Clutter. It's annoying. Today, we're sharing a list of things you think you need, but really don't - these things are just clogging up space in your home.
Editor's Note: This post was originally posted in June 2016 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in March 2018.
1. Get rid of sport stuff
Yes, I believe you when you say you were definitely going to use that mini trampoline and jump every day and I'm certain you were going to incorporate an excellent workout using those pretty yellow free weights.
Who are we kidding, none of that happened and now your cupboard is full of retired sporting equipment. Getting rid of stuff requires being honest with yourself - are you really going to use it?
Give it all away and try some easy exercises for the person that can't be bothered instead.
2. Bread makers
Do you really need a bread maker?
These big clunky machines take up valuable space, gather dust and let's face it, aren't really necessary.
For baking bread, use your oven and clear a huge amount of space in your kitchen cupboard. Bbcgoodfood.com has plenty of recipes for you to have a go at, so what are you waiting for?
3. Unwanted Christmas presents
Auntie Edith meant well, but unfortunately, you know that pair of pink fluffy slippers will never be worn. If you've got a load of unwanted Christmas presents, sort through them and give them away or sell them.
Getting rid of stuff might seem rude, but it's better they go to a home where they're wanted and used rather than shoved to the back of the cupboard, forgotten.
4. Hotel toiletries you've 'acquired'
If you got a bit giddy on your last few hotel stays, then you might have a load of mini toiletries in your bathroom gathering dust.
Unless you plan on going camping or have a lot of house visitors lined up, these are definitely things to get rid of. Donate them to your local shelters if they haven't been used.
5. Musical instruments
Did someone in your house think they would take up the ukulele then suddenly lose interest? Is that expensive electric drum kit now a clothes hanger?
Learning how to get rid of stuff that you had full intention of using can be hard, but if you haven't used it by now, you probably never will. Take the plunge now, and enjoy the free space. You could also make some serious cash by selling it.
6. Your landline phone
We understand that there's something sentimental about having a landline phone - you grew up with one, right?
But if everyone in your house owns a mobile phone, and you live in an area with phone reception, is there really any need for you to have a landline?
Check the cost of having one and, if you're wasting money, say goodbye.
7. Bits & bobs are things to get rid of
You know what I mean, the thingamajigs, those thingamabobs, that thingummy. Those knick-knacks are just taking up room on your shelf and be honest with yourself, does it look good?
These are really things to get rid of. Have a sensible sort-out and get rid of all the items you don't like or need anymore.
8. Pizza gadgets
I know you thought that a snazzy pizza maker and those cool pizza cutting shears were a good idea, but when was the last time you actually used them?
Unless you're making a pizza once or more a week, there's really no point in those items taking up valuable space in your kitchen cupboard.
9. Old receipts
Our bags, wallets and coat pockets are all FULL of receipts that we don't need anymore. Are yours?
Collect them all together and have a quick look before you throw them away and see what you've been spending your money on. You might be shocked into spending a lot less!
Learning how to get rid of stuff regularly and systematically will help you streamline your life and reduce clutter.
10. Getting rid of stuff that is broken
Why are they still in your house?
Either fix your broken stuff or find a new home for it. Sometimes artists work with donated toys, so have a look around at local boards first.
11. Popcorn makers
The concept may seem great, but let's put this into perspective:
Do you watch films every night? If you do, you're excused. Otherwise, what are you doing with a popcorn maker? You can easily make popcorn on the hob or in the microwave.
Get rid of it now!
12. Surplus USB sticks
Yes, they can be cute. But do you really need one? Or ten for that matter?
Nowadays transferring files from place to place is pretty easy - whether it's e-mailing or using the cloud.
Before you get rid of them, be sure to transfer any files to a new location.
13. Getting rid of makeup
How long have you been using that mascara?
It's recommended that you throw away eye make-up 6 months after opening in order to prevent infection. This includes mascara, liner and eye shadow. Before you throw any lightly-used makeup away, check with close friends and family to see if they would get use from it.
If you have makeup that is new and unopened, donate it to a woman's shelter.
14. Deep fryer
Another item on our list of stuff you don't need is that deep fat fryer you never use.
Unless you're hosting regular dinner parties, or really need more fat in your diet, then get rid of that deep fryer machine now. It's smelly, cleaning it up is a pain and you don't need it.
Old greetings cards, gift tags, letters, cinema stubs - chances are you've built up quite a collection of memories.
Want to know how to get rid of stuff like memorabilia? Go through it and see what you really don't need anymore and be truthful to yourself.
Consider making a scrapbook, or a memory box so you can organise your memorabilia. You could even scan your memories into digital files so you are less weighed down by the clutter.
16. Old cookbooks
They might look pretty but do you use them a lot? If you don't, then it's time to let them go.
Getting rid of stuff you're fond of can be hard, but there are also lots of online resources for you to use when cooking to make up for the loss. Print out your favourites and make your own recipe book! It'll seriously cut down on space taken up by less-loved recipes.
