Can you believe it? There are just 30 days left this year—a blink of an eye in the grand scheme of things. If you’ve been contemplating decluttering and yearning for a fresh start next year, this is the best time to do it!
This isn’t a call for a decluttering marathon; it’s an invitation to a delightful daily dance of letting go.
There are 100 things on our list that you should get rid of before the end of the year. If you get rid of just one or two things every day, you will be able to easily finish the list. Do not feel stressed or overwhelmed; it is all about being consistent over being intense.
It is like getting ready for the new year. The weight of getting rid of clutter will no longer be a burden, but a journey that will free you. Take your time, enjoy the process, and watch as your living space changes into a peaceful and simple haven.
Ever thought about the emotional baggage tied to physical clutter? The connection to our emotional well-being goes beyond stuff. I have discovered that the act of letting go, even if it’s just hiding things away, can be transformative.
It’s not just about decluttering your space; it’s about lightening your heart.
While these things on the list may not seem like much on their own, they really do make a big difference when put together. You will have gotten rid of hundreds of unnecessary items by midnight on December 31.
Why Decluttering Matters
Decluttering is not just about organizing your physical space; it’s about making room for a more fulfilling life. When you declutter, you make conscious choices about the items you surround yourself with, leading to a simplified and enriched lifestyle.
A cluttered space can contribute to stress and anxiety, impacting your overall health. Decluttering reduces accidents and makes cleaning easier, making it healthier.
The connection between a cluttered space and mental clutter is undeniable. Decluttering provides a sense of control, reduces feelings of overwhelm and promotes mental clarity.
A clutter-free environment fosters focus and productivity. With fewer distractions, you can maximize your efficiency and accomplish tasks with greater ease.
The Best Things to Declutter By Year End
- Old magazines
- Expired pantry items
- Duplicate kitchen utensils
- Unused cookware
- Worn-out Tupperware
- Excess mugs and cups
- Outdated spices
- Broken or chipped dishes
- Unmatched socks
- Clothing that doesn’t fit
- Old and worn-out shoes
- Unused hangers
- Wire or plastic coat hangers
- Outdated electronics
- Old receipts and bills
- Expired medications
- Outdated makeup
- Unused beauty products
- Old toothbrushes
- Tattered towels
- Worn-out bed linens
- Unused or broken furniture
- Broken or unused jewelry
- Outgrown children’s toys
- Scratched or broken sunglasses
- Unused gift cards
- Excessive pens and pencils
- Old phone cases
- Expired coupons
- Outdated calendars
- Unused or broken exercise equipment
- Old textbooks
- Broken or incomplete board games
- Excess cleaning supplies
- Old greeting cards
- Unused or broken holiday decorations
- Outdated software CDs
- Broken or unused umbrellas
- Old and worn-out backpacks
- Duplicate tools
- Excessive plastic bags
- Unused craft supplies
- Outdated personal care products
- Old phone chargers
- Unused or broken headphones
- Excessive plastic containers
- Outdated paperwork
- Broken or unused gardening tools
- Unused vases
- Outdated event invitations
- Excess office supplies
- Old and worn-out wallets
- Unused keychains
- Outdated address books
- Broken or unused watches
- Expired sunscreen
- Unused or broken kitchen appliances
- Old and outdated software manuals
- Broken or unused luggage
- Excess shoelaces
- Outdated fashion accessories
- Old and unused stationary
- Unused or broken outdoor furniture
- Excessive cleaning rags
- Outdated travel brochures
- Unused or broken bike accessories
- Old and worn-out belts
- Expired food in the freezer
- Outdated pet supplies
- Unused or broken kitchen gadgets
- Excessive event souvenirs
- Old and unused candle holders
- Expired batteries
- Broken or unused picture frames
- Outdated car accessories
- Unused or broken sports equipment
- Old and worn-out handbags
- Excessive loyalty cards
- Outdated newspapers
- Broken or unused kitchen knives
- Expired condiments
- Unused or broken luggage tags
- Outdated travel maps
- Old and worn-out hats
- Excessive rubber bands
- Unused or broken exercise accessories
- Expired tea or coffee
- Outdated event tickets
- Broken or unused headphones
- Old and worn-out scarves
- Unused or broken kitchen timers
- Expired cleaning products
- Outdated software downloads
- Excessive cable cords
- Unused or broken phone accessories
- Old and worn-out gloves
- Expired beauty samples
- Outdated camera accessories
- Broken or unused musical instruments
- Excessive event t-shirts
Habits to Declutter Before The End Of The Year
Decluttering is not just about physical possessions but also about simplifying and improving various aspects of your life. To live a more meaningful and purposeful life, choose habits that are meaningful to you and in line with your goals.
