Home Life Blog: 40+ Things To Throw Out In The New Year

January 3, 2016

40+ Things To Throw Out In The New Year

Happy New Year everyone!  It's the start of a new year and a fresh start, and what better way to start fresh than by getting rid of old useless things.  Out with the old, in with the new.  

I've compiled a list of 40+ items I'm getting rid of to help you get started.  Let the cleaning begin!

1)  Boxes - It's a new year and a new time to start your box collection again.  Throw out any boxes you received for Christmas too.  (Maybe even send them packing with a few items on this list to finally put them to use.)

2)  Old Paperwork - Especially those that are 3 years or older.

3)  Magazines

4)  Old Toothbrushes - Should change them every 3 months, but starting the year off fresh is good too. 

5)  Old Perfumes / Body Sprays / Creams

6)  Old Pens, Markers & Pencils 

7)  Toys - Not all of them, but at least the ones the kids have outgrown. 

8)  Old Holiday Decor

9)  Clothes - If you are unsure about this, turn all your hangers around.  When you use something, turn the hanger so it's facing the right way.  In three months see what clothes are still turned the wrong way and go from there.

10)  Shoes

11)  Nail Polishes & Files

12)  Makeup & Lip Balms - With all the germs, it's best to change them after a year.

13)  Expired Foods

14)  Expired Coupons

15)  Expired Medicines

16)  Old Electronics / Phones - These are big moneymakers if you sell them online.

17)  Mismatched Food Storage Containers & Lids 

18)  Old Gift Bags & Wrapping Paper

19)  Loose Change - Deposit all the change you've been saving into a savings account or cash it in to spend. 

20)  Plastic Shopping Bags - We all have those plastic bags stored in plastic bags.

21)  Old Accessories 

22)  Old Furniture

23)  Old Calendars / Planners

24)  Old Cleaning Sponges / Rags

25)  Old Batteries

26)  Old Home Decor 

27)  Old Candy - My daughter always comes home with candy from a party at school.  

28)  Pillows -  I like super fluffy pillows to sleep on, so I buy new ones every year.

29)  Filters - Water filters, air filters, car filters.  Check them all.

30)  Brooms / Mops

31)  Emails

32)  Underwear / Bras / Socks

33)  Unused Gifts From Last Christmas

34)  Books - Donate those old books you haven't read in a while so someone else can enjoy them too. 

35)  Craft Supplies & Scraps

36)  Receipts

37)  Old Appliances

38)  Old Lightbulbs

39)  Old Door Matt & Rugs

40)  Warranties & Manuals - If you don't have the item anymore or the warranty is expired then just toss it.

41)  Old Chargers - Sell them with the electronics.

42)  Incomplete Games

43)  Old Party Supplies

44)  Old Candles

45)  Old Jars

46)  CDs / DVDs

47)  Anything Mismatched or Broken That Can't Be Fixed

Try to remember what is important when you are getting rid of these items.  If something has a great sentimental value to you, then go ahead and keep it.  Don't be afraid to toss anything that doesn't make you happy, even if it's from your great Aunt Margaret.  I'm sure she would want you to see those items as happiness, not burdens.  

What will you be throwing out this new year?  

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  1. Oh this is a good checklist for a good new years clean-out. You should make a printable checklist for your subscribers :)

    1. I had never thought of that! Thanks for the tip Julie! =)

  2. I love everything about this list! Such a great checklist for sure. New years cleaning is about to go into full effect this year!!

    1. Cheers to that! Hope you have a great clutter free new year Jamie!

  3. You are right on target with the throwing out list! I work my way through at least once a year for most and seasonal for others. I do have hard time with all the various the cords and plugs. I am so hesitant with those which is a bit silly!

    1. I know what you mean Linda. I see a perfectly good cord and don't want to throw it out either, even if I don't use it anymore. Selling it or donating it makes me feel a lot better. At least someone else can get some use out of it.

  4. Oh, I really need to do this. We especially have mounds of boxes because we "might" need them some day for shipping or packing!

    1. This is our biggest collection every year! I finally pointed out that we are constantly getting new boxes and are never really in need for these boxes except for Christmas.

  5. I love throwing stuff out!! Weeeee, shouted the minimalist. However, this list pointed out some great areas I haven't hit yet, starting with those dratted mismatched lids.

    1. Why do we keep them? lol. I put ours in a FREE bin at our last garage sale and other people were actually taking them. (What?)

  6. Good starting place to get organized & tidied up. Chaos without equals chaos within.

    1. Oh! Love that saying Dee! It really does!

  7. Great collection that's for sharing on the learning from each other blog party

    1. Thank you for stopping by Amanda! I always like to party every week with you all!

  8. Great list. I've been going through things and cleaning out. I have a couple of boxes and bags ready to go to donation. I've also filled a couple of trash bags. I did the thing where you turn the hangers around last year. Turns out I don't need as many clothes as I thought. I will say that we don't cash out our change. We have a 5 gallon jug and all of our change goes in there. We don't dig in our pockets or purse for change at a store. We've actually saved enough for a down payment on a piece of land one time and we bought a riding lawn mower with it another time. No idea what we will do with it next. Thank you for linking up to Tips and Tricks. Hope to see you again this week.

    1. Wow! That is some nice change you all saved up! And great job on decluttering!! You are starting the year off right! =)

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