Household Items You Can Get Rid of Now
Strada Plan 3 | Las Vegas | Pardee Homes
Have you been wanting to tidy your house a bit, but aren’t sure what to do first? Whether you want to tackle every room or just organize one closet, the hardest part is starting. So, if you’re ready, we can help. We’ve compiled a list of household items you can get rid of now, so you can make space for more memories in your Pardee home.
Where to start.
Begin with an easy sweep. Grab a trash bag and walk through the house, picking things up as you go. Toss any items your family doesn’t need, like the kids’ dried-up markers and pens, your pet’s old toys, and any popped rubber bands and twist ties lurking in the back of a desk or kitchen drawer.
Past the expiration date.
Next, head to the kitchen to do an inventory of the refrigerator, freezer and pantry. Dispose of all the expired food, including leftovers that are more than five days old. And food isn’t the only thing in your home that has an expiration date. Cosmetics and hygiene items can also have expirations. In the bathroom, pitch expired makeup, medications and any products that are past their prime.
Go through all the paper in your home and recycle things you won’t use again, such as old magazines, junk mail, old receipts, expired coupons and all the paper menus on the side of the fridge. And you can put new contacts straight into your phone, so you can recycle those business cards overrunning your desk. When possible, sign up for electronic billing so you can pay your bills online and reduce the amount of paper you’re receiving in the mail.
I might need this one day.
There may be items in your home that you are keeping “just in case.” These just-in-case items take up valuable room in your home, and it might be time to reconsider whether you really need them or not. A good rule of thumb from The Minimalists is their 20/20 Rule. If it can be replaced for less than $20 in less than 20 minutes from your home, then you should let it go.
You’ve got mail.
Clearing the clutter in your home also includes your digital clutter. All those emails that you’ve been meaning to go through? Now’s the time. Clean out your inbox and unsubscribe from unwanted emails. Do the same thing for the files and folders on your computer. And, apps! We probably all have at least one or two apps that we don’t use anymore. Delete them and free up some space on your phone.
Hiding in the back of your closet.
If you’re ready to dive in a little further, do a quick scan of the closets in your home. Take out any clothes you haven’t worn in a year, that shirt that still has the price tag on it, and the shoes and jackets the kids have outgrown.
To recycle or not to recycle.
Remember to get rid of items responsibly. After you’ve donated your new and gently used items, check to see if you can recycle the rest before throwing anything away. There are recycling centers specifically for your mystery cables and old keyboards, and household-hazardous-waste programs for leftover paint and dead batteries. Check your city’s website to find out more about your local recycling and disposal programs, or go to How2Recycle for locations near you.
Keep what sparks joy.
Surround yourself with the things that, as Marie Kondo would say, “spark joy,” and get rid of the rest. Once your countertops are empty and your top kitchen drawer is no longer the “junk drawer,” you may start to feel a sense of calm and relief. Keeping your space tidy and looking like new also means you can enjoy more of your house with the people who make it a home.
Ready to move to a home that sparks joy for you? Contact one of our New Home Specialists today.