Our 10 Things To Toss Today videos are always popular with the Clean My Space Nation, and for good reason! Decluttering your house is the best way to make your space cleaner, simpler, and more peaceful.
In this video, Melissa Maker shares some easy items to get rid of that even the most attached-to-stuff person could get behind. Decluttering doesn’t have to be difficult, and it leaves you with more space for the things you love!
Every once in a while, it’s good to go through your canned-goods pantry with an eye for those cans that have been sitting there for years—the unloved cream of broccoli soup? The wax beans? Be honest with yourself. If a can hasn’t been opened in the last 6 months, it probably won’t get opened at all. Donate extras to a local food pantry or fire station, unless it’s full-on expired—then just dispose of it.
Recycling for DIY Projects
You know what I’m talking about—that pantry full of old spice jars to reuse, or paper towel rolls waiting for a craft project, or old cans that you’ll some day transform into lanterns? Again, it’s important to be honest with yourself. One or two items to keep around for your crafts makes sense; a whole storage closet full is just plain hoarding. You don’t want to end up on one of those reality shows, do you? You’ll never get to it all, so get rid of it.
You don’t need to keep every pen ever given to you at a bank or grocery store. First to go: those pens that you always avoid, because you hate how they write. Move on to testing the pens and get rid of any that are skipping or out of ink. The pens that you keep on hand should be the ones that you reach for again and again. Pens are too inexpensive—and life is too short—to have to settle for the free pen from the doctor’s office that gives you a writer’s callous.
Excess Office Supplies
How many years do you think it will take to go through all 5,000 of those staples? Do you really need 500 paperclips when you use, on average, about 3 per year? These take up a lot of real estate in the home office, so pare down to what you really think you’ll use, and get rid of the rest.
We all have the old photo pile from back in the day. Do you even look at them? Do you even want to look at them? Boxes of photos are a constant drag on our energy, a constant chore undone. Go through them once and for all. The ones you hate to look at, just shred! The ones you love, choose to do something with them—put them in a frame, put them in a photo album, or scan them into your computer and digitize them, then shred the hard copies.
Do you really need that whole photo roll of the time your daughter took your phone and snapped 97 photos of the TV screen? Don’t wait until you run out of storage space, and then start a haphazard deleting frenzy. Sit down with your collection of digital photos and delete the ones you don’t care to keep.
If they’re outdated and you’ve replaced them with something more modern, there is simply no reason to keep these around. Go to the store where you bought them or enlist the help of a techie to make sure the hard drives are wiped clean of your data, then donate or recycle them.
Wires, cords, and cables, oh my!
That jumble is about the worst eyesore given to us by the modern age. If you have a cord that you are currently using to charge up a device, keep it. All others MUST GO.
Guilty as charged! When you live in a cold-weather place, it’s easy to justify a serious scarf population in the coat closet. But at least go through them and acknowledge that some have seen better days, or some you just simply never reach for, because you are wearing, oh, those other 12 scarves, more often.
Every year, it seems, more holiday decorations get added to the mix, and yet it’s easy to just store the whole lot without taking the time to think about which ones you really love. Get rid of any questionable strings of lights, as well as ornaments and decor items that just don’t give you any joy anymore. You’ll see how jolly you’ll feel next season when you pull them out again.