The start of a new year is the ideal time to make changes at home. One common New Year’s resolution is to cut the clutter, helping you have a fresh start in 2018. Make room in your life for new experiences this year. Out with the old, in with the new, as it were.

Here are 5 items to toss out for a clutter-free start to 2018.

Unused Toiletries

For whatever reason, we often end up with half-used and unwanted toiletries. Instead of letting them take over your bathroom, toss them all and reorganize the ones you actually use. A good rule of thumb is to toss out anything you haven’t used in the last month. To avoid feeling wasteful, offer unopened products to friends and family.

Old Towels and Linen

While you’re in the bathroom, get rid of another item that seems to accumulate over time. Throw away worn-out towels and bed linen. Animal shelters are often grateful for old towels, too.


Cookbooks are often bulky and it’s rare to find one where you use more than a few of the recipes. To save space, photocopy the recipes that you do use and get rid of those giant tomes.

Sports Equipment

In the first burst of enthusiasm for a new sport, it is tempting to get all kitted out. But when that enthusiasm fades, sports equipment is often left gathering dust and taking up space.

Boxes and Packaging

It’s always tempting to keep the packaging from TVs, stereos, appliances and more. Sure, you think, it will come in handy if you want to resell the item, but the reality is it’s just clutter.