them frequently or if you keep them hidden away in a cabinet or drawer. However, purging these old grocery bags can actually make a big difference in terms of decluttering and creating more space in your house.
Here are some ideas why you should clear out old grocery bags:
- They are no longer needed: If you have a stockpile of old grocery bags that have been sitting unused for years, it’s safe to say that you probably won’t need them in the future either. In today’s world, reusable bags are becoming more popular and readily available, making the need for old grocery bags almost obsolete.
- They take up valuable space: Old grocery bags can quickly take over cabinets, drawers, or any storage space they occupy. By getting rid of them, you can free up this valuable space to store more useful items or simply declutter the area.
- They can be recycled: Many grocery stores and even some recycling centers accept plastic bags for recycling. If you still feel guilty about throwing away perfectly good bags, consider recycling them so they can be properly processed and reused.
- They hardly look good: Let’s admit it – old grocery bags are hardly a sight to behold. Since they are usually made of plastic, they can easily tear, fade, or accumulate dirt over time, making them look worn out and unattractive.
- They can be repurposed: If you don’t want to throw away your old grocery bags, there are some creative ways to repurpose them. For example, you can use them as trash bags for smaller bins, take them to the grocery store for your next shopping trip, or donate them to local food banks that often need bags for distributing groceries.
- They contribute to a greener lifestyle: By getting rid of old grocery bags, you can help reduce plastic waste and promote a more eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle.
- They can be a hassle to organize: Let’s face it – organizing a bunch of old grocery bags can be a real headache. Since they come in different shapes and sizes, it can be challenging to neatly stack or arrange them in a drawer or cabinet. Getting rid of them altogether can save you the trouble of trying to keep them organized.
So, if you have a drawer or cabinet overflowing with old grocery bags, consider taking the time to clear them out. Whether you choose to recycle them, repurpose them, or simply throw them away, getting rid of these old bags will definitely clear up some space and make your house look better.
8 Broken things I have not repaired in over two months
When it comes to decluttering, we often focus on getting rid of items we no longer need or use. However, there are also broken things that have been laying around the house for months, waiting for us to fix them. Here are 8 broken things that I have not repaired in over two months:
- Drawer handles: I have a few drawers in my house with broken handles. Although the drawers still function, it’s a minor annoyance to constantly have to grip the sides to open them.
- Aged appliances: Over the years, I’ve accumulated several kitchen appliances that have stopped working. Instead of getting them repaired or replaced, they are now taking up valuable storage space.
- Bookshelf: One of the shelves on my bookshelf broke a while ago. Although the rest of the bookshelf is still functional, I find myself avoiding it because it looks unbalanced.
- Towels with holes: I have a few towels that have developed holes over time. While they are still usable, the holes seem to be getting bigger with each wash.
- Broken electronics: I have a pile of broken electronics sitting in a box, waiting to be repaired or disposed of. It’s a reminder of my procrastination and the amount of e-waste I accumulate.
- Storage boxes: My storage boxes have seen better days. Some have cracked lids, while others have broken handles. Although they still serve their purpose, they no longer look presentable.
- Drawer slides: One of the drawers in my kitchen has a broken slide, making it difficult to open and close smoothly. I’ve been meaning to fix it, but somehow it keeps getting pushed to the bottom of my to-do list.
- Old towels and linens: As much as I would like to replace my old towels and linens with newer ones, I often find myself gravitating towards keeping them. Although they are worn out and no longer as soft, there is a certain sentimental value attached to them.
Now that I’ve listed the broken things I have not repaired in over two months, it’s time to make a change. It’s important to hold myself accountable and set a timeline for when these repairs will be done. After all, decluttering is not just about getting rid of unused items, but also about taking care of the things we already have.
9 Bed linens I never gravitate towards
When it comes to bed linens, there are always those that we never seem to reach for. Whether it’s because they are uncomfortable, outdated, or simply not to our taste, these linens often end up taking up unnecessary space in our cabinets. In the spirit of decluttering, here are 9 bed linens that you should consider clearing out:
Old towels: I admit, I often forget to replace towels once they start showing signs of wear. But keeping them around means less space for the new ones that I actually enjoy using.
Fitted sheets that don’t fit: We all have those fitted sheets that we keep despite them not fitting our mattresses properly. It’s time to let go and make room for ones that actually cover the entire mattress.
