It’s a familiar scenario: you’ve accumulated a collection of items, whether from purchases or gifts, with the intention of using them ‘someday.’ In reality, that ‘someday’ rarely arrives, leaving these unused items to claim valuable space in your home – and sometimes your budget – with little to no benefit in return.
If this sounds all too familiar, it’s time to address the situation and reclaim your space. Recognizing and parting ways with these items is crucial for maintaining a clean, safe, and well-organized home.
Here are 16 useless items that clutter your home and practically serve no purpose.
Old Cell Phones
Holding onto old cell phones doesn’t usually serve a practical purpose, especially if they’re outdated and just cluttering up your space. Chances are, you won’t be powering them up again so consider locating a store or recycling center that accepts cell phones and take the step to dispose of them today.
If you have broken appliances or ones you no longer use, it’s a good idea to part ways with them. You can donate or dispose of appliances that can’t be repaired or have lost their usefulness. This will free up space in your kitchen, giving you more room to work and opening up extra countertop or cabinet space.
Old Power Cords
Technology is evolving so rapidly these days, so it’s a good idea to consider parting with that cord you’re still holding onto from your last cell phone or laptop. In most cases, those older power cords are incompatible with newer devices, making them unnecessary clutter.
What’s the likelihood of you repurposing or reusing that old toothbrush? Probably small. Dental experts suggest swapping out your toothbrush every three to four months. Unless you have intentions of scrubbing grout or buffing your shoes with that old toothbrush, it’s probably best to part ways with it.
Many of us tend to hold onto memorabilia that carries sentimental value, whether old greeting cards or receipts from a foreign train pass. Over time, these items can accumulate and occupy valuable space in our homes. It’s a good idea to set aside some time to review your memorabilia collection. Keep deeply significant items and consider recycling or discarding the rest to declutter your living space.
Worn Loofahs and Sponges
Sponges and loofahs tend to accumulate bacteria over time. It’s a good idea to swap them out every one to two months or even earlier if you spot mold or detect an off-putting odor. If you’re aiming for a more hygienic bathing routine, consider switching from sponges and poufs to a washcloth that you can wash after each use.
Expired drugs, medications, or vitamins could potentially pose risks to your health if consumed. Consider taking a moment to go through your medicine cabinet and gather any expired pills, antacids, laxatives, or cold medicines you may have accumulated, ensuring they are properly disposed of.
Check your clothing for signs of permanent damage, like rips, tears, stubborn stains, or smells. Unless they hold personal meaning, it’s better to part with them and focus on maintaining clothes in good shape.
Clothes That No Longer Fit
Many of us have clothes in our closets that no longer fit or suit us. It is unlikely that you will make it to the seamstress to alter it or find the time to wear it after all these years. You can donate or sell them to make space for clothes that make you look and feel your best.
It’s time to consider parting with the free tote bags and t-shirts you received from a giveaway or for being a loyal customer. Unless you’re actively using them, these items are occupying precious space.
Expired Skincare Products
Review your makeup bag and skincare collection for products that have expired. Using cosmetics past their expiration dates can lead to skin irritation or skin infections. It’s a good idea to eliminate items that have gone bad and replace them with new ones.
Gym owners often rely on the fact that a percentage of their paying members will never actually step foot in the gym. If you’re one of the many who haven’t used your gym membership, it might be a wise move to consider canceling it and saving a substantial amount of money in the process.
It’s likely that those product samples, such as shampoo, conditioner, perfume, and skincare items you’ve collected from hotels or giveaways, will go unused. Often, they’re just cluttering up space. Consider sorting through your stash to free up room for the full-size products you use.
Once you’ve completed your move or unpacked your delivered items, you’re often left with empty cardboard boxes that can quickly clutter your space. It’s a practical decision to let go of these cardboard boxes, as the chances of needing them again in the near future are quite slim.
Soap scraps have a tendency to pile up in the shower. Unless you’ve got a way to combine all those soap scraps scattered around your shower into a functional bar of soap, it’s best to toss them out.
Dried Up Wipes
Flushable wipes often find their way into our bathrooms, but it’s not uncommon for us to forget to properly seal the packaging, leading them to dry out. If this happens, it’s a sign that it’s time to dispose of them. Additionally, it’s important to note that despite their labeling, flushable wipes can cause issues for your toilets and drains.
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Tamara White is the creator and founder of The Thrifty Apartment, a home decor and DIY blog that focuses on affordable and budget-friendly home decorating ideas and projects. Tamara documents her home improvement journey, love of thrifting, tips for space optimization, and creating beautiful spaces.