101. Overcommitting yourself: Think about what you have agreed to do and set priorities for your time. Declutter your schedule by dropping things that do not add much value and drain your energy.
102. Negative self-talk: Replace self-critical thoughts with self-compassion. Let go of negative self-talk and focus on positive affirmations that uplift and empower you.
103. Unhealthy eating habits: Declutter your diet by removing processed foods and incorporating more nutritious options. Consider letting go of eating habits that don’t contribute to your overall well-being.
104. Unproductive screen time: Evaluate your screen-time habits and consider decluttering activities that don’t contribute positively to your well-being. Create more time for activities that bring you joy and fulfillment.
105. Toxic relationships: Assess your relationships and consider letting go of toxic or draining connections. Surround yourself with people who support and uplift you.
106. Financial clutter: Review your financial situation and declutter unnecessary expenses. Consider letting go of subscriptions or services you no longer need.
107. Fear of change: Embrace the idea that change can bring growth and new opportunities. Declutter the fear of change and be open to new experiences that can enrich your life.
108. Feelings of regret: Clear your mental space by decluttering regrets before the year concludes. Reflect, learn, and release any lingering feelings of remorse, making room for a fresh start in the upcoming year.
109. Unecessary drama: Get rid of unnecessary drama to simplify your emotions. Starting a drama-free chapter requires setting boundaries, prioritizing peace, and improving relationships.
1100. Worrying excessively: Declutter excessive worry to make mental space. Focus on what you can control, practice mindfulness, and let go of unnecessary anxiety to feel more relaxed and optimistic.
111. Drinking alcohol: Reevaluating alcohol consumption can declutter your body and mind. Choose moderation, explore alternatives, and put your health before drinking, promoting a healthier lifestyle.
112. Not exercising: Clear the way to a healthier you by eliminating inactivity. Regular workouts, walks, or fun fitness activities promote vitality and well-being.
113. Staying up late: Stop staying up late to declutter your sleep routine. Prioritize quality sleep, establish a calming bedtime routine, and create an environment conducive to rest for a rejuvenated start to each day.
114. Taking others’ opinions too seriously: Let go of worrying about others’ opinions to declutter your mind. For a more authentic self, prioritize your values and let go of external judgments.
Digital Decluttering: Tidying Up Your Virtual Space
In the digital age, decluttering extends beyond physical spaces. Delete unused apps, organize files, and declutter your inbox for a more streamlined digital experience.
Start by overhauling your email, unsubscribing from irrelevant newsletters, and creating organized folders. Streamline your desktop, delete unused apps, and establish a systematic file organization structure for a clutter-free experience.
As you bid farewell to the year, embrace the clarity and efficiency that a well-organized virtual space brings.
Sentimental Items: To Keep or Not to Keep?
It can be hard to find your way through sentimental clutter. Think about what each item means to you and whether it can be used for something else or put on display to stop yourself from collecting things you do not need.
Decluttering Techniques and Methods
Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method
Use the KonMari Method and rate the “joy factor” of each item. You should only keep things that make you happy, and you should get rid of things that are no longer useful to you today.
The 90/90 Rule
You can determine whether or not an item is necessary. This can be done by checking to see if it has been used in the last 90 days and if it will be used in the next 90 days.
Follow the rule of “one-in, one-out” to keep things in equilibrium. If you want to avoid clutter building up, you should get rid of an old item for every new one you buy.
How to Overcome Decluttering Challenges
You should address common problems that arise when attempting to declutter, such as attached feelings and procrastination. Break the process down into tasks that you can handle, and enjoy the little wins along the way.
Maintaining a clutter-free lifestyle
A clutter-free lifestyle requires you to form habits that help you keep things in order. Think about what you bring into your space, practice mindful consumerism, and regularly go through your things.
Donate, recycle, or discard
Pay attention to how your efforts to declutter will affect the environment. When you can, donate things that can be used again, recycle materials, and properly throw away things that cannot be used again.
Embrace minimalism; Live with less
Clearing out your space goes hand in hand with minimalism. Do not be afraid to live a simple life; “less is more” is a helpful philosophy.
As the year comes to a close, clear out your space so you can start the new year with a fresh mind. This list of things to declutter before the year ends will make it easy for you. Getting rid of clutter can improve your health, so embrace the benefits of a minimal life.
See decluttering as a form of self-care. The conscious act of letting go and creating a peaceful space can help with overall health and self-esteem.
It is more important to think about what you are making room for than what you are getting rid of or clearing out as a woman over 50.
Remember, the key is to focus on items that no longer serve a purpose or bring joy to your life.
♡ Love ♡,