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100 things to toss from your home in the New Year

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It's at the top of your resolution list: Get organized. And we're here to help.

Not only will a big purge make you and your family feel more organized, but it can also be great for the mind. Physical clutter can cause stress and leave you less focused. Plus, with fewer things taking up space in your home, you’ll have more room to display the things that bring you joy. In other words, it's time to Marie Kondo your home.

Whether you take it slowly over the course of a few weeks or plan to tackle it in one weekend, commit to the decluttering project and aim to keep it up throughout the year. As you know, things easily pile up around the house but the more on top of it you stay, the easier it is to maintain.

Below, see our list of 100 things you can toss or donate right now from your home — the majority of which you probably won’t even miss.



1. Expired food and condiments in the fridge

2. Frozen food so old you don’t even remember what it is

3. Expired spices

4. Leftover seasonal or themed party plates or napkins you’ll never use again

5. Plastic containers with missing lids

6. Chipped coffee cups

7. Duplicate utensils or tools

8. Rusted or broken tools or appliances

9. Cracked ice cube trays

10. Cookbooks you never open

11. Extra water bottles

12. Takeout chopsticks

13. Takeout condiment packets

14. Takeout menus

15. Old sponges

16. Ratty dish towels

17. Extra flower delivery vases

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18. Expired makeup

19. Expired sunscreen

20. Stretched-out rubber bands

21. Old toothbrushes

22. Ratty washcloths

23. Extra towels (Two to three per person is enough)

24. Loofahs that have seen better days

25. Dried-up nail polish

26. Extra bath products

27. Extra cleaning supplies

28. Half-empty perfume samples

29. Extra travel-sized toiletries

30. Potpourri that’s lost its scent

31. Fancy bar soap you’ll never use

32. The disposable razors you purchased but realized you hated using

33. Extra promotional makeup bags

34. Expired medicine

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35. Books you’ve already read

36. The stack of magazines you’ll never have time to read

37. Old pillows (They should be replaced every year.)

38. Excessive decorative throw pillows

39. The side chair you throw all your clothes on

40. Broken window blinds

41. Yellowed lampshades

42. Papers you don’t need anymore

43. Old cell phones or tablets

44. Costume jewelry you don’t ever wear

45. That cup/bowl/bucket of loose change (Cash it in!)

46. Candle stubs

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Bedroom closet

47. Clothes you don’t wear anymore

48. Clothes that don’t fit

49. Uncomfortable shoes

50. Old formal dresses you’ll never wear again

51. Wire hangers

52. Socks missing their match

53. Gloves missing their match

54. Ratty or stained scarves

55. Broken purses

56. Extra canvas bags (Have enough for groceries and get rid of the rest.)

57. Hats you never wear

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Kid’s room

58. Dried-out markers and art supplies

59. Broken crayons

60. Broken toys

61. Clothes they’ve grown out of

62. Toys they don’t play with anymore

63. Furniture they’re too big for now

64. Extra artwork

Living room

65. Extra candles

66. The rug you keep tripping on

67. Magazines you’ve left out on the coffee table

68. Remotes that belong to old TVs

69. Dead plants

70. Knickknack decorations that don’t add anything

71. Broken, scratched or stained furniture

Home office

72. Old papers and bills you don’t need anymore

73. Outdated or broken technology

74. USB cords to things you don’t use anymore

75. Excessive paper clips or rubber bands

76. Old DVDs or CDs you don’t play anymore

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Hall closet

77. Moth-ruined coats or scarves

78. Broken umbrellas

79. Almost-empty rolls of wrapping paper

80. Broken items

81. Extra blankets you never use

82. Just-in-case gifts you keep on hand but never use

83. That old vacuum that doesn't suck

84. Old holiday decorations you don’t use anymore

85. Plastic bins that just take up space

86. The air bed that sinks when anyone gets on it

87. The ratty old suitcases you never use anymore

88. Dusting cloths that have seen better days


89. Broken, rusted or duplicate tools

90. Sports equipment that no longer gets used

91. Deflated sports balls

92. That old refrigerator that doesn’t work anymore

93. Things you’re saving for a future garage sale that’s never going to happen

94. Old potting soil you no longer need

95. Extra paint for a color that’s no longer in your house

96. Unfinished DIY projects that will never get completed

97. Extra home improvement supplies that you’ll never need

98. The picnic basket you haven’t used in years

99. Boxes for appliances or gadgets you’re saving just in case

100. The folding card table that’s scratched or broken

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