7 Things to Throw Away to Declutter Your Apartment


If you've looked around your home and thought you had too much stuff, you're certainly not alone. It's hard to go through your belongings and choose what to toss, but there are ways to do it that make clearing out less painful.

If you've decided to declutter, you can use some of these strategies to clear out space in your home. In fact, here are a few things you should definitely toss:

Old Magazines

How far back does your magazine collection go? Many people save years and years worth, not realizing that the internet often lets you view archives of old content. Don't let the print versions clutter your home.

Expired Makeup

Most people hate tossing old makeup (that shadow is just so pretty!), but old products are no longer usable: Expired makeup has often dried up, doesn't work as well, and isn't as good for your skin. Into the trash it goes.

Hole-Ridden Clothing

Your pinky toes don't like poking out of your socks, especially if you live in a chilly climate. Do your feet a favor and toss any socks with holes, the same goes for other clothing that's worn.

Some issues are fixable, such as a split seam or minor tear, but a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself whether you actually will pull out a needle and thread and repair the item. No? Then it's garbage fodder.

Dated Spices

Dried herbs and ground spices lose their flavor and aroma with time. Here's a decluttering tip: Get rid of any herb or spice that you've had for six months or longer. If the spice is whole, it will last years, so you can prevent expiration by purchasing whole and grinding at home.


Ring in the new year by decluttering your kitchen cabinets. Within lurks plastic storage containers without lids, unused mismatched coffee mugs, appliances you've never touched, and so on. If you haven't made use of a kitchen item, or you no longer have all the components, then get rid of it.

Dead Bulbs and Batteries

Batteries and light bulbs that have lost their juice have no place in your home. It happens: You replace the batteries on your remote and quickly get back to watching a show, only to forget to toss the old ones. Now's the time to find those dead items and put them where they belong: in the garbage.

Electronics You Don't Use

An old cellphone, a tablet you don't touch, and more all take up space and collect dust in your apartment, but they could earn you some money. Wipe the memory from your gadgets and lookup sites online where you can sell them. If this doesn't work, look for a recycling center near you that takes electronics.