25 Things You Can Toss Today

Are you participating in The Clutter Challenge?  If you’re looking for things to toss and looking for an easy place to start in the decluttering process, this list is perfect!  Once you’ve located these items, quickly go through them and toss, recycle, or donate them.  (I am using ‘toss’ loosely in this post – most of these things can be recycled or donated!)



  1. old magazines
  2. cd cases
  3. unused electronics
  4. duplicate photos
  5. old negatives and film cartridges
  6. chargers that don’t have a device
  7. cords that you don’t know where they go
  8. books you haven’t opened in over a year
  9. old makeup
  10. old toiletries
  11. old nail polish
  12. tattered towels
  13. worn sheets
  14. old cleaning supplies
  15. old bags and purses
  16. art supplies that aren’t being used
  17. toys with missing parts
  18. toys that aren’t being played with
  19. kids’ clothes with holes or visible wear
  20. games and puzzles with missing pieces
  21. shoes you no longer wear
  22. worn clothing
  23. socks with holes
  24. dry cleaning hangers
  25. any garment that has lost its elasticity

If you’re drowning in clutter, sick of dealing with it, or somewhere in between, I am here to tell you that you can live in a clutter-free home.  Surfaces don’t have to be filled, you can create white space, and you can come home at the end of a long day and feel relaxed as you enter your home.  Inviting people into your home will no longer be a stressful situation. The piles don’t have to stay on your counters, you can find your clothes quickly, and you’ll be able to locate and you’ll gain time and energy as you go about your life.  Clutter takes hold in our lives and just plain makes life a little harder than it needs to be.

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  1. Great list – with two exceptions. Based on personal experience, I would caution about throwing away unidentified cords and chargers. After having done so, I discovered what one belonged to and the device is no longer usable – an expensive mistake (could not locate a replacement.) I’d suggest a catchall box, labeled and stored in hibernation, as has been suggested for other iffy items. Of course labeling cords and chargers is an excellent idea too.

    • We do this same thing. We have a box in the coat closet that holds all the random cords that seem to collect from who-knows-where. Although, I was just thinking about going through it to toss out cords that look like duplicates (same connectors, wattage, etc.) because it’s almost to the point where it requires someone to sit on it in order to latch the lid closed! 🙂

  2. Sandra Lambert says:

    Many of the items on your list are definitely doomed for the trash heap. But several are recyclable or should be repurposed. Socks with holes are my fastest dusting cloth and are also great for getting dog hair off large items such as bedspreads (dampen the sock, put it on my hand/arm and wipe the dog away). I keep them in my cleaning area.
    Chargers and cords can be taken to a computer or phone store for responsible recycling.
    Books unread in a year go to the used book store for credit on another great read.
    Bags & purses, art supplies and toys not being played with can go to a thrift store or community garage sale, along with outgrown clothes in good condition.
    I didn’t know cleaning supplies could get too old . . . None of mine have expiration dates.
    The rest I’ll send to the dump with a promise to offset by recycling paper, plastic, glass and cans.

  3. This is such an amazing list, I can’t wait to get a 3 boxes and sort all these things out. I will definitely be starting with old magazines, I have a serious hoarding problem! Ooh old nail varnish as well – does it really need to take up a whole drawer – not any more! Brilliant tips!

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

  4. I drop off
    My dry cleaner hangers at my dry cleaners. He always is happy to get them back!

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