It happens every January…the holiday decorations come down and the itch to get organized begins. It really is the perfect time to tackle those closets and drawers, to purge and unclutter all the corners of your home. I actually love this process–I think it’s so cathartic, and there’s nothing better than getting rid of all the unnecessary and broken items taking up space. When your space is organized and decluttered, it brings peace and clarity, and I know that for me, I just function so much better when my home is in order. To help the process a little, I’ve made a list of things to throw away, donate, or recycle, based on each room in your home!
THINGS TO THROW AWAY, DONATE, OR RECYCLE
Here are more details on how to either dispose of, recycle, or donate your items..
DONATE OR RECYCLE!
Many of these things can and should be thrown away, but others can be donated or given repurpose. Anything broken or in disrepair can disposed of or recycled properly, but there are plenty of things worth donating. Books, DVD’s, outgrown bikes, unused holiday items and decor that are in good shape are all things that can be taken to your local thrift store, shelter house, or Habitat Re-store.
When disposing of medicine, make sure to follow the FDA’s guidelines. Paint is another item that needs to be carefully disposed of. Consider donating leftover paint nonprofit organizations or charities–give them a call to see if it’s something they can use. If not, the paint will need to be evaporated and solidified before collection by your local waste management authority. Call 1-800-CLEANUP for more information. Any document that contains any personal information (like all of your receipts) should be shredded, not thrown away.
Make organization a doable project–you don’t have to do it all in one day! Make a goal and start small–maybe a drawer or two a day, a closet, or a room–depending on how much you need to do and what fits into your schedule But the key is to make it a consistent effort–do something every day, and you will see real progress! You might also be interested in how I clean my home, and other organizing ideas!
- How to Have a Clean Home Every Day!
- 7 Things a Day to Keep Your House Clean!
- DIY Recipe Binder
- Kitchen Pantry Organization
*Originally posted January 7, 2017. Updated 2020.