When you declutter your home, you are making more space for the things that matter. It’s easier to think and clean your home. You’re also making your life easier in the long run. There are so many benefits to decluttering, and it’s something we should all do on a regular basis. Let’s talk about 100+ things you can get rid of right now to make your life more simple!
The problem with too much stuff
We’ve been told from a young age that more is better. Unfortunately, that’s not always true. When it comes to the things in your home, more can mean more chaos, more overwhelm, and even more stress. It’s tough to keep everything organized and tidy when you have too much stuff. And the more stuff you have, the more time you spend cleaning and organizing. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend less time cleaning and more time doing the things you love?
What keeps us from getting rid of stuff
Deciding to get rid of some of the clutter in your home is an easy choice. However, following through with that decision is more difficult. Some of the main reasons we don’t follow through with our decluttering efforts include:
- You’re not sure what to do with all of the things you declutter.
- You don’t want to get rid of something because you might need it in the future.
- You think decluttering will be too time-consuming.
- You become overwhelmed with the amount of stuff or decisions you need to make about that stuff.
- You have kids. I say this a bit jokingly, but if you have kids you know. It’s tough to get rid of things around your kids. Read: How NOT to Donate Kids Toys
- You have no motivation. Sure, you know that decluttering is supposed to help you. But until you get started it can be tough to see how it’ll really help.
Benefits of decluttering
There are some clear benefits to decluttering. Here are a few:
- You’ll have more space. This is probably the most obvious benefit of decluttering. When you get rid of things you don’t need, you free up space in your home. And that extra space can make your home feel so much bigger and more open!
- You’ll be able to find things more easily.
- Your home will be easier to clean.
- You will have more time. Think of it. All that stuff you have takes time to deal with. It takes time to clean around it. Time to organize it. Time to move it from one spot to another. When you declutter, you free up time that you can use for other things!
- You’ll reduce your stress levels. Too much stuff can be overwhelming and stressful. But when you get rid of the things you don’t need, your home will feel more peaceful.
- You’ll have more money. When you declutter, you get rid of things you don’t need. And that means you won’t be tempted to buy those things again! You can also sell some of your unwanted items and make a bit of extra cash.
- You’ll feel lighter. Clutter can weigh us down emotionally as well as physically. When we declutter, we let go of the things that are weighing us down. This can lead to a sense of freedom and lightness.
- Now that we’ve gone over some of the benefits of decluttering, let’s get into the actual process!
Reasons to declutter something:
Making the decision to get rid of something from your home can be tough. This is why so many people struggle to make progress in decluttering. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help you make the decision:
- Does this bring me joy?
- Is this thing taking up valuable space in my home?
- Can I easily replace this if I need it in the future?
- Is this thing worth the time and effort it takes to keep it clean?
- Is this item old or outdated?
- Is this thing broken and past repair? If I can repair it, is it worth my time to repair?
- Have I used this in the past year? Do I use this regularly?
- Does this item fit my style? Does it go with my other things?
- Does this item serve me?
- Do I already have one or more of this same thing?
- Did someone else give me this thing and I would have chose something else if I had chosen it?
- You could get this online or somewhere else easily (think product manuals, etc).
- Is there something else that would fill this need that I would like better?
Tips for success:
When it’s time to begin decluttering, here are some tips to help you be successful:
- Start small. If you try to declutter your whole house all at once, it will be overwhelming. So start with one closet or one drawer. Then move on to the next thing.
- Set a timer. Sometimes just getting started is the hardest part. So set a timer for 20 minutes and see how much you can get done in one session.
- Work with a friend. It can be helpful to have someone else working with you. They can help motivate you and keep you on track.
- Focus on one area at a time. Don’t try to declutter your whole house all at once! Start with one room or one closet. Then move on to the next thing.
- Get rid of stuff you don’t need. This seems obvious, but it’s worth repeating. If you don’t need it, get rid of it! If it’s broken, stained, or doesn’t work, throw it out!
- Be ruthless. When in doubt, throw it out!
Now that we’ve gone over some tips for decluttering success, let’s move on to those things that you can declutter now.
