Stop Household Clutter: 15 Things to Get Rid of Right Now
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Cardboard Food Boxes
Ditch the cardboard boxes and plastic bags that go with your cereal, snacks and dry goods. They're ugly, take up lots of space and don't keep your food fresh. Instead, opt for glass jars (like HGTV Magazine did here) or airtight food storage containers.
Mommie Dearest said it best: No more wire hangers! Ditch those dry cleaner hangers for matching plastic or wooden versions.
Your Dish Sponge
When was the last time you replaced the sponge in your kitchen sink? If it's been more than a month, toss it. In between, sanitize it with a spin in the dishwasher.
Get rid of any shoes that are broken beyond repair, worn out or missing a mate. Can't remember the last time you wore a still-good pair? Donate to a thrift store.
Clothing You've Never Worn
Donate or sell any items of clothing you've had for more than a year without wearing.
Too-Small Kids' Clothing
The same goes for clothing your children can no longer wear: Unless it's an heirloom, donate or sell to free up the space.
Socks Without a Mate
We all have that bag of socks without their, ahem, sole mate. If you've done a full round of laundry without finding their partner, it's time to let them go.
How long have those cosmetics been lurking in your makeup bag? Mascara should be replaced every three months. Foundation and concealer are good for about a year, while lipstick, eye shadow and blush should be replaced every two years.
Most ground spices should be replaced after 12 months. A simple test? Give each one a wiff. If there's no scent, there will be no flavor. Go ahead and toss it!
The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush once every three months for maximum brushing power.
Last Year's Holiday Cards
You've enjoyed them, now it's time to let them go. Record any addresses to your phone or computer before chucking them into the recycling bin.
Last Year's Calendar
Embrace the current year by recycling last year's calendar. The same goes for a dated datebook.
Unidentified Frozen Objects
Toss any unidentifiable objects in the refrigerator or freezer.
Movies You Don't Love
If you'd only give a film one thumb up or you wouldn't watch it again, give it away or sell at a used electronics store. And those VHS tapes? If you don't have a player, let those go, too.
Throw away any canned goods past their expiration date. If you discover still-good packaged food you didn't like or won't eat, donate to a local food pantry.