Outdated linens: Just like clothes, bed linens can go out of style too. If you find yourself never reaching for that retro floral pattern, it’s a good time to let it go.
Unused duvet covers: If you have duvet covers that have never been used, it’s likely that you don’t love them as much as you thought you would. Consider donating or selling them to someone who will appreciate them more.
Expired pillowcases: While we often check the expiry dates on food items, we tend to forget that linens can expire too. If your pillowcases are looking worn out or have lost their softness, it’s time to replace them.
Sheets with holes: It’s easy to overlook small holes in our bed sheets, but these can quickly turn into larger tears. Don’t wait until it’s too late – get rid of them now.
Worn-out blankets: Over time, blankets can lose their fluffiness and warmth. If you find yourself constantly reaching for other blankets instead of the worn-out ones, it’s a clear sign to let them go.
Uncomfortable fabrics: Bed linens should be soft and comfortable, providing a good night’s sleep. If you find yourself tossing and turning on scratchy or uncomfortable fabrics, it’s time to invest in new ones.
Extra pillow covers: While having extra pillow covers can be convenient, keeping too many can quickly lead to overflowing cabinets. Keep only what you need and donate the rest.
By clearing out these bed linens, you’ll not only free up space in your cabinets but also reduce the stress that comes with having too much clutter. Remember, somebody else might appreciate these linens more than you do, so consider donating them to a good cause. Decluttering is an important step in keeping our homes tidy and stress-free, so start your journey by tackling the bed linens that no longer serve you.
10 Old jewellery I never pick out
When it comes to decluttering, I find it particularly challenging to let go of old jewellery. I have accumulated a collection of accessories over the years, and although I hardly wear any of them, I can’t bring myself to get rid of them. Here are 10 types of old jewellery that I know I should clear out:
- Broken or tangled necklaces: I have a few necklaces that have broken chains or are hopelessly tangled. I always tell myself that I’ll fix them one day, but that day never comes.
- Single earrings: I have a drawer full of single earrings that have lost their pair. Holding onto them hoping to find their match seems pointless at this point.
- Outdated statement pieces: I used to love bold and chunky jewellery, but my style has evolved over the years. Yet, I still keep those pieces that I’ll probably never wear again.
- Jewellery from past relationships: I have a few pieces that were given to me by ex-partners. Although they hold sentimental value, I think it’s time to let go and move on.
- Worn-out rings: Some of my rings are so worn out that they are beyond repair. Keeping them only clutters my jewellery box.
- Old watches and bracelets: I used to have a watch for every occasion, but now I rely on my phone to tell time. The same goes for bracelets that I never wear anymore.
- Obsolete technology accessories: I have various cords, chargers, and adapters that belong to devices I no longer own. It’s time to admit that I’ll probably never use them again.
- Hand-me-down and inherited jewellery: I have a few pieces that were passed down to me from older generations. While they hold sentimental value, they are not my style.
- Costume jewellery: These pieces were inexpensive and fashionable at the time, but now they just take up space and gather dust.
- Jewellery with missing stones: I have a few pieces with missing stones, and I always tell myself I’ll replace them. However, that never happens, and they remain untouched.
I know it’s time to declutter my jewellery collection. Letting go of these old pieces will free up space, make it easier to find what I actually wear and love, and give me the opportunity to explore new styles. Whether I choose to sell, donate, or repurpose them, clearing out these old jewellery items will provide a fresh start and bring new energy to my life.
11 Takeout menus
Takeout menus are one of those things that tend to accumulate over time without us even realizing it. Before you know it, you have a drawer or a box overflowing with menus from various restaurants.
Whether you order takeout frequently or not, it’s easy to let the amount of menus pile up. In most cases, we have a few go-to places that we order from regularly and the rest just end up collecting dust.
Takeout menus can quickly become outdated, especially if restaurants change their offerings or prices. So, it’s a good idea to regularly go through your collection and get rid of any menus from places you no longer enjoy or don’t plan on ordering from again.
Instead of keeping a bunch of paper menus, you can find most restaurants’ menus online nowadays. This not only allows you to easily access the most up-to-date information, but it also saves space in your kitchen or entryway.
If you can’t resist keeping a few menus, consider creating a designated space for them, like a folder or a small box, and limit yourself to only keeping menus from your absolute favorite places.
