31 Things you Should Throw Away, Donate, or Reorganize

31 Things you should Throw Away, Donate, or Reorganize for the New Year.

January, the month of the Great Purge. Do you go into full on cleaning and organizing mode like I do?

There is no better time for a fresh start then the turn of a new year. We’ve been homeowners for close to  seven years.  There is no shortage of improvements and things that need to be organized, especially on a fixer-upper.

Each year, I try to do a little throughout the year, but when January comes I get a burst of energy and need for renewal.

After spending the last quarter (Oct/Nov/Dec) on family activities, cooking, decorating and good ol’ fashion quality time, it’s nice to take some time to reflect and renew for the upcoming year.

Pair that with third trimester nesting urges, and it’s game on. This year I decided to be a little more ambitious with my purging plan, creating 31 things to declutter, toss, or donate. If I am keeping it, there must be a place for it.

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Decluttering with a Family

When you have a family it becomes much more communal to clearing out clutter.

Therefore, instead of committing to an “everything must go” mantra, I find it more reasonable to purge on things we don’t love, don’t need, or won’t use.

Getting our Organization On

As we prepare to get organized for the new year these are some action items:

Find a Spot for It

Some items continue to move around the house, never finding a proper place to call home. Is it something you keep moving around the house because it has no home? Find a spot for it.  

Try to use items and bins you already have on hand. 

Toy organizers are a great way to keep toys sorted and in one spot.

It feels like clutter accumulates out of know where. Here are 31 things to organize, toss or donate.







Toss it

Is it Broken? Has it been in your “repair” pile for a while? Pick a day to repair broken items, or toss it.

Donate it

Ask your self why you are keeping the item. Is it something you love, or are you holding on to it because you feel you have to? Donate it.

Is it something you use? Have you used this item in the last year? Realistically, will you use it in the next year or probably never? Donate it.

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31 Things you should Throw Away, Donate, or Reorganize

  1. Toy clutter
  2. Holiday decorations and holiday bins
  3. Master closets
  4. Make-up, nail polish, and beauty items
  5. Old Linens
  6. Children’s closet(s)
  7. Medicine cabinets
  8. Junk drawers
  9. Shred or destroy old papers
  10. Bills, medical papers, and financial documents
  11. Clothes
  12. Pantry
  13. Under the bathroom sink
  14. Sock drawer(s)
  15. Fridge
  16. Desk
  17. Entry closet
  18. Old electronics
  19. Old candles
  20. Expired coupons
  21. Broken jewelry
  22. “Fix-it” items you never fixed
  23. Games or toys that are missing pieces
  24. Pet toys, collars, etc.
  25. Tupperware (Especially Lids)
  26. Storage Closets
  27. Old bedding and sheets
  28. Books
  29. Magazines
  30. Mismatching dishes, dishes with no lids, etc.
  31. Wallet & Purse

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