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Things to Get Rid of in 2018

Things to Get Rid of in 2018

You don’t have to wait for spring to do a little spring cleaning. In fact, if you get organized and purposeful at the very beginning of the year, you’ll be in a much better head space to keep all of those resolutions! Here are just eight things to get rid of as you start to declutter.

Expired Toiletries

Sunblock can expire. So can lotion, toothpaste, shampoo, shaving cream and many kinds of makeup. While they won’t actually hurt you, their chemical potency will wear down until they’re useless bottles of goo, so expired toiletries are doing nothing in your medicine cabinet but taking up space. Clear them out for a fresh year and a fresh start.

Plastic Bags

Did you know that you can recycle plastic grocery bags? If you have a cupboard that’s starting to overflow with unused plastic bags, consider donating a few hundred of them to your recycling. Don’t worry: You’ll still have hundreds more.

Things Get Rid of 2018 DVD's ImageUnwatched DVDs

Take a look at your DVD collection. How many have you actually watched in the past year? How many are outdated or low-definition? How many are readily available through online streaming services? Keep your box sets if they have value in the form of deleted scenes or special features, but throw out anything that you can find online in less than five minutes.

Unread Books

Even if you’re a voracious reader, there are probably books sitting around your house that you use as paperweights and table leg adjusters more than anything. Why not donate these tomes to your local library, thrift shop or women’s shelter? Books deserve to be read, and if you’re not doing the reading, you should give them to someone who will.

Old Holiday Decorations

Which decorations stayed in the box this year? If you didn’t use them and had no desire to, you’ll probably feel the same way at the end of 2018. Try to cull some of your other holiday decorations, too. How many of those Halloween costumes are you really going to re-use? How many Valentine’s Day hearts will even fit in your house?

Things Get Rid of 2018 Jeans Image

Clothes That Don’t Fit Anymore

Unless you’re actively losing weight for the new year, it’s time to bite the bullet and admit that you’re just hanging onto those old bell bottoms for nostalgic reasons. You’re never going to fit them like you did as a mullet-haired college freshman in 1983, and today, they’re just taking up space in your closet. Toss them or donate them.

Paper Advertisements

From sales flyers to takeout menus, you probably have a lot of “junk paper” stashed around your home from local businesses. Toss it all. You can find everything that you need to know online, including the delivery number of that great Chinese place down the street that serves your favourite kung pao chicken. There’s no need to clutter up your home when you can just retrieve the information on your smartphone.

Unappetizing Food

Maybe it’s a bunch of leftovers that you stuffed in tupperware and stashed in the freezer. Maybe it’s a collection of cans and spices that are actually gathering dust in the pantry. If you know in your heart that you have no current desire to eat, use, store or cook with them, it’s time to either throw them away or donate them to a local food bank.

These are just a few ways to start decluttering your home for the new year. It’s a fresh beginning, so make it count!

 

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