62 Things I’ve Decluttered or Stopped Buying

YouTube. That place where it’s so easy to go from one topic video to another. Until it’s 2:00 AM and you wonder how you landed on the last video you clicked. Several months ago, during a 2 AM stint on that social media site, I stumbled into the world of zero waste, low waste, decluttering and general life management videos.

I’ve never been an environmentalist, and I used to think that I was doing pretty well with what I chose not to buy and what I actually used in my house. Not too long ago one of my interviewees, Sarah Price, put up a post in the Journal section of her website called “131+ Items I Recently Decluttered This Year.”

It got me thinking: “How much do I REALLY have that I don’t use? What can I let go, if anything? One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right?” The thing is, I LOVE watching decluttering videos, where folks get rid of everything from expired or overflowing makeup, to cleaning out closets of kids toys, and even videos on how to properly clean out your car. But was I doing any of that?

Truthfully? No. I wasn’t. I was inspired by the videos, but I wasn’t applying any of the concepts I claimed to be interested in into practice.

Now I know this is a very different kind of post for my site, but I thought I’d share with you the results of the last few months of purging, cleaning, and decluttering my 625 sq ft home. My list isn’t as impressive as Sarah’s, but my home, and my soul, feels lighter and happier because of it. So here are 62 things I’ve decluttered or stopped buying (so far):

Expired medicine

Backup toiletries

Yearbooks

Excessive cleaning products

Mismatched socks

Toxic social media accounts

Junk emails

Plastic bags

A winter coat that no longer fits

Broken yard lights

A bucket or rocks from my porch

Muffin tins

Jello molds

A spring form pan

A bundt pan

Silicone spatulas

Extra linens/old towels (see video below)

Extra/scented lotions

Bath & Body Works candles

Body sprays

Two scarves

20+ items of unused clothing

Loofas

Liquid body wash

Single use lens wipes

Decorative pillows

A jewelry tree

Jewelry I never wore

A shoe shelf from Target

Two candle holders

Prime time television

Mugs

My sister’s treadmill (with permission)

Loose recipes from magazines

Oils and vinegars I never used

Individually wrapped dishwasher tablets

A bamboo cutting board I got free-with-purchase of a cookbook

Facebook

Ice cube trays

Salad dressings

Extra pens/desk supplies

Adult coloring books

Extra paper

Paper towels

Hair oils and sprays that didn’t work

Online shopping

Bottled water

Beauty products that come in foil packets

Gaming apps on my phone

Face scrubs

Subscriptions to multiple YouTube channels

Big purses

Two stacks of hangers

Old birthday cards

Long lists of TV shows to “watch later but never do”

Extra reusable straws

Unused magnets

Old Christmas cards (with their envelopes)

A stained Tupperware container with a cracked lid (10+ years old

All but two sets of chopsticks

All vitamins except iron (anemic)

There you have it. 62 Things I’ve Decluttered or Stopped Buying. I’m far from perfect in practicing certain things represented on this list, like forgetting my reusable grocery bags and having to revert back to plastic. Or forgetting to take my water bottle to work.

I still have moments where I feel I need “retail therapy,” but those usually come when I should be sleeping or just watched a YouTube video that recommends certain things. All in all, I’ve been pretty happy with what I’ve been able to pass on, sell, donate or just toss since I started this journey. Some extra things I forgot to mention that I don’t buy anymore: Swiffer duster sheets, dryer sheets (swapped those out with wool dryer balls), and fast fashion.

These changes have helped me be more mindful when I do head out to shop. To use up what I own and think about more sustainable alternatives. I don’t think I can completely go into a full on minimalist or zero waste lifestyle, but changing habits slowly and keeping up with them feels good for the soul. What makes yours happy?

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