Getting rid of takeout menus can be a small but important step towards decluttering your home and simplifying your life. Plus, it will make it easier to find what you’re looking for when you actually do want to order takeout.
12 Old medications
When it comes to decluttering, one area that often gets overlooked is the medicine cabinet. Many of us have a case full of expired or unused medications that we never get around to clearing out. But keeping old medications can be a hazard, as they can be ineffective or even harmful if taken past their expiration date.
Here are some helpful tips for clearing out old medications from your cabinets:
- Check every item: Go through your medicine cabinet and make sure to check every medication, including over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications, and vitamins.
- Look for expiry dates: Check the expiry dates on all medications. If any medications have expired, they should be disposed of properly. You can usually find information about how to dispose of medications safely on the packaging or by contacting your pharmacist.
- Organize them: Keep all medications together in one place, so you can easily see what you have. Use a small box or storage container to keep everything tidy and well-organized.
- Consider donating: If you have unused medications that are still within their expiry date, consider donating them to a local pharmacy or healthcare facility that accepts medication donations. This can help someone in need, while also preventing waste.
- Check for duplicates: Sometimes we end up with multiple bottles of the same medication. Check for duplicates and keep only one bottle to save space and avoid confusion.
- Dispose of liquids properly: Be aware that some medications come in liquid form, which need to be disposed of properly. Check the packaging for instructions on how to dispose of liquid medications.
- Store medications properly: Make sure that medications are stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Some medications may need to be stored in the refrigerator. Always check the labels for specific storage instructions.
- Don’t forget about sample medications: Many of us have sample medications that we received from our doctor’s office but never used. These should also be included in your purging process.
- Dispose of old prescriptions: If you have any leftover prescription medications that you no longer need, it’s important to properly dispose of them. Many pharmacies have drug take-back programs where you can safely drop off expired or unused prescriptions.
- Consider alternative disposal methods: If you cannot find a drug take-back program in your area, the FDA recommends mixing the medication (without crushing tablets or capsules) with an undesirable substance like kitty litter or used coffee grounds. Place the mixture in a sealed bag or container and throw it in the garbage.
- Keep important information: Before disposing of any medications, make sure to note down any important details such as the name of the medication, the dosage, and the expiry date. This information may be helpful in case you need to refer back to it in the future.
- Plan for future decluttering: To avoid accumulating old medications in the future, make a plan to regularly go through your medicine cabinet and dispose of anything that is expired or no longer needed.
Clearing out old medications can make a big difference in not only decluttering your space but also helping others in need. So, take a look at your medicine cabinet today and start clearing out those old and unused medications!
13 Books that I never read in the end
- Some books were too long and intimidating.
- Phone books with outdated information.
- A large amount of self-help books that I never got around to reading.
- Somebody recommended these books but they didn’t catch my interest.
- I think I bought these books because of their beautiful covers.
- Every time I opened the drawer, these books were just sitting there gathering dust.
- Most of the books were beyond their publication dates.
- My cabinets were overflowing with ideas that I never had time to explore.
- Once I put them behind the batteries and gadgets, I completely forgot about them.
- What were these books doing gathering dust in a drawer anyway?
- I don’t have the time or interest in reading them anymore.
- Back when I bought them, these books seemed like they would have all the answers.
- Their presence in my home made me feel guilty for not starting them.
14 Novelty kitchen tools I shouldn’t have bought in the first place
When it comes to decluttering my house, the kitchen is always towards the top of my list. Over the years, I’ve accumulated many items that serve no real purpose and only take up valuable space. One area that I’ve focused on purging lately is my collection of novelty kitchen tools. These are the items that I bought on a whim or because they seemed fun, but in reality, I hardly ever used them. In this entry, I will share with you the 14 novelty kitchen tools that I think are not worth keeping and why you should consider letting go of them as well.
1. Banana slicer
We all know how to slice a banana, whether it’s for a fruit salad or a smoothie. This tool is unnecessary and takes up space in your drawer.
2. Egg separator
Separating an egg white from the yolk is a simple task that does not require any special tool. Your hands or the eggshell itself should do the trick.
3. Avocado peeler
An avocado peeler may seem like a handy gadget, but a regular knife can do the job just as well. Save the money and the space in your drawers.
4. Corn kernel remover
Removing kernels from corn is a breeze if you have a sharp knife. This tool is unnecessary and just adds to the clutter in your kitchen.
