Getting rid of clutter can free up extra space in your home and leave you feeling in control of your surroundings. According to Psychology Today, clutter leads to stress. The best way to bust your stress and get organized is to start with things that you aren’t going to miss. When you get rid of non-essential items, you make room for the things that are important to you.
Here are 25 items to toss along with some simple ways to organize what you’re keeping.
Excess coffee mugs
Are coffee mugs taking over your cabinets? Throw away mismatched, chipped, or badly stained coffee mugs. Still have too many? Select your favorites and donate the rest to a rummage sale.
Extra plastic containers (AKA Tupperware)
Some food storage containers are fine but do you use that pizza slice shape piece of Tupperware? Keep what you need and have room for, then recycle the rest of them.
Keep the vases that you love and use. Toss the single rose bud vases and the cheap glass vases that came with last year’s flower delivery.
Paper clutter is pervasive. Scan the receipts that you want to keep or need for tax purposes. Then shred the originals to cut down on paper laying around the house.
Do you have a stack of magazines taking up valuable space in your living room? Rip out the articles you want to keep and recycle the rest of the magazine. Consider donating the magazines you’ve read to schools, hospital waiting areas, and nursing homes. Keep your bathroom magazine collection under control with our Toilet Paper Caddy, Dispenser, and Magazine Rack. Not only will your magazines stay organized, you have an extra roll of toilet paper at the ready for when you need it.
Stop tossing your mail on the dining room table. Sort out what’s important, file what you need to keep, and recycle the junk mail as soon as you open it.
Do you have old or unused hair styling products, lotions, or bath products that you just didn’t love? Throw them out and free up space under your sink. Do you still need a little more room to organize your remaining items? Our Bamboo Freestanding Organizing Shelves are a stylish way to maximize storage space without taking up too much floor space in your bathroom.
Old or broken electronics
Old cell phones can be donated to women’s shelters; power cords, keyboards, and other miscellaneous items can be disposed of. Check to see if your area recycles old electronics before tossing them into the trash.
Clothes you don’t wear
Donate or sell clothing that you haven’t worn in the last two years. Anything stained or torn can be disposed of or used for rags.
Don’t you hate it when the leather cracks on your belt? If you’re not going to replace it soon, throw it out. Keep your remaining belts organized with our Bamboo Stainless Over the Door Hooks. They’re also great for holding robes, scarves, and shoulder bags.
Worn out shoes
Shoes that are covered their fair share of miles or are missing a mate should be thrown out. Shoes that you just no longer wear can be donated to a clothing drive or thrift store.
Unused, outdated toys and games
Donate toys your children have outgrown and get rid of games with missing pieces. Involving your child in the donation process can make it easier for him or her to give up their old toys.
It’s not safe to keep old makeup, as it can harbor bacteria that lead to infections. Get rid of anything that is past its expiration date. Our 7x Magnified Lighted Makeup Mirror and Tray is a great way to keep your makeup organized. The 7x magnification and bright light give you a close-up view so your makeup comes out flawlessly.
Socks without a mate
Throw out your old and mismatched socks or toss them in your rag bag for cleaning. Anything with holes should go!
How many bottles of shampoo and shower gel are in your shower? Get rid of the ones you don’t use and neaten up your shower by organizing the remaining products with our Stainless Steel Shower Caddy – Wall Unit. The two tiers can each hold a standard sized shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel. No more razors, shower poufs, and shampoos scattered around.
When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? It becomes ineffectual as the bristles start to bend. Plus, dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every 2 – 3 months to avoid germs and bacteria. Our 13 Clean Manual Toothbrush comes with a brush head for each month as well as a starter brush head. Simply change the head on your toothbrush at the start of each month.
Cookbooks you don’t use
Do you get most of your recipes from Pinterest or a few treasured cookbooks? Get rid of the books that you no longer use. Donate them to a thrift store or the library.
Old potpourri that has lost its scent just gathers dust. Replace it with one of these easy DIY recipes. Another way to freshen up the air in your home is our Bamboo and Glass Essential Oil Diffuser. Ultrasonic vibrations turn water and essential oils into an ultrafine scented mist that will refresh any room in your home. Plus, LED lights illuminate the water with soothing red, green, and blue colors.
Medicine that has expired or is unidentifiable should be disposed of immediately.
Do you have too many sets of towels and sheets taking up valuable space in your linen closet? Donate them to a local animal shelter or veterinarian’s office. Do you need a place to store extra towels? Our Bamboo Shower Seat does double duty as extra seating and has a bench to hold extra towels or other bathroom items.
Excess baking pans
How many muffin tins and baking sheets do you use? Eliminate the extras along with the specialty cake pans that you never use. Anything rusted or dented should also be thrown out.
You are no longer using that broken bathroom scale so toss it out. Buy yourself a reliable scale, such as our Glass Digital Bathroom Scale. It’s stylish, accurate, and weighs up to 400 lbs. The scale comes in a variety of colors to complement any bathroom decor.
Duplicate grooming products
You don’t need multiple sets of nail clippers, trimmers, and brushes. Establish a space to store your grooming tools. Then go through them and keep one set for home and put one set in your toiletry kit, get rid of the rest.
Once you have a new prescription donate your old pair of eyeglasses. Most post offices and libraries have a collection box for glasses that are in good condition and the Lions Club and LensCrafter stores also accept used eyeglasses.
Movies you didn’t like
It wasn’t the feel-good movie your though it would be? Donate movies you won’t watch again or sell them to a store that will resell them.
PRO TIP: If you are finding it hard to get rid of an item with sentimental value, try taking a photo of it and then letting it go. You’ll have the memory and feeling it evokes without having the actual clutter.
Getting rid of clutter doesn’t have to be done all at once. Pick an area to start with and get that space organized before moving on to another area. An additional approach is to set an alarm for 30-minutes, focus on the area in front of you and get as much done as you can in this time allotment. Then, take a well-deserved break! Splitting decluttering into segments will help make the process a little less tedious for you. In the end, you will feel much less stressed and more in control of your environment.