Happy New Year!
Like many of you, I’m using this chilly January to go through my house and get rid of some things that no longer serve me. I do this pretty often, in fact, I keep a dedicated box in my house for when I come across something I no longer need. I put it in the box, and when it gets full, I take it to Goodwill. However, the new year is often the opportune time to do a whole-house purge (new year, new you, right?).
Getting rid of things that you no longer need, or want, or in the wise words of the great Marie Kondo, “spark joy” can help us not only make room for the things we do want (hello Christmas gifts) but also let us fully appreciate the things we do have.
In the spirit of the season, here’s 5 things to toss today.
The best way to start purging clothes is with your off-season wardrobe. Since it’s winter right now, go through your shorts, tank tops and t-shirts. Did you wear them at all this past summer? If the answer is no, it’s time to pass it along to someone who would wear them for next year.
Another rule of thumb for getting rid of clothes is to get rid of anything that doesn’t fit you right now. I’ve been a rule-breaker on this one in the past, but keeping a pair of jeans you haven’t worn in 2 years because you might lose the weight someday is not productive. Kiss them goodbye and move on.
2. Unused Beauty Products
Beauty boxes and bags have been all the rage the past couple years, and although they provide a great way to try new products without fully committing, they can lead to a lot of bathroom clutter. Maybe it’s sample sizes that you plan on getting through someday, or a mascara you only used once, and didn’t really like, but retails for $50 a tube–whatever your bathroom clutter, it’s time to leave it in 2018.
My general rule of thumb for bathroom products is if it’s not something you use at least once a month, it’s not worth keeping. Bathrooms can be a hot bed of clutter if you let the products pile up. Stay tuned for an upcoming post about bathroom organization, and how you can best organize for the most efficient mornings!
3. Knick Knacks
Knick knacks, tchotchkes, whatever you call them, these are the small miscellaneous items you have around your house that tend to accumulate on shelves and in the seemingly bottomless “junk drawer.” The biggest culprit of knick knacks in my house are home decor items or small, cheap things I purchased in the Target dollar spot because they were cute … and I couldn’t just walk by them … and leave them at the store … they were only a DOLLAR. Well, I’ve been making an effort to avoid the dollar spot unless I have something specific in mind that I need and I limit my home decor items to one cupboard. If I can kick the addiction, you can too!
This is also an especially hard habit to kick if you’re a collector, or inherited antiques or other collectables. If you love them, make sure that you find a nice way to display them where they aren’t taking up valuable real estate in your home and you can truly enjoy them. If you can’t find them a home or don’t enjoy them – send them to someone who will.
4. Kitchen Utensils and Small Appliances
This particular group of household clutter takes me back to the great Simoni spatula debate of 2017. When my husband and I got married, we got a brand new set of OXO (the best brand FYI) rubber spatulas and other kitchen utensils. Until that point, we had been using dollar store utensils from college that I thought we no longer needed. You would have thought I asked my husband to give away his left kidney … he lost it over a spatula.
The reason it was so hard for him to get rid of our old kitchen utensils is because he felt that they were still useful, and why get rid of something you can still use, right? Just because it’s still useful, doesn’t mean it should hang out in your house.
I can assure you that we have never been in a scenario where we needed 4 rubber spatulas, and if that moment ever comes, I’ll wash one.
5. Cords & Old Electronics
Don’t even try to lie to yourself, you know you have your old iPhone with the charger, headphones and car accessories hanging out in a drawer somewhere collecting dust. I know the feeling: I paid hundreds of dollars for this, I can’t just get rid of it! But I promise you, you can and you should.
There are places you can take old electronics where they will give you some money for them to refurbish and resell. Here in the Capital District, I’ve had good experience with Computer Answers in Clifton Park. You take your old devices there and they’ll actually pay you for them – bonus if you have accessories.
Now, stop reading this blog post and pick something – anything – right now to give away or toss. The less stuff you have, the more you can appreciate, relax and enjoy what’s in your life right now.