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Fresh Start: What To Get Rid Of In The New Year

2024 has arrived, and with it, the opportunity for a fresh start for you and your home. There’s no time like the new year to get organized – and get rid of items that might be cluttering up your space. So let us show you how to make room for new beginnings and learn what to get rid of in the new year.

Start 2024 off right by really get organized – and getting rid of the common items you no longer use or need. In every room of your house, there are likely objects taking up space (and no longer serving you). So today, we’re showing you what to get rid of in the new year and how to begin clearing the clutter!


For more ideas for starting the new year off right, check out The Dos & Don’ts Of New Year’s Resolutions and The Printable Guide To Help Keep Your Resolutions!

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What To Get Rid Of

Wondering what items should be at the top of your list for disposal or donation? Here are 5 categories you should consider decluttering to begin the year.



Your closet is a great place to start the decluttering process. Donate or sell older and unworn items to make getting dressed even easier. (As a rule of thumb, if you haven’t worn an item in 6 months, it’s probably time to let it go).



Dig through your drawers and cabinets and purge pots, pans, utensils, and other kitchen products that aren’t getting used. It’s also an ideal time to toss out old takeout menus and recycle plastic flatware.



Old towels and bedding can certainly come in handy for all sorts of storage and cleaning needs. But if you have a surplus on hand that is overflowing, consider donating the extras to an animal shelter.



As kids grow, they eventually outgrow just about everything – including their formerly much loved games and toys. So get the little ones in on the process of decluttering by encouraging them to make a pile of items they no longer play with – and then donate it to younger cousins or a worthy organization.



A fresh start also means fresh products. Take some time to go through your fridge, pantry, cabinets and bathroom, and toss anything that has expired or is empty. While you’re at it, give shelves a yearly wipe down as well – and you’ll tackle two tasks!



Learn where to donate, sell, or recycle items by checking out our post What To Do With All The Items You Declutter In Your Home.


  1. I agree with everything but the clothing. For the past (almost) 3 years…I have primarily worn sweats or jeans…not my “real” clothes. Guess I’ll have to wait a bit longer before I re-evaluate those.