Giant List Of Things To Get Rid Of To Help You Get Started With Minimalism

Giant List Of Things To Get Rid Of To Help You Get Started With Minimalism

Sometimes I need some inspiration on how to pursue a more minimalistic home.  I get stuck in a rut and convince myself I “NEED” that stuff.

“If you possess something but can’t give it away, you don’t possess it… It possesses you.” – Frank Sinatra

Amen, Frank Sinatra. I’m beginning to feel like I’m more attached to possessions than I should be. I don’t want to feel the need to keep something because I just can’t let it go. When you begin to think ‘I need this stuff to be happy” then it’s time to reevaluate your priorities.

So sometimes, I lack inspiration with minimalism. Sometimes I didn’t know where to go next, or what my next downsizing step would be. And because I’m a list maker, I make lists for everything. They help inspire me and give me ideas of what I need to do next and what my next step should be. That’s why I’ve planned my ideal minimalist kitchen. It’s why I like using to-do lists for life management.

I made a list for myself when I began my minimalist lifestyle: it was a giant list of things/stuff I needed to get rid of or downsize.

giant list of things to get rid of to help you get started with minimalism

Here it is:

Things to get rid of to help For a minimalist home:

(I’m still working through this list in my home!)


  • Serving Bowls 
  • Dish Rags
  • Scrubbies
  • Scrapers
  • Dish towels
  • Cookie sheets
  • Bread pans
  • Muffin Tins
  • Hot mitts
  • Appliances
  • Coffee makers
  • Extra knives
  • Spoons
  • Frying pans
  • Glasses
  • Mismatched mugs
  • Gadgets that you have no clue what they are. ( I had an abundance of those.)
  • Multiples of anything
  • Pots
  • Lids that don’t go to anything
  • Pitchers
  • Baking dishes
  • Tupperware
  • Glasses
  • Travel mugs
  • Measuring cups/spoons


  • Towels
  • Rags
  • Lotion
  • Perfume
  • Old Makeup
  • Razors
  • Medicine Cabinet
  • Old soap


  • Furniture you don’t like
  • Decor
  • Toys
  • Throw blankets
  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Coffee Coasters
  • Decorative pillows



  • T-shirts
  • Shoes
  • Pants
  • Socks
  • Jackets
  • Sweatshirts
  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Pillows



  • Extra Bedding
  • Bad decor
  • Craft supplies
  • Toys
  • Gifts you’ll never use
  • Books
  • Old wrapping paper
  • Junk mail
  • Knick-knacks
  • Plastic bags
  • Cans
  • Cleaning cabinet
  • Coat closet

I’m a list person, so I work really well off of lists like this. It helps give me an idea of what to tackle next. I’ve worked through my house with a minimalist mindset and I can tell you what a difference it makes. That stuff is not worth the space it uses up! It’s so freeing to not have to take care of stuff.

I know I have some downsizing to do. (ahem, I’m tackling our garage if that tells you how scary the project is. 😁 )

I hope this list gives you some inspiration on what to get rid of next!

Giant list of things to get rid of to help you get started with minimalism


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