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We all hang on to things for far too long, toss them in the storage room/closet, close the door, and forget about them. The problem with doing this is that all those things are toxic, cluttered energy that is taking up your space and probably making you miserable without you even knowing.

I’m going to share 75 things to get rid of for a happier you and a more peaceful life. But first…

Here’s a tiny lesson in science for you.

Everything is energy. You, your house, your cat, your dishes, your hair, your money, your car. I mean everything. That’s fact. I didn’t make that up.

Now, the problem with energy is that some of it can be negative (toxic), and you don’t even realize it.

Why don’t we get rid of things that collect dust?

Now, I’m using the term ‘collect dust’ loosely here. We have lots of things we should get rid of that don’t physically collect dust. They’re just useless items (and sometimes even people) that need to go.

So, let me give you a very simple and quick lesson in Feng Shui now (don’t run away!!!! This is super important!)

In Feng Shui, the premise is to ensure you have balance and harmony in your space in order to live a peaceful, happy, prosperous life. Much of this has to do with the energy and things in your home.

Too many things and too much clutter are negative energy that kills your chance of having peace, love, prosperity, and success; you get the idea.

That’s your lesson for the day. Ha!!

Take Inventory of Your Space

When I say your space I mean your house, apartment, office, car. YOUR space and all the things in your space.

Is there a pile of clutter somewhere? A junk drawer? A closet that you can’t close the door on properly?

Take some time to go through this space and start getting rid of some of these things that are sucking the life out of you (you know they are).

And some of us hang on to sentimental items because we just can’t bear to part with them. Here’s how you can do that.

But wait, people can do that, too. Suck the life out of you. Toxic, negative, soul-sucking people. It might be time to get rid of them, too! You can find out how to do that here!

Anyway, let’s get to the list of the things to get rid of.

75 Things to Get Rid of For a Happier You

In no particular order of importance, here are 75 things to get rid of for a happier you and a more peaceful life.

