Seeing your house full of clutter can negatively affect your mood. It can even make your personal space seem like a place you want to escape from, instead of something you look forward to coming home to. Organize a “throw out” day once a month so you don’t have clutter build up. Here are some things you should consider removing from your home:
1. Old magazines: Get rid of old magazines lying around your house because you most likely aren’t going to read them again. You can donate your magazines to places such as child care centers, doctor’s offices, nail salons, nursing homes, and libraries. If there are any articles you really want to keep, scan them into your computer. You can create a folder to keep magazine clippings in.
2. Receipts, bills, and documents: Throw away receipts for items you aren’t planning to return as well as ones that you won’t need to use for taxes. If you’re worried about throwing away receipts, you can make a digital copy of them with a scanner and keep them in a folder on your computer.
3. Clothes: Use the two-year-rule for clothes; get rid of clothing you haven’t worn for at least two years. Sell them to a thrift store or donate them.
4. Books: Go through your bookshelf and gather books you haven’t touched in months as well as ones you don’t plan to re-read. Be realistic whether you’ll read them again or not. If you haven’t touched it for a year, you most likely won’t read it again. You can sell your books on Amazon, Craigslist, or eBay or even donate them.
5. Medicine and Vitamins: Go through your medicine cabinet and throw out anything that has expired, medicine that’s been on your shelf for too long or ones that you no longer use. Make sure to find out what the proper disposal methods are for the medication.
6. Makeup and Perfume: Clean out your beauty cabinet and get rid of old makeup or makeup you don’t use anymore. You can recycle your makeup. Places such as MAC have programs where you can exchange six empty containers for a new eyeshadow, lip gloss, or lipstick.
7. Jewelry: Dispose of any broken jewelry and sell anything you don’t wear. You can get a quote on your fine jewelry through the appraisers from the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. Then you can shop around at auction houses, estate buyers, pawnshops, and jewelers to see if you can find a better deal.
8. Food: Clean out the expired food or food you never will use in your pantry and fridge. Do this weekly instead of monthly to make sure you don’t have any unpleasant surprises.
9. Some memorabilia: Organization experts advise to be ruthless and throw away memorabilia like cards and gifts you don’t use. You should keep some of them by perhaps creating some sort shoe box for memorabilia. Resolve to throw away anything that can’t fit into the box.
10. Old or unused electronics: Maybe you never got around to getting rid of your old laptop or cell phone. Sell, donate, or recycle your electronics to clear out unnecessary clutter.