10 Things to Get Rid of Now

You'll be surprised at how much you won't miss these items.

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Clutter in your home is probably affecting you more than you think. A clean home means less stress for you and your family. So what better time to start the decluttering process than now? To begin, we suggest you get rid of the 10 items below to get on track to a happier home.

Linens

Linen Closet Organization With Labeled Storage Baskets

Linen Closet Organization With Labeled Storage Baskets

Even if your sheets are nicely folded, keeping linens you don't use will take up precious storage space in your closet. Keep it to two sets of sheets per bed.

Shoes

Black Wire Basket for Dirty Shoes on Striped Matt

Black Wire Basket for Dirty Shoes on Striped Matt

It's time to leave your shoe addiction behind. They take up a ton of valuable storage space, so toss them if you don't wear them anymore. This goes for clothing and lone socks, too. 

Refrigerator Message Center

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CI-Susan-Teare_Glass-Memo-Board-Kitchen_v

Photo by: Susan Teare ©Joanne Palmisano

Susan Teare , Joanne Palmisano

Your family most likely ignores schedules and notes on the fridge when all they really want is that ham sandwich. Designate a separate area for important memos.

Expired Makeup

Vintage Wood Rack Holds and Organizes Grooming Accessories

Vintage Wood Rack Holds and Organizes Grooming Accessories

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Melissa Hruska

Photo courtesy of Melissa Hruska

Expiration dates on makeup aren't just a ploy to get you to buy products more frequently. The active ingredients in your favorite brands become compromised after some time which can damage your skin. Replace mascara every three months, foundation and concealer every year and lipstick, eyeshadow and blush every two years.

Old Spices

Stamp Holder Spice Storage

Stamp Holder Spice Storage

Photo by: Jules Frazer, SugarShoots.com

Jules Frazer, SugarShoots.com

Sniff your old spices to see if they're fragrant. If not, they don't have any flavor either, so it's probably time to throw them out.

Paper Clutter

Empty Mailbox to Deter Burglars

Empty Mailbox to Deter Burglars

It's tempting to throw your mail on the countertop when you have a million other things to take care of. If you spend just five minutes a day as soon you walk in the door to sort through the mail, you'll save the hassle later. To help reduce the amount of junk mail, sign up for online bill pay and research online to see how to opt out of mail service at certain companies.

Outdated Electronics

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home office after

Tech companies release new electronic devices frequently. If you have an electronic device you no longer use, get rid of it. Check out the proper way to dispose of electronics.

Kids' Toys

Boy's Room Under Bed Storage Boxes

Boy's Room Under Bed Storage Boxes

Don't keep toys your kids have outgrown. Sanitize and donate them, then put away their newer toys in labeled storage bins for a clutter-free look.

Nightstand Clutter

Contemporary Nightstand with Storage

Contemporary Nightstand with Storage

Photo by: Photography by Michelle Rasmussen

Photography by Michelle Rasmussen

We're all guilty of it — using the nightstand as a catchall. Stuff accumulates quickly, so use the tray trick. If your stuff doesn't fit into a small tray, get rid of it or find another place for it. Your bedroom is a place for relaxation, so keeping it free of mess is essential for a good night's sleep.

Mistakes That Make Your House Look Messy

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The Mistake: Confusing "Clean" and "Organized"

The Mistake: Keeping Counters Too Clear

©Photography Provided by Gina Samarotto

The Mistake: A Full Refrigerator

Photo By: Brian Kellogg ©scripps Networks, LLC

The Mistake: Using the Fridge as a Message Center

Photo By: Nar Fine Carpentry, Inc. ©Scripps Networks, LLC

The Mistake: Disorganized Kitchen Shelving

The Mistake: Stuffing Kitchen Cabinets

The Mistake: A Non-Functional Entryway

The Mistake: Skipping By-the-Door Paper Storage

The Mistake: Choosing Closet Form Over Daily Function

The Mistake: Out-of-Order Containers

The Mistake: Stocking Up on Storage Bins

The Mistake: Shopping First, Organizing Second

©Kids' Storage Cubes, Pottery Barn Kids

The Mistake: Skipping Labels

The Mistake: Too Many Family Photos

The Mistake: Too Many Toys

The Mistake: Not Corralling Cords

The Mistake: Scattered Collections

©Sarah Dorio Photography

The Mistake: Displaying Every Book You Own

Photo By: Jennifer and Kitty O'Neil

The Mistake: Packed Bookshelves

Photo By: Jennifer and Kitty O'Neil

The Mistake: Letting Laundry Linger

The Mistake: Packed-Full Rooms

The Mistake: Messy Under-Bed Boxes

The Mistake: Getting Used to Clutter

The Mistake: Too Much Stuff

Photo By: Trevor Tondro ©All images copyright 2012 Trevor Tondro all rights reserved

The Mistake: Stuffing Small Spaces

The Mistake: Being Spontaneous

The Mistake: Waiting Until Tomorrow

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