Tough to Toss – The Humor Edition

LOL icon. Things that are Tough to Toss that make us laugh.

I frequently write on this blog about decluttering and letting go. There are a variety of reasons why it can be hard to let go, such as:

  • a sentimental connection to the past
  • hope for the future
  • connection to a deceased loved one
  • guilt
  • anxiety

However, today I thought I’d go for a laugh and list some things that are truly difficult to eliminate; things we would love to get rid of, but which tenaciously stick around. While we might not succeed in eliminating these things as easily as we might like, we can at least giggle, acknowledge that the fight is real, and know that we are not alone!

Hope these bring a smile to your face!

40 Things That Are Tough to Get Rid Of

  1. A cough (especially when you inhale your saliva)
  2. Loose hairs (the ones you can feel on your body but cannot see)
  3. Dust
  4. Stains
  5. Smudges on your phone screen
  6. Cobwebs on your clothes
  7. Something stuck in your eye
  8. Weeds
  9. Weight (especially the last five pounds)
  10. Sticky residue
  11. Ants (and other insects)
  12. Toe fungus
  13. Mildew
  14. Calcium & hardwater buildup
  15. Unfortunate nicknames 
  16. Odor of the fish you cooked last night 
  17. Earworms (that song, stuck in your head)
  18. Company that has stayed past their welcome
  19. That charity you donated to one time
  20. Obsessive thoughts 
  21. Your bad driver’s license or passport photo
  22. Jingles 
  23. Acne
  24. An accidentally-sent email
  25. The common cold
  26. Noise from loud neighbors
  27. Window streaks
  28. Burnt splotches on the stove
  29. Calls to extend your car’s warranty
  30. Paper cuts
  31. Cracks in your phone screen
  32. Dirt on your keyboard
  33. Requests to fill out a customer service survey
  34. Sound of leaf blowers
  35. Rattling sounds in appliances
  36. Chapped lips
  37. Food between your teeth when you don’t have floss
  38. Unsightly bruises
  39. Unflattering photos online
  40. Itches in hard-to-reach places

Can you relate to any of these? What would you add to this list?

33 thoughts on “Tough to Toss – The Humor Edition”

  1. How about mud or gum stuck on the bottom of your shoe? Relate BIG TIME to the earworm. I always have songs or tunes stuck in my head…never the words, but the melody. And I play them over and over. Sometimes I think I even hum them out loud (or so I’m told.)

    1. Gum on the shoe is a good one. Actually, gum anywhere other than your mouth is a good one- it’s s hard to get rid of! I sing all day, and always have some song stuck in my head. Nice are the days when the songs are decent, not some catchy jingle from when I was 11 years old!

  2. Tough to get rid of: Bed Bath and Beyond coupons–they come in the door faster than I can use them! And yet, I keep a ton of them because you never know when you’re going to need purchase 15 items from BBB!

  3. Oh my, I can identify with so many of these! The current one that bothers me the most is the invisible hairs that love to hide behind my mask when we’re singing at choir practice. I’ve had to work hard to ignore those and focus on being thrilled we are back together as a choir.

  4. Fabulous list, to which I add:

    Embarrassing memories of stupid things you said

    The typo on your otherwise brilliant tweet that has already been retweeted before you caught the error

    Those blobs of mascara when you sneeze just after you’ve put on your makeup but after you’ve left the house

    The ex you wish would disappear

    The one who got away…but is still taking up space, rent-free, in your noggin!!!
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    1. Such terrific additions! I’ve had those mascara blotches for sure. The ex – perfect! So funny. I know you would have some good ones, Julie!

  5. I laughed out loud when I read your post, Seana. 😊 I can definitely relate to #’s 17 and 31. And, like Julie, I’m adding in typos after you’ve hit send on a tweet or published a blog post.

    Two more – 1) a bleach stain on dark clothing that pops up out of nowhere and 2) crazy gray hair that has a mind of its own!
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  6. The chin hair that is oddly long by the time you notice it.

    “Floaters” in your vision that make you think you’re seeing a bug. Repeatedly.

    I guess I’m showing my age here!

    1. I totally relate to what you are talking about with the long chin hairs!!

      Floaters is a great one. You don’t have to be old to have those. My daughter in her 20s has them (unfortunately…). They ARE tough to toss for sure – not going to go away.

      Thanks for these additions!

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