Are you holding onto too much stuff?
There are a few reasons why living a minimalist lifestyle feels extremely empowering. Keeping your house tidy is simpler, it saves time and it makes you enjoy and value the things you already have.
For some that are just getting started with minimalism, looking at your home and seeing all the excess stuff may seem a little daunting.
How can you really get rid of the stuff you’ve been hanging on for so many years?
Actually it’s much easier than you’d expect, and there are other things that would be harder to say farewell too.
So today we’re going to be talking about 25 things that are extremely easy to declutter if you want to live out a more minimalist lifestyle OR if you just have too much stuff!
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First, be kind to yourself before you start…
Now, 25 items are not a ton of stuff, and it’ll be easy to scale this list in the coming weeks.
So before we begin, make sure that you start and apply this to your life and see what works and what fits for you.
If you let some of these items go, will it make your space feel more simple? Will it give you more space to use in a more joyful way? Would it add more peace and calmness to what was already a busy overwhelming mess?
So really just apply this to your own situation and think about what you really need, what you use on a daily basis, and what’s practical for your lifestyle.
Here are 25 household items that are OKAY to declutter and that will make your place feel more spacious and minimal when you do.
1. Unused Flat pillows
If you are sleeping on a flat pillow at night, it can give you all kinds of back and neck problems so definitely if you have these in your household be sure to declutter them.
2. Extra clothes
Just about everyone has clothing and wardrobes that they no longer use, so it will be a simple place to continue the minimalist journey. Create a big pile of clothes on your mattress, and start one-by-one going through your things. Divide your clothes into three sets to figure out what you would like to keep, discard, or donate. Most places have recycling bins for clothes, or you can go to the nearest thrift shop in your area.
3. Extra electronics
Almost everybody has some outdated gadgets scattered around the house or in their junk drawers due to the fact that so many of us purchase a new phone every year or get an upgrade. But there’s no longer any reason to hold on to those things and odds are they all collecting dust somewhere in your home. Check out the nearest recycling facility for ways to get rid of them and any outdated appliances too. If your things are still working and in good condition, you can sell them on eBay or Craigslist at any time.
4. Extra vases
If you receive more than one bouquet of flowers? Then count yourself lucky because most often two vases for any household will do the trick.
5. Extra Make-Up
The truth is that makeup expires. You are under a time limit from the moment you remove the makeup packaging, to how long you will wear it. And instead of hanging on to things for several years at a time, throw out pieces you don’t need anymore.
Remember to get used to buying only your favorite beauty items that you know you are going to use all the way through before you purchase a new one. This not only reduces waste but also allows you to save money and know what you have on hand which is what the minimalist lifestyle is all about.
6. Too many fridge magnets
Now having a couple of fridge magnets can be helpful and personally, you only need to have three. They can be helpful if you want to pin up mementos, memos, and pictures. But since our phones hold most of that already, less is more with this tip.
7. Kitchen gadgets
There are so many kitchen gadgets out there and we’re often marketed that we absolutely NEED them but really we don’t. You don’t need a kitchen gadget for every single occasion. Get rid of the ones you barely use!
8. Miscellaneous items, that you have no use for
Nearly everybody in their house has artifacts that make us shake our heads. It may have been a present, a friend’s prank, or your relatives’ hand-me-down. Throw it out if you go through those old boxes and drawers and discover odd things that you’re not really sure what their use is. We still hang on to these strange items with the hope that maybe we’ll find out a need for it. The chances, however, the day would either come to zero or slim to none.
9. Extra dressers and vanities
Are you open to the idea of getting rid of any extra dressers and vanities that you may have? These items often are large and clunky and that your space just doesn’t really need if they aren’t serving a purpose.
10. Extra sheets
Having one extra pair or maybe two extra pairs of sheets (for having guests over) is totally acceptable but holding on to six, seven, or eight pairs of sheets really isn’t serving any purpose.
