1. Old magazines
Get rid of old magazines you have lying around because chances are, you aren’t going to read them again. Find places where you can donate your magazines to such as child care centers, doctor’s offices, nail salons, nursing homes, and libraries. If there’s an article that really speaks to you, scan a digital image of it and keep it in your computer.
2. Receipts, bills, and documents
Throw away receipts for items that you aren’t planning on returning, and ones that you won’t need to use come tax time. If you’re wary of throwing away receipts, you can make a digital copy of them with a basic scanner.
Use the two-year-rule for clothes — get rid of apparel that you haven’t worn in two years. Sell them to a thrift store or donate them to the needy.
Go through your bookshelf and gather together books you haven’t touched in months and ones that you aren’t planning on rereading. Be realistic and make sure you’re ruthless. If you haven’t touched it in a year, you’re most likely not going to read it again. Sell the books online. You can always donate them as well!
5. Medicine and vitamins
Take a look at your medicine closet and clear out drugs that have expired, medicine that has sat on your shelf for too long, or ones that you no longer use.
6. Makeup and perfume
Go through your beauty cabinet and get rid of makeup that’s too old or that you don’t use.
Go through your jewelry and dispose of the broken costume jewelry and make plans to sell ones that you don’t wear.
Go through your pantry and fridge and clear out items that need to be thrown out — the old, unused, and rotting. Do this weekly instead of monthly, just to make sure you don’t have any unpleasant surprises!
9. Some memorabilia
Many organising experts advise to be ruthless and throw away memorabilia like cards and gifts you don’t use. I agree, but I think you can keep some of them by perhaps creating some sort of poster with old cards or designating a small shoe box for memorabilia. Resolve to throw away anything that can’t fit into the box.
I don’t know about you, but I have a ton of notebooks lying around. Take a look at them and throw out the ones that you no longer need. My notebooks are filled with notes from classes I take and notes from meetings.
11. Old or unused electronics
Have an electric piano you don’t use? Or maybe you just never got around to getting rid of your old laptop or cell phone. Sell your electronics.