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decluttering ideas, clear the clutter, 50 things to declutter

If you’ve gotten over the hurdle of starting your decluttering journey, the next big hurdle is deciding on what to throw away.

It’s understandable that we develop a certain attachment to all of this stuff we call our possessions. But then it seems wasteful just to give something away you barely used. So this the point where I usually just get overwhelmed and walk away.

But if you really stop and think about it, there are some things that aren’t that hard to part with.

One way of starting this list is to tackle one item per day.  That way you’re building a tiny habit into your routine each day and you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment. You’ll be feeling like Marie Kondo in no time!

clear the clutter, 50 things to declutter

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  1. Junk mail
  2. Duplicates of anything
  3. Old makeup
  4. Nearly empty perfume bottles
  5. Old receipts you don’t need
  6. Old paint cans
  7. Outgrown toys or games
  8. Old trophies or memorabilia you no longer value
  9. Broken or ugly jewelry
  10. Boxes from electronics or small appliances you no longer use
  11. Old or unused spices
  12. Kids’ clothes that no longer fit
  13. Expired food items in the pantry
  14. Extra shopping bags (if they’re plastic, take them to Walmart for recycling)
  15. Old holiday ornaments
  16. Old Calendars
  17. Broken laptops or devices (here’s a link to local electronics recycling)
  18. Unused blankets
  19. Socks with holes
  20. Buttons you never sewed back on
  21. Last year’s calendar
  22. Old undergarments
  23. Handbags that are out-of-style
  24. Expired frozen foods
  25. Craft supplies for projects never begun or completed
  26. Vacation souvenirs you never look at
  27. Accessories for hobbies you no longer pursue
  28. Old instruction manuals for things you no longer own
  29. Dried up pens
  30. Scraps of wrapping paper
  31. Papers and clutter in your purse
  32. Pantyhose or tights with runs
  33. Beauty products you don’t use
  34. Stuff that’s been in your junk drawer forever
  35. Chargers for cell phones you don’t own anymore
  36. Toys from fast-food children’s meals
  37.  Gifts you never liked or used
  38. Anything you forgot you even had
  39. Pet supplies for animals that have died
  40.  Chipped dishware or cookware
  41. Outdated home decor
  42. Missing part of an earring
  43. Games with missing pieces
  44. Old magazines
  45. Unfinished books that you probably won’t finish
  46. Expired medicines
  47. Videos you no longer watch
  48. Excess or mismatched glassware
  49. Kitchen gadgets you don’t use (ice cream maker, blender, etc.)
  50. Old swimwear

Just taking it one-day-at-a-time and discarding each day adds up to less stuff and less stress. Before you know it, you’ll be making a dent in all that clutter in no time!