Feeling stuck with #decluttering? Here are 101 easy things to get rid of that you might have missed. #organize

101 Things to Get Rid Of In Just A Few Hours

When I moved to Colorado, ( a long time ago now!) my sister came to help me move. We had to fit all of my possessions into a little Toyota Corolla, so she helped me sort and toss. She encouraged me to get rid of stuff that I just assumed I’d keep. I didn’t miss them at all! My sister’s guidance was on my mind as made this list of 101 things to get rid of in just a few hours.

This week, I realized that I’ve been cleaning out the same places over and over again. The kid’s rooms, the hallway closets, the toys in the basement. No wonder I sometimes feel like I’m not making any progress! I needed a fresh set of eyes- and since my sister can’t pop over to help, I had to become that pair of eyes. I sat down and started brainstorming locations I often missed and things I often overlooked. Then, while dinner simmered on the stove, I got started. To my surprise, I was able to get rid of 100 things in just a few hours. Many of these things went right to the trash, which I think made it easier. No sorting and boxing for Goodwill! By having a list, I had a little extra accountability for getting rid of the things we don’t need.

Some of these areas were admittedly neglected, but I regularly get rid of things like magazines and kids clutter. You don’t have to be a pack-rat to find these things around your house! If you follow this list, and get rid of 1-2 things per category, you can easily rid your house of 101 things in less than one day!

 

Kitchen

The kitchen was the goldmine for me. We had so many little things tucked away in the back of cupboards and in drawers that I quickly got rid of 60 things! Our “office” is also connected to the kitchen, so that helped, too 🙂

  • Scratched storage containers
  • Storage containers with no lids
  • Chipped coffee mugs
  • Seasonal pasta that you forgot to make that season- Please tell me I’m not the only one!
  • Ground spices that are more than 2-3 years old
  • Dried herbs that are more than 1-2 years old
  • Almost empty cleaning supplies
  • Cleaning supplies that you don’t like and don’t use
  • Seasoning and condiment packets from restaurants
  • Packages of utensils
  • Cake decorating items that aren’t used
  • Kids silverware, plates, cups, etc. that have been chewed up
  • The random few napkins and plates leftover from a birthday party
  • Extra, unused water bottles
  • 1/2 used packets of flower food
  • Plastic storage bags that have been reused several times…a frugal mom’s embarrassing secret!
  • Teabags or loose leaf tea that has been around too long
  • Opened packets of cocoa
  • Kitchen magnets that are broken, don’t work well, or aren’t used
  • Expired fridge or pantry items, or those past their “best by” date
  • Powdery drink mixes (because they’re always questionable!)
  • Vases you don’t use
  • Matches from restaurants
  • Chopsticks
  • Recipes on loose paper
  • Unused cookbooks
  • Travel coffee mugs with no lids

Living Room/Family Room

This tends to be our dumping ground when we come into the house.

  • Books you don’t plan on reading again
  • Old magazines
  • Old Catalogs
  • Half-burned candles
  • Movies that are never watched
  • The old video game console that your husband had during his bachelor days
  • Cords for old devices/extra cords for current devices
  • Piano books/music that won’t be used again
  • Old, scratched CDs

 

Children’s Things

The focus on this quick decluttering in my children’s rooms wasn’t clothes and toys, like it usually is. Instead, I tried to look beyond those things to other items that we can really do without.

  • Hair bows
  • Hats that don’t fit, that your child doesn’t wear, or that don’t have a chin strap and get tossed off of a stubborn head
  • Clothes with holesGet Rid of 101 Things In Just A Few Hours
  • Extra pairs of socks
  • Socks with no mates
  • Cloth diapers that aren’t used
  • Swaddling or receiving blankets that aren’t special and are overly worn (I’m looking at you, standard hospital footprint blankets!)
  • Kids meal toys
  • Plastic trinkets from birthday parties, carnivals, etc.- I try to toss these before they spread all over the house.
  • Old crayons- Toss all the crayons and markers, and buy a new box. Keep them out of reach so they stay unbroken and in the box.
  • Books with ripped pages or covers
  • Old pacifiers (they don’t pass well from one child to another!)
  • Art work
  • Baby aspirator
  • Single shoes/worn out shoes

Office Supplies

When I attack the office areas, it seems like I want to hold onto so much. This list gave me permission to let some of these things go!

