3 Things People Never Want to Declutter, But Should

Old technology

That old laptop, cell phone, or MP3 player you just can’t bear to throw away is taking up space and likely not being used. Technology becomes outdated quickly, so keeping older devices you don’t use creates clutter. Consider selling or donating functional devices to make room for items you actually need.

FAQ: Should I keep my old laptop for parts?

It’s generally not worth holding on to an old laptop just for spare parts. Unless you have specific technical skills, you likely won’t use parts from an outdated model. Save space by recycling old technology responsibly.

Outgrown kids’ stuff

As children grow up, it’s tempting to keep all their old toys, books, art projects, and clothes for nostalgic reasons. However, kids outgrow most of their belongings. Be selective about special items to keep. Box up seldom-used toys or kids’ books to donate so more children can enjoy them.

FAQ: What’s the best way to declutter my kids’ art projects?

Take photos of your kids posing with their best art pieces. Then, toss or recycle projects made from paper, glue, and other disposable materials. You’ll have the photos to look back on without cluttering up storage areas.

Unworn clothing

That blouse you never wear or those jeans that no longer fit take up closet space better used for items you actually wear. Clothing that sits unworn for over a year realistically won’t get used if it hasn’t already. Give away unworn clothing in good condition to charity so someone else can use them.

FAQ: How can I decide what unworn clothes to donate?

Try all your unworn clothes on and be honest about what flatters you and fits properly. Clothes that are unflattering styles or the wrong size should be donated. Keep unworn pieces that you feel great wearing – just commit to actually wearing them.

De-cluttering requires letting go of things that no longer fit your lifestyle, even if they hold nostalgic value. Removing old technology, kids’ outgrown belongings, and unworn clothes creates space for items you use and enjoy every day. Focus on keeping possessions that enrich your life now rather than hanging on to things for purely sentimental reasons.


De-cluttering your personal space can feel uncomfortable, but removing certain seldom-used items makes room for more useful things. Prioritize keeping possessions you actively use and bring joy on a daily basis. Cherished items from the past can often be decluttered by taking photos or finding adaptive reuse options before donating or recycling. Removing outdated technology, kids’ outgrown belongings, and unworn clothing creates both physical and mental space to simplify your life. Focus on the items that support your needs and goals today.