Clutter stresses me out. Period. There are few things that I despise more than going to look for something, only to end up digging through boxes of junk and not being able to find what I need. What is even the point of hoarding all this stuff if you can never find what you need?
If you are at a point where you are fed up with the clutter and you want to start cleaning out today…then this list is for you.
Before you even read this list and start running around your home to find stuff to throw away…stop right now. First, find an area to act as your ‘command station’. In your command station place three large boxes (possibly 4). Use one for trash, one for recyclables, one for donate, and one for selling (optional).
The selling box is optional, because that means you will need to take some extra work to take pictures of the object, post it for sale, and then meet with a buyer. If you do not feel like doing all of that, then just stick to the three box method. Now you are ready!
25 things to throw away….RIGHT NOW
- excessive number of coffee mugs
- mismatched, stained, or unused food containers
- multiple vases
- random or outdated electronics and cords
- old movies/ DVDs
- clothes that you don’t wear or that don’t fit
- shoes that are worn out or that you do not wear anymore
- mismatched socks
- unused or broken toys/games
- worn out or old sets of sheets/linens
- old glasses
- outdated makeup
- dried up nail polish, old nail clippers/files
- unused perfumes/ colognes
- hair accessories that you don’t use
- samples of any kind
- multiple bottles of shower gels or lotions (if you don’t use the brand)
- old medications
- expired foods (from your fridge and pantry)
- takeout menus (most are online)
- excessive pens, pencils, and markers
- cleaning products that you don’t use
- instruction manuals (most are online)
- old planners or calendars
This list is not a complete fix. Purging and de-cluttering an entire home is not a quick or easy process. I have been actively working for the last few months to reduce clutter…and I’m still not finished. I have also made a commitment to reduce the amount of stuff that gets brought into our home. There really is no point in purging, de-cluttering, and organizing if we just plan to buy more stuff to fill the space.
Now GO!! See how much you can get rid of. Feel the weight of your clutter being lifted from your shoulders as you fill your boxes.
Just promise me that you won’t leave those boxes sit there for the next month. Take them to the trash, recycling center, or donation center immediately.