Hello again, friends. For the past three weeks I have documented the numerous items my family no longer lives with as minimalists in my post The 100 Things I No Longer Own as a minimalist, The 100 More Things I No Longer Own as a minimalist, and 100 Additional Items I No Longer Own as a Minimalist. In each post, I discussed that my end goal for becoming a minimalist was not simply to disinfect my home of
In each post, I discussed that my end goal for becoming a minimalist was not simply to disinfect my home of affluenza, but to rid my life of distraction, discontentment, and to create my own version of Joie de vivre. I did this by challenging myself to go the contrarian route and list the items that I am happy to say I no longer own.
This post wasn’t simply a list of things that I have gotten rid of because I wanted to immolate the life of anyone else, but a chronicle of the things I parted with in life to help me keep down from the Joneses. And I must say that it felt so cathartic to be able to document this personal minimalist progress in my life!
And so here is a list of yet another 200 additional household items my family happily lives without:
- Old Apple Chargers- Donated.
Hangers from the dry cleaners- Returned to dry cleaners.
Bug Repellents- Went to Earth911.com to find a place to dispose of it safely.
Electric blankets- Donated.
Half-finished craft projects- Donated, all of it!
Old emery boards- Replaced with a glass file. Tossed.
Old paint- Went to Earth911.com to find a place to dispose of it safely.
Cloth Diapers- Sold on eBay.
Bills, taxes, paperwork over 7 years old- Shredded and recycled.
Dishwasher Detergent- Unused, unneeded. Donated.
Measuring cups- We kept one Pyrex glass cup. Everything else donated.
Embroidery hoops- Donated.
Wingback chairs- We no longer have a formal living room. Sold last Autumn.
Furbies- Sold on eBay.
Figits – Sold on eBay.
Tea light candles – Donated. We only diffuse essential oils now.
Take out menus- Recycled.
Chair cushions- We no longer own a dining room set. Donated
Outdated Vitamins- Donated to Veterans Home.
Old sneakers: Recycled through Nike.
Plastic cutlery: Recycled.
Bamboo Drawer organizers- Donated.
vTech Toys: Donated.
Broken Flower pots- Used as drainage shards for remaining clay pots in raised flower beds.
Board games: Paired down to 6. Games with missing pieces recycled.
Crib- Sold this winter.
High Chair- Sold this winter.
Excersaucer- Sold this winter.
Desk heater- Donated.
Kitchen rugs- Donated.
Decorative kitchen towels- Donated.
Ice Cream Maker- Sold last Autumn.
Extension cords: Paired down. The rest donated.
Chenille throws: Paws tear them up too easily. Donated.
Chargers- We no longer hosts large dinner parties. Donated.
Holiday silverware services- Donated.
Paychecks older than 2 years- Shredded and recycled.
Stretched out hair ties- Tossed.
Matches- Donated to neighbors.
Old newspapers- Recycled as Guinea Pig and Sugar Glider cage liners.
Glitter pens- Donated to my husband’s school.
Extra pillows- Donated.
Ticket stubs- Digitized and recycled.
Halloween makeup- Unused and donated to be used as face paint for local charity.
Clothes that are more than 2 sizes too small- Sold to Thredup for store credit.
Outdoor Turkey Fryer- Sold last Autumn.
Unneeded notebooks- Donated to my husband’s school.
Pens and pencils- Kept one cup full. Donated the rest to my husband’s school
Little shampoo bottles from hotels- Donated to women’s shelter.
Pool noodles- Used to make wreath forms.
Cords- Donated if unused.
Loose screws, nuts, bolts, etc.- Donated to Habitat for Humanity Store.
Cheese cloche- Donated.
Cupcake stand- Donated.
Cake pop stand- Donated.
Glass Cake Stand- Donated.
Turkey Platter- Donated.
Easter deviled egg tray- Donated.
Halloween candy bowls- Donated.
Easter decor- Donated.
Omelet pan- Donated.
Tree Swing- Donated to Boys and Girls Club.
Paint pallets- Donated to husband’s school.
Rubber loops- Donated to husband’s school.
Unidentified frozen vegetable-based foods- Composted.
Plastic watering cans- We kept one vintage metal can. All others were donated.
Shopping totes from the mall- Donated.
Multiple pairs of scissors- We kept one pair of vintage metal sheers. All others donated.
Earbuds- Each person kept one pair and a spare. All others donated.
Curling irons- My hair is already curly. Donated.
Travel mugs- My husband kept one, and all others donated.
Baseball card sleeves- Donated.
Samples of any kind – Donated to local women’s shelter.
Wooden soap dishes- Donated.
Tape measures – Keep one and tossed the rest.
String: Kept two rolls, donated the rest.
Glass pie plates- Donated.
Glass meatloaf pan- Donated.
Under counter compost bin- Attracted flies. We take out compost outside daily. Donated.
Duplicate kitchen scrapers – Donated.
Cookie cutters- Donated.
Mickey Mouse cake pan – Our bakery supply store rents them for $2.00 a day if needed. Donated.
Old teeth whitening trays- Tossed.
Hard candy- Composted.
Food injectors- Tossed.
Half used chapstick containers – Tossed.
Nursery Glider- Sold this winter.
Papasan chair- Sold last Autumn.
Lighting strips- Donated.
Electric candle burner- Donated.
Expired sunscreen- Tossed.
Staple remover – Donated.
Travel alarm clock – Donated.