5. Pineapple corer
A pineapple corer may seem like a helpful tool, but a good knife will do the job just fine. Plus, you’ll have one less item to store.
6. Potato chip slicer
If you’re trying to cut down on the amount of processed foods you eat, a potato chip slicer is unnecessary. A knife or a mandoline will work just as well for slicing potatoes into healthier alternatives.
7. Hot dog slicer
A hot dog slicer may seem like a fun tool for kids, but a knife can achieve the same result. Save the space and the money.
8. Pancake batter dispenser
Pouring pancake batter neatly onto a griddle is a simple skill that doesn’t require any special tools. A ladle or a measuring cup can do the job just as well.
9. Ice cream sandwich maker
10. Fish-shaped spatula
A fish-shaped spatula may seem cute, but when it comes to functionality, a regular spatula will work just as well.
11. Herb stripper
Stripping the leaves from herbs is a simple task that can be done with your fingers. This tool is unnecessary and takes up space in your kitchen.
12. Popcorn maker
While a popcorn maker can be a fun addition to movie night, it takes up a lot of space in your kitchen for something that can easily be done on the stove or in the microwave.
13. Single-use kitchen gadgets
Single-use gadgets like avocado slicers, strawberry hullers, and garlic presses may seem convenient, but they often end up being forgotten and taking up valuable space in your drawers.
14. Expired novelty kitchen items
Lastly, don’t forget to check the expiry dates of any novelty kitchen items that you have. If they are expired or no longer serve a purpose, it’s time to let them go.
By decluttering these novelty kitchen tools, you will free up space in your cabinets and drawers for more important items. Plus, you’ll have less clutter and a more organized kitchen. So, be ruthless in getting rid of items that you don’t need or use and make room for the things that truly matter.
15 Old containers that have seen better days
If you’ve been holding on to old containers that are worn out, damaged, or simply no longer serve a purpose, it’s time to clear them out. These 15 old containers have seen better days and it’s time to replace them with something new and functional.
- Plastic food storage containers: Over time, plastic containers become stained, warped, or cracked. Replace them with newer containers that will keep your food fresh and organized.
- Cardboard boxes: Those old cardboard boxes you’ve been holding on to can easily be replaced with sturdy storage bins or containers that will keep your belongings safe and secure.
- Old bags: Whether it’s a torn backpack, a worn-out purse, or a bag that no longer suits your style, it’s time to let go and make room for something new.
- Expired batteries: Don’t keep old batteries lying around. Dispose of them properly and replace them with fresh ones to ensure your gadgets and electronics work properly.
- Old towels: Towels that are faded, torn, or no longer absorbent should be replaced with fresh towels that will provide the comfort and functionality you need.
- Old jewelry boxes: If you have old jewelry boxes that are no longer in use or falling apart, it’s time to upgrade to something more functional and organized.
- Outdated electronic gadgets: If you have old electronic gadgets that are no longer in use or don’t work properly, it’s time to let go. Consider selling, recycling, or donating them.
- Expired products: Check your pantry, bathroom, and makeup stash for expired products. Clear them out to make room for new, fresh items.
- Old paperwork: Are you holding on to old paperwork that you no longer need? Shred or recycle it to free up space and ensure your privacy.
- Old menu books: If you have old menu books from restaurants or takeouts that you never use, it’s time to let them go. You can easily find menus online or use apps for ordering food.
- Worn-out accessories: Belts, scarves, hats, and other accessories that have seen better days should be replaced with new ones that will complete your outfits.
- Old work supplies: If you have outdated or unused work supplies such as pens, notebooks, or sticky notes, it’s time to declutter your workspace and make way for new and useful items.
- Outdated home decor: Take a look around your home and identify any outdated or worn-out home decor items. Replace them with something that fits your current style and taste.
- Old bookshelf clutter: Bookshelves tend to accumulate clutter over time. Go through your bookshelf and remove any books, magazines, or items that you no longer enjoy or find useful.
- Unnecessary paperwork: Entryway tables or drawers often become a dumping ground for paperwork. Sort through the paperwork and recycle anything that is no longer needed.
By clearing out these old containers, you’ll be freeing up space, decluttering your home, and making room for new and functional items. Don’t hold on to things that no longer serve a purpose or bring you joy. Embrace the process of letting go and enjoy the benefits of a clutter-free home.
