Decluttering didn’t use to be a thing in the olden days. People only bought what they actually needed and kept it for years.
However, today we are constantly encouraged to buy more and more, and the majority of the items on offer are rather inexpensive. The combination of those two things leads to clutter building up in our homes and creating a problem.
The problem has got so out of hand that there are even professional organizers who will come to your house and charge you to help you throw away the unnecessary junk.
For those with an eco-friendly mind, there are various applications that can help you sell off the items you don’t need, or simply donate them.
So let’s see which items you could potentially get rid of to make your home appear tidier.
1. First of all, get rid of all the mysterious objects. If you find an object and neither you nor any of your family members or flatmates know what it is or what it does, then you simply do not need it. Into the garbage bin it goes!
2. Get rid of the broken items. Just be honest with yourself; you’re never going to fix that DVD player, And those cracked Christmas ornaments are downright hazardous. Now, of course, if you have a grand piano that has a couple of keys missing, then you should hold onto it and call a repairman, but cheap items are not worth the time and effort. Just let them go.
3. Throw away or recycle the boxes. Unless you have a cat, there is no need to hold onto boxes that once contained items that are definitely past their warranty date. Sometimes people keep boxes in case they move house one day. However, even if that happens, boxes aren’t that hard to find or that expensive to buy, so there is no need to put up with the cluttered space.
4. Throw away expired make up. Not only does it clutter your vanity table, but it can harbor various bacteria and fungi that will cause allergic reactions and infections. So check your make up’s expiry date and toss the ones that are past their prime into the trash.
5. Sell or donate your college textbooks. Textbooks can be expensive, and for this reason, many people tend to keep them even after they graduate. But the reality is you will never be needing them again, so look online for a second-hand coursebook “buy and sell” sites or Facebook groups. Let somebody else get to use out of them.
6. Old clothes must go. You don’t need a bigger closet space; you just need fewer high-quality clothes. We only wear a small fraction of our clothes anyway, So have an annual closet purge and get rid of all the items that you have not worn for a long time.
7. Old paint cans is another thing people tend to hold onto just in case they need to touch up that wall in the future. But if your paint has been sitting in a can for over a year, it has changed color and is no longer of use to you, so you should responsibly dispose of it.
8. Chipped crockery. Plates, cups, mugs, bowls, and other types of kitchenware that have chips and cracks in them are a safety hazard, so they must definitely go.
9. Throw away expired medication. The reason for this one should be obvious. Expired medication is dangerous to your health, so there is no reason for it to clutter your home.
10. Old phone books. Nobody has used those since the early 2000s. Today all the information in the world is available at your fingertips on your smartphone, so there is no need for the chunky yellow pages to take up space in your house.
11. Exotic kitchen items. You were feeling adventurous one day, and you bought that quesadilla maker or a fondue set, but several years have passed since then, and they have not seen the light of day. If this scenario is familiar to you, you know what to do.
12. Old cookbooks can be quite bulky. Today most people follow recipes on the Internet anyway, or perhaps you became vegan, and you can no longer use the recipes from those cookbooks.
13. All the electrical equipment, such as cell phones or laptops tend to just sit in the drawer and collect dust. There are many places where you can donate your old equipment even if it’s the very first iPhone or the old Nokia phone (which I assume still works).
14. Holiday cards keep arriving year after year. You can keep the ones that have sentimental value, but if you keep all of them, you’ll end up with a stack of unnecessary paper.
There’s nothing as irritating as having just one sock from a pair, getting rid of it, and a few weeks later finding the other one. But I am afraid that is the risk you must take.
16. Old calendars and magazines. Calendars are useless after a year, so throwing them out is a no-brainer. And that copy of Cosmopolitan you keep around doesn’t have anything in it that you couldn’t find in an online beauty blog.
17. Old toys can be quite sentimental; when you look at them, you remember your little ones playing with them and having fun. But they are not little anymore, and all those toys do is clutter up your house. So do as Andy from Toy Story did and donate the toys to someone who will actually enjoy them.
18. Home exercise equipment. We have all been there, watching TV late at night, feeling bad about eating an entire pizza. Some muscular people appear on your TV screen. They are using a machine. They yell, “CALL NOW !” so you reach for your phone, and now six months later, that machine is just sitting in the corner, collecting dust. This is what yard sales were made for.
19. Throw out items such as plastic utensils, sauce packets, and take out menus that clutter your kitchen drawers. If you didn’t like that Diablo super hot chili sauce enough to eat it when it came with your order, you are not going to eat it later, so there is no need for it to hang around in your kitchen cupboard.