It is 2020, and a lot of people swear by Marie Kondo and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up, not because it is effective, but also it encourages joy and helps you declutter the home. However, decluttering is a good method to live by, and whether it is the good old tricks of minimalism or the Marie-Kondo, method, it encourages living with things you don’t need. Scientists believe cluttering is an attempt to hold on to important parts of life, but clutter spaces causes the brain to get anxious so, it is important that we declutter our room or house from time to time.
Cleaning your place and having it decluttered has a positive impact on your mind, daily life and living. It contributes to efficient thinking, good emotional well-being, better eating habits and an improved standard of daily well-being. All of us have things piled up from the past, which we no longer need or use, but are unable to throw away. Well, begin with tidying up today and impact your life positively. Here are the 10 things you need to throw away from your house:
1. Clothes that don’t fit
We all have that favourite pair of jeans that has been taking up precious space in our closet that we can no longer wear, because it doesn’t fit us. Who doesn’t have the dream of fitting into their old clothes, again? But, not wearing clothes for a very long time degrades their quality, and let’s face it, they have also gone out of fashion. So, do yourself a favour, throw out those clothes which don’t fit, and clear important closet space and declutter your room.
2. Last summer’s skincare essentials
Peek inside your toiletries essentials, and throw out that sunblock you’ve been keeping safe since last year. Chances are it has already gone past its expiration date, and so has the other toiletries and make-up essentials. The best way is to do a clean sweep, check the expiration date and all other important information for your toiletries, and throw away the ones that don’t suit you anymore, or cannot be used. You’d be amazed by the amount of space you would have found anew after all this decluttering.
3. Product Manuals to Declutter house
Any household product, or technical gadget comes with a set of product manuals. They are also useful, when you don’t know the technicalities about a product. However, if you look at your house, you’d realize you have saved up a lot of product manuals, which are taking up a lot of space. Accumulate all of them, and see the ones you really need. There would be product manuals you’ve saved up, of products that no longer work in your household. Also, troubleshooting links are present on the website of the products, so you don’t need to clutter your space. Get rid of all those unnecessary product manuals and declutter your cabinets.
4. Love letters from your old flames
Well, you must be wondering who even writes love letters anymore? It isn’t 1900, yes, you’re right. But, we’re using love letters as a euphemism to consider all those sentimental gifts and other details you’ve kept from your year old flame, to help your night crying sessions. Throw them out, they are not coming back, and make space for a new flame and new gifts.
5. Old medicines
All of us have first aid kids at home, and usually medicines for every little illness, and in this manner, we end up accumulating a lot of medicines over the years, which just lay around and have probably expired. Check the expiration details of all the medicine boxes you have, and throw the old ones out, and with it, old prescriptions of doctors, too.
6. Old bags and baggage
Well, go through the bags you have and throw away the old ones you’re unlikely to use again. When you buy a new purse, do you move the contents to your new purse and save your old purse away? How often do you re-use that old purse you’ve been saving? Well, almost never. So, throw those old bags away and clear the baggage you’ve been holding on to. It will declutter a lot of space in your cupboard.
7. Furniture that you don’t use to declutter your house
Well, if you have furniture that hardly finds purpose and you’re saving for some day use, it is best you get rid of them. They are getting eroded over time, and in a couple of years, they wouldn’t have any use, at all, and would land in the garbage. So, sell them for some good money, at present. Or, if you can, find a way to reuse them.
8. CDs and DVDs
Most of us have a lot of CDs we’re still holding on to, from the era that has gone by. Well, all our music is now online, and we hardly use the external hard drives we have. Toss out those CDs and DVDs, because they no longer exist as things that have utility or could have utility in the future. If your spouse made you a mixtape, and you’re holding on to it, do so, but get rid of the rest like that DVD of Narnia movies or High School Musicals.
9. Old newspapers and magazines
We end up piling stocks of old newspapers, magazines and books without consciously realizing. Keeping things like interesting articles or your published work can be a good idea, but the problem is they take up valuable space and increases your responsibilities of cleaning. You can either have those paper products recycled, and that way, you would help yourself and the environment, too, or donate the magazines to neighbours and friends who enjoy a good read, every once in a while. Trust me, this will really declutter your house.
10. Extra bedding and pillows
Well, all of us store away old bedding and pillows for emergency scenarios, and for that fateful day when our home would be brimming with guests. But, storing all that bedding for one day in the future that might not even arrive, is a bad idea. You’re compromising on valuable space, and someone out there could really make better use of those bedding. Donate it to someone who needs it more than tucking it away. If guests do come over, they can make themselves comfortable in your bedroom, while you spend a night or two on the couch. That works fine, so toss them away to someone who could sleep better at night with your old bedding!