16 Excessive cleaning supplies
When it comes to cleaning our houses, many of us tend to accumulate an excessive amount of cleaning supplies over time. Whether it’s because somebody recommended a particular product, or we thought we needed that latest cleaning gadget, there always seems to be more than we actually need. Decluttering our cleaning supplies can help us simplify our cleaning routines and create a more organized living space. Here are 16 excessive cleaning supplies that you may want to clear out as well:
- Old or expired cleaning products: Check your cleaning cabinets and get rid of any cleaning products that have passed their expiration dates or that you no longer use.
- Multiple cleaning solutions for the same purpose: Consolidate your cleaning products by keeping only one type of solution for each cleaning task. You don’t need five different glass cleaners or three different bathroom cleaners.
- Overflowing collection of cleaning gadgets: While those specialized cleaning gadgets may seem useful, ask yourself whether you actually need all of them. Most of the time, basic cleaning tools such as microfiber cloths and a good mop are enough to get the job done.
- Excessive amounts of cleaning wipes: Having a few packs of cleaning wipes can be useful for quick cleanups, but having dozens of them sitting around can be excessive. Limit the number of cleaning wipes you have and opt for reusable cloth towels instead.
- Mismatched or broken cleaning tools: Take a look at your collection of cleaning tools and get rid of any mismatched or broken items. Keeping only the ones that are in good condition will make your cleaning routine more efficient.
- Unnecessary specialty cleaning products: Some cleaning products are marketed as being designed for specific surfaces or materials, but you may not actually need them. Evaluate whether you really need these specialty products or if basic cleaning solutions can do the job.
- Extra batteries: It’s common to find old batteries lying around in our cleaning supplies drawer. Ensure that you only keep the ones that are still usable and dispose of the rest properly.
- Empty or nearly empty containers: Empty or half-empty cleaning product containers can take up valuable space in your cabinets. Get rid of these containers to free up space for the products you actually use.
- Excessive amounts of cleaning brushes: While having a few cleaning brushes can be useful, having a collection of them can contribute to a cluttered space. Keep only the essential cleaning brushes and donate or discard the rest.
- Outdated cleaning books or magazines: If you have old cleaning books or magazines that you haven’t touched for months, it may be time to let them go. Online resources offer more up-to-date cleaning tips and techniques.
- Excessive collection of cleaning cloths: Similar to cleaning brushes, having too many cleaning cloths can lead to clutter. Keep a few essential cloths for different cleaning purposes and donate the rest.
- Unused or rarely used cleaning appliances: If you have cleaning appliances that you rarely use or don’t use at all, it may be time to part with them. Keeping only the appliances that you frequently use will free up space and make your cleaning routine more efficient.
- Old or hardly used cleaning tools: Take a look at your collection of cleaning tools and consider getting rid of any tools that you haven’t used in a long time or that no longer serve a purpose. Be honest with yourself about what you really need.
- Excessive jewelry cleaning products: Many of us tend to accumulate jewelry cleaning products, thinking that we need a different product for each type of jewelry. However, basic jewelry cleaning solutions and a soft cloth are often enough to keep your jewelry in good condition.
- Expired or ineffective stain removers: Check the labels on your stain removers and discard any that are expired or no longer effective. Keeping only the stain removers that work well will ensure that you have a more efficient stain removal process.
- Excessive collection of air fresheners: While having a few air fresheners can help make your house smell good, having too many can be overwhelming. Limit the number of air fresheners you have and opt for more natural, green alternatives.
Clearing out these excessive cleaning supplies will not only declutter your house but also make your cleaning routine more efficient. Remember, less is often more when it comes to cleaning tools and products. Focus on keeping only the essentials that you regularly use and let go of the rest.
17 Moisturisers that have long since expired
When it comes to decluttering our homes, we often tend to focus on things like clothes, accessories, and appliances. However, one area that we often overlook is our bathroom cabinets and drawers. If you take a moment to look into these spaces, you’ll likely find plenty of skincare products that have long since expired.
We all have that one moisturizer or face cream that we once loved but have since forgotten about. Whether it’s because the product didn’t work for us or we simply moved on to the latest trend, these expired moisturizers are just taking up valuable space in our bathroom.
So, why should you bother purging your expired moisturizers? Well, for starters, using expired skincare products can lead to skin irritations and breakouts. Expired moisturizers may contain bacteria and other harmful ingredients that can cause harm to your skin. Additionally, these products will not work effectively anymore, as their active ingredients will have lost their potency over time.
