Here are some things found in most homes that can be unloaded. Once you get rid of the clutter, you’ll feel better, have a sense of accomplishment and open up some of your living space.
- Expired food
- Expired condiments and spices – yes, they expire!
- Canned food expires too
- Old stuff in the freezer – do you even know what’s in there?
- Plastic containers that are damaged or missing lids – this can free up lots of space
- Extra Ice Cube trays
- Small appliances that seemed great when you bought them, but are never used – bread maker, juicer, etc.
- Chipped, cracked or otherwise damaged plates and cups – they can harbor bacteria once they are damaged
- Carry out menus that have duplicates – most restaurants have online menus you can easily access
- Utensils that are broken, damaged or have duplicates – damaged utensils can be hazardous to use
- Cookbooks you never use – It’s easy to get recipes online. Take pictures or scan your favorites, file them in a recipe folder on your computer and then get rid of the books.
- Beer coozies and water bottles that everyone gives away – keep a few, but how many do you need?
- Nearly empty bottles of cleaning supplies that you never use – this stuff gets old and crusty after a while
- Overabundance of refrigerator magnets
- Towels and washcloths that have seen better days – animal rescue groups always need towels
- Expired over the counter medications – some may still work, but can lose their effectiveness
- Expired makeup or sunscreen – you can end up with skin damage
- Old nail polish – if it’s dried up, you can’t use it anyway
- Excess cleaning supplies – just taking up space
- Tiny soap slivers that will never be used – saving them up to make into one big bar is not worth the trouble
- Air fresheners that no longer work – not helping you to keep them
- Old toothbrush – you should get a new toothbrush every few months
- Hair accessories that are stretched out or broken – not effective if they’re damaged
- Bath puffs, loofahs or other bath supplies that are too old to be useful
- Hair care products (shampoo, conditioner, mousse, gel, hairspray, etc.) that were purchased, rarely used and are old
This is a good start. Next time we’ll talk about other places in your home where you can declutter and give yourself some breathing room.
If this list seems overwhelming, please contact me. I’m happy to help reduce your clutter in your home.