Over the past few months I’ve been taking steps to greatly reduce the amount of unnecessary things I own, as well as things in my life that don’t serve a purpose, are a hassle to keep up with, or things that simply don’t make me happy. Though I’ve titled this post items to “get rid of” or “throw away” there are things on this list that may make sense for you to donate or give away, and if that’s the case, I highly encourage that. Sharing is caring, and caring is important.
Things that take up physical space also take up time and mental space. If you’re anything like me, you need all the time and mental space you can get. Sometimes we need a hard reset to continue performing at our best potential, and that being said, here is my list of 101 items that you should get out of your physical/mental/time space immediately.
1. Miscellaneous cords to electronics you don’t have anymore.
2. DVDs you haven’t watched in the past year.
3. CDs you no longer listen to.
4. Floppy disks aren’t coming back any time soon. Toss ’em.
5. Anything in your desk drawers with questionable origins.
6. Junk mail.
7. Pens that are broken or without ink.
8. Cards from past birthdays.
9. Cards that don’t have matching envelopes.
10. Decks of cards that aren’t complete.
11. Board games you no longer play.
12. Notebooks that you won’t use. Be honest.
13. Old ink cartridges.
16. Anything that falls into the thingamajig category.
17. Old magazines.
18. Books you aren’t going to read again, or will never read.
19. Jewelry that is broken or no longer your taste.
20. Beauty samples you won’t use. Once again, be honest.
21. Nail polish you don’t wear.
22. Shoes that don’t fit.
23. Bath and body products you forgot you’re hoarding.
24. Canned food past the expiration date.
25. Dried up or off-color cosmetics.
26. Socks with holes.
27. Torn, stained, or ill fitting clothing.
28. Old cleaning supplies.
29. Tupperware without lids.
30. Chipped glass or ceramic.
31. Mismatched dishware.
32. Dull or broken cutlery.
33. Warped or rusted pots and pans.
34. Broken electronics.
35. Holiday decorations you don’t use.
36. Pantry items you’re unsure about.
37. Table linens that are stained or don’t match.
38. Any furniture that is awkward in your space.
39. Exercise equipment you don’t use.
40. Pet toys that are beyond repair.
41. Candles you won’t burn.
42. Anything trendy that’s gone out of style.
43. Tickets, playbills, and brochures.
44. Blankets or pillows that are past their prime.
45. Towels with holes or stains.
46. The trunk of your car
47. Spare change (take to the bank or coinstar)
48. Lightbulbs that are burnt out.
49. Anything inedible in your refridgerator drawers.
50. Condiments expired or about to run out.
51. Anything in the freezer you don’t intend to use.
52. Things from the junk drawer.
53. Cardboard boxes (fold and recycle)
54. Old laundry soap.
55. The lint from your dryer.
56. Dead plants in your garden.
57. Fake plants you’ve forgotten about.
58. Socks or gloves missing their partner.
59. Your inbox full of unread emails.
60. Facebook posts that are no longer relevant (or important)
61. Facebook “friends” that you don’t really know in person.
62. That one aunt that shares pro-Trump articles.
63. Instagram posts that aren’t “on brand”
64. Unfollow Instagram accounts that don’t inspire you.
65. Tweets that you don’t need anymore.
66. Unfollow twitter accounts that don’t make you laugh or inform you.
67. Entire social media accounts if they make don’t make you happy.
68. Photos from your phone that are taking up space.
69. That gift from a friend that you feel bad for throwing away.
70. That wrapping paper that you’re saving to reuse but keep forgetting about.
71. The dust from the vacuum cleaner.
72. Old textbooks.
73. Old homework.
74. Papers that aren’t vital to taxes, school, or work.
75. Documents on your computer that you haven’t opened recently.
76. Duplicate photos on your computer.
77. Photos you don’t love.
78. Copy the ones you do to an external source (USB, etc) so you’ll never lose them.
79. Packaging for electronics.
80. Packaging for makeup, even if it’s pretty.
81. Dried out markers.
82. Colored pencils that have seen better days.
83. Broken crayons.
84. Pencils with no eraser.
85. Broken or faded rulers.
86. Calculators with illegible numbers.
87. Dried up paint.
88. Paintbrushes with messed up bristles.
89. Anything that leaves a trail of glitter behind.
90. Spray paint that is too old or has ran out.
91. Shelves or storage units you don’t really need.
92. Art that doesn’t match your decor.
93. Anything that stands out like a sore thumb.
94. Paperweights (unless very valuable or meaningful)
95. Anything chewed or otherwise destroyed by a pet.
96. Anything chewed or otherwise destroyed by a child.
97. Anything chewed or otherwise destroyed by your drunk roommate.
98. Dingy rugs or bathroom / door mats.
99. Takeout menus (order online!)
100. Perfume that isn’t your favorite.
101. The idea that you have to keep anything in your life that doesn’t make you happy.