  • Paper clips- I had literally thousands of paper clips leftover from my teaching days. They were rarely, if ever, used!
  • Binder clips- Yes these can be helpful, but how many do you actually use at a time?
  • Pens- Especially ones that don’t work
  • Old planners that you held onto because they’re so pretty
  • Freebies like notepads, planners, etc. that your realtor/finance guy/local businessman sends you
  • Extra rolls of tape
  • Old birth announcements/Christmas cards/thank you notes
  • Old CD’s that hold ancient backups or music that you don’t care about anymore. Time to start using Flash Drives or Cloud storage!
  • Business cards
  • Almost-gone sticky notes
  • Extra push pins
  • Old to-do lists

 

Pet Accessories

We love our big beast of a dog. But she makes a lot of messes! Thankfully, she doesn’t tear things up like she used to, but there’s plenty of her stuff that we don’t need.

  • Dog toys that are gross
  • Dog clothing items that your pet is embarrassed to leave the house wearing
  • Anything that has been chewed by a dog
  • Old collars or leashes
  • Old pet medications
  • Stale treats
  • Torn beds or blankets

Toiletries

Another area that’s hard to get rid of things. I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that I just won’t use some of these items!

  • Items you don’t like or use
  • Broken make-up trays (powder, eye shadow, etc. They always make a mess)
  • Old makeup
  • Empty essential oil bottles that took you awhile to figure out they were empty because of the tinted glass
  • The shampoo graveyard that accumulates on the edge of the shower
  • Razor caps- They hide so well in the shower
  • Lip gloss and lip balm- You don’t need to have 25
  • Expired medications
  • Dried up nail-polishes
  • Consolidate half-used items
  • Extra breast pump accessories (just me!?)
  • Worn out nail files

Feeling stuck with #decluttering? Here are 101 easy things to get rid of that you might have missed. #organize

Bathroom

We’re doing a quick makeover on one of our bathrooms! This is stuff that has to go (or has recently gone 🙂 )

  • Bath toys that have been around awhile (especially squirt toys- they are probably moldy!)
  • Bathroom towels or beach towels that just aren’t up to par (thin, frayed, etc.)
  • The empty soap dish/soap dispenser
  • Almost used sample sized toothpastes
  • Worn or frayed wash cloths

 

Random Clutter

  • Coupons that you cut and will never use
  • Expired gift cards or offers
  • Club cards that you never use. Is that store even still open?
  • Crafts that were never finished
  • Jars and other supplies that were saved for crafts and never used
  • Old insurance cards

Outdoors

When we come inside from playing, I usually have my hands full. I need to start thinking ahead so I can toss these things right away instead of leaving them!

  • Broken chairs
  • Empty flower pots
  • Broken lawn decorations
  • That lone gardening glove
  • Toys that are broken or extremely worn
  • Ripped hoses
  • Almost empty garden sprays
  • Seeds you won’t use

I hope this gives your decluttering a little extra boost! I didn’t throw away all the items on this list, but I plan on going through it again soon! You can download a free list of 101 things to get rid of in just a few hours  here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Comments

  • Betty Boiron August 10, 2017 at 10:48 am

    It’s amazing how many things we can accumulate without even realizing it. Most of the things on this list I probably have at home and just never thought of getting rid of!

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    • leahbmartin August 13, 2017 at 7:32 am

      I missed most of them too, until I really thought about it!

      Reply
  • Shahira August 10, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    A thorough list for people who are tidying up. Unused containers. .containers with no lids. . Loose tea that is old.. I have all of this in my pantry and I need to start cleaning up lol

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    • leahbmartin August 13, 2017 at 7:33 am

      I think most of us probably do! The tea is a big one for me. I feel badly that I don’t enjoy it more 🙂

      Reply
  • Brenda August 10, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    This is a great list! I have trouble throwing things away sometimes. If you could come to my house and do this, that would be great, lol!

    Reply
  • jhilmil August 10, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Oh, that so much reminds me that I need to get rid of many things in my kitchen from half opened packets to those free tea bags..Thanks for this post, I shall catch it up all on coming weekend:)

    Reply
  • Carmen August 13, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Okay, I’m saving this list. Maybe I just need the permission to let it all go. lol

    Reply
    • leahbmartin August 15, 2017 at 7:14 am

      Sometimes that permission is so helpful 🙂

      Reply

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