throw out 100 things (part two)

To wrap up the Throw Out 100 Things of 2012, I have the second half of the 100 items below.

It’s been great to hear how many people are doing some pretty major exfoliations in their own homes. If you blog about your purge, please feel free to share a link to it on the MML Facebook wall so we can all get a peek at your process.

I have a feeling there are going to be a lot of great finds in the Goodwill stores thanks to the MML community in the next few weeks!

51. Outdated phone charger
52. Old hand lotion
53. Holiday box
54. Anthropologie box
55. Old post cards
56. Blow dryer extension
57. Old business cards
58. Makeup pouch
59. Wine opener
60. Candle decor

61. Headband
62. Top coat
63. Chap sticks
64. Broken sunglasses
65. Running watch
66. Headphones
67. USB Card
68. Broken iPod
69. Eraser
70. Mint container

71. Belt
72. Shoes
73. Belt
74. Workout capris
75. Skirt
76. T-shirt
77. Jacket
78. Stripe scarf
79. Swim suit
80. Worn out gloves

81. Vase
82. Candles
83. Home spray
84. Mercury pine cone
85. Mini bar bottle
86. Birch branches (in the bag because they are messy)
87. Dead holiday lights
88. Ceramic hand
89. Old house keys
90. Ornaments

91. Shoes
92. Health book
93. Mineral makeup
94. Extra silverware
95. Cardigan
96. Orange paper
97. Catalog
98. Scarf
99. Silk scarf
100. Tweed jacket



This Post Has 27 Comments

  1. KathrynwithaY

    I did a mental walkthrough of my house and the stuff I could probably part with just now and I think I’m gonna take this on as a little challenge!

  2. greenbean

    i wish i could rummage through the donation store and find some of the items in 80-100! or that I lived in the area and we could do a swap 🙂

    i’m going to go through my things today and you’ve really shown me that I can get rid of quality items. I usually just focus on what’s super outdated or broken.

  3. Michelle Elaine

    I love this, Jess! I’m going to do the same this month… I know I have 100 items to get rid of… 🙂

  4. LOVE this idea! I keep telling myself I need to organize our basements and closets now that most of the construction and painting projects are done (We’ve been renovating an old house the last 6 months!), and this is the perfect way to get started simplifying! It is fun, challenging, and will make a huge impact! 🙂

  5. Nikell

    I’m so inspired! I’m totally going to do this. When we get rid of things we don’t need but are still holding on to, we make room for God to bless us with more. Thanks for sharing!!

  6. Monique

    These posts are so inspirational! I love that you share all the items that you are getting rid of. I have no problems getting rid of things that are broken or used or even packaging. But I really struggle with perfectly good things that aren’t worn out (clothing) or decor items that I kind of like or feel that I could use down the road. Could you share your thought process on getting rid of those type items? Thank you so much!!!

  7. Cathy

    Thanks for sharing your makeunder! It’s inspired me to look around and get rid of a few things, especially since that’s one of my goals for 2012. I’ll be sure to post about it and share as additional accountability!

  8. Jessica S

    wow way to go! i have been on a purge (exfoliation) spree lately, but haven’t stopped to take stock of everything I have been removing…
    Now I plan to take a moment to document what I am removing, to help myself feel better about what I do have, and to also guide my intentional purchasing in the future

  9. Kate

    This is so inspiring! My husband and I just did a major purge and I wish I had counted what we got rid of!

  10. Liesl

    This has become one of my favorite topics that you write about! But I was wondering if you have any good resources/references on how to be ‘green’ about disposing items?

    For example, old pillows (I mean REALLY old)…they definitely cannot be donated, but I can’t bring myself to just throw them away. Any suggestions??

  11. Jess

    I’m so happy to hear how inspired and excited many of you are to tackle your own challenge at home! I am also pleased to hear that a few people noticed that I am good about passing on high quality, nice items. I am giving the new life with owners that have more use or love for them than I do!

    Greenbean, I am sorry about not able to do a swap – with so much on my plate, I am keeping things simple by giving my Jess LC girls first dibs and then donating the rest of the times to my local White Elephant.

    Monique, my thought is that if it doesn’t match my vision for my life, and I wouldn’t want the item now (meaning I don’t need/use/love it) I know that there is someone out there who will benefit from the item more than I do. And it’s just up to me to pass it on – which improves my life (less clutter) and their life as well!

    Liesl, great question! I am not an expert on recycling (I consider myself and “optimistic recycler” but realize I might be wrong about a few things here and there. Overall, I would suggest googling for information on what to do with things like old pillows. : )

  12. Shirley

    Hi Jess,

    I notice you’re throwing away an ipod on your list. From the picture, I’m not sure if this is iPod nano or mini. If you have not permanently throw away that item yet, you can check if your iPod is eligible for the apple replacement program.

    Here is how:
    1. go to apple website:

    2. type in the serial number to check if eligible.
    3. If the product is eligible, you’ll rec’v a return mail envelope within a week for you to mail back the old iPod nano and rec’v a new one.


  13. Jess

    Shirley: HOLY MOLY! I just did what you said and got a free new nano!!!


  14. Wah! You should take that broken ipod back to the apple store, and get a cheap replacement. If you don’t need it, you could always sell it. But I learned this the other day–broken ipod=deep discount on a perfectly good, refurbished unit! Yay recycling 🙂

  15. Jess

    Hi Erica, I actually just commented above you about Shirley’s suggestion and how to get a new nano- I’m doing just that! : )

  16. In the past year, my husband and I have probably thrown out 1000 things! We were carrying a lot of unecessary clutter. It makes you feel so much better and clear headed! I bet I could still find 100 things to get rid of, there’s just so much ‘stuff’ in my life!

  17. Jess

    Tricia, too funny! If you are actually being serious, I will probably donate most of the items once my intern has a chance to go through and pick out her favorites. They will go to the White Elephant on Halsted/Lincoln in a week or two.

  18. amanda

    My neighbor had a ceramic hand like that and she gave it as a joke gift one year for Christmas, and every year since then, someone in her family receives it as a gift because they pass it along each Christmas. I love that idea! So funny.

    Your blog is so great, and I think I might have to partake in this challenge!


  19. olivia

    Nice work with you exfoliation! I am moving into a new apartment soon and am forced to do a full-blown exfoliation instead of the smalltime ones that I used to do. It is going to feel so good to downsize!

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