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Things to declutter today


I’m a terrible person when it comes to clutter.

I hate throwing things away, the ‘useful clutter’, because I think I might need them at some stage again. So I end up saving everything I own. Sure, we’ve moved to a bigger place so I have more space for everything, but it still doesn’t change the fact that I keep holding on to things we really won’t need. 

The fact is I can survive without all the clutter in my life, without missing it when it’s gone. So why not do something about it, right?

Right! That’s exactly what I’m going to do – declutter my home (and my life).

One of the things I’ve noticed with having useful clutter in my home is that it makes keeping my home under control a lot more difficult as most of the times I need to spend my time clearing the clutter around and not just focus on the basic cleaning to keep everything in shape.

In my August ‘Currently‘ post, I briefly spoke about the 10 week declutter plan I’m going to be following through with which I’ll be kicking off in the middle of August. At a later stage I’ll share my declutter journey in a separate post.

I’ve worked out a plan and made a list of everything I need to go through and sort out, and eventually donate or chuck out.

I wanted to share a list of things that you can declutter in your own home, if you’re stuck wondering what would classify as clutter.


Kitchen

  • Old utensils
  • Chipped glasses, cups and plates
  • Containers without kids
  • Broken kitchen appliances
  • Cookware
  • Bakeware
  • Old spices
  • Expired food in fridge
  • Expired in pantry
  • Outdated frozen food
  • Take-out menus you don’t use
  • Old or stained dish cloths
  • Cookbooks

Living Room

  • Old DVDs
  • Old CDs
  • Old PC games
  • Puzzles missing pieces
  • Games missing pieces
  • Remote controls that don’t work anymore
  • Old throw pillows 

Bathroom

  • Old or stained towels
  • Old/expired toiletries
  • Skin products 
  • Hair products

Kids

  • Toys not played with
  • Broken toys
  • Clothes too small
  • Torn or stained clothes
  • Old or broken shoes
  • Shoes that are too small
  • Socks without pairs
  • Old bedding
  • Old pillows
  • Baby things you won’t need
  • Small baby clothes

Bedroom

  • Clothes too small
  • Clothes you haven’t worn in a year
  • Torn or stained clothes
  • Old or broken shoes
  • Shoes that are too small
  • Socks without pairs
  • Old bedding
  • Old pillows
  • Stockings that have ladders
  • Scarves
  • Headbands
  • Handbags
  • Purses and wallets
  • Old make-up
  • Make-up brushes
  • Dried up nail polish
  • Jewelry

Other

  • Expired medication
  • Used tea light candles
  • Old wrapping paper
  • Old tissue paper
  • Gift bags
  • Greeting cards
  • Used batteries
  • Broken Christmas decorations
  • Stationary
  • Notebooks
  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Spam mail
  • Letters
  • Old papers
  • Expired coupons
  • Unneeded receipts
  • Business cards
  • Old calendars
  • Old planners
  • Manuals (can view online)
  • Duplicates of anything
  • Half finished craft projects
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6 thoughts on “Things to declutter today

  1. I love the idea of doing this as a challenge and in steps instead of tackling it all at once because that just becomes too much and I find that I end up slacking and don’t finish what I set out to do.

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