70 THINGS TO GET RID OF FOR MINIMALIST LIVING

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Have you just discovered minimalism and you want to start decluttering your life? Or are you well-advanced on your minimalist journey and have made a lot of progress? Either way, this list of things to get rid of will help you embrace minimalist living!

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Minimalist living involves that you declutter and get rid of excess things so that you can live more simply and intentionally.

Of course, you can practice minimalism in every aspect of your life. This includes your relationships, your schedule, your digital life, your diet, and many more.

But physically getting rid of stuff also plays a major role. It helps you gain clarity, eases the cleaning process, and has plenty of other benefits.

However, we sometimes may not know where to begin when it comes to decluttering. The book Goodbye Things by Fumio Sasaki has been of huge help on my decluttering journey.

Since I decluttered a lot lately, I came up with a list of 70 things to get rid of for minimalist living in the hope to inspire you in the process.

I’m sure that you won’t regret letting go of the majority of these items and that you won’t miss them!

But by no means you have to declutter all of them, these are only suggestions. Just adapt the list to your lifestyle and take what you want from it.

This checklist is supposed to help you simplify and inspire you to minimize the excess and declutter your home.

70 things to get rid of for minimalist living

The living room

  1. VHS tapes
  2. CDs
  3. DVDs
  4. Outdated magazines
  5. Board games that you never play
  6. Home decor that has no meaning to you
  7. Extra furniture
  8. Used-up candles
  9. Books that you’ll never read
  10. Books that you’ve read but don’t plan on reading again
  11. Textbooks from college

The kitchen

  1. Expired food
  2. Food that you don’t like and won’t eat
  3. Old spices
  4. Tupperware containers with no lid
  5. Spare measuring spoons
  6. Chipped mugs or plates
  7. Broken appliances
  8. Recipe books you never use
  9. Extra table cloths
  10. Aprons you never wear

The bedroom

  1. Flat pillows that hurt your neck
  2. Excessive decorative pillows
  3. Extra linens
  4. Television
  5. Things in your nightstand drawer
  6. Chairs you only use to put your clothes on 
  7. Word signs
  8. Dead plants
  9. Old and uncomfortable slippers
  10. Spare picture frames

The bathroom

  1. Excess towels
  2. Expired toiletries
  3. Old perfumes
  4. Expired medication
  5. Old make-up
  6. Samples you’ll never use
  7. Broken hair styling accessories
  8. Old toothbrushes
  9. Dried-out nail polish
  10. Stretched-out hair ties

The closet

  1. Itchy sweaters
  2. Worn-out clothing
  3. Clothing that doesn’t fit
  4. Clothing that you don’t like anymore or that is not your style
  5. Special occasion clothing
  6. Old underwear 
  7. Socks with holes in them or without a match
  8. Tights with runs 
  9. Shoes that hurt your feet
  10. Worn-out shoes
  11. Tarnished jewelry
  12. Wire hangers

Miscellaneous items

  1. Empty products
  2. Manuals for appliances
  3. Seasonal decorations that you never take out
  4. Electronic cords you don’t know where they go to
  5. Toys your kids never play with
  6. Broken toys
  7. Junk mail
  8. Planners from several years ago
  9. Knick-knacks in your junk drawer
  10. Old cell phones 
  11. Sports equipment for sports you never play
  12. Old receipts
  13. Wrapping paper scraps
  14. Cardboard boxes from online shopping
  15. Store rewards cards for stores you never go to
  16. Things you don’t know the purpose of 
  17. Pens that don’t work

You’ve made it through the entire list! Your space should look a lot less cluttered now! I hope you could find some ideas for what to declutter in your home.

Remember that this list was only filled with suggestions and you may probably want to keep some of these items in your life. By no means you should declutter something that brings value to you.

Also, please try to responsibly get rid of these things, either by selling, donating, or recycling them.

When we throw things away, there is no such thing as “away”. They are still somewhere on the planet.

Tell me in the comments, what have you managed to get rid of from this list today? And which items have you decided to keep?

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15 Replies to “70 THINGS TO GET RID OF FOR MINIMALIST LIVING”

  1. Appliance manuals are good to keep for a variety of reasons. One: If you ever need to repair the appliance. 2. If you ever sell an appliance. Worth more with manual.

    1. I haven’t noticed any difference in price with or without manual when attempting to sell appliances, but I guess it depends on the product you want to sell.
      If you can sell it for a higher price with a manual, that’s definitely a good idea to keep it! 😉

      1. The buzz word here is “most”…. It is easier to go to my file and pull out the manual that to sit in front of my computer and go hunting for it. Navigating some of these sites do not go smoothly.

  2. I have being a minimalism for years, declustered many many items. I can assure this way is very mindful activity in the life. Being minimalist helps you saving more money, you will pay less for any stuff. your home will be clean!

  3. What I struggle with is what to do with certain things, as I don’t want them to go to landfill. Things like part used moisturiser and other toiletries, as charity shops won’t take them if opened. Also I struggle getting rid of things that have been in the family a long time, such as my grandfather’s wallet from the 30’s, or paintings (half finished) my late father-in-law painted. But I have only one child who is a minimalist and will not want them, and I feel like they are burdening me.

    1. Thanks for your perspective Amber!

      Oh, I can relate so much to what you said about not wanting to declutter something because you don’t want it to end up in a landfill. It is probably one of my biggest struggles as well! But you know, sometimes, things are just trash and throwing them away is the only option we have, so we need to let go of our guilt.
      For half-used beauty or skincare products, I always ask close family members or friends if they want them because they don’t mind getting something that has already been opened or used.

      Family heirlooms are another category that’s hard to declutter as most of them are of sentimental value! For those, trying to sell them really helps me let them go. I tell myself that the family member it belonged to would not want me to feel burdened by their stuff.
      Plus, getting some money out of them and knowing someone will use them helps me to get rid of them. Of course, you don’t have to let anything go if you truly love or want it; don’t feel pressured to declutter something when you actually do not want to.

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