Do you find that you have little bits and things lying around that you don’t really use anymore? Maybe you should think about throwing it out and creating space in your home! Here are 20 things you probably have and should consider throwing out!

1. Food storage containers

Did you buy a set of food storage containers that you thought you were going to use, but realised that only two out of five were actually useful? Donate the other three and buy more of the useful containers to save valuable cupboard space.

2. Old clothing

If you have old clothing that no longer fits, donate it! All you are doing is wasting space in your wardrobe, do a full cleanup and your wardrobe will be looking amazing in no time!

3. Miss-matched socks

If you have lots of miss matched socks and just can’t find the other one, throw it away, or donate them!

4. Old sunscreen

Sunscreen really doesn’t last the test of time, toss last summers away and buy a new one.

5. Old random cords

We all have a storage container filled with random cords that we never use. Toss these away.

6. Old makeup

You aren’t going to slather 4 year old makeup on your face, so chuck this away to create room in your make up compartment.

7. Uncomfortable shoes

You never wear them anymore, so give them away!

8. Shoes that you don’t wear anymore

You don’t wear them, but someone else might.

9. Old cell phones

They are old, new ones are pretty cheap now anyway!

10. Broken sunglasses

You said you were going to buy a repair kit three years ago, you aren’t going to fix them.

11. Magazines you haven’t read in over six months

If it has something that you really like in it, take a photo on your phone of the page.

12. Plastic silverware

Plastic silverware is good for a picnic. If you don’t go on picnics that much, chuck these out.

13. Unused remote controls

Why do you have your remote control from two TV’s ago? Chuck these away!

14. Containers that don’t close properly

If they don’t close properly, they are broken, chuck them out!

15. Old beauty products

You have 4 hair dryers but only use one, chuck or donate the rest.

16. Expired medicine

Not only are these taking up space, but they are potentially very dangerous, throw these away safely immediately.

17. Old electronics

Sure you loved your Sega megadrive when you were a kid, but you aren’t using it anymore. Give old outdated electronics to you kids or other young children who would enjoy them.

18. User manuals

Unless you still actively use the equipment, or even have it at all, throw these away! Most manuals are available online anyway.

19. Old paint

Paint takes up a lot of space. Try downsizing by keeping a small amount in mason jars just for touch ups.

20. Old projects

You were going to make that handcrafted cabinet, but you never did. Chuck these old projects away to get rid of your guilt and save some space!

So there you have it! I’m sure that you have a few of these things lying around your house.
Let us know what other stuff lying around the house you should throw out!
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  • I do a big clean out usually twice a year where I go through things and throw away/recycle/rehome what I can to de clutter and get order back in the house!


  • If you can’t recycle items that you are not using then throw


  • Containers that you can’t get to close properly another person may succeed. I had some I could never get to close properly. I handed them to somebody else and they closed perfectly. I gave them to somebody I knew would make good use of them.
    Many craft groups including in rehabilitation centres or retirement villages will gladly accept either partly done or not even started craft activities. Some will accept knitting yarn even if it is only small balls and fabric – large pieces or small. Some op shops will accept reasonable size pieces of fabric. I have bought fabric from Goodwill, pieces long enough to make toys, clothing, curtains, table cloths and many other things. Your “rubbish” may be somebody’s gratefully accepted treasure


  • Some things come in handy. So I can accumulate some clutter, but need to start eliminating again.


  • Yes. We can accumulate clutter so easy. I regularly check for expired medicines, through away old manuals of warranties for products I don’t longer have, check the pantry. But there is still so much more. In particular because I find it a pity throwing away things in good, sometimes even new, conditions. Even if I know they are just occupying space!


  • Going through a major de-clutter myself at the moment and it is certainly amazing how many things I have come across that are ‘out of sight, out of mind’. The local Charity shop is going to be very happy!


  • Plastic cutlery is also good for school lunches.


  • A good cleanse of all clutter once a week is a good routine to get into – stops an unnecessary build up of any of the items on the list.


  • So many of these things I really do need to throw out


  • Always love a good reminder to declutter!


  • Some good advice to declutter and make room. The only thing I didn’t like was for quite a few of the unwanted items is to be thrown away! A lot of these things are recyclable and we have plenty of places we can take them so the can be disposed of safely and reused again rather than just chucking them out and becoming landfill.


  • OLD Medicines – some chemists will accept them and dispose of them safely.
    Tradespeople use a lot of cotton material as rags for cleaning tools, spills etc. A lot of synthetic materials will not work for cleaning tools – or anything else for that matter as they don’t have the right absorbancy or in some cases texture. I know of a few different trades that use cotton rag. Now that so many clothes and other items are made from synthetic fabrics cotton rag is extremely hard to find. If you have tall plants in your garden that you have to tie up, you can use some of your odd socks that way. If you have a couple of odd socks the same size you can wear them on Odd Socks Day. Like User Manuals once you don’t have the things any more you can dispose of the warrant cards and receipts you have kept as proof of purchase (yes if you have to lodge a claim your insurance company is entitled to ask for proof of purchase)


  • I must admit, there’s a few of these in my house! ;)


  • I have more then 20 items of clutter! Hubby is a bit of a hoarder and there’s clutter all round here


  • I can do most – but struggle with the old makeup – it just doesn’t seem right


  • there is lotson the pic


  • Oh my I have so many of these items that should be thrown away haha!! I’m terrible when it comes to throwing things out as in always think “I may lose weight one day and fit in those clothes” or mismatched socks..”the other one will turn up one day”..!!


  • What a great guide.. I had a big clean out over the weekend and feel so much better for it but I know there is more to go and some on this list I didn’t even think about


  • I’m looking at this list and thinking ‘tick’, ‘tick’, ‘tick’. So many of these things I need to chuck…just need more hours in the day!!


  • some good advice to clean up


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