10 Things to Toss Today! (Part 1)


Sometimes when it comes to decluttering the biggest problem we face is not knowing where (or even how) to start.

With this in mind, here are 10 things you might have cluttering your home unnecessarily that you can part with today!

  1. Pillows – do you have ’emergency’ pillows hanging around your house? These can be the first things to go.
  2. Old Hair Products – let’s face it, we all have too many hair products, so this is a great opportunity to go through them and get rid of ones that you don’t use anymore / have expired and are just taking up space.
  3. Boxes – sometimes it’s easy to want to hang on to boxes for products that you have bought – you know, just in case, but if it feels like the walls are closing in on you because of clutter, ridding yourself of useless boxes can be an easy way to slim the chaos.
  4. Belts – we all probably have too many belts, so a few minutes spent going through all your belts and slimming down your collection to the ones you use most will be a space saver.
  5. Hair Ties – we have hundreds of hair ties lying around our house and while they don’t take up much room, they serve as unnecessary clutter that you can quickly and easily part with.
  6. Free Samples – trust me, free samples aren’t very free when they are cluttering up your bathroom (or anywhere else for that matter). If you don’t use a free sample with a few days of receiving it – odds are – you’re not going to use it and it will become clutter. So go through any samples that you have and use them up or toss them!
  7. Single Socks – do you have single socks lying around that you are hoping will return to the rotation once you find the other ‘missing’ sock? Well, now is a great time to part with socks and free up some drawer space!
  8. Dish Towels – nasty dish towels seem to stick around for the same reason pillows do – just in case there’s an emergency need for a bunch of old towels – but in the meantime they are cluttering up your closet or cupboard, it’s time to move on from these.
  9. Junk Mail Folder – while it doesn’t take up space in your home, it takes up space in your email and can cause the same feelings of overwhelm. Take some time to go through your inbox and slim down the junk!
  10. Old Shoes – you know what I mean, they live in your closet and you keep passing them over because you might where them one time each year to maybe go somewhere, but you never do. Kick old shoes to the curb and save some space in your closet!

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Melissa Maker is an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.


  1. I need to declutter lots of things but definitely coffee mugs I no longer use. It annoys me every time I unload the dishwasher and run out of room for my good cups. Thanks for this video to help motivate me to get rid of them!

  2. Did you sneak into my house? Old pillows, towels, so many unused samples, old shoes and boxes. Why?? I have to get off the computer and do this right now!

  3. Melissa, great ideas for de-cluttering. Especially free samples for travel bags. My sister and I do this in our homes, but PLEASE STOP suggesting throwing everything out. MOST items can be donated somewhere. People just need to think about who could use them, like old pillows for dog shelters/rescues! Great idea, hadn’t thought of that one yet. Free samples can go to domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, or can be made into gift baskets for teens. You can also make zippie bags of certain samples (soaps, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, etc.) and hand them out to homeless on corners or medians. We can’t have all this waste in landfills, its just toooo much.

    • also dish towels that are old can convert to rags next before heading to textiles recycling which many towns have. There are bins at gas stations or random parking lots as you drive by that have bins that say “Clothing and Shoes” but are not Goodwill bins or “Salvation Army” bins, they are usually solid colors with no logos. Stop and look and some say on the fronts “for recycling” or “for textiles that need a second life” or something along those lines. They just require that you put all your old fabrics and broken shoes in plastic bags and knot them usually.

  4. I need ti de-clutter papers, I have a 3 foot counter completely covered with old mail, receipts, coupons, mail. I get rid of it and within 2 weeks family has piled counter up again. So frustrating. I we recently cleaned out my mothers house and I have approx. 30 bone china tea cups and saucers and about 1000 80+ years old, old pictures. What do I do with these???

    • If you don’t want the tea cups, you can donate them or you can pour candles in them and make gifts. I know some ladies have done that. Also, you could sell them! Many women want them for their collections or to use as gifts. What about a tea house locally? We have a tea room in town and they were asking for these when they opened. Look it up and see if you have one near you. As far as the photos, if you’re not sentimental or you have already picked through them for keepers, check with other family members who are doing a family tree or the family historian. They would want them to go through and they are very important to doing family history. Otherwise is there a local historical society near you or your mother’s house? They usually take them. Just make sure you tell them what family they belonged to. That’s important, too. Please don’t throw either of these away. Blessings!!!


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