Last week I shared 10 Things You Can Toss Right Now. How did you do? If you haven’t done it yet you can do it before or after this post. Don’t worry you will be able to get through it quickly. You’ll be amazed how good it makes you feel to get rid of needless things.
Today I’m sharing 10 More Things to Toss Right Now. It’s another list of things you can go through rather quickly to give you a good head start on decluttering your home. My hope is that by you getting through these lists you will have the motivation you need to continue decluttering the rest of your house.
10 More Things to Toss
Make-Up – I would recommend not using your make up and toiletries past the expiration date for the most effectiveness. You can usually tell when make-up is getting old. I have a post that shares how you can quickly go through your make-up by writing the expiration or purchase date on the container. Also check out the Expiration Date Printable in that same post, then print it out for reference. Tape it to the inside of your medicine cabinet.
Broken Items – Gather all the broken items throughout your house and either toss them or give yourself a timeline to fix them. I would suggest giving yourself 1-3 weeks. Whatever is not fixed at that point, toss it.
Writing Tools – Toss pens, pencils, markers, highlighters, or colored pencils that no longer work. There is nothing more aggravating than going through a number of pens before you find one that works. My kids had a habit of putting them back in the drawer even when they no longer worked.
Old Linens – Towels, sheets, pillowcases, table cloths, and blankets that are stained and frayed can be given to an animal shelter. Others can be used for rags or tossed. Don’t use linens that you wouldn’t want your guests to use.
Paper, Paper, Paper – I have a great post that tackles most of the paper already in your house and coming into your house. Refer to the paper post here. Toss and/or shred the papers you no longer need.
Craft Supplies – I have a rule that if I haven’t used a craft supply in 2 years, I either use it or donate it to someone who will. This can be hard for me since I craft all the time but I need to make space for the things I really use. I’ve also stopped purchasing supplies unless I have a use in mind for them. Toss the things that aren’t of any worth and donate the rest.
Hair Accessories – Stretched out and broken elastics can be tossed. So can stained or ripped fabric accessories. Too small or large accessories can be donated.
Hardware – If you no longer have the item for the extra hardware you can probably get rid of it. If it hasn’t been used in a couple years or it’s rusted then it’s also time to get rid of it.
Plastic Dishware – Quickly check your containers to make sure they all have lids, are not stained, or warped. Toss the ones that don’t have a match.
Clothing and Shoes – Too small, too big, or don’t wear? Donate! Stained, torn, not repairable clothing? Toss! It’s seems hard to get rid of clothing but it’s pretty simple once you make your mind up. It gives you plenty of space for things you really wear.
Try to declutter these things from your home in the next couple days or week. It’s a great start, along with last week’s post, to decluttering your whole house.
I want to share a little trick I use while decluttering – I pretend I’m moving and ask myself if I really want to take the effort to pack the object up and move it with me. If the answer is no then I toss or donate it.
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