One of the good things about New Year is that it gives you a chance to start fresh. Since it’s a clean slate, this could also mean de-cluttering and saying goodbye to the things that were from the past year.
Here is a list of the things you need to let go and say hello to a cleaner and more organized home this 2017:
1. Old Paint - You built or renovated your house a long time ago, but you still kept the cans of old paints for future use. Apparently, there is a higher possibility that you’ll go for other colors other than the ones you have now, which means you won’t need the cans of old paint you have.
2. Receipts - You had all these receipts in your bag, drawers, wallet, on the fridge, and almost everywhere in your home. It’s time to say goodbye to them by tossing them in the bin since you don’t need them anyway. Just keep the receipts for your big or expensive purchases for warranty purposes.
3. Old Newspapers and Magazines - Whether you love who’s on the cover of the magazine or you’re looking for inspiration, newspapers and magazines that are no longer applicable today are best thrown out. Chances are the trends have changed and it’s best to bring new and inspiring materials, which you can also use in your home.
4. Chipped Mugs and Plates - Now that another year has passed, take some time to purge your kitchen cabinets and toss chipped and yellowing mugs and plates. You don’t need them and you surely don’t want to use them.
5. Toys Your Kids No Longer Use - Kids grow up, and so do their toys. They may have sentimental value or you simply want to treasure the gifts your friends and family gave your kids. To make it easier for you, think about the many kids who will be happier if you donate them. Plus, you will need extra space for the new toys that are sure to come.
6. Paper or Shopping Bags - Admit it. You keep those paper bags from stores since they might come in handy in the future. Apparently, those paper bags are piling, so why not give them a new home? Collect them together with the old papers, newspapers, and magazines and sell them in recycling centers. It’s a good way to save the environment too.
7. Invitations You Received - It doesn’t matter if you attended the party or were unable to do so. Unless you want to use old invitations as pegs, it is best to throw those invitations away. It will only add up to the pile of dust and you don’t need that in your home.
8. Expired Food and Condiments in the Kitchen - You wouldn’t want to eat them plus they are taking space in your fridge and pantry. The next time you clean your kitchen, don’t forget to toss the expired products out, too – together with the chipped mugs and plates.
9. Old Shoes and Clothes - Some clothes and shoes never go out of style while some do. You also hold on to clothes that no longer fit, hoping you can squeeze yourself into them again. If you want a clutter-free home, then it’s time to say goodbye to items you haven’t worn for a long time. Perhaps, you can add something new, too.
10. Out-of-Date Gadgets - You have this box full of old computer mouse, chargers, or gadgets that no longer work – and they never will since they may be outdated. The easiest way is to toss them out, but there are other options to help you make money out of it. Consider selling them online, trade your gadgets, or bring them to recycling centers. You can also repurpose them and bring out the creativity in you.
Are you ready to say hello to a clutter-free home?
Ayi is a former law student turned freelance writer, mompreneur, and stay-at-home mom. When her kids are in their most behaved state, she documents her adventures as a mom on The Momma Chronicles, tries to bring out her inner kitchen goddess, do her best to put her kids’ toys in appropriate boxes, and makes her home as organized and clutter-free as possible.
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