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120 things to declutter now

Decluttering your house can feel like an overwhelming task. But you can simplify your home by challenging yourself to remove one of these items a day. At the end of the time period, you’ll be amazed at how much calmer, cleaner, and peaceful your home feels.

A  decluttered living room with the text, "120 things to throw out now."

When you look around your house, you feel overwhelmed at the clutter.

You think life would be easier if you got yourself organized, but the reality is, no full-scale organization, or using of storage space in or out of your home will help.

There’s simply too much stuff.

You need clear the clutter and simplify your life – simplify your home.

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But you don’t know where to start decluttering this mess that is the space you live in.

There are several approaches you can take, but if you’re feeling that state of overwhelm you really need to give yourself grace and tackle the job in a slow and steady manner. 

To do this, you can either try one of these 10 minute decluttering tasks OR challenge yourself to get rid of the 120 items listed in this article from your home even as slowly as one item a day.

The focus today is simply to focus on things to declutter right now by removing them from your space – whether that’s by throwing them in the trash, donating them or re-gifting.

However, once you’re feeling a little more in control, if you the want to organize some of these spaces, you’ll find related posts to give you some guidance there too (you can also join the free 30 day declutter challenge).

Things to get rid of in the kitchen

A decluttered kitchen.

The kitchen has a lot of quick wins when you’re looking to simplify your home from clutter.

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My faves would have to be containers with no lids. Like the sock with no mate, it’s a mystery to me how these things disappear!

Items to throw out include:

  1. old herbs or spices
  2. canned food with dents
  3. any expired food item
  4. ratty sponges
  5. rusty potscrubbers
  6. excessive cleaning rags
  7. empty cleaning products
  8. cooking utensils / items you’ve never used (I’m looking at you, omlette maker!)
  9. mugs given as gifts 
  10. containers with no lids / lids with no containers
  11. holiday decor you never use
  12. disposable cutlery
  13. takeaway food containers
  14. recipe books you’ve never cooked one recipe from
  15. empty jars

Things to get rid of in the bathroom

A peaceful looking clutter free bathroom.

The bathroom or ensuite is another treasure trove of items you can throw out for a fast declutter.

These include:

  1. expired makeup
  2. makeup you never use
  3. expired medication (check out Marie’s comment at the end of the post first though!)
  4. stretched out hair ties
  5. old razors
  6. empty bottles
  7. samples from hotel rooms
  8. perfumes / aftershave you don’t wear
  9. unopened gift sets
  10. old sunscreen

Things to get rid of from your bedroom

A clean, calm bedroom which has been cleared of clutter.

The main trash targets are related to your clothes, though I am sure you’ll find some of these other items to declutter:

  1. socks with holes
  2. underwear with holes
  3. clothing that is too small, too big, or stained 
  4. knick knacks you don’t like
  5. jewelry you never wear
  6. never used handbags 
  7. shoes you have not worn for several years
  8. paper of any kind
  9. extra phone chargers
  10. empty perfume bottles on your dresser

Things to get rid of from the living room

A decluttered living room.

The living room can house a number of items that can be thrown out for a fast declutter.

These include:

  1. old newspapers / magazines
  2. old brochures / catalogs
  3. books you will never read again
  4. home decor you no longer like
  5. extra candles
  6. old dvds / videos
  7. old remotes
  8. 3D glasses 
  9. old video games
  10. extra cushions

Things to get rid of from the children’s rooms

A child's bedroom ready to be decluttered.

Your child’s room can quickly become a repository of clutter.

I recommend the process of getting rid of toys is done with your child.

However as much as I am a fan of decluttering, you may want to keep treasured books and toys for when your children are parents themselves and you have grandchildren to visit.

My son really loved reading the book that was his dad’s favorite when he was a little boy and I look forward to the day I can share such treasures as “Where the wild things are” and “The hungry caterpillar” with whatever grandbabies I am blessed with!

However the things you can declutter include:

  1. clothing that is stained or torn
  2. too small clothing
  3. broken toys
  4. toys they have grown out of (that you don’t want to keep)
  5. books they have grown out of (that you don’t want to keep)
  6. puzzles with missing pieces
  7. crafts they have never done / will never do
  8. stuffed toys that just take up space
  9. toys with missing pieces
  10. old school books / artwork that you do not wish to keep

Things to get rid of from the laundry

A clean decluttered laundry.

Oh the laundry… my main struggle here is ending up with piles of clothes to be put away.

But there are still things you can declutter!

  1. dried up shoe polish
  2. broken / dirty pegs
  3. open cleaning products that have not been used for more than a year
  4. unopened cleaning products that are several years old
  5. odd socks 

Things to get rid of from your linen cupboard

Pile of blankets from the linen cupboard.

The linen cupboard can be likened to a black hole, where stuff enters only to never be seen again.

