Remove junk taking up space on your counters, in your closets, and ALL that junk in those “junk drawers” that you toss the “forgotten” in.
I can feel when my house is too junky. When I see all things I haven’t used in over a year, I know it’s time to get decluttering. Eliminating clutter can make it easier to keep track of what you possess.
How do you know what’s junk and what’s not?
To me, sentimental things like pictures, knickknacks from my grandma when she traveled, old journals, or important paper documents are not junk. Junk is the all the “recycled” gift wrap that you kept, thinking you’d use it again for “something” since you loved it so much. Toss it!
Remove junk from around your home. If it’s been sitting around and you don’t like looking at it-toss it!
Old spices – Spices don’t actually spoil but they lose their potency. A good tip from Metro Vancouver Maids is 1-2 years for seasoning; 1-3 for herbs and ground spices; and up to 4 years for whole spices.
Instruction manuals- everything can be found online now
Rusty tools that need to be replaced
Games with missing pieces
Dried up nail polish bottles
Video games you’ll never play again
Old party supplies
Jewelry you don’t wear
Expired food in your freezer/pantry
Rugs or home decor you haven’t used since you redecorated
Unused perfumes and cologne
Old towels that make you cringe when you look at them
Test pens and markers-toss ones that don’t work
Burnt out candles or old ones that don’t smell pretty
Old bills (Switch to online banking and stop the clutter before it comes in your home) and now they charge for paper copies!
Stretched out hair ties- gross hair clips, hot tools that are broken
Ugly old looking tissue paper and gift bags.. if it looks used, toss it!
It seems more intimidating than it is, throwing away all these things you always think you’ll need one day. The truth is if it’s been awhile since you have thought about “it” and you won’t be using “it” ever, just let it go! After all this hard work, hire a house cleaning service to take care of the cleaning part!