To help you get started on decluttering your bathroom and making space for the products that you actually need, here are 17 moisturizers that you should get rid of:
- Green Tea Moisturizer – expired 6 months ago
- Collagen Face Cream – expired 1 year ago
- Hyaluronic Acid Serum – expired 3 months ago
- Vitamin C Moisturizer – expired 2 years ago
- Retinol Night Cream – expired 6 months ago
- Aloe Vera Gel – expired 1 year ago
- Coconut Oil Moisturizer – expired 1 year ago
- Shea Butter Cream – expired 2 years ago
- Argan Oil Lotion – expired 1 year ago
- Jojoba Oil Moisturizer – expired 1 year ago
- Avocado Face Cream – expired 6 months ago
- Olive Oil Moisturizer – expired 2 years ago
- Grapeseed Oil Serum – expired 1 year ago
- Tea Tree Oil Lotion – expired 1 year ago
- Rosehip Oil Moisturizer – expired 6 months ago
- Lavender Cream – expired 1 year ago
- Chamomile Moisturizer – expired 1 year ago
Now that you know which moisturizers to discard, it’s time to create a plan for getting rid of them. One simple way to do this is to gather all the expired products and put them in a trash bag. You can then dispose of them according to your local waste management policy.
Alternatively, if the products are still in good condition, you can consider giving them away to friends or family members who might still find them useful, as long as they are not past their expiry dates.
By purging your expired moisturizers, you’ll not only free up space in your bathroom cabinets and drawers, but you’ll also be helping your skin by using products that are still effective. So, start decluttering today and say goodbye to those expired moisturizers!
18 Old paperwork and mail
Old paperwork and mail can quickly pile up and take over your living space if you’re not careful. Here are some tips on how to declutter and get rid of those piles of outdated documents and mail:
1. Sort through your paperwork
- Start by gathering all your paperwork and mail in one place.
- Separate them into categories, such as bills, receipts, envelopes, and other miscellaneous documents.
2. Shred or recycle unnecessary documents
- Review each document carefully and determine if it’s still relevant or necessary.
- If it’s outdated or no longer needed, shred it to protect your personal information or recycle it if it doesn’t contain any sensitive details.
3. Digitize important documents
- For important or sentimental paperwork, consider scanning them and storing them digitally.
- This way, you can easily access them when needed without occupying physical space in your home.
4. Create a filing system
- Organize the remaining paperwork into folders or binders, using categories that make sense to you.
- Label them clearly to ensure quick retrieval and easy sorting in the future.
5. Set up a mail management system
- Create a designated area for incoming mail, such as a mailbox or a tray.
- Sort your mail as soon as it arrives, separating it into different categories.
- Dispose of junk mail immediately and create a schedule for dealing with bills and essential documents.
6. Go paperless
- If possible, sign up for electronic bills and statements to reduce the amount of paper clutter coming into your home.
- This will help prevent the accumulation of unnecessary paperwork.
7. Use a mail organizer or letter rack
- Invest in a mail organizer or letter rack to keep your mail tidy and easily accessible.
- Designate slots for different categories like incoming mail, outgoing mail, and bills.
8. Keep important documents in a safe place
- For important documents like birth certificates, passports, or insurance policies, choose a secure spot like a safe or a locked drawer.
- Make sure your loved ones know where to find these documents in case of an emergency.
By following these steps, you can clear out the old paperwork and mail that are taking up unnecessary space in your home. Remember, decluttering is an ongoing process, so make it a habit to regularly go through your paperwork and stay organized.
19 Pens that no longer work
One of the most common items that can clutter up your home are pens that no longer work. Whether they have run out of ink or the tip is broken, these pens are simply taking up space and adding to the overflowing mess in your drawers or desk. It’s time to get rid of them and make room for pens that actually work.
If you find yourself constantly searching for a working pen, only to come up empty-handed, it’s probably time to do a little purging. Gather all the pens you have and go through each one, testing them out. Any pens that don’t write or are unusable should be tossed in the trash. There’s no need to hold onto pens that cannot perform their simple task of writing.
Now, you may be thinking, “What about those expensive pens that I used to love?” Well, if you haven’t used them in months or even years, it’s time to let go. Holding onto these pens is just cluttering up your space, and they are not serving their purpose of helping you jot down notes or important dates.
