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  • Products which are out of date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  • Out of date medication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  • Products which are out of date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  • Food products which are out of date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!


  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 | thebeautifulbluebird.com

  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 | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

  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 | http://www.hellobexa.com

  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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