Whether you’re a hoarder who loves your house to be filled with reminders of the things you’ve collected over the years or a staunch minimalist who can’t stand clutter, we’re all guilty of holding on to things that we really should be letting go of. It’s time for a cull.
Whether it’s shoes stacked up under the stairs, old receipts littering your handbag or outdated documents taking up valuable cupboard space, going through each room and giving it a much-needed declutter can make your home feel brand new. Here we’ve put together a list of the things you need to throw out right now.
Fair enough if you still read them, but if your pile of mags is just gathering dust in a cupboard or under the coffee table it’s time to let them go. Donate to your local GP surgery or, if you really can’t bear to let them go, cut them up and create a scrapbook of your favourite recipes, fashion inspirations and DIY tips.
Unless it’s dried out or broken you can never find one when you need one, but when you don’t need one they’re everywhere. It’s just typical! It’s time to bin all the pens you have lurking around your house and replace them with a better quality pen that you really won’t want to lose.
That mascara that’s so dry it flakes everywhere when you open the lid? The stubby remains of what once was your favourite lipstick? Blue sparkly eyeshadow that you’ve had since 1996? If any of these sound familiar, bin immediately. Not only is it useless, but using make-up past its sell-by date can lead to bad skin and infections.
It might make you feel bad, but unwanted gifts are serving any good by taking up space in your home. Donate to charity shops, give to friends or even recycle them as birthday and Christmas presents. There’s no shame, just be careful you don’t end up giving it back to the original gifter…
Clothes you don’t wear
We’re all guilty of holding on to that one pair of jeans that hasn’t fit since we were eighteen in the hopes that one day we’ll squeeze back into them, but it’s time to accept the fact that they’ll probably never be worn again. Go through your wardrobe and get rid of anything that doesn’t fit or that you haven’t worn in the last twelve months.
Unused kitchen appliances
Remember back when you bought that toastie maker? You were so excited to try it out but then used it three times and relegated it to the depths of the kitchen cupboards. It’s unlikely that you’ll use it again so donate it to a better home. While you’re there you can probably ditch the ice cream maker and the waffle iron too…
You never know when they might come in handy so you store them in the cupboard and suddenly you have thousands. Ditch them and replace with a cotton tote bag. Much better for the environment!