Getting rid of clutter can free up extra space in your home and leave you feeling in control of your surroundings. According to Psychology Today, clutter leads to stress. The best way to bust your stress and get organized is to start with things that you aren’t going to miss. When you get rid of non-essential items, you make room for the things that are important to you.
Here are 25 items to toss along with some simple ways to organize what you’re keeping.
Excess coffee mugs
Are coffee mugs taking over your cabinets? Throw away mismatched, chipped, or badly stained coffee mugs. Still have too many? Select your favorites and donate the rest to a rummage sale.
Extra plastic containers (AKA Tupperware)
Some food storage containers are fine but do you use that pizza slice shape piece of Tupperware? Keep what you need and have room for, then recycle the rest of them.
Keep the vases that you love and use. Toss the single rose bud vases and the cheap glass vases that came with last year’s flower delivery.
Paper clutter is pervasive. Scan the receipts that you want to keep or need for tax purposes. Then shred the originals to cut down on paper laying around the house.
Do you have a stack of magazines taking up valuable space in your living room? Rip out the articles you want to keep and recycle the rest of the magazine. Consider donating the magazines you’ve read to schools, hospital waiting areas, and nursing homes. Keep your bathroom magazine collection under control with our Toilet Paper Caddy, Dispenser, and Magazine Rack. Not only will your magazines stay organized, you have an extra roll of toilet paper at the ready for when you need it.
Stop tossing your mail on the dining room table. Sort out what’s important, file what you need to keep, and recycle the junk mail as soon as you open it.
Do you have old or unused hair styling products, lotions, or bath products that you just didn’t love? Throw them out and free up space under your sink. Do you still need a little more room to organize your remaining items? Our Bamboo Freestanding Organizing Shelves are a stylish way to maximize storage space without taking up too much floor space in your bathroom.
Old or broken electronics
Old cell phones can be donated to women’s shelters; power cords, keyboards, and other miscellaneous items can be disposed of. Check to see if your area recycles old electronics before tossing them into the trash.
Clothes you don’t wear
Donate or sell clothing that you haven’t worn in the last two years. Anything stained or torn can be disposed of or used for rags.
Don’t you hate it when the leather cracks on your belt? If you’re not going to replace it soon, throw it out. Keep your remaining belts organized with our Bamboo Stainless Over the Door Hooks. They’re also great for holding robes, scarves, and shoulder bags.