200 Things to Throw Away Today

Blog/200 Things to Throw Away Today

Being organised isn’t about perfection, it’s about finding what you need when you need it.

How much space are these “things” taking up at your house? Go through the list and be ruthless. You won’t regret it.

1. Old product boxes (Appliances, TV, Video Games etc.)

2. Hangers from the dry cleaners

3. Plastic hangers that came with clothes packaging

4. Expired make up

5. Half-finished projects…you know the ones!

6. Magazines

7. Old emery boards (buy a nice glass one and be done with those scratchy things!)

8. Old paint, check your Council for the best way to dispose

9. Ugly undergarments you hate to wear – you won’t miss them

10. Bills, taxes, paperwork over 7 years old

11. Socks with holes or without mates…also those lonely socks that have holes too. :)

12. Extra cups and mugs – How many does your family use in a regular dishwasher load? Add a few more for company and be done with the rest.

13. Books you’ve never read or will never read again

14. Old technology (8 tracks, floppy discs, VHS tapes w/o a player, etc.)

15. Unloved toys

16.Cleaning rags – You only need a few before you’ll wash them again, right?

17. Tea light candles – Use them or lose them.

18. Take out menus you never look at

Old greeting cards (Save the super sentimental ones and recycle the rest)

20. Outdated over the counter drugs and vitamins

21. Old sneakers that have lost their bounce

22. Plastic cutlery, put some in the car if you must – you’ll never need it at home

23. Old spices – Spices don’t actually spoil but they lose their potency. A good rule of thumb is 1-2 years for seasoning; 1-3 for herbs and ground spices; and up to 4 years for whole spices.

24. Duplicate power cords (USB Chargers, etc.)

25. Bobby pins

26. Games with missing pieces

27. Dried up nail polish bottles

28. Video games you’ll never play again

29. Out of date baby items (carseats, cribs, etc.)

30. Jewelry you don’t wear

31. Expired food in your freezer/pantry

32. Rugs or home decor you haven’t used since you redecorated

33. Unused perfumes and cologne

34. Old towels that make you cringe when you look at them

35. Extension cords, keep one or two, get rid of the rest

36. Extra sets of bed linens – two per bed tops

37. Unused plastic containers – especially those without a lid and those old plastic containers. Avoid containers with recycle codes 3 or 7 as they may contain BPA.

38. Old bills (Switch to online banking and stop the clutter before it comes in your home)

39. Pay slips older than 2 years

40. Stretched out hair ties

41. Matches you never use (Maybe save a few in case of a power outage)

42. Old newspapers

43. Expired Rx meds, most chemists will dispose of these for you

44. Extra pillows

45. Ticket stubs (Sentimental like myself? Store in a scrapbook or fill a mug with old stubs)

46. Make up you’ll try “one day” If you’ve owned if for more than 2 weeks without trying it, toss it.

47. Clothes that are more than 2 sizes too small. Don’t give up on your weight loss dream but WHEN you do lose that weight go and buy new clothes to reward yourself.

48. Things you’ve bought have haven’t returned yet (Return them, sell, or donate them)

49. White-out bottles – You know you don’t need it!

50. Unneeded notebooks

51. Pens and pencils – Keep your favorites and let go of the rest

52. Little shampoo bottles from a hotel you went to 5 years ago

53. Knick knacks that don’t make you smile every time you see them

54. Cords that don’t belong to anything you currently own

55. Lose screws, nuts, bolts, etc. unless you happen to be a handy man who would actually reuse them one day

56. Kids old art projects, take a digital photo to remember the special ones

57. Old party supplies

58. Old wedding favors (Keep a few, toss the rest)

59. Old Christmas cards of your family (Save a few, recycle the rest)

60. Holiday decor you never remember to set out. The crumpled Easter Hat Parades of Yesteryear…

61. Holiday decor that you use once a year (ex. Easter deviled egg tray that collects dust 364 days of the year! Buy a lovely one that you can use for other holidays too.)

62. Cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, shampoo that you used once and didn’t like. Donate to a local shelter.

63. Flower pots. Plant a flower or toss the pot.

64. Watering cans if you don’t have flowers.

65. Too small kids clothing. Only save favorites if you’re saving for another child. Sell the rest while they’re still in style.