Areas to declutter from:
There are many areas in your life where you can begin decluttering. The following are 100+ easy ideas for things you can declutter now. Let’s get started:
- Old or outdated coasters
- Old newspapers
- Books you will never read again
- Worn out throw pillows
- Worn out throw blankets
- Seasonal décor items
- Décor items that don’t match your style
- Kids toys/things that don’t belong in the living room
- Old books
- Worn out pet toys
- Knick knacks you don’t love
- Games/puzzles with missing pieces
- Old chargers
- Dead batteries
- Nightstand clutter
- Worn out pillows
- Sheets in poor condition
- Jewelry/accessories you don’t use
- Outgrown kids clothes or clothes that don’t fit
- Clothing in poor condition
- Unmated socks
- Old t-shirts
- Old bags/totes
- Belts you don’t wear
- Empty boxes
- Hats you don’t wear
- Clothing you don’t wear
- Luggage you don’t use
- Candles you don’t use or that are burned out
- Fancy clothes you don’t use or have overworn
- Worn out towels/washcloths
- Toiletry items you don’t use
- Makeup you don’t wear
- Old brushes/combs
- Old hair ties
- Old toothbrushes
- Expired medication
- Sample size beauty products
- Mini toiletries from hotels
- Empty toiletry bottles
- Beauty tools you don’t use
- Old bath toys
- Old soap
- Old air fresheners
- Shower poofs
- Old razors
- Tupperware with missing lids
- Mismatched plates/bowls/cups
- Outgrown kids dishes
- Cookbooks you don’t use
- Condiments from take out
- Take out silverware
- Expired pantry items
- Expired fridge items
- Souvenir cups
- Old or weird freezer foods
- Extra mugs
- Duplicate appliances
- Serving dishes you haven’t used in a year
- Junk drawer junk
- Food you don’t like
- Paper recipes
- Rusty baking equipment
- Coupons that are expired or you won’t use
- Papers on fridge
- Advertisement magnets
- Rarely used kitchen utensils
- Old kids cups
- Seasonal paper goods that you won’t use because there is not a full set
- Pot/pans in poor condition
- Disposable medicine cups
- Broken water bottles
- Extra plastic shopping bags
- Vases you don’t use
- Empty jars
- Pet food or treats that you pet won’t eat
- Spices you don’t use
- Receipts you don’t need
- Papers and bills
- Pens and markers that are dried out
- Instruction manuals
- Warranty information for things you don’t own anymore
- Warranty information for items you do own, but you can find the warranty information online
- Phone books
- Insurance policy documents that are expired
- Tax documents older than 7 years
- Craft supplies you won’t use
- Wrapping paper scraps
- Empty ink cartridges
- Outdated textbooks
- Baskets bins and containers
- Junk mail
- Greeting cards
- Old lumber scraps
- Old sports equipment
- Power tools that are broken
- Holiday décor you didn’t use in the past year
- Toys and bikes your kids have outgrown
- Nails/screws/bolts you won’t use
- Sporting equipment or hobby equipment you don’t use
- Old lawn or beach chairs
- Cardboard boxes
- Dried out paint
- Expired chemicals/seeds
- Tools you have multiples of
- Kids toys that are broken
- Extra cleaning supplies
- Board games no one plays
- Extra sets of linens
- Takeout menus
- Used up gift cards
- Used up notebooks
- Gifts you never loved
- Old glasses
- Extra clothes hangers
- Out of date medication
- Old keys from your keyring
- Broken Christmas lights
- Old calendars and diaries
- Picture frames
- Tarnished jewelry
- Half finished crafts
- Memorabilia that doesn’t hold meaning
- Return items to family and friends
- Old credit cards
- Anything waiting to be sold. Just throw or give it away
- Dead or struggling plants
- Books you won’t read again
- Old school stuff
- Unimportant things on your to do list
- Stretched out hair elastics
- Wedding dress
- Currency from other countries
- Outdated travel books
- Social events you hate
- Out grown kids books
- Spare buttons
- Old work badges, uniform
- Outgrown or unused Halloween costumes
- Games on your phone that waste your time
- Old or unused baby items
- Broken umbrellas
- Loose change (take it to the bank)
- Old Christmas cards
- Old rugs
- Out of date vitamins
- Dried up nail polish
- Kids artwork you don’t love
- Clothes you haven’t mended in over a year
- Finished coloring books
- Weeds in your garden
- Old stickers in your car window
- Old plant pots
- Apps on your phone or tablet
- Outdated software
- Computer items you no longer use
- Old power cords and chargers
- Remotes for old electronics
- Remotes for old electronics
- Old phone contacts
- Social media you want to get rid of
- Emails you don’t want to subscribe to
- Desktop icons
- Junk email in your inbox
- Old laptop
- Old boomboxes, cd players, cell phones, tablets and chargers
- Facebook friends
- Digital photos that aren’t good
- Old computer or console games
- Subscriptions you don’t use
- Paper bills. Automate bills instead
As you can see, there are a ton of things that you can declutter from your home right now. This will save you time in the future because you won’t have to deal with these items anymore. So go through your house and get rid of anything that doesn’t serve a purpose or that you don’t use regularly. You’ll be glad you did!
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