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10 Household Items to Get Rid of Today
Take a moment and envision your home just as you’d like it to be. Clothes are neatly folded and put away. Dishes are washed. The cabinets are organized and the counters are clear. Now take a look at your home. What do you see? If the answer isn’t what you imagined, have no fear! You can achieve that peaceful, calm haven you crave. We’ve made a list of 10 household items to donate, toss or sell today that will get you on the path to a de-cluttered home.
EXPIRED BEAUTY PRODUCTS
Tomorrow morning while you’re putting on your makeup, take two minutes and sort through what’s expired. Most beauty products have a surprisingly short lifespan. Mascara should be tossed after three months, while lip products and foundation lasts for up to a year.
SURPLUS OR OVERSTOCKED ITEMS
Just because something is free, doesn’t mean we have to have it. That travel-size bottle of shampoo isn’t doing anyone any good collecting dust and taking up space in your linen closet. Neither are those free samples. Toss them, along with any other overstocked items you’re not using.
Why is it so hard to throw away mismatched socks? Do we somehow feel that one day, the lost sock is going to come prancing back through the front door, announcing its exciting adventures at the local gym, where we accidentally left it two months ago? No. So toss it.
BROKEN OR MISMATCHED JEWELRY
Pinterest is filled with artists who’ve transformed broken or mismatched jewelry pieces into treasures. But unless you have a passion for turning antique watch parts into metallic critters, toss them.
Papers - in the form of receipts, warranties, mail, flyers - account for a lot of our clutter.
File and forget about them. Designate a spot for incoming papers. Leo Babauta, author of the blog Zen Habits, advises keeping one in-box tray or spot in your home for papers.
CLOTHES YOU DON'T WEAR
Try the Oprah Winfrey Closet Hanger Experiment. Hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear a piece, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After six months, you’ll see which clothes you can toss.
UNREAD BOOKS OR COOKBOOKS
Take time to go through each individual book on your shelf (or shelves!). Looking at an entire bookshelf stuffed with novels, college textbooks and cookbooks can be overwhelming. So break it down.
Stacks of magazines serve little purpose to us. Once you’ve finished reading it, recycle it. If there’s a great recipe or article, clip it and save that.
Just like mail, flyers, and paper documents, email can quickly add up to be an overwhelming chore. So make a point to file, delete or reply to email once a day.
DUPLICATE KITCHEN ITEMS
Ask yourself, “Do I have a similar item that serves this purpose?” If the answer is yes, toss the surplus kitchen utensils. Or, when you buy a new frying pan, get rid of the old one.