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.
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50 Items To Get Rid Of
The kitchen is the heart of the home. Its function usually extends far beyond what the room is actually meant for. People tend to gather there, not just to eat, but also to chat, do homework, crafts, whatever.
When you declutter your kitchen, you may find items that definitely do not belong there. If this is the case for you, be sure to purge and organize those things as you go.
In this list, I will stick to items usually found in the kitchen:
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- 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
The majority of the items that need to be discarded in your office will probably be paper-based. I mean that is where all your bills and important documents end up. But, there may be a couple items that you may not think of as well:
- Old receipts
- Expired coupons
- Pens that ran out of ink
- Old calendars
- Old planners
- Out-dated software
The bedroom should be your sanctuary. Make sure it always feels that way and get rid of things that just cause clutter:
- 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
I don’t know about you but the bathroom is one room of the house that I always want to be clean as well as the kitchen. It’s also a room that can easily get filled with things you no longer use or shouldn’t:
- Unused perfumes
- Old makeup and toiletries
- Dried up nail polish or colours you don’t wear
- Expired medications
This may be the toughest category to work on. You may have deep feelings and happy memories attached to some of the items on this list. If you are seriously struggling, click here and ask yourself these ten questions.
- 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
No-one ever seems to tell you just how much stuff comes along with kids. It never seems to end.
They outgrow stuff so fast. I don’t just mean literally either. Children grow bored of things quickly and they advance beyond games, books and toys as they get older. So, here’s a list of kids’ stuff that you should purge:
- 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
Paper doesn’t just accumulate in your office. It can take over your entire home! Find all forms of paper clutter and remove it:
- Junk mail or old mail
- Old bank statements
- Books you’ve already read (I love Kindle and Audible books for just this reason—no clutter!)
Of course, there are items that don’t just fit into one room. They can be lying around just about anywhere. Gather all these things and kick them to the curb!
- 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!
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