Stress balls- Donated.
Plug in air fresheners without a refill- Recycled.
Scentsy warmers- Sold last month.
Extra USB flash drives – Donated all but one.
Promotional swag- Donated.
Key chains you don’t use- Donated.
Recipe books you don’t ever use- Donated to the public library.
Push pins- Kept a handful, donated the rest to my husband’s school.
Cone coffee drip maker- Donated.
Carabiners – Donated.
Lotions, face washes, serums that we won’t be using- Donated to local women’s shelter.
Unused batteries: Donated.
Paper bookmarks – Recycled.
Combination locks – Tossed.
Sidewalk chalk- Donated to husband’s school.
Completed coloring books- Recycled.
Goodie bag toys from previous birthday parties- Donated.
Pasta boat- We no longer own a microwave. Donated.
Pasta maker- Donated.
Old wedding invitations- Recycled.
Travel brochures- Recycled.
Tissue paper: Donated.
Unused sticky notes: We use a small white board instead. Donated.
Extra shoe laces: Donated.
Stickers: Donated to my husband’s school.
Unused wreaths: If not for sale on ETSY, donated.
Chopsticks – Composted.
Old prescription glasses – Donated to the Lions Club.
Old sunglasses – Donated.
Worn out flip flops- Tossed.
Honeypot- We use mason jars. Recycled.
Phone books- Shredded for cage liners.
Broken holiday lights- Donated to Craigslist; a community member loves them!
Notes/gifts from old romances- Burned in fire pit.
Hats- Donated except for husband’s two baseball caps. If I need a winter cap I’ll knit one.
Bubble wrap- If not needed for ETSY, recycled.
Twisty ties- Recycled.
Chip clips- Donated.
Craft supplies for unfinished projects- Donated on Freecycle.
Paper plates – Used up and not re-purchased.
Loyalty cards – Changed over to phone number verification in-store. Recycled.
Gift cards – Used for holiday gift buying for husband or re-gifted.
Touristy knick knacks- Donated, donated, donated!
Business cards – Keep an electronic excel record. Recycled.
Puzzle books – Recycled.
Old textbooks- Sold on Half.com or donated to local library.
Unused vases- Donated to the thrift shop.
Stockings with runs in them- Recycled as Type 6 recycling is offered in my area.
Fancy serving bowls- Donated to the local thrift shop.
Language CDs- Donated to the local library.
Old boombox- Donated to the local thrift shop.
Piles of “scrap paper”- Recycled.
Unused Gym bags- Donated to the local thrift shop.
Catalogs- Recycled and subscriptions ended.
Christmas garland- Given away on Freecycle.
Unused sheet music- Donated to the local high school choral program.
Cloth sacks- Donated to the thrift shop.
Instruction manuals – Most are online now so they were recycled.
Calculators – I use the one on my iPad and iPhone, thrift.
Remotes that have no purpose- Donated to the thrift shop.
Emergency sewing kits – Donated to the thrift shop.
Dry erase markers- Kept two for my office dry erase board and donated the rest to my husband’s school.
Pencil sharpeners – Donated.
Rusty tools- Cleaned and donated to Habitat for Humanity store.
Lawn and garden pesticides- Went to Earth911.com to find a place to dispose of it safely.
Unused Fireworks- Donated on Freecycle last 4th of July.
Dried up super glue- Went to Earth911.com to find a place to dispose of it safely.
Old t-shirts- Donated to local animal shelter for reusable bedding.
Hair accessories you don’t use- Donated to thrift shop
One orphan earring- Recycled.
Dried flowers- Composted.
Extra photo prints- Scanned and recycled.
Gifts you don’t love- Re-gifted (shh!)
Unworn Scarves- Sold on Thredup.
Damaged/stained clothing- Cut up and composted.
Plastic children’s plates- Donated to the local thrift shop.
Junk mail- Unsubscribed and recycled.
Address labels – Recycled.
Extra folders- Donated to husband’s school.
Old cell phones – Sold to Gazelle.
Old fortune cookie fortunes- Recycled.
Used ink cartridges – Recycled to Office Depot for a small store credit.
Old men’s ties- Donated to the thrift shop.
Outdated computer software- Donated to the thrift store.
Old wallets- Donated to the thrift shop.
Pocket knives- Donated to the thrift shop.
190. Old tires in the garage- Went to Earth911.com to find a place to dispose of it safely.
- Unused picture frames- Donated to thrift store.
Old Crossword puzzle books- Recycled.
Unused Kitchen knives- Donated to the local thrift shop.
Volleyballs- Donated to husband’s school.
Broken or chipped glasses- Recycled.
Cork coasters- Composted.
Keebler Electric Pie maker- Sold last Autumn.
Hole punch: Kept one in-notebook one, others donated.
Fancy Cloth Napkins- We no longer have a dining room set, donated.
Ruled notebook paper – Donated to husband’s school.
Well, that’s it folks, yet another 200 common household items we no longer live with as a family. Items donated that help us step one foot closer to realizing our family dream of small, sustained, affordable minimalist living.
Please note, these lists are not a guideline for minimalist living. These are just the 500 items that we as a family chose to no longer live with. These are items that we have not once missed. These are items that have gone on to a new home, met purposes, and new uses. Items that are hopefully now benefiting other people. At the heart of minimalism lies the ideal that life should provoke thought. I hope this series has proven as such for others.
Here’s to living with less,