17. How to get rid of magazines
You may be able to donate your magazines to the local doctor's offices and libraries, so see if you can do this first before putting them in your pile of things to bin.
18. How to get rid of stuff like old DVDs & CDs
We're all guilty of having a load of old DVDs & CDs that we're just not going to use anymore.
Apart from a few box sets that we can't bear to give away, it's a good chance to get rid of all the unwanted ones. It's always useful to have a few DVDs, especially when you're moving house and haven't sorted out the internet yet and crave some entertainment!
For the rest, donate them to your local charity shop - they'll definitely appreciate that series you've grown tired of.
19. Old kitchen sponges
How long have you been hoarding your kitchen sponge?
A dirty, battered sponge is destined for one place and one place only - the bin.
Get rid of yours today.
20. Get rid of old running shoes
Getting rid of stuff like sportswear is important, not just for removing clutter, but your health too.
Shoe cushioning deteriorates over time and they'll start to feel uncomfortable. Replace running shoes between 300 to 500 miles so wear and tear does not cause injury.
You can still donate them to a clothes collection bin, as they might be used for day-to-day wear or recycled.
21. Christmas decorations
Broken Christmas lights and ornaments are not worth keeping. Next Christmas, get all your decorations out and check over them. If you haven't done so yet, you're unlikely to ever fix them.
If they're damaged or you don't think you're going to use them again, add them to your 'things to get rid of' pile and say farewell.
22. Old toothbrushes
You should change your toothbrush every three months, or if your bristles are frayed, then more often.
Children clean their teeth more rigorously than adults so they may need their brushes replaced more often.
23. Unwanted hair ties/ accessories
If you've got broken hair ties, rusty old hair grips and curlers you don't need, then get them out of your bathroom cabinet.
24. Getting rid of stuff like expired spices, herbs & sauces
Head to your spice rack and take a look at the expiry dates. You might be shocked!
Now go to the cupboard and look at the best before date on any bottles of sauces. Anything that's out of date, chuck, anything that's nearly out of date, move to the front so you know you need to use them up.
Learning how to get rid of things regularly will save you time and effort in the future. Start now!
25. Old suntan lotion belongs in the bin
The expiration on your sun cream bottle matters because they lose their ability to block out ultraviolet rays after a year.
Out of date suntan lotion belongs in your things to get rid of pile.
Make sure your sun lotion is relatively new in order to protect your skin.
26. Getting rid of books
Be ruthless, if you haven't read those old books in years and you can't see yourself doing so in the future then, donate or sell. Easy!
27. Donate old pillows
Getting rid of old pillows can be tricky. They're not cheap, and we often think they last forever.
Find out if you need a new one with this trick:
Fold your old pillow in half, if it stays folded then it's time for a new pillow.
Your hair and body oils will have penetrated into the pillow and it will start to change colour will be a breeding ground for dust mites and odor-causing bacteria - especially if you tend to sleep with wet hair!
Wash and donate old pillows to local pet shelters, where they will put them to use as pet beds.
28. How many cables & cords do you really need?
I've been transporting a bag of old cables and cords from home to home and I have no idea what half of them do.
I know these are things to get rid of really.
There's no real point in keeping them - they're taking up valuable space in a drawer, so get rid of everything you don't need.
If you don't wear that necklace then why not give it to someone else who does? There might be loads of jewellery that you don't use anymore so take it down to the charity shop or give it to a family member who might love and wear it.
30. Getting rid of stuff like clothes you never wear
If you have a tiny wardrobe, you don't want to be filling it with clothes that you don't wear. Don't hold onto those jeans that don't fit anymore just because it reminds you of a wonderful time.
31. Old boxes
You may think you're being organised by hanging onto old product boxes such as mobile phone packaging, but they're not needed in the home.
Keep the details and leaflets in a folder instead. It will save on space and clutter.
Check the expiry dates on your vitamins and any other medication you may have lurking about in your bathroom cabinet.
Getting rid of stuff like out of date pills will clear up a surprising amount of space!
Be careful, because medications need to be disposed of properly. Return them to your chemist - don't just throw them in the bin or down the drain.
33. Unused perfume
If you're not a fan of the perfume sitting on your dresser that Auntie Sal gave you, then don't keep it.
Give it away to someone else. Check for out-of-date scents as well.
34. Get rid of your stuff like incomplete games
Unless you're willing to source the missing pieces from a shop, there's not much point in keeping games that you know you can't play anymore.
35. How to get rid of old mobile phones
Mobile phones come on so much year by year these days, that there's really no point keeping old ones.
Recycle old mobile phones by giving them away or selling them. You might be able to make some quick cash from websites like Environfone, or get vouchers for high street shops.
Phew, that's a lot of items you don't really need! Let us know of any more by commenting below.