Sometimes you find that you have a hard time letting things go. Or maybe you were just raised to be a little bit frugal and you try to keep using that one item until it basically falls apart in your hands. Some things need to be thrown out just to get rid of the headache of clutter and some things need to be replaced or tossed just for health reasons. Here are 5 Things to Toss Out Now, plus a bonus, to get you on your way of tidying up.
The Mail– The best thing you can do for your family is to go paperless with your bills. Unless you are a visual person like I am and you need to SEE your bill to get a better understanding of why you pay so much, going paperless with your bills is the best. If you do need to keep a copy, then use your scanner to scan the bill to a special folder on your computer or laptop. That way you can attach it to a calendar reminder or make sure that bill is set up on Auto Pay. If you don’t have a scanner- take a picture with your cell phone and send it to a folder for your 2017 bills. This is not hard- set it up once – take the picture and then shred/toss out the bill.
Old Magazines– I am very guilty of this. I have so many supermarket tabloids and they build up in spurts. Since they come out weekly and there really is only two that I get they can become 8-10 in one month. Toss them out when you clean your bathroom or living room. Go- go do it now!
Food Storage Containers that don’t have lids– How does this happen? How is it that the bowl is still there but the lid is gone? You have several other lids or different sizes or shapes but none that match the one you need right now. Go in there, do a match up and toss what doesn’t have a partner. While you’re in your cupboards make sure that you are using up your cupboard space right. Baking stuff in one area-cooking and storage stuff in another.
Old candles that are burned out– Are you a candle fiend like I am? My favorite company for candles is no longer in business but I am always on the lookout to see if I can find a candle that smells as close to the scent that I love from Salt City Candles called Welcome Home. Sigh. In my quest for the most awesomest smell I have over done it with candles, plugins, oil warmers and automatic sprayers. I walk into a room and I can automatically tell if it’s time to replace the scent. So walk around and unplug or replace the plugins that don’t work or are empty. Empty the canister in the automatic sprayer or replace it- check the batteries too and toss out candles that are burned down to the bottom. They are unsightly and it’s time to get new ones!
Replace your kitchen scrubber-and your loofah too!– If you use a body scrubber you need to replace or get rid of it ASAP. There are some warnings going around how the body scrubbers hanging around in your shower are mold farms that are dangerous to your health. I replace mine about every two weeks because I can’t get rid of them- my husband insists on using them with shower gel. So get in the habit of using a washcloth or replace your scrubber every other week. In the kitchen- time to chuck the green scrub pad/sponge and get a new one. Don’t try to get more use out of it then necessary. They are stinky and aren’t doing you any favors. Replace, replace, replace.
BONUS- Go through your medicine cabinet and toss out expired medicine and vitamins. Vitamins lose their effectiveness right away and if you have a prescription that you were taking and still have a pill or two left no need to have those hanging around for little hands to get into. Toss them out- or flush them out and get fresh vitamins that you promise to take to keep your body healthy and strong!
What do you need to get rid of around the house? Let me know in the comments below!