We all hate spring cleaning. Or most of us do. And even the smallest of living spaces are prone to clutter. Sometimes it seems like clutter has a mind of its own. Papers and boxes and stuff pack our closets, desks, pantries, living rooms, bedrooms, basements and storage areas. The areas of concern also includes our offices.
Clutter seems magnetic. Ubiquitous even.
Sometimes we feel like those hoarders you see on TV. Sometimes. Of course, that’s not true, but once in awhile we need to take a good look at what’s taking up space in our homes, condos or apartments and do something about it.
At least that’s the suggestion of Good Housekeeping. Even better, the magazine has offered a list of things we can think about sorting through and discarding. It ranges from old clothing to electronics to food items. The magazine says this kind of cleaning will only take you a couple of hours.
Another positive? Much of what you discard might help people whose needs are great and whose finances don’t match the need. Want to feel good? Get started. Here’s the list:
* Old cords — phones to cable connectors and electric cords
* Expired coupons and old calendars and old takeout menus
* Old receipts
* Glasses with outdated prescriptions — donate them
* Manuals for putting things together or for old electronics products and applications
* Last year's sunscreen — old stuff isn't as protective
* Cardboard boxes — unless you're moving, who needs them?
* Old board games — those you never use & those with missing pieces — donate them
* Unmatched socks
* Ladies and guys with ponytails — excessive numbers of hair ties
* Open bottles — alcohol does have a shelf life apparently. Once opened, two years before it changes and starts to evaporate
* Old condiment packets and old bottles of condiments in your refrigerator — you could have three bottles of ketchup or mustard or relish or pickles
* Old, expired spices
* Baby stuff — donate it
* DVDs — don't do away with all of your favorites but technology is changing and they're space hogs
* CDs — same thing
* VHS tapes — you'll probably never use them again, give them to an e-waste center
* Dull knives
* Old workout gear — sports bras and sneakers wear out in six to eight months
* Books and outdated reference books — donate them
* Old medication — toss it
* Unused craft supplies —donate them
* Old towels — use them for rags, donate to animal shelters
* Worn sheets — same thing
* Plastic grocery bags that are now packed in grocery bags — how many is enough?
* Reusable totes
* Promotional t-shirts — donate them
* Extra buttons
* Floral vases
* Containers without lids
* Old makeup and moisturizers and old nail polish
* Costume jewelry — donate it
* Wire hangers and plastic hangers — by the way, they stretch clothes
* Damaged dishes
* Office supplies — do you really need 20 post-it note pads?
* Old pens — they may already be out of ink or the ink has dried
* Clothes that are too big — donate
* Clothes that are too small — donate
* Shoes that don't fit — donate
* Outdated magazines
* Leftover paint
* Novelty appliances and baking pans that you never use — donate
* Excess coffee mugs — donate
* Forgotten candles that you'll never burn
* Do something with the change jar — like, oh, um, spend the money
* Empty journals and notebooks
* Old mattresses
* Old phones — e-cycle
* Old computers — e-cycle
* Old cards
Source link: MSN Lifestyle — https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/cleaning-and-organizing/65-things-in-your-home-to-get-rid-of/ss-BBMwCS8?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=mailsignout#image=1