To keep or to throw away? That is the question I ask myself whenever I am deep cleaning my home.
At the beginning of every season, I spend time in each room of my home looking for items to keep, donate or throw away. I’ve always been a very sentimental person, wanting to hold on to any item that may represent a special time in my life. However, after being stuck in my home for the last year during the pandemic, I realized I have way too much “stuff.”
From the bedroom to the kitchen, from the bathroom to the hall closet, there are 5 items you should always throw away or donate.
Unworn clothes - There is a new rule in my house for clothes. If you haven’t worn it in a year, then it needs to go live in someone else’s closet.
Old Electronics - Unused gadgets and tangled cords take up too much space. How many times have you found a random charger with no electronic partner? Donate (or trash) your old electronics.
Expired Kitchen Items - Did you know herbs and spices have an expiration date? Check your kitchen cabinets, pantry, and fridge for expired items once a month! Don’t forget to throw away condiment packets - it’s never easy to tell how long they’ve been around.
Kids’ Stuff - Somehow my children accumulate more toys and random items than I can ever remember buying. My daughters and I will go through the playroom with two bags - one for donations and one for trash - every few months looking for broken or unwanted toys.
Junk Drawer Items - What do you keep in your junk drawer? We have a little bit of everything - and most of it is useless. Extra buttons, old receipts, coupons, broken pencils, nails and product manuals are just a few things you may find in our junk drawer. I try to sift through the miscellaneous items we’ve collected every few months and throw away the stuff we really don’t need.
More items to ALWAYS throw away: Expired medication (ask your pharmacy for disposal options), makeup over one year old, last year’s sunblock, and mismatched socks.
If you’re looking for a place to donate unused items, drop them at your local Goodwill or schedule a pickup by the Vietnam Veterans of America at https://pickupplease.org/donation-pickup/.
Caitlin Houston is a Wallingford blogger and mom of two who loves sharing all of her favorites on the Caitlin Houston Blog. Learn about fun activities at home, family friendly travels, easy recipes and more.