De-cluttering made easy

I’m a very tidy, organised, Type A sort of person and I hate with all my being having too much “stuff” and too many possessions. I hate mess, I hate having drawers heaving with crap and I hate keeping stuff I don’t really need. I know I sound like a bit of a clutter Nazi right now but literally the only stuff I have on display in my bedroom is what is on my bookcase (because no matter how much I hate clutter, I still take pride in my books). I think we can all benefit from having a bit of a de-clutter a couple of times a year but I know not everyone finds it as easy as I do to just throw things away without a second thought. So, if you’re in a position where you know you need to have a clear out but don’t know where to start, then consider this your handy guide of simple things you can de-clutter if you find it hard throwing stuff away.


  • Old toothbrushes
  • Empty products
  • Products that are collecting dust in the back of the cupboard
  • Products which are out of date
  • Towels with holes in them
  • Out of date medication


  • Underwear with holes in it
  • Socks without a partner
  • Clothes which you haven’t worn in over 2 years
  • Clothes which don’t fit anymore
  • Shoes which are damaged
  • Swimwear which no longer fits
  • Old bedding which has marks on / is discolored / gross
  • Pyjamas with holes in them
  • Empty make up products
  • Make up which has gone “off” (e.g crusty mascara)
  • Shades which you’d never wear
  • Empty hair / body products
  • Products which are out of date
  • Unusable nail polish
  • Empty packets (e.g medication)


  • Old receipts
  • Pens which don’t work
  • Food products which are out of date
  • Food products which have been sitting in the cupboard longer than a year
  • Cutlery which is chipped / damaged
  • Old notebooks which are full
  • Kitchen aids which you never use
  • Tea towels / cloths with holes in them
  • Dead flowers
  • Dead batteries
  • Tupperware boxes without a lid


  • Books you didn’t enjoy
  • Books you’ll never read again (consider giving these to charity!)
  • Games for consoles you no longer own
  • Ornaments which you don’t like
  • Used candles
  • Coats which no longer fit
  • Any electronics which don’t work and you don’t use
  • Packaging and manuals
  • Dog / cat / pet toys which are broken
  • Chargers / leads for electronics you no longer own
  • VHS tapes and audio cassettes

Are you a serial de-clutterer like me or do you like to keep things? Are you in need of a serious house clear out? Did you find this guide useful? Let me know!


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Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

47 thoughts on “De-cluttering made easy

  1. Some great ideas here. I’m currently sorting through my belongings after moving back into my parents house, so this list will come in handy. I find myself getting attached to objects though, for sentimental reasons. How do you combat that?

  2. I have waaaaay too much clutter. But I just can’t bring myself to get rid of even the smallest bits of candles that I have left in the bottom – They smell too nice… (Eeeek!)

  3. I’m having a huge declutter right now in preparation for the baby. I’ve boxed up so many old books and placed most of their soft toys in a toy hammock up on the ceiling so their rooms don’t look so messy.

    Roxie |

  4. I love nothing better than a de clutter and this time of year is when I always seem to get the bug! I try not to keep or buy items we don’t need but with 5 of us in the house it’s inevitable! I actually have a post scheduled for next week about decluttering and why everyone should do it! Great post Jenny it’s always useful to have a list when completing jobs and yours is very comprehensive 😃

    Melanie |

  5. My husband would never let me get rid of old electronics… he always has a pile waiting to be taken apart for spare parts. 😉 Otherwise this is a great list, and it would also be a good declutter before you move list.

  6. Love this post Jenny! I love decluttering but always struggle with throwing things away because I can see a possible use in everything. It’s a double edged sword! xx

  7. Definitely a useful post and yes I’m definitely a mix of both , I’m constantly decluttering because I let things go once I get too busy , so every week I’ll reorganize once things start getting too crazy

  8. This is such a helpful list Jenny! My worst place for clutter is my wardrobe, I always just shove everything in there and intend to deal with it later 😂🙊. I really should have a clear out soon though. I actually enjoy it when I get going, it’s so relaxing. Thanks for sharing! 💖 xx

    Bexa |

  9. I very rarely read books multiple times, so I keep books around after I read them just because I like to hang on to them. A few weeks ago I convinced my parents to let me throw away all the old toothbrushes, there were about a million of them. I keep my living space very tidy but it used to be a disaster area, I just realized how much more I like being in my room when there isn’t crap piled to the ceiling. 🙂

  10. Im not a huge mim=nimalism person, but de-cluttering helps sooo much, its unreal.Throwing away my old stuff, and for me personally, even cutting my nails and hair short makes me de-stress and de-clutters my mind.Its so weird, yet so simple.Love this, great post!

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