It’s also important to keep in mind that pens are not the only writing instruments out there. With the advent of technology, many of us rely on our phones or tablets to take notes. If you find yourself using your phone more often than a pen and paper, it may be time to declutter your pen collection.
Once you’ve gotten rid of all the pens that no longer work or that you simply don’t need, it’s important to find a proper storage solution for the ones that remain. This will help you keep them organized and easily accessible. Consider using a drawer organizer, pen holder, or even a small container on your bookshelf or desk.
By clearing out the pens that no longer work and organizing the ones that do, you’ll be well on your way to a more organized and stress-free space. You’ll no longer have to dig through a pile of broken pens to find the one that works. Plus, getting rid of clutter can have positive effects on your mental well-being, helping you sleep better and focus more.
So, don’t let those old, broken pens continue to take up valuable space in your home. Take a few minutes to go through your pen collection and start purging. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel once you clear out the clutter.
20 Store cards and coupons for places I don’t shop at anymore
Store cards and coupons can quickly accumulate in our wallets and drawers, taking up space and cluttering our lives. I recently went through a decluttering process and realized I had an overwhelming amount of store cards and coupons for places that I no longer frequent. Here are 20 reasons why clearing them out was a simple and necessary step for me:
- Not enough time: I hardly have time to go through shopping malls and stores, let alone use all the store cards and coupons I have accumulated over the years.
- Unnecessary clutter: Having store cards and coupons that I don’t use only adds to the clutter in my drawers and house, making it harder to find the things I actually need.
- Expired dates: Many of these store cards and coupons have expired, so there was no point in keeping them around.
- No longer interested: My interests and shopping habits change over time, and I found that I no longer shop at many of the stores for which I had store cards and coupons.
- Privacy concerns: Some store cards and coupons require personal details that I’d rather not share, so I decided it was best to get rid of them.
- No longer relevant: Many of the stores for which I had store cards and coupons have gone out of business or closed their doors in my area.
- Paperwork overload: Keeping track of all these store cards and coupons requires a lot of paperwork, and I wanted to simplify my life.
- No storage space: My drawers were already filled with other items, and I needed the space for things that were more important to me.
- The digital trend: Many stores have moved to digital coupons and online shopping, which does not require physical store cards or coupons.
- No longer using them: I realized that I hadn’t used any of these store cards or coupons in years, so it was time to let them go.
- No longer beneficial: Some of the store cards and coupons offered discounts on items that I no longer have a need for, like clothes or towels.
- No need for accessories: Some store cards and coupons were specific to accessories, which I rarely buy.
- No love for the stores: I didn’t have any love for the stores associated with these store cards and coupons, so there was no point in keeping them.
- No more impulse buying: Clearing out these store cards and coupons helps me avoid the temptation of impulse buying when I come across a coupon or discount.
- No longer worth the effort: Using these store cards and coupons often required jumping through hoops or spending more money than I intended, which wasn’t worth it.
- No longer worth the time: It took time to look through the store cards and coupons before leaving the house, and I found myself wasting precious time on something I didn’t need.
- No longer current: Many of the store cards and coupons were outdated, as they were from a time when I had different shopping habits and preferences.
- No longer worth the money: Some of the store cards and coupons required a minimum spend or a purchase, and I realized I could save more money by not using them.
- No longer a need: I already have everything I need in terms of clothes, accessories, and household items, so there was no point in keeping these store cards and coupons.
- No longer sleep-deprived: Getting rid of these store cards and coupons helped me sleep better at night because I no longer felt overwhelmed by the clutter they created.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by store cards and coupons that you don’t use or need, I encourage you to take a few moments to go through them and purge what is no longer necessary. It may seem like a small task, but it can have a big impact on your overall decluttering journey.
How do you get rid of a lot of stuff fast?
Clearing out clutter and getting rid of excess stuff can be a daunting task, especially if you have accumulated a lot over the years. However, with a few simple strategies, you can quickly declutter your space and create a more organized and peaceful environment.
1. Start with a plan
Before you begin purging, take some time to create a plan of action. Identify the areas in your home that need decluttering and set specific goals for each space. This will help you stay focused and motivated throughout the process.
