The several pins about what to get rid of had a lot of good ideas, but none of them felt right, you know? Some weren't long enough while one claiming "200+ things to get rid of today" had items that could be considered duplicates.
I have compiled the lists and now present to you, 92 Things You Can Get Rid of to Clear Out Clutter.
Some of these things you might think are useful and worth keeping, and in some cases I'd agree with you. But if you have MULTIPLES of some items, like nail files or pencil sharpeners or rulers, you can get rid of the extras.
1. Air fresheners requiring refills that you haven't refilled in months
2. Batteries-- I don't know why the old ones even end up back in the drawer.
3. Binders/folders-- Go through what's in them and get rid of empty, unused folders.
4. Board games-- Unless you know you're going to play Perfection again...
5. Worn out bobby pins
6. Books-- Don't keep books you've read unless they're ones you like to reread.
9. Brochures-- Like travel brochures. Unless you're serious about an Ireland trip.
10. Business cards-- Take pictures of ones from businesses you know you want/need to contact.
12. Calculators-- We have phones now.
13. Candles-- Use 'em or lose 'em.
14. Carabiners-- I have two big ones I take grocery shopping to hold my bags together and make it easier on my hands when I'm carrying my groceries. But I don't need the little ones.
15. Cards-- We re-purpose old Christmas cards into gift tags.
16. Catalogs-- It's May, why do you still have The Wish Book?
17. CDs-- We all stream and torrent, I mean, legally download our music now, right?
18. Chapstick-- Get rid of the old half-used tube you found while cleaning out the junk drawer.
19. Cookie cutters
20. Cords/cables to things you no longer have or have multiples of.
21. Expired coupons
22. Craft supplies-- Blogger Holly Bertone of The Coconut Head's Survival Guide said it best:
“Why should I toss [an unopened bag of white pom poms] when I might need them some day for an unknown craft or school project? Is it more important to “waste” $0.99 or “waste” space? I can’t think of anything specific in the next year where I will need craft pom poms. If I do, …a bag costs $0.99.”
23. DVDs-- see number 17.
24. Earrings you don't wear or don't have mates.
25. Electronics-- Find where to recycle them in your area because you know you can't throw them out (That's why you still have you old phone, isn't it?).
26. Email subscriptions-- While it's not physical clutter, it'll make you feel decluttered.
27. Fancy dishes you use once a year-- The deviled eggs you make for [insert annual occasion here] don't have to go on a deviled egg tray. They can go on a regular plate.
28. Flash drives-- You probably only need one or two.
29. Fortune cookie fortunes
30. Gift cards
31. Gifts/notes from old romances-- I once held onto a dolphin snow globe an old boyfriend gave me. But then I thought, "Man he cheated on me, why am I keeping this? And I'm not even into dolphins!"
32. Stretched out hair elastics
33. Hard candy-- WHERE DO THE STRAWBERRY CANDIES COME FROM?
34. Extra clothes hangers
35. Keys that you don't know what they go to (or you do know but don't have that thing anymore).
36. Key chains
37. Kid's art projects
38. Knick knacks-- Sometimes I get nostalgic and buy a Kinder Surprise (sorry America), but I don't need to keep the plastic car I put together.
40. Loyalty cards
43. Makeup-- Get rid of old stuff and what you don't use.
44. Manuals-- We have the internet now.
45. Mason jars-- Ok, mason jars are super useful and I think you should keep them, but if they're taking over your cupboard or you have more than you have need for, get rid of some.
46. Measuring cups/spoons-- You only need one set of each.
47. Medicine-- for that thing you had that one time that went away but you hung onto the leftover meds in case it came back but it's been four years now and it's probably no good anyway.
48. Memorabilia-- You don't need to keep a thing to keep a memory.
49. Mugs-- I know, I am a hypocrite for including this in the list.
50. Nail files
51. Filled or unused notebooks/planners
52. Old paint
53. Pantyhose-- "But the run is in the toe so if I wear close toed shoes I-" No. Chuck 'em.
54. Paper plates
55. Paperwork-- Many pins I've seen recommended getting rid of anything over seven years old.
56. Party supplies
57. Pencil sharpeners
58. Pens that don't work or you got for free at the home show.
59. Pet toys-- Your cat only likes the milk ring, the crinkle ball, and the catnip mouse.
60. Flattened or old pillows
61. Phone books
62. Place mats/table cloths
63. Plastic cutlery
64. Plastic shopping bags-- We keep some to line the garbage can, but when we have too many, we stop collecting and start collecting again when we're running low.
65. Posters you'll never hang up again
66. Old prescription glasses
67. Projects you'll never finish-- You know the one.
68. Promotional swag
69. Purses-- A purse for everyday and one for good is likely all you need.
70. Office supplies-- WHY DO I HAVE SO MANY RULERS OH MY GOD.
71. Samples-- If you haven't tried it yet, you aren't going to.
72. Old screws/nails
73. Old sheets
74. Extra shoelaces
75. Socks with holes or without mates.
76. Spices you don't use.
77. Sticky notes
78. Stress balls-- You can't find it when you need it anyway.
80. Takeout menus
82. Ticket stubs-- If you have sentimental ones, find a way to make them useful or pretty. I have the ones from my Europe trip in a memory box.
83. Tissue paper-- I'm looking at you, Grammie, who folded the tissue paper as she unwrapped gifts so she could reuse it.
84. Toiletries-- Like hotel shampoos or lotions you aren't going to use.
85. Towels that have seen better days
86. Travel alarm clock-- We have phones now.
87. Travel mugs
89. Twist ties-- I try not to bring them in the house. If I go to Bulk Barn, I tie the bag rather than reach for a twist tie.
90. Underwear-- It's fine to have a few grungy pairs as "period panties" amirite ladies? But you don't need that many pairs.
91. Kitchen utensils you have multiples of
92. White out-- IMO white out looks ugly. Just
cross it out with a single line.
Remember, get rid of anything you have multiples of. And to quote William Morris, "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."