7 things you could throw away to make yourself feel better

This time of year is a great time to have a clear out, get rid of all the clutter in your kitchen cupboards or throw out the things you don't need or want and are filling up your dresser drawers and taking space that could be used for something better.

We all spend so much time (and money) buying and storing things we rarely use just because we can. Or more to the point, we hold onto things we no longer use or need.



1. Old make up


We're all guilty of it aren't we? We buy that shade of lipstick thinking it will look amazing only to learn that the colour looks totally wrong on you and you'll never use it again. But you don't throw it away. You think to yourself "what if I change my mind?" - but will you, really?

The same goes for old nail polish, eye shadow, all of it. Check the use by date and if it has passed throw it in the bin. 





If you've had something for more than six months, and it's still not repaired, it's clutter. 

Gretchen Rubin





2. Frayed or stained towels


Towels are one of those things I hold onto forever - even when they're really tatty and don't do the job they're meant for anymore. I have towels that are older than BP! But recently I was in the supermarket and saw some lovely looking fluffy towels and wondered why mine don't look like that anymore. The honest answer is because they're so old and so I decided to throw out all the old towels, the ones that are stained or not useful anymore and I bought some new ones. The new ones are much better and I won't have to think about getting new ones again for a while.



3. Old glasses or sunglasses


Being someone who has had hundreds of pairs of glasses over the years this is definitely something I'm guilty of hoarding. And the stupid thing is I have no idea why - it's not like I can use them again because the reason I get new glasses is because my prescription has changed and the old ones don't do the job anymore. Yet I still keep them! Crazy. 

When I had laser-eye surgery I did throw out all my old glasses, thinking that I wouldn't need them again. However, after my eyes reverted and I've now had glasses for years again I have a huge store of old glasses that I'll never use. I really need to get into the habit of throwing the old ones away. Keeping one set is okay, just in case you lose or break your current ones but any more that that is completely pointless.





4. Old electronics


Okay so this isn't really one I can say much about - the Hubby is a huge hoarder and refuses to throw away old electronics because they "might be useful one day". I don't know when this day will come but it's there, just in case. 

To be honest though what the Hubby keeps are things like old consoles (think Nintendo GameCube and Playstation 1) and given that he has worked in the games industry for more than 20 years I guess I have to let him off. 

What you should be throwing away though are things that don't have any value - old remote controls for the TV you got rid of 5 years ago, the old microwave that packed in. They're just taking up space and you will never use them again.



5. Old receipts


Again I have a habit of having a handbag full of old receipts, they get screwed up into the bottom of my handbag and I don't bother to clear them out. I'm not keeping them for any reason in particular, especially the supermarket receipts, but they're there filling up my handbag with what is essentially rubbish. 


The inside of your handbag could look like this!


Occasionally I'll clear out the receipts, checking to make sure I don't need any of them, and my bag always feels tons lighter. I feel better too because I have lots more space in my handbag for a whole new range of receipts!



6. Old bedding


Bedding is one of those things you use again and again, even when it gets holes in it or looks so old and tatty that you can barely fit it to the bed without it falling apart. A couple of times I have been in bed, turned over, and my foot has gone through the sheet. It was so worn that it couldn't cope with my leg sliding over it anymore - that's when you know it's time to buy new!



7. Lidless Tupperware containers


Okay admit it, you have hundreds of containers in a cupboard in your kitchen that no longer have lids. They did once but the lid went missing decades ago and you still haven't been able to find it. Well... me too. I went through my cupboard recently because it annoyed me each time I needed a container and couldn't find the lid. 

I pulled out all the containers and lids and paired them up, if a container had no lid it went in the bin. I now have a cupboard full of sorted containers and it is much easier to get a container when I need it - they even have the lids attached!





The more I examine the issue of clutter, the more effort I put into combating it, because it really does act as a weight. 

Gretchen Rubin





A quick clear out of these things will make you feel so much better. A lot of the time we hold onto our old things thinking that we need to when in fact buying something new will feel a whole lot better and you'll get rid of the old and tatty things.




When did you last have a clear out?



