Household clutter is the bane of my existence. I really love when my house feels tidy and uncluttered so a routinely go through my things and throw unneeded objects away. It can be super useful to keep a list of objects to throw away so that if you every find something on the list you know exactly what to do with it. This will help streamline your cleaning & organization! Here are some items on my list:
1. Old Shoes If your shoes are getting ratty and smelly, it’s time to throw them away. The shoe collection at my house has a tendency to grow exponentially if I don’t keep an eye on it. Image via Pinterest.
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. Image via Bolig.
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! Image via The Glamorous Housewife.
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! Image via Craftsy.
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. Image via Jupiter and Juno Shop.
6. Books 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. Image via Apartment Therapy.
7. Movies 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. Image via DIY & Crafts.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. Image via Anthropologie.
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. Image via One Good Thing by Jillee.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. Image via Two Twenty Photos.
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). Image via Apartment Therapy.
13. Receipts, Bills, and Old Mail You’d be amazed at how much room paper clutter can take up in your home. Instead of drowning in receipts, scan all of your important documents onto a computer. Create files so you know exactly where everything is! However, before you toss all of your paper out, it’s important to shred any documents with personal information on them. You can never be too careful!
14. Notebooks Going back to beating paper clutter, get rid of any notebooks you have laying around. I am a sucker for a cute notebook, and over the years I’ve developed a stash of notebooks that no amount of writing could ever diminish! Instead of keeping those notebooks lying around, donate them to a class room, after school program, or an art class. They’ll love the extra paper!
15. Outdated Electronics I found a first generation iPod in a bedroom drawer the other day that I completely forgot I had! Go through your drawers and get rid of any electronics that are broken or unused. You can recycle them at any cellular phone store!