Whether you are looking to sell your home, or just spruce it up and make it feel new again, organization is always an excellent place to start. If you’re like the vast majority of us, you’d probably begrudgingly agree that cluttered surroundings equal a cluttered mind. And a cluttered mind can lead to all sorts of bad news.
With that in mind, here are a few things you could probably stand to get rid of in the name of a happier home, whether you plan on keeping it or not. (This list is condensed from housebeautiful.com; a link to the full article is below)
- Old towels and linens – these can get unbelievably dirty over the course of their lifetime, so if it seems like your towels are a shower away from standing up on their own, it’s probably time to get some new ones.
- Outdated gadgets – go through your house one room at a time and dig out all the technology you can find. If it’s outdated, or lost its purpose, or plain doesn’t work anymore, get rid of it. There are plenty of options, from the trash to selling functional items to recycling the gadgets you don’t need anymore.
- Expired toiletries – chances are you’ve got a small army of lotion bottles from the last decade at the back of your bathroom closet, not to mention other outdated toiletries. Throw away anything that’s out of date. And if you think your face cream doesn’t have an expiration date, think again: most moisturizers have a shelf life of between one and three years.
- Paper goods – old magazines, newspapers, and unhelpful self-help books have no place in an organized home. If you can’t quite bring yourself to get rid of your vintage magazine ads, consider upcycling them into a piece of décor, or at least sorting and storing them out of sight.
- Wire hangers – most organizers will tell you that the first step to a decluttered closet is to buy hangers that all match. Those hangers that came free from the dry cleaners’ or the store where you bought your last shirt aren’t helping anybody.
- Unwanted clothing – this is generally where folks start with their organizing, but you may be underestimating how powerful a good closet clear-out can be. Check around your community to find out the best place to donate your unwanted clothes, if you plan on going the donation route; in Cookeville, we have Serenity Thrift, the Rescue Mission, and Genesis House, to name a few.
As with any project, the key is persistence; you’ll thank yourself later if you see it through until the end. Stock up on trash bags beforehand, disconnect the phones, do whatever you have to do to get it done, and your house will thank you for it, too.
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