Scheduling time into your busy schedule to tackle the mess, clutter and debris that has accumulated around your home can be intimidating, especially if you’ve estimated that you’ll need a few hours to get through the entire house. A more achievable goal is to do one room at a time, and if you’ve got ten minutes to spare, you can declutter a room in 10 minutes or less today.
This is our definitive list of things you should throw away today to make your home cleaner and clutter-free tomorrow. Now, grab a garbage bag and go!
In the living room:
- Old photos and frames that aren’t relevant, are poor quality or have seen better days
- Holiday trinkets that might be laying around but don’t really work in the space anymore
- Homewares and accessories that make more of a mess than a style statement
- Board games with missing pieces or that no one plays
- Anything broken, chipped or worn out
In the kitchen:
- Tupperware and containers missing their lids
- Appliances that are unused, broken or don’t work properly
- Food past the expiration date
- Chipped, stained or old mugs
- Non-stick pots and pans with worn out coatings
In the bedroom:
- Excess pillows, or pillows that are too soft or lumpy
- Clothing and shoes that don’t fit or in terrible condition
- Gifts you’ve been given that you don’t want, like or use
- Bedding that is old, stained, worn out or doesn’t fit your bed.
- Gloves and socks missing their mates
In the bathroom:
- Medications, toiletries and cosmetics past their expiration date
- Makeup in colours you’ll never use
- Travel-sized toiletries and cosmetics that you don’t use
- Products you’ve tried, tested and didn’t like but kept because you paid for them
The bits and bobs hanging around:
- Old newspapers and magazines
- Old receipts
- Keys that have no locks or no use
This article originally appeared on Better Homes and Gardens.
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