There’s nothing like decluttering to help you feel better about your life. It makes your house cleaner, virtually enlarges your storage space, and helps you stay organized. If you need a little help deciding what to get rid of, here is a list of 20 things you can ditch — or pitch — right away. We’ve broken them into 5 different categories, room by room.
In the Kids’ Rooms
- If you have kids, you probably have toys lying around that they never play with or wouldn’t miss. It’s time to unload them!
- What about those baby clothes? I know they’re cute, but if you’re done having kids…
- Worn out bedding — how many years are you planning to keep those sheets that have holes in them?
- Old art supplies — broken crayons, dried out paints, and crusty paintbrushes
In the Kitchen
- Old tupperware — tomato stains or old cottage cheese containers. If it’s crappy, get rid of it.
- Redundant utensils — How many large slotted spoons do you need, anyway?
- Stained dish towels — they’re just taking up space at the bottom of the drawer
- Empty detergent bottles — check under the sink — you’ve got ’em
In Your Bedroom
- Clothes you don’t wear — too small, too big, out of style, or just not “you”
- Jewelry — anything you never put on can be donated to someone who will use it
- Shoes — do you really wear all 28 pair?
- Anything that doesn’t belong there — my room turns into a catch-all. Put stuff back in its appropriate space and save yourself some room.
In the Bathroom
- Old medications — it’s not just decluttering, it’s a safety issue
- Old razors — you’ve probably got at least one in your shower or a drawer
- Expired makeup — you know it’s past its prime
- Empty bottles — shampoo, pain relievers, disinfectant…go through your vanity and you’ll find things to pitch
In the Garage
- Broken tools — if it’s been sitting for 3 months and you haven’t fixed it yet, you probably won’t
- Old chemicals — that insecticide will expire after a while, and could even be dangerous
- Scraps — sometimes these are useful, but usually they just take up space. Pipe, wood, metal, etc.
- Empty containers — paint cans, gas cans, bottles. Just be sure you dispose of them properly