26 Things in Your House That a Professional Organizer Would Throw Out
Get your trash bag ready! An expert organizer shares her list of the top 26 things she’d throw out without a second thought.
Flimsy kitchen utensils
The wine opener that never works well enough is just one of the tosses you can make from your utensil drawer. Professional organizers would also ditch the slotted spoons and pancake turners that bend under the weight of food. And add the garlic press that is too delicate to mince a clove of garlic to the toss pile. Now you’ll have room for one of these 25 kitchen gadgets you’ll wish you had years ago.
You’ll rarely find a space-hogging phone book in a professional organizer’s home. They also let go of encyclopedia sets and textbooks; consider donating those through Better World Books. And unless you need the thesaurus and dictionary for playing Scrabble, pass those on, too. Then check out how to stylishly organize your bookshelves.
Outdated maps will only get you lost, so professional organizers advise recycling them. Out-of-date travel guides and old brochures are filled with obsolete information, so don’t bother keeping those either, for a potential future trip.
While frozen, fresh, and canned foods come to mind, these are not the only things in your home that expire. Once they reach their best by date, it’s recommended to throw out medications, vitamins, and supplements. You can search for a local drug take-back day at DEA.gov.
Professional organizers love storage solutions but not every container works well. If the bin, basket, or box didn’t solve your problem, then throw it out; otherwise, it just adds to your clutter. Consider passing along storage containers to a teacher who might need them.
Once you’re finished with a hobby, professional organizers advise donating the equipment to someone who will use it. Whether you have woodworking tools, scuba fins, camping gear, or a set of watercolors, if you are no longer using it then toss it out of your house. Here’s how to recycle old paint—and just about everything else.
The VCR and boom box have been replaced with more up-to-date technology, so donate the old stuff. Recycle floppy disks and ancient laptops, obsolete phones, VHS tapes, and more through Goodwill’s Ecycle program. Or check out Earth911 for a convenient hazardous waste drop-off location.
The “to-be-fixed” pile
All those broken items you have waiting to be fixed; professional organizers either fix it or ditch it and so should you. If you’ve already replaced it, you don’t miss it, or it is too costly to make the repair, there is no sense keeping said item around.