Spring is here and cleaning is near. Winter is over and it’s time to turn a new leave on some of the items that you have. Here are 5 things to declutter right now:
It’s 2018 and DVD’s are officially outdated. As of 2018, there is no reason to be holding on to Harry Potter or The Notebook DVDs anymore. Don’t just toss these DVD’s out though, many websites such as Decluttr will allow you to sell your old DVD’s and CD’s for cash. If you want to continue to own some of these movies and TV shows, platforms such as Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon will allow you to own these and be able to watch them almost anywhere you go if you have a tablet, smartphone, or computer.
2.Clothes that either don’t fit or you haven’t worn in a year
Clothing shopping is tons of fun, but having your clothing sit in your closet or drawers wastes money and space. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn your clothing in more than a year, it doesn’t fit, or you bought it to try to get “get out of your comfort zone,” get rid of it. Simply put, if you don’t wear the clothes you have and they just collect dust, you don’t actually need them. Fortunately, thrift shops like Plato’s Closet and Uptown Cheapskate, and online resale shops like Thredup allow you to sell your old clothing for cash. As for the rest of your clothing that may not have been bought from resale companies or shops, you can donate the rest to local donation centers or Goodwill.
Buying in bulk is a great way to save money on food or toilet paper, but having multiples of makeup such as multiple bottles of mascara, multiple bottles of shampoo and conditioner, or having a drawer full of empty or half empty pens is unnecessary. To declutter these things may take time and patience. When it comes to multiple bottles of things, don’t buy any more of the product until you are completely out of it. For pens and items like highlighters, take a scratch sheet of paper and test all of them, and if they don’t work recycle them if possible. To prevent buying duplicates in the future, wait until the product or item is completely gone before you buy more, and when you do buy it, don’t buy in mass quantities.
4.Empty or past-date bottles
Empty prescription bottles, as wells as cosmetic and beauty product bottles, are not something you need to keep around, even if it is “just in case.” Beauty products, cosmetics, and prescriptions have expiration dates, so keeping them may not do any good if they are just in case. Once you finish a prescription, if you have leftover pills or liquid, properly dispose of it, rip the prescription tag off, and recycle the bottle. Prescriptions are prescribed by a doctor and are not needed to be self-prescribed later on or taken past its expiration date. As for beauty products and cosmetics, their expiration dates are much shorter than medicine and have no reason to sit in your bathroom or makeup bag. Most beauty and cosmetic products have a little container with its lid off with a number in it. These numbers are the number of months after purchase this product has until it expires. If you have empty bottles, toss them out or recycle them. If you can’t remember the last time you bought the product, it’s probably safe to toss it out or recycle it too.
Unless you’re moving in the next six months, you don’t need to keep unused boxes from your last move or boxed you got from online shopping. Old and unused boxes have no reason to collect dust around you and should instead be recycled or given to someone who is about to move. To declutter these dusty boxes, take a box cutter or scissors and cut the tape on the sides until it is completely flat. If it a large or broken box, cut it into smaller pieces for easier recycling. Once all of your excess boxes are flattened and cut into smaller pieces, recycle them, and you’re done!