Simplify this part of your home by getting rid of:

  1. anything gifted to you (towels, sheets etc) that you don’t like and doesn’t suit the style of your home
  2. towels that have become thin with age
  3. sheets or towels with tears / holes
  4. stained sheets
  5. sheets with no mate
  6. mismatched pillowslips
  7. bedding for bed sizes you don’t actually own 
  8. any more sheet sets than 2-3 times the amount of beds in your house
  9. more than 10 old towels
  10. children’s bedding (eg themed comforters) when your children have grown
  11. old / single cushions
  12. old throws
  13. old electric blankets
  14. unused bedskirts
  15. face cloths / hand towels that don’t match sets

Things to get rid of from the garage

A decluttered garage, after clearing out 120 items to throw out now.

The garage is a haven of things that should not be taking up space in your home.

Did you know almost one quarter of Americans have so much stuff in their garage that there’s no longer space for their car (source)!

Go on the hunt for the following (note – check disposal instructions for anything toxic such as paints, automotive fluids etc. Do not just throw them in the trash!):

  1. expired garden sprays
  2. empty / near empty garden sprays
  3. extra / unused cords and cables
  4. dried up paint tins 
  5. empty / near empty automotive fluids
  6. broken tools
  7. trash dumped on the ground
  8. paint brushes that are stiff with paint
  9. materials from hobbies long forgotten
  10. broken / unused sports equipment
  11. old children’s equipment (including helmets, bikes, slides, and so on)
  12. stored furniture 
  13. unused exercise equipment
  14. boxes for things in your home (eg television, microwave)
  15. empty plant pots (especially plastic ones plants come in from the garden center)

Things to get rid of from your wallet

A wallet falling out of a purse.

Ah the overstuffed wallet! Full of unused and unnecessary items, it’s the perfect item for a fast declutter.

Slim down your wallet by throwing away the following:

  1. coffee cards for places you never visit
  2. expired cards
  3. old receipts
  4. old tickets
  5. used gift cards

Miscellaneous things to get rid of

Pet items to declutter

As well as giving us joy, love and companionship, pets can also generate their own clutter.

Pet items you could throw away include:

  1. pet clothing that no longer fits
  2. damaged pet toys that represent a choking hazard
  3. old leashes / collars that are too small
  4. expired pet medication
  5. old pet blankets / bedding

Holiday decorations can also provide a quick win when you’re decluttering.

Discard:

  1. broken decorations
  2. lights that no longer work
  3. random decorations from sets / themes you no longer use
  4. garish / ugly decorations
  5. anything that has not seen the light of day for three years or more

Other random things to declutter:

  1. buttons / thread provided for clothes you no longer own
  2. phone chargers for phones you no longer have
  3. cables that you can’t identify the purpose of
  4. headphones / earbuds that don’t work
  5. old computers / printers / modems etc 
  6. empty boxes from appliances you’ve purchased
  7. paper pads, especially free ones given by random businesses
  8. pens that don’t work
  9. cards without envelopes
  10. plastic bags
  11. old ribbons
  12. scraps of wrapping paper
  13. excessive amounts of gift bags 
  14. sellotape past its best
  15. excessive amounts of rulers (we seem to have about 10 in our house. How and why?)

Decluttering your house can feel like an overwhelming task.

But you can simplify your home by challenging yourself to remove one of these items a day.

At the end of the time period, you’ll be amazed at how much calmer, cleaner, and peaceful your home feels.

Want greater connection in your relationship?

Then you'll want this freebie.

It's called The KISS Connection and it's a FREE 4-step everyday practice that will bring back that loving feeling.

Hit the pink button to grab your free copy today.

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Neva

Saturday 28th of September 2019

30 day declutter sounds wonderful.

Katie

Tuesday 1st of October 2019

I hope you signed up for it Neva! Decluttering your home can make a huge difference to how you feel about life.

Sharon M

Thursday 17th of January 2019

Why do so many of the things on this list give me anxiety. Great points and ideas for decluttering all over the house. Thanks so much.

Katie

Tuesday 22nd of January 2019

Our homes should be places that make us feel peaceful and calm - a retreat from busy-ness. Decluttering can go a long way to creating this feeling and reducing anxiety. All the best x

Marie

Sunday 6th of January 2019

Your list is great and very helpful. One thing that caught my eye, was throwing away of expired medicines. While this is good for a few medications, it's not for others. I have had this argument with my father and my husband for years (if they expired, I threw them out), until my husband presented me with this article. https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/is-it-ok-to-use-medications-past-their-expiration-dates

Within that article is this paragraph. Why couldn't the expiration dates extend farther into the future? A cynical view (and one that may be right!) is that drug companies establish expiration dates to encourage us to replace our older medications (even if they are still good). The more we throw out, the more we'll need to buy to replace them.

I encourage others to read this article, as in this day and age, money seems to become harder to come in and quicker to go out. Anything we can find to save even a few dollars, helps!!

Thank you and I look forward to your upcoming topics. Have a blessed and happy new year.

Katie

Monday 7th of January 2019

Marie thanks so much for your thoughtful comment and also that link! I know that I am certainly cynical about some best before / expiration dates, but I had no idea re the medicines. I am adjusting the article so readers can check out your comment and make the decision for themselves. Thanks again and hope to see you back again!

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