  1. Broken kitchen appliances.
  2. Cracked mirrors.
  3. Pictures of exes (burn those suckers!).
  4. Old clothes you haven’t worn in ages.
  5. Dead batteries (most places have battery recycling centers).
  6. Anything that’s been broken for over a year that you have no intention of fixing (clearly, you don’t, or you would have fixed it by now).
  7. Earrings that are missing the other match.
  8. Socks that lost their partner in the dryer and it never returned.
  9. Tupperware containers that have no lids (they got lost with the socks) that you also never use anymore.
  10. Toxic people (this can include family members – limit your time with them – dump them – do what you gotta do, and maybe even your boyfriend/husband).
  11. Jewelry that you never use anymore and haven’t in years.
  12. Old books you don’t read anymore (great to donate to a women’s shelter or school).
  13. Garbage pails you don’t need.
  14. Plastic bags (I bet you have a hundred).
  15. Old makeup (Ew…I’m guilty of that too and just tossed a bunch).
  16. Old makeup brushes that have been washed way too many times and just don’t work anymore.
  17. Elastics that don’t elastic anymore.
  18. That ugly picture/wall hanging from Aunt Betty (you never liked it or her anyway).
  19. Folders/papers/pens (that probably ran dry anyway), and other random office/stationary stuff you haven’t used in forever.
  20. Tiny knickknacks that are so dusty you forget what they originally looked like.
  21. Christmas/Easter/Thanksgiving and any other holiday decor that’s so faded you’d be embarrassed to put them out.
  22. Old, gross, hard nail polish.
  23. Tools that no longer work.
  24. Pictures stored in the closet you don’t even look at anymore.
  25. Food that you won’t eat (most can be donated or just tossed in the garbage, for heaven’s sake).
  26. Outdated calendars (get with the times, Felicia. It’s 2024).
  27. Old receipts that are no longer useful because it’s too late to return the item anyway.
  28. Dishes and/or mugs that are cracked or chipped that you never use because they are damaged.
  29. Side note: Many of these broken things can be donated to shelters, libraries, schools, etc.
  30. Buttons. All of them.
  31. Old electronics that you don’t even remember how to use.
  32. Cables and wires that you have no clue what they should be plugged into.
  33. Remote controls you no longer need.
  34. Toys you surely don’t need (I know you don’t).
  35. Potpourri (that doesn’t smell anymore) and dried flowers that are deader than dead.
  36. Broken vases.
  37. Extra mismatched sheets (homeless shelters can use them!).
  38. Blankets you don’t use anymore (see #37).
  39. Purses you haven’t used in over a year.
  40. CD’s DVD’s you don’t use.
  41. Plastic water bottles.
  42. Burnt out light bulbs (why on earth do we save them in bags anyway?).
  43. Old cookbooks (you know you haven’t opened it since the dawn of Pinterest)
  44. Lamps you don’t use or need, or even want.
  45. Ketchup/Soy Sauce/Mustard packs from takeout that have been sitting in your fridge forever!
  46. Empty bottles/jars (I know you had good intentions when you saved them).
  47. Kitchen appliances you no longer used or only used once and didn’t care for it.
  48. Travel brochures.
  49. Expired gift cards.
  50. Take-out food menus.
  51. Old bottles of lotion, creams, moisturizers, etc. (They probably smell bad anyway). Why not make your own?
  52. Postcards. You went, you saw, it’s done.
  53. Jigsaw puzzles. They were fun. You did them. The fun is over.
  54. Old magazines.
  55. Crossword puzzle books that you’ve completed.
  56. Random furniture (little side tables, benches, etc.) that is stored in the garage because you have no room or need for it.
  57. Board games you haven’t played since they were invited.
  58. Boxes of old junk (you know what boxes I’m talking about).
  59. Coupons (do people even use those anymore?).
  60. Old pillows, or it could be time to toss the ones you have and buy new ones. This also includes couch cushions you hate. Toss ’em.
  61. Clothes that you don’t wear anymore.
  62. Bras that don’t fit you anymore.
  63. Old, worn-out panties (I just trashed a bunch of pairs a few months ago).
  64. Old cell phones you don’t use.
  65. Phonebooks (seriously).
  66. Expired medicine/vitamins/creams (they have expiry dates on them for a reason).
  67. Catalogues (why on earth do you still have those anyway?).
  68. Envelopes, folders, and other paper products you don’t use (no one does).
  69. Old wallets.
  70. Stained clothes of all kinds that you never wear.
  71. Old shoes/boots that maybe don’t fit or you don’t like anymore.
  72. Plastic utensils/plates/etc.
  73. Old flower pots.
  74. Manuals and instruction books for appliances you bought a long time ago, and I’m pretty sure you know how to use them by now.
  75. Any tool or household item (utensils, etc.) that is rusty and gross. You can donate these, too.
  76. Old clothes and items from your children (who are now in their 30s, 40s and beyond). Give them back to them and if they don’t want them, these items can easily be donated too.

Summary of Things to Get Rid of to Be Happy

This is a pretty comprehensive list of all the crappy little things you got lying around the house that should be tossed. Once you start getting rid of these things, I promise you, you will notice your life start changing.

I kid you not.

If you have a hard time decluttering or it seems exhausting and frustrating, try setting a date on the calendar and only doing one hour at a time to get started.

This doesn’t have to be a sprint. Decluttering can also be a marathon. Take your time and watch how the energy in your space starts lifting and you feel freer, lighter and happier.

xo iva xo

Author: Iva Ursano

Title: Writer

Expertise: Anti-Aging, Mental Health

Iva is a 60-something woman, originally from Northern Ontario, Canada, who now resides in sunny Guatemala. She helps women over 50 love the skin they're in and empowers them to live their best lives ever. When she's not blogging, she's out on her scooter feeding and rescuing street dogs.  

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