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Start the New Year Without Clutter

December 27, 2012

Checklist of Things to Get Rid of


This is a suggested list of what to declutter yourself with in the coming new year.  Some things can be sold, given away to friends or relatives, donated to a charity or thrown in the trash (while being careful to shred papers with personal and confidential information.)


– Playbills, Reader’s Digests, National Geographic’s, Harvard Business Reviews and similar magazines that you just can’t part with even though you haven’t opened them in years

– Old magazines or newspapers of “historic” events

– The magazine pile you haven’t been able to get to

–  Stamp, coin, baseball card or similar collection

– Art

– Books

– High School and College notebooks

– Old diaries

–  Trophies from your childhood

– Halloween costumes

– Clothing, shoes and hats you haven’t worn in 42 years

–  Boxes with stuff you haven’t looked at in 12 years

–  Family bikes that haven’t been used in 17 years

–  Old tax records, receipts, cancelled checks and brokerage statements (see earlier blog on what records you should retain)

–  Old insurance policies

– Plastic gifts baskets, ribbons and wrapping papers

–  Dolls and teddy bears that lost their sentimentality

–  Old pet carriers (you haven’t had a dog or cat for 9 years!)

–  Expired prescription and over the counter drugs and toiletries and your toothbrush collection from your infrequent dentist visits over the last 50 years

–  Partially filled liquor bottles you haven’t touched in years

–  Old cameras

–  Things and stuff

–  Consolidate your brokerage accounts

– Sell or donate stocks where you own an insignificant number of shares to reduce your mail

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If in doubt – Declutter!


Reprinted from Getting Your Affairs in Order by Edward Mendlowitz, CPA ©2012 Edward Mendlowitz, CPA.  Available for sale at and available in print and e-book editions.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Alan Zeitlin permalink
    December 28, 2012 12:35 am

    Sounds like this was custom made for me. Happy New Year. Alan

  2. December 29, 2012 2:06 am

    Alan, Happy New Year to you and your family. Ed

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