You got to admit it, when you have a tidy uncluttered home you have a tidy uncluttered mind. There’s a real satisfaction when everything has its place and has a purpose.
A few times time a year I have to take the time to clear my home from the unused items and junk that naturally builds-up.
Like most people over time stuff just builds up and accumulates and you may not realize it but it can start to clog up your mind and soul.
I personally find there is some real benefits in throwing away stuff I don’t need anymore.
Here are some benefits you can experience when you have a declutter:
- Reduced stress and anxiety.
- Improved sleep (it’s easier to sleep with a clear mind).
- Boosted productivity and creativity.
- The home becomes easier to clean and tidy.
- There’s more space to live in.
- Feel good if you give away any of the items to people in need.
- Boost your mood and self-esteem.
- Sense of accomplishment.
Above all that, the thing I love the most about removing the clutter from the home is the real sense of peace and balance I get.
Trust me, you’ll see what I mean when you do it.
So let’s get started.
The first thing to mention is when doing a declutter, it usually takes longer than expected, so plan a few hours and do a room at a time.
That way you won’t feel overwhelmed when you do it.
You could just knock off a few items of this list a day but it’ll take much longer.
I recommend picking one room each Saturday or Sunday morning and do it over the space of a few weeks.
Whichever way you do it, you’re going to feel the rewards.
Also, I know the feeling of worry you can get when you go to throw stuff away that you think one day you may still use (even though it’s been sitting there collecting dust for 18 months).
A few things to ask yourself to help with the process of throwing away things without guilt is to ask some quick, honest questions.
Do I use this?
Is this making my life better?
Is this making my life easier?
Is this item still any good?
If I didn’t own this would I actually buy this today?
Asking those questions helps you be realistic and feel good about throwing away those unneeded things.
To be honest, you may end up like me and once you get going there’s no stopping you.
Anyway, enough of me talking, it’s over to you.
Have fun and leave a comment and let me know how you feel after going through this list and having a good declutter.
101+ Things You Throw Away To Declutter Your Mind And Soul
- Wooden spoons or other cooking utensils
- Old dish towels
- Duplicate baking ware
- Extra unused coffee mugs and glasses
- Cleaning Supplies
- Instruction manuals as you can find most online now
- Old, unused, and rotting food. There’s always something hidden in the depth of those cupboards.
- The extra mixing bowls you don’t need
- Oven mitts that don’t get used
- Old used spices
- Fridge/freezer items that are expired
- Tupperware or other food storage
- Old shopping bags that you won’t use
- Old unused cutlery
- Kitchen gadgets
- Supplements/medicine/vitamins that are expired or not needed
- Old party supplies
- Items from the the junk drawer
- Old magazines
- Old books
- DVDs that will never get watched again.
- CDs (who listens to them any more?)
- Pens that have run out
- Bills and bits of old notepaper
- Used batteries
- Old toys
- Décor you no longer love
- Old placemat sets that never get used anymore
- Ornaments you don’t like
- Games with missing pieces
- Outdated electronics
- Extra blankets
- Pillows you no longer use, need, or like
- Old potpourri
- Candles that you don’t use or like
- Furniture manuals
- Chargers for devices you no longer use or own
- Old towels
- Expired medications or medications you don’t use
- Broken thermometers
- Empty product boxes
- Old toothbrushes
- Worn-out bath mats
- Old toiletries
- Old makeup
- Multiples of the same beauty tools
- Loose cotton swabs/balls/pads
- Brushes with missing fibers
- Broken hair accessories (or ones you never use)
- Used razor cartridges
- Empty products
- Expired products
- Empty bathroom bin
Bedroom (Including Closet)
- Pillows that have lost their bounce
- Bedding that is old and never gets used
- Junk from under the bed
- Dresser drawer junk
- Your old makeup
- Outdated gadgets
- Junk that’s left on top of a wardrobe
- Old books
- Old clothing accessories
- Things that don’t belong in the bedroom (you don’t have to throw them but at least move them)
- Old socks
- Old Underwear
- Old gym clothes
- T-shirts you never wear
- Freebie or promotional t-shirts you never wear
- Stockings with runs
- Old, broken, or unused hangers
- Packs of extra buttons
- Extra shoelaces
- Purses that are old, don’t get used, or are out of style
- Old wallets
- Old recipes you don’t need
- Old batteries
- Expired vouchers/coupons
- Old invitations
- Old notepads
- Old craft items
- Old crayons, pens, and general duplicate stationary
- Used and ripped envelopes
- Books you’ve read but don’t put on show
- Coins (put them in a piggy bank)
- Random screws and nails
- Ketchup packets (how do they end up there?)
- Cords and charging cables that you don’t use or have multiples of
- Take-out menus
- Duplicate lighters (you only need 1 or 2)
- Appliances or electronics boxes that you don’t own anymore
- Old or broken electronics
- Items earmarked for donation (it’s time to actually donate them)
- Party supplies that are not fit for use
- Expired insecticides, weed killers
- Old paint that will never get used
- Exercise equipment you’re not using
- Broken holiday lights
- Outdated holiday decorations that you don’t like anymore
- Random boxes of stuff we seem to keep
- Containers with rusty nails and screws
- Old rusty tools that will never be used
- Cobweb-filled flowerpots that have been there for years that you never used
- Unused books and textbooks
- Unfinished craft projects
There you have it, 101 things to throw away to declutter your mind and soul 😀 .