Home That You Can Get Rid of Right Now

One of the biggest reasons we hold onto clutter is because we’re not sure when we can get rid of stuff. Most items don’t come with an expiration date, and once we take something into our home, we tend to want to make use of it–even if we clearly have no need for it.


Decluttering should be easy. It’s simply sorting through your belongings and deciding which ones to keep, and which ones to let go of.


Decluttering means to remove unnecessary items.


Think about that definition. How hard can it possibly be to remove unnecessary items?


But it is. People get attached. They don’t want to toss something they bought or were gifted of something they thought they’d need but never used.

Here is our ultimate list of things you can get rid of right now. You have our permission to toss, recycle, donate, consign or even sell these items (not the ketchup packets, but maybe some old electronics). You’ll be surprised how much extra space you free up!

  1. Plastic silverware. Especially those packets with a plastic fork, knife and napkin. Unless you entertain regularly, or eat on the go, you don’t need theses packets taking up space when you already have proper silverware in your home. Take them into work and stash them in your desk for when you need extra silverware for your packed lunch. Or, just recycle them!
  2. Condiment packets. This is my number one Why-Are-You-Keeping-This? item. You’re not going to use these. Instead, buy a bottle at Trader Joe’s, or your local market and keep it in the pantry.
  3. Leftovers more than 5 days old. Duh.
  4. Utensils or appliances you never use. You were gifted a set of plastic food storage containers when you prefer glass. Or perhaps you somehow accumulated a number of unitaskers that you never remember to use. Or you dreamed of cooking with your waffle maker every weekend, but now you realize you prefer pancakes. If you don’t use it, don’t give up valuable storage space for it. Either recycle it, donate it, or consign it.
  5. Miss-matched or warped food storage containers. Why do we hold onto these for so long? Do we think the missing bottom or top is going to find its way home? It’s not. Recycle it.
  6. Expired pantry items. That container of Hungarian paprika you had to have for that one recipe you made four years ago? Yeah, it doesn’t taste the same anymore. Spices lose their flavor over time, and other pantry staples, like flour and sugar, don’t perform as well as fresh ingredients.