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    200 Things to Throw Away

    Living with less isnít about the number of things you get rid of itís about living with enough to be content and getting rid of the rest. The rest is just clutter, unnecessary, energy-draining clutter.

    Here is a list of 200 Things to Throw Away. This list isnít a list of things that I have gotten rid of myself but of things that I want to will get rid of!

    Iíll be tackling this list ten or so items a week and I look forward to a less-cluttered house at the end of it.

    As you look ahead at this list I want you to remember two things:


    1.) Remember you can sell, donate, recycle or throw away. Knowing that Iím allowing someone else to enjoy my things makes it easier for me to let them go.

    2.) Keep things that make you feel good. If it doesnít make you feel happy when you look at it, get rid of it quickly. Surround yourself with things you enjoy.
    Now on to the list:

    1. Old product boxes (Apple products, TV, etc.)

    2. Hangers from the dry cleaners

    3. Plastic hangers from the store

    4. Expired make up

    5. Half-finished projectsÖyou know the one!

    6. Magazines

    7. Old emery boards (buy a nice glass one and be done with those scratchy things!)

    8. Old paint (Visit Earth911.com to find a place to dispose of it safely)

    9. Ugly undergarments you hate to wear (You have those ďjust in caseĒ pairs too, right?)

    10. Bills, taxes, paperwork over 7 years old

    11. Socks with holes or without matesÖalso those lonely socks that have holes too.

    12. Extra cups and mugs Ė How many does your family use in a regular dishwasher load? Add a few more for company and be done with the rest.

    13. Books youíve never read or will never read again

    14. Old technology (8 tracks, floppy discs, VHS tapes w/o a player, etc.)

    15. Unloved toys

    16.Cleaning rags Ė You only need a few before youíll wash them again, right?

    17. Tea light candles Ė Use them or lose them.

    18. Take out menus you never look at

    19. Old greeting cards (Save the super sentimental ones and recycle the rest)

    20. Outdated over the counter drugs and vitamins

    21. Old sneakers (Recycle through Nike)

    22. Plastic cutlery

    23. Old spices Ė Spices donít actually spoil but they lose their potency. A good rule of thumb is 1-2 years for seasoning; 1-3 for herbs and ground spices; and up to 4 years for whole spices.

    24. Duplicate power cords (USB, etc. We have 3 vTech ones for the kiddosí toys but only need one)

    25. Bobby pins

    26. Games with missing pieces

    27. Dried up nail polish bottles

    28. Video games youíll never play again

    29. Recalled baby items (carseats, cribs, etc.)

    30. Jewelry you donít wear

    31. Expired food in your freezer/pantry

    32. Rugs or home decor you havenít used since you redecorated

    33. Unused perfumes and cologne

    34. Old towels that make you cringe when you look at them

    35. Extension cords (Am I the only one who has a bazillion of these?)

    36. Extra sets of bed linens Ė two per bed tops

    37. Unused plastic containers Ė especially those without a lid and those old plastic containers. Avoid containers with recycle codes 3 or 7 as they may contain BPA.

    38. Old bills (Switch to online banking and stop the clutter before it comes in your home)

    39. Paychecks older than 2 years

    40. Stretched out hair ties

    41. Matches you never use (Maybe save a few in case of a power outage)

    42. Old newspapers

    43. Expired Rx meds (Visit fda.gov for proper ways to dispose of them)

    44. Extra pillows

    45. Ticket stubs (Sentimental like myself? Store in a scrapbook or fill a mug with old stubs)

    46. Make up youíll try ďone dayĒ If youíve owned if for more than 2 weeks without trying it, toss it.

    47. Clothes that are more than 2 sizes too small. Donít give up on your weight loss dream but WHEN you do lose that weight go and buy new clothes to reward yourself.

    48. Things youíve bought have havenít returned yet (Return them, sell, or donate them)

    49. White-out bottles Ė You know you donít need it!

    50. Unneeded notebooks

    51. Pens and pencils Ė Keep your favorites and let go of the rest

    52. Little shampoo bottles from a hotel you went to 5 years ago

    53. Knick knacks that donít make you smile every time you see them

    54. Cords that donít belong to anything you currently own

    55. Lose screws, nuts, bolts, etc. unless you happen to be a handy man who would actually reuse them one day

    56. Kidís old art projects (I have an upcoming post with loads of ideas on this so for now just set them aside)

    57. Old party supplies

    58. Old wedding favors (Keep a few, toss the rest)

    59. Old Christmas cards of your family (Save a few, recycle the rest)

    60. Holiday decor you never remember to set out (Thanksgiving turkey Aunt Sue gave you)

    61. Holiday decor that you use once a year (ex. Easter deviled egg tray that collects dust 364 days of the year! Buy a lovely one that you can use for other holidays too.)

