Spring is almost upon us, regardless of what the weather is saying outside, and a lot of people work on spring cleaning this time of year. There are probably a lot of items in closets, cupboards, drawers and cabinets that have been there for years, many of which you've probably forgotten you have. It's time to toss a lot of these old items, donate things that are still in good condition and reorganize your home and your life.
Here are 10 things in your home right now that you should probably toss as soon as possible.
#1. Old catalogs, newspapers and magazines.
The only reason you should keep actual newspaper is if you're planning on starting a fire in your fireplace or in a fire pit outside. Otherwise, if you're not reading any old newspapers, magazines and catalogs, it's time to recycle them.
#2. Expired condiments and spices.
Go through all of your condiments, which can tend to linger in your refrigerator for several months if not years. Take a look at the expiration dates and toss them if you are anywhere from 2 to 3 months beyond the expiration date. Also, spices have their best potency within six months of purchase. If you're not sure when you've purchased a spice or an herb, give it a sniff. If it smells faintly like the herb or spice it once was, it's probably time to toss it. On any new spices and herbs you want to mark the date on the top of the lid so that you know when six months are up.
#3. Old DVDs or, dare I say it, VHS tapes.
Yes, there are many people that still have VHS movies hiding out in some closet or on a bookshelf. If you haven't watched the movie in the last five years, it's time to get rid of it. Who knows, you might even try to sell some of those old VHS tapes or DVDs as someone may be looking for that movie specifically. Also, if some of your DVDs have been transferred to digital streaming, you might want to donate the old version.
#4. Old Clothes you haven't worn in months or years
If you haven't worn something in over a year, it may be time to pass it on. One of the easiest ways to figure out how often you where an item is to hang it on a hanger backwards on the closet rod. Once you wear it turn the hanger around. At the end of one year, anything that you have not turned around, donate it or get rid of it.
#5. Freezer burned food.
You always want to label and date all the foods that go into your freezer. Put new foods towards the back or the bottom and move older foods up so that they will get used quicker.
Receipts can add up fast either in a wallet or in the bottom of your purse. Make it a priority this year to go through all of your receipts or check your credit card or online banking statement every few days to catch up and balance your checkbook rather than to accumulate all those receipts. Keep only the ones you'll need for warranties, guarantees or tax returns.
#7. Collectibles, memorabilia and knickknacks.
These things can certainly add up quick and if you'd like to de-clutter your life, these are some of the first things that need to go. If you have boxes of knickknacks or items that you've kept from the last time you moved, you obviously have not miss them. It's probably time to get rid of them. This could be items from a gift shop, teacup collectibles, that old kitchen chicken collection that you had at one time, etc. It's time to donate them or sell them if they're valuable
#8. All the sheets and pillowcases and pillows.
These are always the odd things were not too sure what to do with. It's true that landfills fill up with old pillows and lots of clothes but if you're keeping your dingy sheets because you don't know what to do with them, ripped them up into manageable pieces and use them as rags until they are no longer usable. Pillows can be used as dog beds or kneepads when working out in the garden. If you simply don't know what to do with them and they are too dingy to donate, you'll have to toss them.
#9. Outdated business cards.
Most of us don't have a Rolodex of business cards any longer but if you do, it's time to give it the boat and get everything on a digital spreadsheet. You can also find that business on Facebook, twitter, or LinkedIn and connect with them there online.
#10. Wrapping paper.
It can be tempting to keep that holiday wrapping paper just a little bit longer but if there's only enough for one small package it may not be worse kicking around in the holiday closet for 12 months.
These simple things to get rid of will not only de-clutter your drawers, cupboards and cabinets but your life as well. Start fresh with a good spring cleaning. Looking at doing some remodeling or renovations the spring? Contact us today for a consultation and price. [Article adapted from MSN]