No Sorrow in This Parting!
The key to clearing-out happiness is answering this question: Once you decide to ditch those shoes that always pinch, the dishes that never get used, or the blanket sleepers your first-grader once wore, what do you do with the stuff?
Unless your soon-to-be-former possessions truly qualify as trash, you won't want to set them out at the curb on pickup day to clog up your local landfill. Instead, give your stuff away, sell it, swap it, or recycle it. Which method's the smartest? It all depends, says Marilyn Bohn, author of Go Organize! "Do you want to get rid of stuff or do you want to make money?" How you choose to dispose of your stuff is contingent upon what the item is and its condition, how much profit you want, and how much work you're willing to do.
Donate them to someone who needs them. There are plenty of charities that will distribute good-condition shoes etc, to those in need.