Things to Get Rid of in 2021 | Decluttering Challenge


Things to Get Rid of in 2021 | Happy New Year! Whether resolutions are your thing or not, choosing to better yourself is a great way to start off a new year. And how better to begin than to declutter your life? This is a PERFECT list of things you need to get rid of this year. These are junk pieces that we all have, and yet somehow never use, because truth be told — no one really needs them.

Getting rid of these things is a HUGE step. Decluttering is by far the easiest way to simplify your lifestyle, moving towards an intentional life and a purposeful home. You’ll be able to see and feel the difference right away, which is a huge motivator to keep going.

Get out some garbage bags, recycling bins, donation boxes — and get ready to go back to basics.

things you need to get rid of | decluttering challenge 2021

Things to Get Rid of in 2021 | 2021 Decluttering Challenge

Expired/extra makeup

In all likelihood, you have more than you’ll ever use. If you’re not a makeup artist, you probably don’t need more than a few eyeshadow palettes, and you can depot any favourite colours into a magnetic palette to store & use. This way, you maximize your space, minimize your clutter, and don’t lose anything.

Extra hangers

Not only is this a way to declutter, it’s also a great way to keep yourself from buying too many clothes. If what you have doesn’t fit on your hangers, don’t let yourself get more.

Junk mail

Expired coupons, old bank statements, flyers & anything you don’t plan on opening.

Books you will never read again

One of my goals for 2021 is to read a book every week, which means my collection is expanding significantly. While some books aren’t going anywhere, if I’ve read it and don’t plan on repeating it, I’m gonna try to pass it on to either a thrift store or someone who will enjoy reading it after me.

Appliances/Tools you’re not using anymore

Tempting though it may be, it’s not worth holding onto something just because you paid for it.

Mugs/Travel cups/Dishes you NEVER use

Trash in your purse

Hair/skin products you don’t use

Any else guilty of hopping on board with sales and/or trends? This has left me with a bathroom full of products that I didn’t like, can’t return, and will never ever buy again. It’s time to toss those babies and declutter your life.

Clothes that don’t fit

Clothes you didn’t wear this year

This was a weird year, so take this one with a grain of salt — but if you don’t have a reason to wear it in the next 12 months, it’s probably time to let it go.

Old emails

This one’s a bit of a personal attack for me — I always have a full email inbox, and the important ones have a habit of getting lost in the clutter. But no more! Not this year. Time to clear them out and move on with my life.

Pens that don’t work

Pictures you never hung up

Home decor you hate

Your space is your own. Your home really should be a place where you can feel at peace, comfortable, and relaxed.

Unhealthy friendships

Old papers you don’t need

ANYTHING in your junk drawer that you haven’t pulled out in the last 12 months

Old calendars

Excess cables/cords

You really don’t need 6 backup phone cords “just in case”.

Any expired foods in your pantry

Storage dishes without lids

Worn out shoes

Worn out shoes

None of these things are needs this year. They’re just not. And while it’s entirely human to collect things for backups, it’s not healthy to fill a home with unnecessary items. Do yourself a favour, and minimize your life, workload, and space this 2021!

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