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 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 dinning 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Outdated Vitamins- Donated to Veterans Home.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.
Omelette 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 pair of scissors- We kept one pair of vintage metal sheers. All others donated.
Ear buds- 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 chap stick 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 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.
Side-walk 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.
Honey pot- 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 thrift shop.
Stockings with runs in them- Recycled as Type 6 recycling is offered in my area.
Fancy serving bowls- Donated to local thrift shop.
Language CDs- Donated to local library.
Old boombox- Donated to local thrift shop.
Piles of “scrap paper”- Recycled.
Unused Gym bags- Donated to local thrift shop.
Catalogs- Recycled and subscriptions ended.
Christmas garland- Given away on Freecycle.
Unused sheet music- Donated to local high school choral program.
Cloth sacks- Donated to thrift shop.
Instruction manuals – Most are online now so they were recycled.
Calculators – I use the one on my iPad and iPhone, thrifted.
Remotes that have no purpose- Donated to thrift shop.
Emergency sewing kits – Donated to 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 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 thrift shop.
Outdated computer software- Donated to thrift store.
Old wallets- Donated to thrift shop.
Pocket knives- Donated to thrift shop.
190. Old tires in 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 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 dinning 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 new home, mew 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,