Spending more time at home during the stay-at-home orders of the pandemic may have given you time to tackle any clutter that had taken hold in your home. But is there even more you could do?
It’s a question worth considering. Reducing the clutter in your home not only improves cleanliness and organization, but it may also help boost your mental and emotional health too.
Overcrowded spaces can lead to stress and anxiety, especially during those moments when you can’t find what you’re looking for. If your home is messy, you may start to shut out others, leading to isolation and loneliness.
Take a look at our list of things you should throw away right now, and if there’s more work you can do, do it!
Collect any unnecessary or outdated medications to make more space in your medicine cabinet. Preferably, you should return them to a drug take back site, location or program.
Clear out your sock drawer and toss any lonely socks with holes or tears. Upcycle singles in better condition by putting an empty water bottle inside and securing it to make a dog toy or use them as cleaning rags around the house.
You subscribed to those cooking and lifestyle titles with the best of intentions, but when do you have the time to read them all? Toss older issues to make room for newer ones or better yet take the time to cancel unnecessary subscriptions.
Unused Toiletries and Makeup
Give up on using the last bit of lotion or toothpaste or shampoo and let them go. Go through all your toiletry collection, and if you haven’t used it in a year or you won’t get around to it any time soon, toss it or share with friends.
You’re hoping to find that miracle stain remover to revive your favorite shirt, but give yourself the gift of space in your closet or drawer instead and maybe even buy yourself something new!
Use these containers enough to store food or reheat it, and they’ll show wear soon enough. Plus who knows what happens to the lids? Throw away anything that’s stained, worn or missing a lid.
Random Cords and Old Electronics
Old computer wires, chargers and the like add up. If they aren’t being used, they’re just clutter. Before you toss them in the trash, recycle them at Best Buy (check with your local store to see what’s accepted) or donate them to high school STEM programs.
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