50 Things You Can Throw Out

Trust us: You won’t miss them! HGTV Magazine rounds up 50 things you can toss or donate right this second with zero guilt.
50 Things You Can Throw Out

50 Things You Can Throw Out

HGTV Magazine rounds up 50 things you can toss or donate right this second with zero guilt.

Photo by: Illustration by Nathalie Dion

Illustration by Nathalie Dion

  1. Spare contact lens cases 
  2. Broken costume jewelry 
  3. Dictionaries
  4. Wrinkled wrapping paper and crushed bows
  5. Latex paint (if it’s more than a year old)
  6. A bread machine
  7. VHS workout tapes  
  8. Manuals for appliances and electronics (they’re all available online)  
  9. Cookbooks you’ve cracked open once
  10. Random vacuum cleaner attachments
  11. Old remote controls you don’t recognize 
  12. Scrunchies that have lost their scrunch  
  13. Incomplete decks of playing cards 
  14. Bridesmaid dresses (go to operationprom.org for info on how to donate) 
  15. Take-out menus (everything’s online!)
  16. Picture frames with broken easel backs
  17. Road maps (there’s GPS on your phone)
  18. Mixtapes
  19. Unidentifiable keys
  20. Almost empty bottles of bubbles
  21. In-line skates 
  22. Contents of goodie bags from kids’ parties 
  23. Impossible puzzles no one has ever finished 
  24. Free gifts from cosmetic purchases
  25. Orphan mittens
  26. Travel guidebooks 
  27. Chargers for old electronics 
  28. Wire hangers from the dry cleaner
  29. Dusty potpourri
  30. Chopsticks and soy sauce packets
  31. Your “fat” clothes
  32. Carpet remnants 
  33. Filled coloring books
  34. Stretched-out bras 
  35. Scratched nonstick pans 
  36. Anything with an antenna
  37. Prescription eyeglasses that are no longer your prescription (go to lionsclubs.org for info on how to donate)
  38. Umbrellas with bent or broken spokes 
  39. Allen wrenches from DIY furniture
  40. Checkbook registers  
  41. Disposable cameras 
  42. Musical instruments no one plays anymore (go to mhopus.org for info on how to donate)
  43. Business cards 
  44. Smelly towels
  45. Fishbowls
  46. Fancy loose teas you received as a hostess gift
  47. The Yellow Pages 
  48. Soccer uniforms the kids have outgrown 
  49. Vases that came with delivered flowers
  50. Commemorative spoons and plates

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