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29 things your house doesn’t actually need

Let it go, let it go…

There are plenty of things we hold onto for good reason. Treasures from our travels, family heirlooms, sentimental birthday cards—all justifiable keepsakes. Then there are the odds and ends we accumulate just because we have the space to store them. You know, the “But what if I need this one day?” items. It seems like a rather harmless habit—until those non-essentials add up and turn your cabinets and closets into living nightmares. The chaos stops here. It’s time to re-purpose, recycle, or kick ’em to the curb.

While I’m not here to push a hyper-minimalist agenda, I do believe every object in your home should serve a distinct purpose or, at the very least, brighten your day a little. I really doubt your excessive tote bag collection or rubber band–filled junk drawer is offering you much. Since many of us are adjusting to our new reality of working from home for the future, it’s the perfect time to think about this. Here are the 29 things you’ll be better off letting go:



  • The ominous cloud of plastic shopping bags stashed under the sink
  • All those spices that are long past their prime time (yes, they do have a prime time)
  • Mismatched Tupperware that is taking over your cabinets – invest in quality containers that stack neatly
  • Extra knives, because all you really need is like 3 good ones
  • Single-use accoutrements from your last Uber Eats order (think: chopsticks, napkins, ketchup packages)
  • The logo-heavy cups and shot glasses from your college years
  • Any subpar tote bag or lunch bag you snagged just because it was free but you never use
  • Stemmed wineglasses – simple stemless glasses work for your water, juice and vino



  • Dingy hangers from the dry cleaner
  • The top sheet, unless you really do love to bundle up with it
  • Beat-up shoe boxes and the accompanying protective bags – streamline your collection either with shelving or a tiered rack over the door hanger
  • The stack of books you’re done reading (donate them to a used-book store or pass them along to a fellow bookworm)
  • The obscene amount of decorative pillows you purchased during your boho phase



  • Every hotel toiletry you’ve ever stolen
  • Sad towels that are filled with holes or makeup stains
  • That horribly ugly shower caddy – invest in a teak stool or over the tub tray that won’t make you cringe every morning
  • Expired medication, makeup and sunscreen (yes, these all have an expiry date)

living room


  • That dead plant you keep trying to revive
  • A china cabinet (re-purpose your plates as wall art instead)
  • Subpar vases from those very kind and thoughtful flower arrangement deliveries
  • Trophies and any other inconsequential childhood memorabilia collecting dust



  • The dead batteries rolling around in your desk drawer
  • Junk mail (unsubscribe from that stuff and save a few trees while you’re at it)
  • Old magazines you haven’t looked at in years and never will again
  •  Supplies from that creative project you started and keep meaning to pick up again “someday”
  • Chargers that belong to old devices. And old devises which no longer hold a charge
  • Half-used cans of paint
  • Clunky filing cabinets (try going digital or keep super important documents in thin transparent envelopes instead)

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One thought on “29 things your house doesn’t actually need

  1. Yes, we can have so much rubbish in our flats or houses and often we never use them again. It is hard to let go. But once they are out, we can actually store items that we really want or need. A good system to never have too much stuff is if you buy something, you have to let something go.


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