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36 comments

  1. I need to do a few of these, especially those old receipts and makeup. It's so hard for me to throw makeup away.

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    1. I hear you Crystal! My stash of receipts is ridiculous - and make up? I don't even wear it most of the time but I have loads that is really out of date. 🙈

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  2. I'm definitely guilty of keeping old receipts that need sorting and throwing. And where do all the tuperware lids go!
    #bigpinklink

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    1. I know right?! I think there must be some tupperware lid monster that eats them! I'm just glad I was able to sort out mine recently - the cupboard is much more organised now. 😊

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  3. I love throwing old stuff out. It takes me a while, but getting rid of stained tea towels or pulled jumpers is so cathartic! x

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    1. You're so right! It really does feel good to throw away old things - perhaps it's because we know we'll have to go shopping to replace them! 😉

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  4. Your so right Morgan, I am guilty of saving lots of these thing. I started chucking my old make up away before Christmas as I had it over the used by date. Trouble is I forgot to replace it!! I wa goingto look for some after Christmas and forgot. Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays. Hope to see you on Wednesday :)

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  5. Tossing out the old makeup TODAY! #bigpinklink

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  6. Love this! I regularly declutter and chuck these out - although weirdly I seem to struggle with towels. I've had the majority of ours for quite some time! I don't know when I'll ever learn though and buy colours which would stay. There's nothing more depressing than seeing white towels that have aged into a washed out grey #AnythingGoes

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    1. Oh I know! I hate to look at my once-white towels, I don't usually pay attention but when I do I have the urge to go shopping!

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  7. It is amazing how much rubbish we old on to, I so need to do a declutter X #familyfunlinky

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  8. omg tuppaware the bane of my life! i always have a pile of tubs and lids that dont match each other and fall out of the cupboard whenever I open it! #dreamtean

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    1. Haha, yep mine did that too before I sorted them out. It annoyed me so much that I decided to sort out the cupboard!

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  9. Lidless Tupperware!! I always have a few of these kicking around - strange that there are rarely bottomless lids...

    Seriously though, great list. I think everyone keeps linens forever, until they are literally full of holes or unusable. But fresh new ones are so much nicer! And a purse purge - even more necessary when you have kids! Who know how long that sucker or random snack bar has been in the bottom of your bag!
    ~Jess
    #FamilyFun

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    1. Totally Jess, I've emptied out bags and found cereal bars that are more than a year old, or lollipops I thought I'd long since thrown away. I have less use for those these days as my boys are older so it's just the receipts!

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  10. Tupperware with no lids and lids with no pots- just have so much that I can't bring myself to sort it out! I always hang on to old sheets/ towels to cover furniture when decorating and then never find where I've put them. Very useful ;-) #FabFridayPost

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    1. Haha yep! I do that too! Thanks Jenny. xx

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  11. Oh my gosh Morgan I am guilty of every single one of these. Now that's embarrassing, I really must do something about it. #Fabfridaypost

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  12. All the yeses to these! I love how throwing away old things that you don't need any more (or giving them away) can make you feel that much lighter. It's funny isn't it. I do this with old jeggings *makes note to throw away giant old stash. ;-) Thanks so joining us for the #DreamTeam linky xx

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    1. Thanks Annette, that's not a bad idea actually - think I've got a stash of old jeggings too!

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  13. I desperately need to have a clear out of all of these. Except Tupperware, strangely that’s the one area of my home thats actually ok ��
    Thank you for joining #FamilyFunLinky x

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    1. Haha, how odd! I think you're the first person I know who keeps their tupperware organised! 😂 Thanks Alana xx

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  14. I'm definitely in need of a declutter again!! Need to get rid of some electronics! Thanks for encouraging us to clear up! It will make life easier. Thanks for linking up with us #FabFridayPost

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    1. It really will Sarah. And you'll feel better after having a clear out too. :)

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  15. I'm so with you hen it comes to using things till there's holes in them and then replacing them with gorgeous new products. My hubby on the other hand tries to find yet another use for them. #bigpinklink

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  16. I have all of this! All of it. I need to print this off and go around the house being ruthless! I'm really really bad for hoarding. Thanks for bringing some organisation to the #bigpinklink this week!

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  17. I am such a hoarder of all of these things you've mentioned and more!! I need to be more ruthless!! #DreamTeam

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    1. Do it! Go through your house and be ruthless! 😉

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  18. 3 years ago we moved from a house to an apartment (ugh, that's a story in itself) and we did somemajor decluttering. Half our (crap) stuff went to my inlaws and we only took what we (thought) we needed. The we decluttered midway through at the inlaws, to make room for my poor mom-inlaws car! :( Recently, we moved to our own home again, yeah, and purged prior. And now we are in the midst of sorting the 4 year old stuff we havent used for years at the inlaws. Amazing how we hold on to things. Truth is I love to rid myself of clutter, but my three other humans don't feel the same way, and the second something is lost, "Mommy, did you throw that out?" xoxo #FabFridayPost xo

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    1. Haha I know that feeling! I'm the one that likes to declutter but the Hubby likes to keep things! 🙈

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