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If clutter is overwhelming you, use this room by room guide of things to throw away to get a jump start

I have been working really hard on decluttering my house recently. Having too much stuff makes keeping your space clean and organized very difficult. Plus, it makes everything seem overwhelming.

It can feel like a huge undertaking to get your home decluttered once and for all which is why I like to start with this list. All you need to do, is go through and toss the things on this list. Of course, making sure to donate or recycle the things you can.

We've been using The Declutter Workbook as well, to help us get everything back in order.

50 Things To Throw Away for Instant Decluttering

Living Room

  • Old magazines
  • Old couch pillows
  • Movies you don't watch
  • Movies that are scratched/don't work
  • Burnt out candles
  • Extra cords
  • Games with missing pieces
  • Old books


  • Broken makeup
  • Old makeup
  • Old nail polish
  • Old perfume
  • Old toothbrushes
  • Half empty bottles
  • Towels with holes
  • Anything you haven't used in the last 3 months


  • Socks without a match
  • Socks with holes
  • Underwear with holes
  • Clothes you haven't worn in at least 6 months
  • Clothes that don't fit
  • Earrings without a match
  • Old ties
  • Old belts
  • Old purses
  • Old hats and gloves
  • Worn out shoes
  • Worn out blankets
  • Old pillows


  • Expired food
  • Take out menus
  • Restaurant sauce packets
  • Old coupons
  • Old cleaning supplies
  • Cups with missing pieces
  • Anything you have too many of
  • Excess tupperware
  • Rags with holes
  • Expired medication
  • Old mail
  • Old manuals
  • Old receipts
  • Old paperwork
  • Birthday cards

Kid Stuff

  • Broken toys
  • Happy meal toys
  • Anything with missing pieces
  • Things they never play with
  • Duplicates
  • Puzzles with missing pieces

Make sure to go grab The Declutter Workbook, it's so helpful to get through your whole house. It's 11 pages of tips and worksheets you can instantly download and it's only $4.

This is so smart! I don't know why we feel we must keep everything, but it's good to have someone nudge us to chunk it every now and again. Thanks for the reminder!

Shouldn't that be donate and not throw out ? Or half the stuff on that list is compostable/recyclable