Deb's Real Estate Blog

Check out market updates

Things to De-Clutter from Your Home

Things to De-Clutter from Your Home

It’s pretty easy to accumulate clutter, especially the longer you live in your home. There are some common things that people hang on to that they shouldn’t.

  • Every book you’ve ever bought: If you read something you didn’t like, the odds are that you won’t read it again. Also, no matter how good of an intention you made when you bought those books you thought you’d read, there comes a time when you’ve had them long enough that the probability of the chance you’ll read them becomes slim to none. Donate those, and you’ll feel better, and have more space.
  • Appliances that are broken or never used: Sure, that trendy single-serve blender might’ve sounded good in theory, but be honest with yourself in regards to how often you’ll actually use it. The same goes for broken appliances you keep telling yourself you’ll fix, too.
  • Mismatched food storage containers: Maybe you have lids galore, with only a few plastic containers (mysteriously) remaining. Whatever the case, if the lone contenders can’t be matched with anything else, then throw them away, or recycle them if possible.
  • Old canned goods, spices, and condiments: These things do stay good for a long time, but not forever. If they’re just collecting dust, then donate them if they’re unopened and not expired, or throw them away if they are.
  • Toiletries that you’ve stopped using: There comes a point when you’ve acquired too many toiletries for you to realistically use; whether you bought a new shampoo and discovered you hated it, or if you just have a collection of five-year-old hotel samples in the back of your closet, they’re only acting as clutter.
  • Broken or outdated technology: If you still have all five of your old cell phones, complete with their chargers, consider donating or recycling them (or at least the first four of them). This applies to old cords and adapters too. Technology is always moving forward, so there’s really no reason to hold onto old things with the intent that you’ll use them in the far-off future.
  • Everything your child has ever used or made: Some things are great to keep for sentimental value, and memories. However, things like baby clothes with stains, outdated (unsafe) baby cribs and carseats, and every piece of art your child has ever made, need to be cleared from your home.
  • Extra paper: Including but not limited to little memos that you forgot the significance of, wedding invitations from your fourth cousin’s wedding three years ago, old magazines, and warranties that have run their course.
  • Materials from abandoned hobbies: Admit it-painting sounded cool in theory, but you may have quickly discovered that you weren’t as good at it as you’d hoped. That’s okay; stick with what you enjoy, but if you don’t commit time to the hobby anymore, you may want to clear out its clutter.
  • Clothes, shoes, and accessories: A good rule is that if you haven’t worn something in over a year, get rid of it, because the chances are that you’re not likely to wear it again.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *