Start the New Year Right: 10 Things to Throw Out Now


You want to start the New Year right don’t you? Let’s use this weekend to conquer some clutter in a simple way! 

1. Old spices


Did you know spices have an expiration date? Over time they lose their taste & potency. If you want your cooking to still taste yummy, dispose of old spices, and replenish them. 

2. Holiday cards

While some a certainly sentimental, others are not. The holiday card from your high school friend you haven’t talked to in 5 years is probably a good one to just toss. Keep those from your immediate family and close friends in either a photo book or look up some ideas on Pinterest for clever storage ideas.

3. Expired medicine

Oh yeah, medicine expires as well!  Personally, expired medicine kind of freaks me out, so I do my best to make sure I toss them out as soon as they expired. You don’t want to mess with medicine that doesn’t work!

4. Old winter clothing

Unless you live in the south, you’ve probably been wearing your winter clothes for a few months. You’ve also probably noticed which ones you or your kids have outgrown, or are just worn out. Now would be the time to either toss them if they are in bad shape or donate them! 

5. Old Makeup


Makeup expires as well! Mascara is usually good for about 3 months, while  foundation or concealer can be good for up to a year. Most bottles will have an expiration date somewhere on the bottle, you’ll just have to look. 

6. Expired food

With the end of the holidays comes a full fridge of food that needs to be gone though. If you still have leftovers from Christmas they should be discarded or frozen if possible. If you have a ham bone, I highly suggest freezing it to use from delicious New Orleans style Red Beans & Rice

7. Unused cords

Have a cord that you have no longer have a clue to what it goes to? Yeah, time to toss that! 

8. Old Notes, Notebooks, Receipts, etc

If you’re like me, you probably have several old notebooks and/or notes laying around.  Now is the time to throw away those old notes and useless receipts. (NOT the ones you need for tax reasons) My fiance is a receipt hoarder. I once found a receipt from Taco Bell that was almost 6 months old. Definitely something that could have been thrown away immediately. 

9. Old magazines & catalogs

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If there is an article you really like and would like to reference later, you can easily scan it into your computer and save it!

10. Last years calendar

I will keep my planner for a few days after the new years to go through it and read my notes, and things I’ve done. After that? It is time to toss it. Otherwise, it will either sit on a shelf or in a box collecting dust. It really isn’t worth keeping, I promise. 



  1. January 5, 2016 / 10:15 AM

    Wonderful piece! I grew up in a family with slight hoarding tendencies, I’m wondering how but I became the opposite. I love everything decluttered and organized. The less I see on the shelves the better I feel. 🙂

  2. January 5, 2016 / 10:19 AM

    I really need to be better at throwing away notebooks and planners. I am so sentimental, and this is my problem. Maybe I should throw out the expired medicine though . . .

    • Elsie
      February 4, 2016 / 11:38 PM

      Please carefully discard expired medicines as some of them become toxic. However do NOT put them in the toilet or down a sink, as this has the potential to contaminate water supplies. Instead consult with your local hospital or pharmacy. One common safer way to dispose of them is to mix them with kitty litter or coffee grounds so they can be absorbed into something. Then bag or contain them in something & place with other trash. This also prevents them being a target for drug scavengers.

  3. Ally Fiesta
    January 7, 2016 / 12:12 PM

    I’m don’t usually throw old planners away. I treat them like personal journal. That one thing I can’t throw out since I tape mementos in them. I do store them with my journals.

    Very solid list, I’m about to go through a get rid of some extras I have!

  4. Birdiebee
    January 8, 2016 / 9:23 PM

    I knew that spices would lose their flavor in time but what about spice jars that have never been opened? I put my spices in storage thinking it would only be a few months but now a few years but they were all new at the time and never opened.

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