11. Extra Handbags and purses
A lot of ladies have a set of handbags that they feel proud of. There are also those bags, though, that were purchases by accident. Styles shift, and naturally, tastes do to, and anything that may have been trendy a couple of years ago is now called hideous. Sometimes our bags may have already begun to break down but for nostalgic reasons, we’re still hanging on to them. If you’ve wanted to become minimalist, it’s time to refresh the number of purses and handbags you’ve got in your wardrobe to a minimal amount that is wearable!
If you have lots of cookbooks collecting dust, then now’s the time to declutter them.
Personally, Pinterest is kind of the best cookbook you’ll ever have these days anyway. If you haven’t used it in the past 30 days or the past couple of months definitely go ahead and consider starting a recipe board. You can follow my vegan recipe board on Pinterest here!
13. Awkward sized pots and pans
Considering that you’re decluttering to be more minimal then you really only need to use three to four pots and pans on a regular basis. Anything that doesn’t have a lid or that you’re not using get rid of it.
14. Leaky travel mugs
If your travel mug is leaky and it spills onto you every time you try to drink it while you’re in the car or just walking around, go ahead and declutter it. This tip also applies to any kind of leaky Tupper wear as well.
15. Empty Jars
If like me, you love reusing and up-cycling old glass jars? Then get ready to put them in your recycling bin straight away because not every jar has to be saved.
Recycling glass is a good thing especially if they are not being used!
16. Alarm clocks are considered extra gadgets too
Are your old alarm clocks just sitting there collecting dust? If so, it’s time to let them go!
Since we have phones that already have alarm clocks, go ahead and declutter any extra alarm clocks that you may have.
Similar: How to Create a Minimal Kitchen
17. Empty takeout containers
If you have lots of empty takeout containers from ordering in? Go ahead and declutter the ones you’re not using. You can always find or order more containers later.
18. Cracked and broken dishes
Dishes are definitely another culprit that we tend to keep in our kitchen cupboards longer then we intend too. So if it’s going to slice your finger (if you pick it up the wrong way) then its time to get rid of it.
19. Plastic Straws
Plastic straws are another one that I really suggest decluttering. Switching to reusable ones if you really like the feeling of drinking from a straw is the way to go.
Not only is this decision better for the environment but in the long run, you’re going to save a lot of money!
If you have lots of matches in your junk drawer maybe it’s time to consider only keeping a few around just in case an emergency strikes. But too many matches are just too much.
21. Baking trays
Extra baking trays is another one to consider decluttering because a lot of times we have these great dreams and aspirations of cooking and baking lots, but in reality, we don’t ever use them all that often.
Consider holding onto a couple of baking trays but more then two is a bit extreme if you don’t use them that much.
Another good one to consider is all the spices that you never use.
If you have 40-plus spices in your panty and maybe use only 5 to 10 on a regular basis then there’s no point in holding on to spices that you rarely never use.
If you think it’s a waste? Then give them to friends or hold on to only the ones that you know you will cook with.
23. Discolored mugs
For some reason, people tend to hold on to discolored and sentimental mugs for much longer than they would almost anything else. So if you’ve got a discolored mug where something like the print on it is basically scratched off, go ahead and declutter it.
24. Mismatched Tupperware
Mismatched food containers like Rubbermaid and Tupperware will eventually have missing lids and have pieces that don’t go together anymore.
Declutter anything with a mismatched or that has a warped lid.
25. Old condiments and sauces
Extra condiments and sauces are definitely one of those things that people will often go to buy for a specific recipe and then they’ll create that recipe and use the sauce/condiment once and then never really use it again.
If you’re in that situation but it’s been months and months since you’ve used it go ahead and declutter them.
You’ll be so much closer to your decluttering goals if you follow some of these decluttering tips above in your own home.
Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am the face behind Everything Abode! I am a lifestyle and wellness writer based out of Vancouver Island. When I’m not writing or exploring mountains and beaches with my furry rescue, I love spending time learning creative ways to manifest a healthy home. Thanks for stopping by!
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