It's always a good time to organize! But it can be hard to organize your home if you have a bunch of excess stuff in the way – especially right after the holidays when all that excess can overrun your home! That's why I suggest doing a big decluttering session before tackling any major organizing. It's just so much easier to get things organized nicely when you know you're organizing things you actually want/need, and not things that are essentially garbage. But it can be hard to figure out all the things in your home that need to be thrown away, mainly because you're used to all the extra stuff. So to help you, here's a list of 50 Things You Should Throw Away Today plus a matching printable!
50 Things You Should Throw Away
Remember that in this case, “throw away today” is just a blanket statement. Many of the things on this list can be donated to Goodwill, or to special organizations. Others can go into a recycle bin (you can recycle some electronics at Best Buy, for example). Some may be worth selling on eBay or at a garage sale. And others could be upcycled/repurposed into something new with a little DIY skill. But if you know that you're likely to hold onto things to “turn them into something cool one day” or to “list on eBay one day” just do yourself a favor and throw them out or donate them now.
The master list of 50 Things You Should Throw Away
- Old shoes (you can recycle them at Nike stores to have them turned into Nike Grind material)
- Old glasses (you can donate them at most optometrists)
- Take-out menus
- Old toys your kids don't play with anymore
- Old tech devices (VHS player, cassette player, etc.)
- Socks without matches
- Old newspapers and magazines
- Broken jewelry and earrings without a matching pair
- Expired food- don't forget to check your freezer along with your fridge and pantry. No food stays good forever!
- Expired makeup
- Expired medicine/vitamins (check the FDA's website for details on how to safely dispose of medicines)
- Half-finished craft projects
- Craft supply scraps
- Cleaning rags (you really only need a few since you can wash them)
- Old towels (if you don't have enough cleaning rags, you can cut one towel up into rags, but get rid of the rest)
- Product boxes- keep them for up to 3 months in case you'll have to make a return, then get rid of them. Exceptions would be expensive tech devices that you may want to later resell with the box (like a smartphone or game system).
- Old hair ties
- Old video games
- Old batteries
- Old board games (especially if they're missing pieces)
- Extra holiday decor (if you haven't put it out in 2 years, it's time for it to go!)
- Decor that doesn't match your home anymore
- Extra calendars
- Old cookware/bakeware
- Old kitchen tools
- Old clothes
- Expired coupons
- Used up/dried out pens, highlighters, and markers
- Old pet toys that your pet doesn't play with, or that are broken
- Old pet clothes/collars that don't fit your pet anymore, or that are broken
- Old pet medications (vet offices are happy to take back many medicines that you pet no longer needs, especially flea/tick and heartworm medicine)
- Old school projects
- Old backpacks
- Old notebooks and binders
- Cards and invitations (either file them away in a keepsake binder, or get rid of them)
- Burned out light bulbs
- Flash drives (transfer anything useful to the cloud first)
- Extra headphones
- Extra phone cases (especially if they don't fit your current phone)
- Extra computer accessories (mice, keyboards, etc.)
- Extra cords and cables
- Random nails, nuts, bolts, and screws
- Scrap wood (if you don't have a distinct project in mind for it, get rid of it!)
- Manuals for products you don't have anymore
- Random keychains
- Hotel toiletries
- Extra flower pots
- Beauty products that you didn't like (you can donate these to local homeless shelters and women's shelters)
- Unraveled gift bows
- Wrapping paper scraps (if the amount of paper is too small to wrap most gifts, get rid of it!)
Phew! That's quite a list!
Free Decluttering Printable
To help you remember all the things you should throw away today as you go through your home, here is a handy decluttering checklist printable! As soon as an item is the trash, recycling bin, or donation bin, check it off of your list. Just enter your email below to get the checklist!
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You'll feel very accomplished when the list is all checked off, and your home will feel so much lighter without all the extra stuff!
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