Decluttering can seem like a daunting task to complete. You may know that you need to declutter and get rid of excess stuff, but figuring out where to start can be challenging. Hopefully, you can use this list to help you start working on creating a more organized home with less clutter!
Clothes – If they are too small or you don’t wear them anymore, it’s an excellent time to donate.
Unmatched socks – Unless you only like wearing one sock, then to each their own!
Old purses & wallets –Let me reassure you that even though a spare can be nice, you will most likely not be reaching for that old bag that you decided to replace.
Shoes – If they don’t fit correctly or are replaced with new shoes, they no longer serve a purpose.
Worn out pillows or sheets – Flat pillows and holey sheets are a no-go!
Broken cords or cords that hang around for months, possibly even years, and serve no known purpose.
Books – Keep your favourites, but rehome the rest.
Movies – If you have watched them but know you won’t watch them again, you can donate or sell them.
VHS Tapes – Sadly, some of you won’t even know what these are. But for those of you that do and don’t have access to a VHS player, it is time to let them go! Even the most special memories saved on VHS can now be converted to digital files!
Magazines that you have read and will just collect dust on the shelf.
Medals and Trophies – As rewarding as that trophy may have been to win back in junior high, it probably doesn’t hold the same value anymore as it used to, and it may be time to let it go. (It is always a good idea to ask if the organization refurbishes trophies and reuses them before throwing them out.)
Gaming systems you don’t use – Don’t let your old PS4 collect dust just because you had to have the PS5. Get it up for sale on your local swap and buy.
Old Phones and Electronics – Many people replace their phone at the end of a 2-year contract for a new one and throw their old ones in a drawer. If they have lots of life left, put them up for sale, don’t hang onto them until they have no value!
Old photos – Times have changed, and new technology means that you don’t have to hang onto hundreds/thousands of photos. You can spend some time scanning them and maintaining a digital copy. Switching to a digital version can help save some space and keep the pictures safe for many years to come.
Toys – Throw out broken toys & donate toys that your child(ren) has outgrown.
Cheap Knick-Knacks – This one may seem never-ending if you have kids!
Board games or card games – Games that you don’t play anymore or that are missing pieces.
Plates/Bowls – Most households do not require 30 sets of dishes, so maybe it’s time to donate if you have too many extras.
Excess water bottles – A person can only use so many!
Expired Food – This is something we should be checking regularly, no one wants to get sick!
Mismatched Tupperware – If it doesn’t have a mate, toss it.
Plastic grocery bags & produce bags – It can be handy to have a few, but there is no need to have a whole cupboard full of them in most circumstances.
Carry-out extras – Whether it’s chopsticks, salt & pepper packets, ketchup & mustard packets, or flimsy napkins, it’s time for them to go!
Empty body wash/shampoo containers or ones that you don’t use.
Expired cosmetics – Expired make-up is terrible for your skin, and expired fingernail polish can be clumpy and not usable.
Expired Medication – It can be very dangerous to consume expired Medication, so make sure you check the expiry dates!
Hair tools and hair accessories that you don’t use – technology and fashion are constantly changing, so if you no longer use them, then it’s time for them to go.
Lotions or perfumes – If you are not fond of the scent or quality of them, donate.
Extra decor – If you have decor that sits in storage because you don’t have space for it, then it’s time for it to go.
Halloween costumes – Hang onto these and closer to Halloween, post them on your local swap and buy!
Bridesmaid dresses – that you will never ever, I repeat EVER wear again, donate!
Outdated prescription glasses – If you can’t use them, please donate them! There are multiple donation options, but they all serve the same purpose of trying to help people that need prescription glasses but can’t afford them otherwise.
Old Christmas and Birthday cards – As wonderful as receiving a card on any occasion can be, we can appreciate the card without keeping it forever.
Broken Zippers – Most of the time items with a broken zipper no longer serve the purpose they were intended for, and lay around collecting dust.
Cleaning products – Some cleaning products don’t work as well as we hope they will in our home, so they sit in the cupboard unused. Don’t hang onto them until they expire and no one can use them anymore. Pass them along to someone in need.
Old Documents that are now irrelevant and you don’t need to keep.
Paid off bills & Old Statements – Shred them and move on.
Old receipts – As long as you don’t need them for warranty or tax returns.
Corporate “Swag” – A person can only use so many fridge magnets, pens and tote bags!
Old paint or stain – While keeping the left-over paint in storage for touch-ups can be smart initially, it doesn’t last forever.
This list doesn’t come close to covering everything you could get rid of in your home. However, hopefully, it will give you an excellent start to a more organized life!
I’d love to hear from you, what items do you think are the best to get rid of first? Be sure to leave it in the comments!