I’ll bet you can think of ten items in your home that you need to get rid of right now. Whether it’s a gift you never use or something you just haven’t gotten around to discarding yet, we’re all guilty of holding on to things. Inevitably, those items just become clutter.
Here’s a list of 50 items you can use to jump-start the decluttering process in your home.
50 Items To Get Rid Of
- Cracked or stained Tupperware and containers with missing lids
- Extra cups or mugs- how many does one family really need?
- Cooking utensils that you own two or more of
- Expired food items
- Old spices- These lose their potency after a year or two and sometimes become breeding grounds for critters.
- Take-out menus you never use
- Recipe books you never use
- Old receipts
- Expired coupons
- Pens that ran out of ink
- Old calendars
- Old planners
- Out-dated software
- Clothes that no longer fit, are stained, worn, stretched or out of style
- Broken jewelry or earrings that have lost their mates
- Shoes that don’t fit, are painful to wear or ones you never put on
- Worn sheets or bedding
- Old pillows
- Unused perfumes
- Old makeup and toiletries
- Dried up nail polish or colours you don’t wear
- Expired medications
- Gifts you don’t use or like
- Baby items that are no longer needed
- Cards people have given you with no sentimental value
- Children’s art
- Hand-me downs
- Broken toys and ones your kids don’t play with anymore
- Games and puzzles with missing pieces
- Schoolbooks they no longer need
- Video games your kids don’t play or ones for a system that doesn’t work
- Completed activity books
- Junk mail or old mail
- Old bank statements
- Books you’ve already read
- DVDs and CDs
- Old prescription glasses
- Cables you don’t need or use
- Old batteries
- Broken electronics or ones that are never used
- Furniture manuals for pieces already assembled
- Frequent shopper rewards cards you never use
- Broken or unused decorations
- Christmas lights that don’t work
- Old product boxes
- Freebie or promotional items you don’t use
- Home decor that no longer fits your style
A clutter-free house is easier to clean and just looks better but getting rid of items is not easy. Be ruthless when clearing out your home. Set aside any feelings of guilt you may experience because an item has sentimental value or was a gift. The person that gave you the present won’t feel any better knowing it sat untouched in a drawer somewhere.
Place items you’re really unsure about discarding in a storage bin. If in six months time, you have not used or even thought about them, get rid of them.
Use these items to generate some much-needed cash for your emergency fund or to pay off a loan. You can also donate anything in good condition to friends, family or someone in need.
Now you have a list that you can use to declutter your home. Don’t be afraid. You can do this!
What items would you add to my list? Tell me in the comments below.