100 Things You Should Throw Away NOW!

Reblogger Jennifer Spanbauer Brodoway
Real Estate Agent with Lethbridge Real Estate.com

When you are selling a home in Lethbridge, Alberta, one of the most important things to do is Stage your home.  And one of the best ways to stage your home is to declutter.  It is always great to declutter before you put your home on the market.  It will help your home sell faster, and when you do have to move, it will be that much easier.  


Jeff from Arizona Realty has compiled a great list to start with. 

Original content by Jeff Fisher SA6466572000

Throw-away-clutter Living with less isn’t about the number of things you get rid of it’s about living with enough to be content and getting rid of the rest. The rest is just clutter, unnecessary, energy-draining clutter.

Here is a list of 100 Things to Throw Away. This list isn’t a list of things that I have gotten rid of myself but of things that I want to will get rid of! I’ll be tackling this list ten or so items a week and I look forward to a less-cluttered house at the end of it.

As you look ahead at this list I want you to remember two things:

1.) Remember you can sell, donate, recycle or throw away. Knowing that I’m allowing someone else to enjoy my things makes it easier for me to let them go.

2.) Keep things that make you feel good. If it doesn’t make you feel happy when you look at it, get rid of it quickly. Surround yourself with things you enjoy.

Now on to the list:

1. Old product boxes (Apple products, TV, etc.)

2. Hangers from the dry cleaners

3. Plastic hangers from the store

4. Expired make up

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

6. Magazines

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

8. Old paint (Visit Earth911.com to find a place to dispose of it safely)

9. Ugly undergarments you hate to wear (You have those “just in case” pairs too, right?)

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

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

20. Outdated over the counter drugs and vitamins

21. Old sneakers (Recycle through Nike)

22. Plastic cutlery

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, etc. We have 3 vTech ones for the kiddos’ toys but only need one)

25. Bobby pins

26. Games with missing pieces

27. Dried up nail polish bottles

28. Video games you’ll never play again

29. Recalled 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 (Am I the only one who has a bazillion of these?)

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. Paychecks/stubs 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 (Visit fda.gov for proper ways to dispose of them)

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. Kid’s old art projects (I have an upcoming post with loads of ideas on this so for now just set them aside)

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 (Thanksgiving turkey Aunt Sue gave you)

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 kid’s 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 (Label ya’ll! Keep a Sharpie by the freezer for quick labeling)

69. Movies you’ll probably never watch again

70. Bags from the mall you might use one day (Keep only 1 if you must)

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

72. More ear buds than you’ve got family members

73. Curling irons, crimpers (ha! flash back), or straighteners you don’t use

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 wisks 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 – Our bakery supply store rents them for $2 a day. I no longer need to keep any on hand for those rare occasions I bake.

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 chap stick containers – Buy a new one! I LOVE my new EOS one with coconut milk.

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 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.

Don’t be afraid to let it go. You can do this!!! What items did I leave off this list that should be included? Jeff@arizonasrealty.com




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William Feela
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For such athrow away society we sure do keep a lot of stuff that is just junk

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