It’s only January 2nd and I’ve already knocked about five things off the list in an hour of cleaning motivation. It’s totally manageable!

Everyone, and I truly mean EVERYONE, wants to declutter their homes in the new year. It’s just this innate thing that we humans share – a desire to throw out the old to make room for the new, especially now that everything that ever touched the year 2020 seems contaminated, or just downright unlucky. I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stitious.

So, with 31 days in the month ahead, I’m tackling 31 small decluttering projects. Cleaning out your entire house seems like a daunting task. But tackling one small project, like just takeout menus or your spice cabinet, is a whole lot more manageable. One month from now, you’ll feel like a brand new woman in a brand new house.

31 Things You Should Throw Away or Donate Right Now

  • Business cards and takeout flyers (most frequently found in junk drawers, mail bins, and on the fridge)
  • Old electronics accessories, like incompatible charging cords
  • Winter clothes that you don’t wear anymore (it’s important to donate these now while they’re in season and people actually need them!)
  • Old bank statements and account summaries. SHRED AWAY!
  • Old tea towels and dish cloths
  • Unmatched silverware
  • Unmatched socks
  • Broken toys and miscellaneous toy parts
  • Old magazines and catalogs
  • Expired beauty products
  • Outdated product manuals (check to see that most of these things are online as PDFs now that you can save to your computer!)
  • Unmatched Tupperwares and lids
  • Your oldest set of sheets
  • Throw pillows that you’ve had out for more than a year (I don’t even want to tell you how many dust mites and dead skin cells these gather)
  • Old board games and puzzles
  • Expired medicine
  • Expired spices and baking supplies
  • Empty or dried up crafting supplies, like paints, glues, and markers
  • Excess packaging, especially in the pantry
  • Your oldest towels and wash cloths
  • Your shower liner
  • Bath toys
  • Excess bakeware and crockery
  • Old nail polish
  • First aid kits (refill and replace!)
  • Thermoses and to go cups
  • Coffee mugs
  • Foods that you swore you would try, but you know you won’t
  • Kitchen appliances you use once a year or less. Sell them on the Facebook marketplace!
  • Intimates with rips and holes. Don’t pretend like you don’t have them!
  • Fluffy lotions and soaps that are mostly used for decoration

Cleaning, Decluttering, and Organization Motivation

I am by no means a minimalist. I love seasonal decor, I love a fluffy, cozy house, and I love to treat myself. My home is evidence of that. But I also thrive in an environment that feels tidy, organized, and manageable. I think we can have the best of both worlds, and little challenges like these are meant to support you through that. So, if you used my list to declutter your home in January, tag me on Instagram @becs.lynk and let me see your hard work!

These small before and afters are going to add up to make a major impact. To see it for yourself, watch my YouTube channel all month long for major cleaning, decluttering, and organization motivation.