    62. Cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, shampoo that you used once and didnít like. Donate to a local shelter.

    63. Flower pots. Plant a flower or toss the pot.

    64. Watering cans if you donít have flowers.

    65. Too small kidís clothing. Only save favorites if youíre saving for another child. Sell the rest while theyíre still in style.

    66. Extra buttons (If you donít sew, toss them all. Reduce your supply if you will use a button in the next few months)

    67. Old calendars

    68. Unidentified frozen objects (Label yaíll! Keep a Sharpie by the freezer for quick labeling)

    69. Movies youíll probably never watch again

    70. Bags from the mall you might use one day (Keep only 1 if you must)

    71. Multiple pair of scissors (One or two tops, right?)

    72. More ear buds than youíve got family members

    73. Curling irons, crimpers (ha! flash back), or straighteners you donít use

    74. Highlighters unless youíve used one in the past month, then save only that one

    75. Travel mugs that leak, or are ugly, or that you donít use because you have to hand wash it

    76. Boxes Ė shoe boxes, diaper boxes, cereal boxes. Recycle and be free.

    77. Samples of any kind Ė Use, donate, or trash.

    78. Games you havenít played in the last year

    79. Tape measures Ė You know the rule, keep one and toss the rest.

    80. Old phone covers, styluses, screen protectors, etc.

    81. Misc. ribbons or string

    82. Expired coupons

    83. Organizers you bought to get organized that didnít work

    84. Belts that no longer fit, are worn, or are out of style

    85. Duplicate kitchen utensils Ė Have you ever used three wisks at the same time before? Me neither.

    86. Cookie cutters unless youíve used them in the past year and foresee using them again

    87. Rarely used cake pans Ė Our bakery supply store rents them for $2 a day. I no longer need to keep any on hand for those rare occasions I bake.

    88. Old teeth whitening trays or strips. Use íem up or toss íem out.

    89. Hard candy that youíre not sure where it came from or how long itís been there

    90. Unloved stuffed animals

    91. Half used chap stick containers Ė Buy a new one! I LOVE my new EOS one with coconut milk.

    92. Duplicate measuring cups and spoons

    93. Old day planners (and current ones if you donít use them!)

    94. Candles Ė If itís not lovely to look at and youíll never burn it, let it go.

    95. Mason jars (or baby food jars, spaghetti sauce jars, etc.) that you wonít use

    96. Expired sunscreen

    97. Staple remover Ė unless you can make a very compelling argument to keep yours.

    98. Travel alarm clock Ė We have phones now.

    99. Stress balls

    100. Plug in air fresheners without a refill
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    101. Unloved dog toys

