You’ll never miss these useful but popular bits of clutter.
One of the biggest reasons we hold onto stuff is because of inertia. Once we bring something into our home, we forget about it, we think we might use it someday, or we plan on making the decision to keep or discard later. Soon, your home is so full of clutter that it feels overwhelming to tackle it all.
When you’ve racked up years’ worth of belongings that you need to get rid of, it’s hard to know how to declutter your home. The New Year gives you an opportunity to reflect on the past year and, more importantly, the clutter that has invaded your home. Take these tips to learn what to get rid of in your home.
Unless you eat on the go often, you don’t need plastic silverware taking up space when you already have proper silverware in your home.
Spices lose their flavor over time, and other pantry staples, like flour and sugar, don’t perform as well as fresh ingredients. If you haven’t used a pantry item for six months, consider getting rid of it.
Does your living room really benefit from that two-year-old stack of Good Housekeeping magazines? Hardly. On the contrary, keeping these dusty periodicals around could be getting in the way of your happiness.
VHS TAPES AND DVDs
If 99 percent of your screen time is spent on Netflix or Hulu, it’s time to say goodbye to old and scratched up discs and tapes that you’ll never be able to watch anymore.
Get rid of any shoes that are broken beyond repair, worn out or missing a mate. Can’t remember the last time you wore a still-good pair? Donate to a thrift store.
If you find that there is something around your house that mean nothing to you on a personal level, it’s time to let them go.
What exactly do you plan on doing with those old mason jars? That’s what we thought. Just keep a couple and recycle the rest!
OLD CLOTHING THAT NO LONGER FITS
If you’ve been hanging onto something for years in hopes you’ll fit into it again, odds are it’s not even in style anymore.
SOCKS WIHTOUT A MATE
We all have that bag of socks without their, ahem, sole mate. If you’ve done a full round of laundry without finding their partner, it’s time to let them go.
OLD HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
As much as you love dressing up for Halloween, what are the chances you want to be the same thing again? That’s the fun of Halloween; you get to dress up as something new every year.
Whether you’re willing to admit it or not, chances are high that the clutter in your home stresses you out. Thankfully, though, if you’re craving peace of mind, there’s a simple solution: throwing things away! And if you’re not sure what to toss, start with this comprehensive, expert-backed list of items to throw out.