Time To Declutter, Part 5 – 5 Things To Throw Away Now (Part 5 of 5)



Although we’ve taken care of the clutter in many rooms in the home there is still more clutter to purge. We still have stuff in the basement, playroom, workshop, attic or elsewhere in the home that we no longer need or even want.

Here are five things you should consider getting out of your home now:

  1. If you have an abundance of toys that your children have outgrown or no longer enjoy consider donating or selling these usable toys. Toys which are missing parts or are broken can be tossed out. Put any discarded toys made with recyclable materials in the recycle bin and trash the others.
  2. Sports equipment and exercise equipment you no longer plan to use should be removed from the home. Again, if the equipment is in good working order either donate these items or sell them.
  3. If your workshop has broken or rusted tools, dried paint cans, frayed paint brushes and unneeded household chemicals get rid of them. Make sure you determine how you should safely dispose of these types of items. Some communities have special hazemat days when they accept these kinds of items for disposal. It’s very important that any dangerous chemicals be disposed of correctly.


  1. Outdated medicine and vitamins need to be discarded. Check with your community to be sure of the guidelines regarding the disposal of medication. Some communities have places that accept medicine for disposal. Don’t simply toss the medicine in the trash or flush it down the toilet. Careless disposal of medicine can be dangerous to the environment.
  2. If you have old or unused batteries to discard check online at Call2Recycle to find the nearest location to drop off these batteries. Some communities also have bins for batteries at the recycling center.

Getting rid of clutter can seem overwhelming. That’s why you should break the project down into short work spans and not try to do too much at one time. Some people have found success by setting a timer for 15 to 30 minutes. You work on the clutter until the timer goes off and then you stop. You can return to the clutter clearing project later in the day or later in the week. If you work regularly for short periods of time you will gradually gain control over the clutter.

We have noted some clutter items you should get rid of now. There are quite a few additional items that contribute to clutter in the home. If you don’t really like having an item around the house and if it does not serve any purpose why keep it? Get rid of those things you don’t want and don’t need that are simply adding to a cluttered home.

Once you have finally obtained a clutter free home make it a point not the let the clutter overtake your life again. Spending a few minutes each day addressing potential clutter will keep it from accumulating throughout your home.