12 Things to Throw Away for Instant Decluttering

Every home has clutter, whether you’re conscious of it or not. Some things are so small or insignificant that they get overlooked when you’re on your tidying up spree.

These are the things that are the most insidious, seeming to multiply when you turn your back.

Read on to find out several items you should throw out right now, without even stopping to think about it.

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Whether you’re talking about old antibiotics you didn’t finish or the spices in the back of the kitchen cupboard, expired items are everywhere and can harm you if you use them. 

Expired items Food Items

Check your pantry for old spices, dry goods, canned goods, or any packaged food.

When done, take a minute to go through your refrigerator and ditch the expired condiments like ketchup, mayo, hot sauce, or salad dressing. 

Out of Date Herbs and Spices

Once you look in the pantry shelves, you will no doubt come across plenty of out-of-date herbs and spices. Don’t forget to sort through your seasoning packets and the boxes and bottles of seasoning mixtures.

Prescription Medications

Prescription medication can be especially harmful, but over the counter things expire as well.

Contact your pharmacy for instructions on how to dispose of items correctly for the safety of pets and small children in your care.

Out of Date Make-up

A lot of bacteria live in old make-up. So even if it’s something that hasn’t expired, if you’ve used it for several months, it might be time to toss it.

One of the worst things to keep too long is mascara. Old mascara can irritate the eyes.

Making them itchy and watery, something you don’t want to experience after spending time putting makeup on.

Old Nail Polish Bottles

If you like to polish your nails, then I bet you have a large selection of different types of polish and colors.

Go through your collection and discard any polish bottles that have dried up, or where the lid is stuck.

Alternatively, you may have bought polish bottles you just don’t like anymore or you suddenly hate the color. Just toss these.

Craft Materials That are Past There Best

Craft material are one of the biggest clutter makers know to man.

Throw away small scraps of anything from, paper to small pieces of ribbon.

If you are an enthusiastic craft person, you may find that you have a number of projects you have started and abandoned.

These can go, be realistic will you ever complete them now?

Writing Pens, Pencils and Markers

This is an easy one! Toss out non-functional pens, dried out markers, broken mechanical pencils or those well-chewed pencils populating your desk drawers.

Odd Socks

Whether they’re missing a match or have a hole in the toe or heel, it’s time to let them go.

No, you’re not going to fix them, and its mate is probably long gone (No. No one knows where it went).

Old Bras

Don’t keep hold of old bras whos elastic has gone. They won’t do anything for your figure.

You will be much more comfortable if you invest in new bras regularly.

Grocery Bags

While reusing plastic grocery bags is a great idea, just how many do you need?

Keep a reasonable number for reuse and recycle the rest.

Old Reading Material

Cull the magazines and donate any books you’ve finished reading and are not likely to read again.

A lot of places love donations of these items, such as shelters, jails, and nursing homes.

Share the love of a good book with others rather than keeping your space cluttered.

Dead or Dying House Plants

Nothing brings down the look of a room than some poor plant that is either dead or struggling to survive.

Houses are difficult environments for house plants to live in, and not all make it. Don’t feel guilty toss them and replace them with a plant that you know will survive your environment.

Here are 10 plants that are difficult to kill!


By paying attention to the little things around us, it’s easy to find a lot of clutter that you might sweep under the radar.

A quick toss of these items will free up more space than you think and leaves your world much tidier.

Good luck with your decluttering.

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