20 Things You Can {Probably} Live Without

Clutter, the one thing that we can all live without, but rarely do. In our house we use a nifty clutter basket, it helps us to manage our excessive clutter and find creative ways of distributing it.

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Although, our clutter basket is really handy and effective, I still sometimes feel overwhelmed with the amount of stuff we have been, subconsciously piling up over the years. You come to a point where you don’t even notice that it is there, it just feels so apart of your home and life.

With that in mind, I created a list of 20 items that you can {probably} live without. The benefit of letting these items go, is that you will see a difference instantly. Here is the list:

  1. Magazines & Newspapers – We all have a pile of old magazines or newspapers laying around, somewhere in our house. It is time to let go… If there is something special you want to keep, tear it out and make a neat folder. The rest, well you know what to do…

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  1. Plastic Containers – Just like those magazines and newspapers, most of us has a stash of old/broken/incomplete containers, which really serves no purpose and takes up precious space. Either throw them away or if they are still usable add them to your clutter basket.
  1. Old CD’s, DVD’s & Computer Games/Software – Go through all your discs in the house and decide, is it still useful and current? Do I really still listen to that 1996 Spice Girls cd? Well, if the answer is no, in the trash it goes… (Or donate it to a charity shop)!
  1. Sport Equipment – This something that can really take up a lot of space, if not managed well. You really need to dig deep and ask yourself, am I REALLY ever going to use my tennis racket again? Or that old hockey stick? Or if you haven’t used it in the past 3 years, do you REALLY still need it? When will you use it again? {It’s all valid questions and be honest}.
  1. Old/Broken Toys, Incomplete Puzzles & Board Games ­– If you have children, you are bound to have old/broken toys, one’s which they have outgrew or cannot be played with anymore, puzzles that have missing pieces and that board game that is just not as fun anymore.
  1. Cleaning Supplies ­– Go through that cleaning closet, take out any old rags, expired products or any products you have bought, but have never used. It will free up a lot of space.
  1. Ornaments & Mementos – These can gather up so quickly and are sometimes the most difficult to let go. We usually have some sort of emotional connection or memory that goes with each one. If you have difficulty letting them go, find a creative way to display them or challenge yourself to a 4:1 ratio (for every 4 items you keep, you have to let one go).
  1. Old Food Items ­– It is always a good idea (at least once a month) to go through your fridge, freezer and pantry to eliminate all expired food items or if you notice that muffin mix have been in your pantry too long, make an effort to use it. If you don’t want to eat the muffins yourself, take it to someone in need, and make their day or suprize your work colleagues.
  1. Old suitcases or backpacks – You can always turn these into an awesome {act of kindness}, by filling them with hygiene products, a few snacks and some thick socks. Then handing them out to people in your community that will benefit from it.
  1. Shoes – Yeah, ladies you don’t need 99 pair of shoes… Go through your shoe closet and donate a few of your old pairs (those that you don’t wear anymore) to a charity. They will be so grateful.
  1. Old Medicine ­­– Just like old food items, it is very important to eliminate any expired medicine. It will also give you an opportunity to see what you have and what needs to be replaced. It serves a double purpose. Remember to rather take old medicine to your local pharmacy to dispose of, NEVER throw it in the trash.
  1. Wrapping Paper – If it is torn, wrinkled or too small to use for wrapping a gift, you can {probably} live without it.
  1. Old Electronics & Cables ­– I am not even a techy and I have a pile of old cellphones, electronic devices and cables, which is no longer useful and taking up a lot of space in our apartment. Go through the house, collect all your old devices and cables, select a backup phone/charger and recycle or donate the rest.
  1. Product Boxes & Manuals ­– Most products only have a one or two year warranty, in which it is necessary to keep the original packaging and papers. If the warranty has expired, throw the box away, you will save a lot of space. As for the manuals, most of them are available online, make the switch.

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  1. Duvet Covers, Sheets & Pillowcases ­­– Just like most of the other items on this list, we all have a closet somewhere in the house that is filled with any and all our sheets, old pillows and covers. Take them out and keep only those that you regularly use and are according to your style. The rest can go…
  1. Toiletries & Beauty Supplies – You will save a lot of space by, removing those samples, items that you have purchased, but only used once or twice, gift packs or expired products. Either give them to someone you know will use them or throw it away.
  1. Books ­– This one can be especially hard, mostly because we convince ourselves that, maybe one day I will have time to read that gardening manual or that cute baby play book, although your kids are all grown up. Just ask yourself, is it relevant? Will it be helpful? Have I already read it and will probably never read it again? Do I even have an interest in the subject? If not, let them go and enjoy the extra space you have created.
  1. Papers & Notebooks ­– I can’t leave a store without considering to buy a notebook, I absolutely adore any kind of notebook (it’s one of my biggest weaknesses), but it is the things that we love the most that we have to let go. Just like all the other items, go through your papers and notebooks, keep the necessary ones and recycle the rest.
  1. Stationary ­– Collect all your stationary around the house, even those that the kids use, place them on one big surface, group the same items together and decide whether it is necessary to have 5 staplers, 20 erasers and a 100 pens. If not, donate the excessive items to your local children’s hospital or home.

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  1. Broken Crockery – It has been months since that broken cup has been a quite irritation, but every time you use it you think to yourself, “I will give it one more try”. Go to your cupboard, take out the cup and accidentally let it drop on the kitchen floor… Or alternatively, you can add it to you clutter basket and donate to someone who needs it.

By getting rid of these items, you are not only freeing up space, you are also on your way to live a clutter-free and simpler life. You will experience more freedom and the more you let go, the easier it gets.

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Do you have any other items that you can think of, which I can add to the list? Feel free to comment below, would love to hear from you.

I’m a 20-something city girl, with a passion for helping people to organize their lives. I am totally crazy about my husband, chocolates, cats and coffee. I love writing about anything that can simplify your life, so that you can enjoy the important stuff like family.

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