this may sound crazy, but here goes...
what about things like candles, books, tools, tape, glue, staples/staplers? i'm just thinking about all of the books that i have that i don't want to get rid of but are not going to read soon, candles that we have for their scent that i bought on after-christmas 50% sale, things like that.
things like this are fine to keep.....just give them a designated 'home'. we have all of the above and they are stored in their place until needed, which in my house goes something like this:
candles - dining room buffet
tools - dh's territory so in the garage or in the basement in his workshop
tape/glue/staples/stapler - in my studio
books - we have several areas around our house for book storage depending on the subject.
the point is that everything has a 'home' and everyone in my house knows where it is and where to put it back. your 'home' for your things may be different and that's fine, just as long as you know where it is. makes life SO much easier (and cleaner!)