When the seasons begin to change it is the PERFECT time to clean and declutter your house by going through closets, drawers, boxes in your basement, or the crap that’s been sitting untouched on your garage shelves for the last few years.
Because if you’re anything like me, then you probably don’t realize how much stuff you’ve accumulated until you move or you set aside a random time to go through all of your things. 😩
Now, I’m religiously throwing out stuff about every three months to help me stay on top of the mess because I hate clutter. I start feeling claustrophobic when things are chaotic and all over the place which makes it hard for me to function.
And since I know firsthand that a clutter-free home can create a peaceful home, that is what I want for you too!
What to throw out when decluttering?
Today, I’m sharing with you a list of the most common useless things you can throw out ASAP when decluttering your home!
So grab a trash bag, throw on some gloves, and let’s begin.
Things to toss from the kitchen:
1. No lid Tupperware
2. Cracked plates and chipped glasses
3. Expired coupons and scraps of mail
4. Extra shopping bags
5. Stale pantry food
6. Expired canned food
7. Unused small appliances
8. Old leftover food
Things to toss from the bedrooms:
9. Old hats
10. Shoe boxes
11. Old blankets
12. Clothes and shoes that don’t fit anymore. This is my favorite thing to do every Spring and Fall when the kids need a new wardrobe!
13. Belts and scarves you don’t wear
14. Worn out or unmatched socks
Things to toss from the bathrooms:
15. Old bath toys
16. Empty bottles and containers
17. Expired medicine
18. Out of date skincare and makeup products
19. Out of date hair products
20. Old makeup sponges
21. Old nail polish
22. Raggedy towels and washcloths
23. Old hair ties and accessories
Things to toss from the playroom:
24. Outgrown toys
25. Incomplete board games and unused video games
26. Old or broken electronics
27. Toys without a match
28. Outgrown costumes
Things to toss from the garage/basement:
29. Expired chemicals
30. Broken tools and equipment
31. Dried out or unwanted paint cans
32. Wrapping paper scraps
33. Holiday decor or Christmas lights that don’t work
34. Empty boxes
35. Old baby gear and other items
Things to toss from elsewhere:
36. Junk in the junk drawer
37. Old CDs and DVDs
38. Books you don’t enjoy
39. Shred old, but sensitive documents
40. Paper bills and receipts from your purse
41. Unmatched or tarnished jewelry
42. Candles that you’ve burned out
43. Old cords, chargers, and adapters
44. Batteries in your smoke detector
45. Kids artwork and school work. Keep one or two items from each year and toss the rest!
46. Broken pens, crayons, and dried out markers.
47. Toss your toothbrushes and get a new one!
How to get rid of all these things?
You need to take this one room and one trash bag at a time! This list of what to throw out when decluttering your house is not meant to be tackled on one Saturday afternoon.
You will overwhelm yourself and want to quit. Remember: your junk didn’t accumulate in a day and it won’t disappear in a day either.
So depending on how much stuff you have to get rid of, decluttering your home can take you a few days or a whole month—and that’s okay!
Going forward, I challenge you to deal with clutter on a regular basis. You can donate unwanted goods every month, empty old food from your fridge and pantry every week, and keep trash from piling up in your house every day. And every time you buy a new item, get rid of an old item.