I know… Declutter like a Ninja?! But think about it, Ninjas are the epitome of getting the job done – quick.
I know I’m not alone in my struggle to declutter my home. The task can seem so big and overwhelming that sometimes just knowing where to start is a challenge. If that’s you (it was me, too) here’s a list of over 60 items you don’t need to think about before tossing, selling or donating. Don’t waste another moment. Start now!
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Kick-Ass Ways to Declutter
- Scraps of wrapping paper, squished bows & crinkled ribbon. Trust me, you’ll never use them.
- Cards you’ve received for birthdays, etc. If they are seriously sentimental, put them in a frame and hang it on the wall. Or, scan it and create a digital file. Otherwise, throw them out.
- Receipts not needed for tax or warranty purposes.
- Ticket stubs: bus, plane, cinema…
- Clothing with holes: socks, t-shirts, sweaters/jumpers
- Decorative touches that have seen better days: dried flowers, doilies, knick-knacks.
- Anything that ought to be a pair but isn’t: earrings, socks, gloves.
- Old magazines
- Books you’re never going to read again
- CDs you no longer enjoy
- DVDs you don’t watch
- Shoes you don’t wear or that don’t fit
- Kitchen tools that are broken or you don’t use
- Non-stick cookware that’s damaged
- Scarves & other accessories you never wear
- Clothes that don’t fit
- Gifts you can’t use or don’t like
- Old makeup & skincare
- Dried-up or ‘once-was-fashionable’ nail polish
- Old, unused or wire hangers
- Expired or sample-sized toiletries
- Expired medication (dispose of responsibly)
- Extra buttons and twists of thread that come with new clothes and you know you’ll never use
- Anything in your pantry that’s expired
- Empty bottles of anything
- Send all your old towels & bath mats straight to the nearest animal shelter
- Pet toys that have been abandoned. The animal shelter can probably use them, too.
- Old bills and paperwork you don’t need to keep
- Old school anything: uniforms, text books, assignments, formal dresses…
- Stockings with holes or runs
- Clothing that’s beyond repair: damaged or stained
- Underwear or swimwear that’s now transparent or losing its stretch
- Bras that are tired or don’t fit properly
- Rusty anything: cutlery, jewellery, kitchen tools
- Pens and markers that don’t work
- Outdated and/or non-working electronics
- Cables for the printer you used to have. Same for power, computer and TV cords.
- Manuals to electronic or other gear you no longer own.
- Threadbare sheets and bedding
- Handbags, wallets and purses you never use
- Hair elastics for whom stretchiness is a faded memory
- Hair accessories that you don’t use and/or belong in the 80’s – scrunchies!
- Anything wedding related (other people’s): invitations, save the date, favours, memorabilia…
- Flat pack furniture instructions
- Tupperware you never use
- Junk mail
- Travel brochures, actually any brochures!
- Random containers and jars
- Old artwork or old children’s artwork: frame or scan the stuff that’s really good or you can’t bear to lose
- Used envelopes
- Dead batteries (dispose of responsibly, google your nearest battery recycle depot)
- Extra, unused or chipped coffee mugs, glassware or china
- Old herbs and spices
- Old shopping bags
- Out of date calendars
- Broken Christmas decorations & lights that don’t work
- CDs for old software programs
- Old cell phones & their accessories
- Hand-me-downs you (or your kids) don’t like or wear
- Freebie or promotional t-shirts/mugs/coasters/etc you never wear or use
- Old bank statements
- Old diaries and planners
- Games with pieces missing.
Declutter like a Ninja!
Getting rid of these bits and pieces will have a huge impact not just on your decluttering efforts but your mindset, too. Once you remove these simple items (a.k.a. junk) from your home you’ll be in a better position to tackle the tougher areas of decluttering. Like the things that hold sentimental value.
Just remember, while you’re in declutter mode, don’t let anything else come into your home. Clear your space first. Then, only bring in things you absolutely love or will use all the time. And spare yourself ever having to de-clutter again.
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Can you add any ‘no-brainer’ items to this declutter list?