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Things to Throw Out
I found this neat article - 25 Things to Throw Out Today - Thought I would review my status.

1. Clothing and Shoes You Haven't Worn in the Last 18 Months
There are a few items of very nice clothing that don't fit me, however, I'm going to open an Etsy store or Ebay store and sell them. Perhaps six items total. Due to weight loss, I've been forced to clear out most items that I can't wear. Just took a large bag yesterday.

2. Old Paint
Being a home owner, paint cans from various projects are a constant reality. I did clear out a lot of old paint cans last year. Will try to do more in the spring.

3. Contents of the Junk Drawer
Must give that drawer another look. I'm always afraid I will NEED that widget.

4. Dated Receipts, Paychecks, and Bills
I have 6 bankers boxes of various papers that are due to be sorted. Can't do it till folks downstairs move out.

5. Unread Books
NOT HAPPENING- That's my to be read pile.  However, there are a few boxes of old romances that need to be re-housed.

6. Expired Medicines and Vitamins
Did this a few weeks ago.

7. Cups and Mugs
I don't keep any chipped mugs or dishes.

8. Plastic Containers
I'm pretty ruthless with these, have started to move to glass containers. Once the lid or bottom has vanished, it's out.

9. Linens
Did this a few months ago. Wonderful to be able to just grab what I need, rather than burrow through sheets etc, that I don't use.

10. Power Cords
Must give that box of wires another go over.

11. Magazines
Don't let them find a resting place in the house, as I tend to keep them. Now, I read them, pull pages that interest me and recycle.

12. Spices
I keep my herbs/spices this way. Only have a few bags of excess on a shelf. Use the bulk store to re-stock my little bottles.

13. Old Greeting Cards
Kept one neat Xmas card this year. The rest have been tossed. For years I kept them, never did anything with them.

14. DVDs, VHS and Audio Tapes, CDs and Video Games
I just keep ones I will watch again. Video games etc left by sister and nephew have been donated to others. (after 3 years, I figured that they weren't going to use them)

15. Makeup
Did this a few weeks ago. Again, wonderful to just reach for what I want without pawing through unused or old stuff.

16. Old Underwear, Socks, and Bras
Done did- just sorted socks again on Sunday.

17. Dated Technology, Including Old Cell Phones
There are a few in a box must get rid of them.

18. Coat Hangers
Done. I only keep good wood or padded hangers.

19. Toys
There are a few good toys for potential renters of downstairs, I may re-think this and donate them.

20. Those "Fix It Up" Projects

21. Cribs, Car Seats, and Other Baby/Toddler Products
Not a problem here.

22. Perfumes and Colognes
I have two or three bottles, they still smell nice, but as I rarely wear it- can't with work- it's a bit of a problem knowing what to do. Should I try to find a new scent?

23. Jewelry
I need to do this- I have some pendants with broken chains, orphaned earrings, tangled beyond repair chains.

24. Rugs
There is one downstairs- dear brother need to take it.

25. Food
Sorted a pile a few months ago. Time to go through the freezer.



2012-01-19 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

This is a great list - thanks for posting it!

I rearranged a couple of rooms in my apartment a year ago, but shoved way too much stuff I didn't want to deal with into closets. Got one closet mostly cleared out around Christmas when I was expecting guests. My 'to throw out' list begins with bags and boxes crammed into my closets!


2012-01-20 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)

nods, I have a lot still to do


2012-01-19 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

I regularly go over a number of those items on the list.

Others I won't because I don't want to!

I'm generally not inclined towards hoarding and cluttering, but there are a few exceptions. Old jewellery won't ever get thrown away. Many old greeting cards and bits and pieces stay around in boxes, just because I LOVE having boxes full of whimsical "treasures" – I need that to entertain my inner child.


2012-01-20 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)

I have a few boxes of this sort of thing, will be difficult to know what to do with them when the time comes. Might scan some.


2012-01-19 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Okay, I'm stealing this list. I never am able to remember what to sift through and I'm easily overwhelmed. So I opt to do nothing instead.

Although, in my favour, I used to hoard things because they might be useful later? I have been vindicated! Both the boys and Megan always come around for a good rummage when they need something and they can't afford to buy it new. :D Gar (son #2) was even making a pot roast over the weekend and didn't have a nice big pan to cook it in. Well, with all the kids gone it's just me and hubby now, I have a huge casserole dish I only use at Thanksgiving. Yep, you guess where the big casserole dish went. :D


2012-01-19 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

To a point. A simple thing- sort the socks, throw out all the orphans: ones you don't wear - those can go to thrift shops.

Sheets/ towels- holes, tears- out, ones you don't use - keep 2-3 sets for each bed- offer to family- if no takers- out to thrift shop.

Coat hangers- they breed- keep only good ones, toss/thrift all wire, broken, bent etc.

Chipped, cracked dishes are health hazard - out they go.


2012-01-19 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

22. Perfumes and Colognes
I have two or three bottles, they still smell nice, but as I rarely wear it- can't with work- it's a bit of a problem knowing what to do. Should I try to find a new scent?

You could always start wearing "The Melancholy Life and Death of Nikola Tesla" :D


2012-01-19 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)


2012-01-19 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Meeps, this is what I'm doing.

I'm glad to see shoes aren't mentioned!


2012-01-19 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

They are protected, as books are.


2012-01-20 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)

This is a damned useful list. Abourt every three years I get rid of the clothing that is worn out or I haven't worn. I don't keep wire hangers. They get recycled along with paper, magazines, plastic and , metal cans. I'm fortunate that every week when our household trash/garbage is picked up, the recyclables are picked up too.

But I do have a good many cables and old floppy discs that I need to dispose of. Weeded out the old cell phone stuff last year.

Need to buy some kitty litter so I can mix it in with the old paint that needs to be done away with. That won't be picked up unless the paint is dry in the cans.


2012-01-20 01:05 am (UTC) (Link)

We can drop paint off at Home Depot and other stores, also our local waste depot has drop-off. I have three old cell phones to get rid of, will drop them at the library Friday- they send them to women's shelters I think.


2012-01-20 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)

I need to do magazines and linens.

For your old romances you should check out '' It doesn't get rid of them completely, but it doesn't allow you to swap out old stuff for stuff you haven't read.


2012-01-20 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)

That's a US only site. Most of these are from the one international swap site- bookmooch. I'm not reading romances at the moment. Not sure what I will get into next, busy with home, travel stuff. Trouble focusing on books lately


2012-01-20 08:43 am (UTC) (Link)

I try to sort that kind of stuff regularly but it's amazing how quickly crap accumulates.


2012-01-20 10:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Good list. Might give that a go myself at the weekend. Do I need that white Ikea rug more than I need the space it takes up? Not really, I just feel bad about the cash - but it was £15. It did its job well, and its job is now over. Let it go!

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