Spring is the traditional season to toss out old things that don’t serve you and take up valuable space in your household. Here are 4 things you’ll want to get rid of, a few more you should consider ditching.
Clothes & Shoes
Most people have at least a few pieces of clothing and a few pairs of shoes they just don’t wear. Perhaps you bought them on sale and don’t like them, maybe you’re hanging onto them to wear “someday”, or they might not suit your current tastes.
If you haven’t worn a piece of clothing or a pair of shoes in a year, you probably aren’t going to. Toss them in a bag and take them to your local thrift store or homeless shelter. Shelters particularly like to receive warm sweaters, socks, and coats.
Old Documents & Receipts
If your desk, your filing cabinet, or closets brims with flyers, old documents, magazines, and receipts you haven’t bothered to sort through, now’s the time.
Dedicate a few hours to the process and then sort all your paper items into three piles. Use one for filing, one for recycling, and one for shredding. Don’t throw papers with personal information into the recycling, because it’s bait for identity thieves.
Empty The Junk Drawer
You might have useful things in your junk drawer, but it’s hard to know since it is so cluttered. Toss out useless items, recycle what you can, and organize the drawer so you can actually find things.
Did you buy items, never got around to using them, and now they’ve been there forever? What about your cupboards or pantry? Has that box of crackers sat there since the dawn of time?
Go through your fridge and cupboards, get rid of bad or stale food, and check expiry dates. You might discover you have far more space than you thought!
Kids are very hard on their toys and when they break them they lose interest. They can also become a hazard.
Sort through your children’s toys and toss out damaged items. Anything they don’t play with anymore can go to the thrift store so another child can spend hours playing with them.
You fill a container with leftovers or pack a lunch and then scramble to find a lid, only to find there isn’t one. Now you have a dirty container you need to wash and recycle.
Why not sort through your containers, match them with lids, and then store everything in one large bin? Just whip it out and it’s all there in one tidy spot. Recycle the oddballs and free up space.
Old Bed Sheets
Have you been meaning to update your bedroom or are you sleeping on frayed, worn, or stained new bed sheets? Spring’s the ideal time to give your bedroom an inexpensive refresh so you can sleep on good bed sheets again.
If you’ve put off buying new ones, because you think they’re expensive - think again. All these sheets are under $25, and some are half that. They come in countless colors, styles, and sizes, so there’s simply no excuse. Toss out the old, and in with the new.