66. Extra buttons (If you don’t sew, toss them all. Reduce your supply if you will use a button in the next few months)

67. Old calendars

68. Unidentified frozen objects, they will never be appealing, time to clean out the freezer

69. Movies you’ll probably never watch again

70. Pretty shopping bags you might use one day (Keep only 1 if you must)

71. Multiple pair of scissors (One or two tops, right?)

72. More headphones than you’ve got family members

73. Liquorland bags… enough said

74. Highlighters unless you’ve used one in the past month, then save only that one

75. Travel mugs that leak, or are ugly, or that you don’t use because you have to hand wash it

76. Boxes – shoe boxes, diaper boxes, cereal boxes. Recycle and be free.

77. Samples of any kind – Use, donate, or trash.

78. Games you haven’t played in the last year

79 Tape measures – You know the rule, keep one and toss the rest.

80. Old phone covers, styluses, screen protectors, etc.

81. Misc. ribbons or string

82. Expired coupons

83. Organizers you bought to get organized that didn’t work

84. Belts that no longer fit, are worn, or are out of style

85. Duplicate kitchen utensils – Have you ever used three whisks at the same time before? Me neither.

86. Cookie cutters unless you’ve used them in the past year and foresee using them again

87. Rarely used cake pans – really special ones can be rented, no point owning them

88. Old teeth whitening trays or strips. Use ’em up or toss ’em out.

89. Hard candy that you’re not sure where it came from or how long it’s been there

90. Unloved stuffed animals

91. Half used lip balm containers – Buy a new one!

92. Duplicate measuring cups and spoons

93. Old day planners (and current ones if you don’t use them!)

94. Candles – If it’s not lovely to look at and you’ll never burn it, let it go.

95. Mason jars (or baby food jars, spaghetti sauce jars, etc.) that you won’t ever use

96 Expired sunscreen

97. Staple remover – unless you can make a very compelling argument to keep yours.

98. Travel alarm clock – We have phones now.

99. Stress balls

100. Plug in air fresheners without a refill

101. Unloved dog toys

102. Extra USB flash drives – How many does one family need?

103. Promotional swag

104. Key chains you don’t use

105. Recipe books you don’t ever use

106. Push pins in the junk drawer just waiting for unsuspecting fingers

107. Keys that you don’t know what they go to

108. Lanyards, name tags, bags, etc. from previous conferences

109. Carabiners – Unless you rock climb, trust me, you won’t use them.

110. Lotions, face washes, serums that you don’t use

111. Random batteries you’re not sure where they came from

112. Multiple book marks – Unless you’re a book worm…you know what to do, toss them.

113. Combination locks – Chances are slim you’ll use one again but if you do, they’re cheap to replace.

114. Paper weights

115. Near empty bottles of bubbles or little numbs of side-walk chalk

116. Completed coloring books

117. Markers without lids and lids without markers

118. Goodie bag toys from previous birthday party celebrations

119. Empty bottles of anything

120. Puzzles

121. Old invitations

122. Travel brochures

123. Tissue paper/gift bags

124. Unused sticky notes

125. Extra shoe laces

126. Sticker’s from a precious yard sale

127. Hair products you don’t use

128. Take out chopsticks – Buy a reusable pair if you use them a lot

129. Old prescription glasses – Great donation for the Lions Club.

130. Old sunglasses – The cat eye is coming back but definitely toss those purple hued ones.

131. Worn out flip flops.

132. Magnets – Unless they are lovely or useful, discard.

133. Posters you’ll never display again

134. Excess decks of cards

135. Phone books

136. Broken Christmas lights

137. Notes/gifts from old romances

138 Hats you don’t wear or that look like you shouldn’t

139. Extra bubble wrap (or am I the only one who has a supply?)

140. Twisty ties (another one that hits close to home!)

141. Chip clips

142. Craft supplies for a project that has already been completed

143. Paper plates – Use them up!

144. Loyalty cards – use the key ring version or enter your number for even less clutter

145. Gift cards – go and enjoy them!

146. Touristy knick knacks

147. Business cards – this info is probably already in your inbox or your phone

148. Puzzle books you don’t use

149. Old textbooks and assignments

150 Unused vases

151. Stockings with runs in them

152. Fancy serving bowls you haven’t used in the last year – Use them or sell them.

153. CDs unless you use them regularly

154. Old boombox

155. Piles of “scrap paper”

156. Purses/dufflebags/old luggage you don’t use

157. Catalogs

158. Christmas ornaments that aren’t lovely or sentimental

159. Instruments you’ve given up on mastering years ago

160. Clothes that make you feel ugly

161. Instruction manuals – Most are online now.

162. Calculators – Phones have replaced these for most people.

163. Remotes that have no purpose

164. Emergency sewing kits – I own many and have never used one even once.

165. Dry erase markers without a board and a board without markers (or both if you don’t use it!)

166. Extra pencil sharpeners – Only one is needed

167. Rusty tools you’ll never use again

168. Lawn and garden pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers you won’t use

169. Envelopes that are so old they don’t stick shut anymore

170. Dried up super glue

171. Old and ugly t-shirts

172. Hair accessories you don’t use

173. One orphan earring

174. Dried flowers

175. Extra photo prints

176. Gifts you don’t love

177. Scarves you never wear

178. Damaged/stained clothing

179. Plastic children’s plates/cups that they’ve outgrown

180. Junk mail

181. Address labels – Do you ever really use them?

182. Extra folders, binders, labels, etc.

183. Old cell phones – Recycle!

184. Old fortune cookie fortunes (Someone else keeps the good ones too, don’t they?)

185. Used ink cartridges – Recycle them for a little money back

186. Use Unroll.me to rid yourself from pesky email subscriptions (It’s free but I would pay for this fabulous service!!)

187. Outdated computer software

188. Old wallets

189. Dull or duplicate pocket knives

190. Spare change lying around – Take it to the bank!

191. Unused picture frames

192. Old baby gear that you no longer need – Great donation item if you don’t want to sell it!

193. Kitchen knives no one uses

194. Old sports equipment from days gone by

195. Broken clocks

196. Coasters that go unused

197. Plants – Yes, plants that don’t brighten your spirits. Buy ones that do!

198. Hole punches you never use. Especially if they don’t punch holes properly

199. Place mats, napkins, table cloths that never get displayed

200. Ruled notebook paper – give it to someone who needs it.

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