What to toss to de-clutter for 2023

Happy New Year!

As we look around our homes after the holiday rush, you might find yourself saying: "How did it get this out of control?!"

Just as my blood pressure started to rise and I felt like the producers of hoarders would soon be calling, The Today show put together a list of 100 things to toss from your home in the new year! I must admit that many of their suggestions are on point. I mean, who doesn't have expired food in their pantry or freezer and why did I keep a coffee mug that is chipped when I have 20 more?

I will say when you get past Kitchen and Bathroom, I followed almost every suggestion. Many I hadn't even realized I was holding on to. I personally printed out the list and am planning on taking one room per weekend until I get it done. I would also encourage that if your items are still in somewhat good condition like clothes and shoes that don't fit, costume jewelry you don't wear, kids toys, etc. find a donation center near you and give them away.

Happy Cleaning!

For Example:


  • Expired food and condiments in the fridge
  • Frozen food so old you don’t even remember what it is
  • Expired spices
  • Leftover seasonal or themed party plates or napkins you’ll never use again
  • Plastic containers with missing lids
  • Chipped coffee cups
  • Rusted or broken tools or appliances
  • Cookbooks you never open
  • Extra water bottles
  • Ratty dish towels
  • Extra flower delivery vases


  • Expired makeup
  • Expired sunscreen
  • Stretched-out rubber bands
  • Old toothbrushes
  • Ratty washcloths
  • Extra towels (Two to three per person is enough)
  • Loofahs that have seen better days
  • Dried-up nail polish
  • Extra bath products
  • Extra cleaning supplies
  • Half-empty perfume samples
  • Extra travel-sized toiletries
  • Potpourri that’s lost its scent
  • Fancy bar soap you’ll never use
  • The disposable razors you purchased but realized you hated using
  • Extra promotional makeup bags
  • Expired medicine (Make sure to flush excess or dispose at proper location )


  • Books you’ve already readThe stack of magazines you’ll never have time to read
  • Old pillows (They should be replaced every year.)
  • Excessive decorative throw pillows
  • The side chair you throw all your clothes on
  • Broken window blinds
  • Yellowed lampshades
  • Papers you don’t need anymore
  • Old cell phones or tablets
  • Costume jewelry you don’t ever wear
  • That cup/bowl/bucket of loose change (Cash it in!)
  • Candle stubs

Kids Room

  • Dried-out markers and art supplies
  • Broken crayons
  • Broken toys
  • Clothes they’ve grown out of
  • Toys they don’t play with anymore
  • Furniture they’re too big for now
  • Extra artwork

Hall Closet

  • Moth-ruined coats or scarves
  • Broken umbrellas
  • Almost-empty rolls of wrapping paper
  • Broken items
  • Extra blankets you never use
  • Just-in-case gifts you keep on hand but never use
  • That old vacuum that doesn't suck
  • Old holiday decorations you don’t use anymore
  • Plastic bins that just take up space
  • The air bed that sinks when anyone gets on it
  • The ratty old suitcases you never use anymore
  • Dusting cloths that have seen better days


  • Broken, rusted or duplicate tools
  • Sports equipment that no longer gets used
  • Deflated sports balls
  • That old refrigerator that doesn’t work anymore
  • Things you’re saving for a future garage sale that’s never going to happen
  • Old potting soil you no longer need
  • Extra paint for a color that’s no longer in your house
  • Unfinished DIY projects that will never get completed
  • Extra home improvement supplies that you’ll never need
  • The picnic basket you haven’t used in years
  • Boxes for appliances or gadgets you’re saving just in case
  • The folding card table that’s scratched or broken

For more tips including what to toss from your home office and living room click here

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