2. Sort items by category
Instead of tackling one room at a time, sort your belongings by category. For example, gather all your clothes together in one place and go through them all at once. This allows you to see the full extent of what you have and makes it easier to decide what to keep and what to let go of.
3. Use the “Keep, Donate, Sell, Trash” system
As you go through each category, create separate piles or bins for items you want to keep, donate, sell, or throw away. Be honest with yourself and only keep items that you truly love or find useful. Everything else can be let go of.
4. Set clear criteria
To make the decision-making process easier, set clear criteria for keeping or getting rid of items. For example, if you haven’t used an item in the last year, it’s probably safe to let go of it. If it’s broken and you haven’t fixed it in a reasonable amount of time, it’s time to say goodbye.
5. Get rid of duplicates
We often accumulate multiple items without realizing it. Go through your drawers, shelves, and storage spaces and identify any duplicates. Keep only the best or most useful one and let go of the rest.
6. Don’t hold on to “just in case” items
It’s tempting to hold on to items “just in case” you might need them in the future. However, this mindset can lead to an overflowing house. Be realistic about what you will actually use and let go of the rest.
7. Get rid of expired items
Go through your pantry, medicine cabinet, and beauty products and check expiration dates. Anything that is expired or no longer usable should be thrown away. This will free up space and ensure that you’re only using fresh and safe products.
8. Take advantage of technology
Technology can help you declutter and get rid of physical items. For example, you can digitize documents and photos, sell or donate unwanted items online, and stream movies and music instead of having physical copies.
9. Donate or sell usable items
If you have items that are still in good condition but no longer needed, consider donating them to charities or selling them online. This way, someone else can benefit from them, and you can make a little extra money.
10. Limit sentimental items
Sentimental items can be difficult to let go of, but it’s important to set boundaries. Keep only the most meaningful or important ones and find creative ways to display or store them without cluttering your space.
By following these tips and staying focused, you can quickly clear out a lot of stuff from your home and create a more organized and peaceful living environment. Remember, the less clutter you have, the easier it is to find what you need and enjoy the space around you.
What should you not do when decluttering
Decluttering your home can be a liberating experience, but it’s important to approach it with caution. Here are some things you should not do when decluttering:
Don’t start decluttering without a plan: Before diving into the decluttering process, take some time to create a clear plan. Assess which areas of your home need the most attention and set goals for each space. This will help you stay focused and motivated throughout the process.
Don’t get overwhelmed by online organization ideas: While online organization tips can be helpful, they can also lead to overwhelm. Avoid spending too much time browsing websites or watching videos about organizing. Instead, focus on your own needs and what works best for you and your home.
Don’t hold onto broken or unused appliances: If you have appliances that are broken or no longer in use, it’s time to let them go. Keeping these items only takes up valuable space and adds to the clutter. Consider donating or recycling them instead.
Don’t forget to declutter the kitchen: The kitchen is often a place where clutter accumulates quickly. Be sure to go through your cabinets, pantry, and refrigerator to get rid of expired or unused items. This will make meal preparation and cooking much easier and more enjoyable.
Don’t keep items out of guilt: It’s common to hold onto items because they were gifted to us or have sentimental value. However, if these items no longer serve a purpose or bring you joy, it’s time to let them go. Don’t let guilt dictate your decluttering decisions.
Don’t underestimate the importance of storage: Having proper storage solutions can make a big difference in keeping your home organized. Before decluttering, consider investing in storage containers, baskets, or shelves to help keep items in their place.
Don’t declutter everything at once: Decluttering can be an exhausting process, both physically and mentally. Trying to declutter your entire home in one go may leave you feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated. Take it one room or area at a time to avoid burnout.
Don’t rush through the decluttering process: Decluttering is not a race. Take the time needed to thoughtfully go through your belongings and make decisions about what to keep and what to let go of. Rushing through the process may lead to regrets later on.
Don’t neglect your digital clutter: Decluttering isn’t just about physical items. Take the time to clean up your digital life as well. Sort through your files, delete unnecessary documents and emails, and organize your digital photos. This will help create a more streamlined and stress-free digital environment.
Don’t declutter alone if you don’t have to: Decluttering can feel overwhelming and emotionally taxing at times. If possible, enlist the help of a friend or family member. Having someone there to offer support, help make decisions, and keep you accountable can make the process much more enjoyable.
By avoiding these common decluttering mistakes, you will be on your way to creating a more organized and clutter-free home.