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Clutter Free Lifestyle: Donate Or Toss It

categories: lifestyle
12 Things You Can Easily Throw Away

by Cynthia Braun

January is Get Organized Month, and I say the way to celebrate is "just say throw" to your clutter. One easy way to clear clutter is to toss or donate things you never use anymore or that you never really needed.

Is your utensil drawer so full you can barely close it? Are the plastic containers breeding in your kitchen cabinet overnight? Are you ever going to use that Bundt pan again? Here's a list of a dozen things you can donate, trash, or share with your friends so you end up with a clutter-free and more peaceful home.

 

Kitchen Utensils

Do you really need all of those duplicate spatulas, scrapers, and servers? Offer some to your friends, then donate or trash the rest of the dups.

 

Coffee Mugs

Do you drink enough coffee or tea to justify all of the mugs you are keeping? Same advice here, choose those you love and donate the rest.

 

Plastic Containers

Do you have more tops than bottoms, or vice versa? Match up the tops and bottoms, then toss the singletons.

 

Vases

Are those inexpensive florist vases really worth keeping? Keep a few of the prettiest ones and get rid of the rest.

 

Magazines

Are the issues on your night table more than 2 months old? If so, you'll probably never read them and they will be put to better use if you donate them to a school or arts center.

 

Unread Books

Do you have a stack of books you "should" read but never get around to it? Time to donate them to the local library or trade them online through sites like www.paperbackswap.com.

 

Clothes

Are you holding on to clothes for when you lose weight? You'll actually feel lighter if you get rid of them and make room for new clothes in smaller sizes.

 

Kids' Artwork

Are you keeping every masterpiece? If a creation is not worth framing and hanging, take a photo of it and toss the original.

 

Electronics

Do you have a jungle of power cords and electronic paraphernalia in your desk drawer that may or may not work with your current equipment? Match up the cord with the gadget and let the rest go.

 

Linens

Do you even know if the sheets in your linen closet fit the current size of your beds? Keep two sets of sheets per bed, then find out if a local animal shelter can use the rest.

 

Medicine

Are any of the prescriptions or OTC drugs in your medicine chest expired? Keep the meds you're taking, then take the rest to your pharmacy rather than flushing them or throwing into the trash.

 

Toys

Have your kids outgrown the toys in their rooms? Help them choose toys to donate to less fortunate children, especially right after a birthday.