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Decluttering your home can seem difficult and overwhelming, so this is a great place to start. These items to get rid of today are not only simple to get rid of, but they are also extremely satisfying. You’ll start to reap the benefits of decluttered spaces after completing a few of these. It’ll be just the thing to inspire you to tackle the more difficult tasks on your to-do list.
Recipes and Cookbooks
First, take a look inside those kitchen cabinets. How frequently do you consult that cookbook shelf or that recipe box? I’m guessing not as often as you used to, given that most of us nowadays find new recipes on Pinterest or Google. Remove cookbooks you don’t use and toss recipes for dishes you’ve never made (and probably won’t) or that your family didn’t care for.
Many of us have a drawer full of single socks (or a laundry basket full of them). We never seem to have enough time to try to match them up, so the stack continues to grow. Now is the time to toss out those single socks (along with the discolored ones with holes!) and replace them with a new pair or two.
Do you have old candles stashed away in drawers and cabinets that you never use? While it’s a good idea to have a few candles on hand in case of a power outage, toss the ones that are warped, partially melted, or don’t fit in your candle holders.
Old Nail Polishes
Nail polish that has separated or become clumpy will not leave your fingers and toes looking “polished.” Get rid of these bottles, as well as any colors you don’t like.
Surplus Office Supplies
Are you really going to use the 10,000 staples that have accumulated in your desk drawer? Do you have an overabundance of pens and pencils in your junk drawer? It’s time to get rid of anything you don’t need or won’t use in a timely manner. If your extra supplies are in good condition, you can donate them to a local school or church.
Is your wallet or purse bursting at the seams with paper receipts? Sort through them and toss out any that aren’t relevant to your budgeting, business expenses, or taxes. This will most likely account for 99 percent of your stack.
Gift Bags and Wrapping Paper
Do you always wrap gifts in gift bags but still have rolls of wrapping paper in your closet? Recycle any unused paper as well as any gift bags that have outlived their usefulness.
Remember the stuffed desk drawer, the overflowing junk drawer, and the kids’ art bucket? Let’s check all the pens and markers to see if they work. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to get involved and help. Any that have dried out or are no longer usable should be discarded. Any leftovers that are still usable, but you don’t need should be donated to a local school or church.
Then go to the kitchen. Spices gradually lose their flavor. Who wants to put dried grass-like parsley in their grandmother’s special spaghetti sauce? Sort through your spices and get rid of any that are old or expired. This is also an excellent time to get rid of that odd spice you bought for a single recipe but never used again. You’re unlikely to notice it’s gone.
It’s convenient to have a few empty boxes on hand for gift wrapping and packages, but it’s all too easy to save all of those Amazon boxes. Things can quickly spiral out of hand. Determine which boxes are truly worth saving for purposes such as storage or moving, and then recycle the rest. One big extra advantage is that you will be removing a much-loved home for a variety of creepy, crawly critters.
Old Instruction Manuals
When was the last time you looked at your phone’s, lawnmower’s, or bicycle’s instruction manual? Almost certainly never. Because most instruction manuals can be found on the manufacturer’s website or on a website like manualsonline.com, recycling those manuals is a simple decision.
Allowing unused apps to take up valuable space on your phone or tablet is a bad idea. Many apps are data hogs that cause your device to slow down and consume your memory. And every time you unlock your phone to look for something, you have to search through a long list of apps twice as long before you find what you’re looking for.
Sit down with your device and go through your apps, deleting any that you don’t use or enjoy. After all, if you discover that you really need them, you can always download them again.
Bad, Blurry Photos
Have you ever tried to take a photo of your adorable toddler or a stunning sunset only to be told that your phone’s memory is full? You know you’ve taken some bad shots in a world where we’re on track to take over one trillion photos in 2021. Make room on your phone, camera, and computer for the truly special photos by deleting the bad and blurry ones.
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