Household clutter is the bane of my existence. I love when my house feels tidy, so I routinely go through my things and throw unneeded objects away. It can be super useful to keep a list of things you should throw away. This list helps streamline your cleaning & organization!
12 Things You Should Throw Away Right Now
1. Old Shoes
If your shoes are ratty and smelly, it’s time to throw them away. The shoe collection at my house seems to grow exponentially overnight if I don’t do this.
2. Unworn Clothing
Let’s face it, sometimes we buy clothes that we think we love and then we never wear them. Well don’t hold onto your mistakes! If you haven’t worn it after six months, give it away.
3. Unidentifiable Food
I’ve found some scary things in my refrigerator. The best rule of thumb is to throw away anything you don’t recognize. Otherwise, UFO (unidentified food objects) will pile up!
4. Unmatched Socks
If you’ve done the laundry and still find that you’ve got dozens of mismatched socks, it’s time to face the facts and get rid of the unmatched ones. You’ll thank yourself later!
5. Wedding Invitations
These invitations can be so beautiful and expensive so you may feel the need to keep them. But unless they hold significant meaning, bite the bullet and throw them in the recycle bin.
I love reading as much as anyone, but books can cause serious clutter issues. If you’ve got an emotional attachment to a book, by all means keep it. But for light reading, turn to the library.
Friday nights just wouldn’t be the same without movies. But that doesn’t mean you need to own every movie you’ve ever watched. If you’ve got movies that were okay but you wouldn’t see them again, get rid of them.
8. Expired Makeup
Believe it or not, makeup does actually have an expiration date. It might be time to get rid of that mascara you’ve been holding on to for months. Generally, mascara needs to be changed out every 2-3 months. Here is a full list of makeup expiration dates from Seventeen.
9. Your Toothbrush
Dentists recommend replacing these things every month or so. That may not be realistic by try to get in the habit of buying new ones every once in a while and disposing of old ones.
10. Expired Coupons
There’s really no point to clinging onto these things, but inevitably there’s a drawer at your house full of them. Take the time to throw away expired coupons so you don’t get confused.
11. Old Prom Dresses
Maybe prom was the best night of your life, but you still don’t need to keep the dress. Prom dresses take up lots of space, and they’ll seriously never come in handy again.
12. Old Calendars
Out with the old and in with the new. Once the year is over it’s time to throw the calendar away. Keeping it up will create lots of confusion. (Take it from someone who knows).
That’s it for my list of 12 things you should throw away. With the extra space you create, grab some houseplants to decorate with!