    102. Extra USB flash drives – How many does one family need?

    103. Promotional swag

    104. Key chains you don’t use

    105. Recipe books you don’t ever use

    106. Push pins in the junk drawer just waiting for unsuspecting fingers

    107. Keys that you don’t know what they go to

    108. Lanyards, name tags, bags, etc. from previous conferences

    109. Carabiners – Unless you rock climb, trust me, you won’t use them.

    110. Lotions, face washes, serums that you don’t use

    111. Random batteries you’re not sure where they came from

    112. Multiple book marks – Unless you’re a book worm…you know what to do, toss them.

    113. Combination locks – Chances are slim you’ll use one again but if you do, they’re cheap to replace.

    114. Paper weights

    115. Near empty bottles of bubbles or little numbs of side-walk chalk

    116. Completed coloring books

    117. Markers without lids and lids without markers

    118. Goodie bag toys from previous birthday party celebrations

    119. Empty bottles of anything

    120. Puzzles

    121. Old invitations

    122. Travel brochures

    123. Tissue paper/gift bags

    124. Unused sticky notes

    125. Extra shoe laces

    126. Sticker’s from a precious yard sale

    127. Hair products you don’t use

    128. Take out chopsticks – Buy a reusable pair if you use them a lot

    129. Old prescription glasses – Great donation for the Lions Club.

    130. Old sunglasses – The cat eye is coming back but definitely toss those purple hued ones.

    131. Worn out flip flops.

    132. Magnets – Unless they are lovely or useful, discard.

    133. Posters you’ll never display again

    134. Excess decks of cards

    135. Phone books

    136. Broken Christmas lights

    137. Notes/gifts from old romances

    138. Hats you don’t wear or that look like you shouldn’t

    139. Extra bubble wrap (or am I the only one who has a supply?)

    140. Twisty ties (another one that hits close to home!)

    141. Chip clips

    142. Craft supplies for a project that has already been completed

    143. Paper plates – Use them up!

    144. Loyalty cards – use the key ring version or enter your number for even less clutter

    145. Gift cards – go and enjoy them!

    146. Touristy knick knacks

    147. Business cards – Keep an electronic record

    148. Puzzle books you don’t use

    149. Old textbooks

    150. Unused vases

    151. Stockings with runs in them

    152. Fancy serving bowls you haven’t used in the last year – Use them or sell them.

    153. CDs unless you use them regularly

    154. Old boombox

    155. Piles of “scrap paper”

    156. Purses/dufflebags/old luggage you don’t use

    157. Catalogs

    158. Christmas ornaments that aren’t lovely or sentimental

    159. Instruments you’ve given up on mastering years ago

    160. Clothes that make you feel ugly

    161. Instruction manuals – Most are online now.

    162. Calculators – Phones have replaced these for most people.

    163. Remotes that have no purpose

    164. Emergency sewing kits – I own many and have never used one even once.

    165. Dry erase markers without a board and a board without markers (or both if you don’t use it!)

    166. Extra pencil sharpeners – Only one is needed

    167. Rusty tools you’ll never use again

    168. Lawn and garden pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers you won’t use

    169. Fireworks that are unused (Am I the only one?) – They can be soaked in water overnight then disposed of in a plastic bag.

    170. Dried up super glue

    171. Old and ugly t-shirts

    172. Hair accessories you don’t use

    173. One orphan earring

    174. Dried flowers

    175. Extra photo prints

    176. Gifts you don’t love

    177. Scarves you never wear

    178. Damaged/stained clothing

    179. Plastic children’s plates/cups that they’ve outgrown

    180. Junk mail

    181. Address labels – Do you ever really use them?

    182. Extra folders, binders, labels, etc.

    183. Old cell phones – Recycle!

    184. Old fortune cookie fortunes (Someone else keeps the good ones too, don’t they?)

    185. Used ink cartridges – Recycle them for a little money back

    186. Use Unroll.me to rid yourself from pesky email subscriptions (It’s free but I would pay for this fabulous service!!)

    187. Outdated computer software

    188. Old wallets

    189. Dull or duplicate pocket knives

    190. Spare change lying around – Take it to the bank!

    191. Unused picture frames

    192. Old baby gear that you no longer need – Great donation item if you don’t want to sell it!

    193. Kitchen knives no one uses

    194. Old sports equipment from days gone by

    195. Broken clocks

    196. Coasters that go unused

    197. Plants – Yes, plants that don’t brighten your spirits. Buy ones that do!

    198. Hole punch you never use

    199. Place mats, napkins, table cloths that never get displayed

    200. Ruled notebook paper – I hate to throw it away but I never use it. Donate it!

    http://embracinghomemaking.net/2015/...to-throw-away/
    Laissez les bon temps rouler! Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.** a 4 day work week & sex slaves ~ I say Tyt for PRESIDENT! Not to be taken internally, literally or seriously ....Suki ebaynni IS THAT BETTER ?

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    What would you donate ? Recycle ? Trash ?
    Laissez les bon temps rouler! Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.** a 4 day work week & sex slaves ~ I say Tyt for PRESIDENT! Not to be taken internally, literally or seriously ....Suki ebaynni IS THAT BETTER ?

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    Well I would disagree with you have or intend to get rid of, like any type of metal, spare change included - more pure of the metal then what they pass off today, means more money <which is a thing of the past>. Today its digital currency. Old OTC Meds since they are more potent then what you can buy today <proven by the US Military overstock> included Rubbing Alcohol, Peroxide. I know from experience, as for vitamins they can totally stay at the store. A ton of that stuff can be repurposed. Its called organization. Even newspaper today is nothing like newspaper a decade ago, they don't clean windows like the old newspapers.

    Definitely old makeup and dried up glue's. Hard copies of contacts make and KEEP, Update manually, since NO electricity means you can't call the operator for a phone number. Easy to know what you need, and better keep when you've been without electricity for more then 24 hours, and its F-ing freezing outside. The old tablecloths can be barriers of wind, just like paper towels/napkins stuffed in shrunken door opens to keep the cold out. Guess it did help me when visiting my daddy's mommy and wondering why under the wall paper were old newspapers lined up, used as insulation back then.

    I'm not a creative person, but have found uses of key rings (have a ton of those, you wouldn't believe what they can hold.

    Going Off the Grid!

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