We know how hard it can be to let go of a good coupon. But expired, unusable coupons just take up space and make you disorganized. Put them where they belong. And don't worry--there will be others.
Clothes you never wear
Rule of thumb: if you haven't worn it in two years, and it doesn't have any strong sentimental value, remove it from your closet. Yes, this includes the sequined crop top you bought on Bourbon Street back in '04.
Stacks of old magazines & newspapers
If you've got a growing stack of publications that have been gathering dust, it's time to purge. Consider donating them to your library--that way, they're still getting use.
Rarely used kitchen gadgets
Do you really need those pizza scissors? A gadget that saves you three seconds every few months probably isn't worth the space it takes up in your kitchen.
We're not suggesting you toss out your growing pile of bills (though that is tempting). But spring-cleaning is all about getting organized--so consider tackling that mail stack and filing away what you need.
If it's been in your medicine cabinet since Mel Gibson had a career, it's probably time to toss it. Old prescription medications can pile up, so go through your cabinets and see what's taking up space. Just be sure to dispose of them properly.
There are mementos you treasure and will hold onto forever, and then there are those you don't throw away out of sheer guilt. Toss them. You probably never look at them anyway. Plus, you have your memories.
You know what we're talking about--that Petri dish of leftovers from two weeks ago that's growing in the back of your fridge. We don't blame you for trying to forget it, but it's time to face the mold.
Back in the day, that MuVo mp3 player was top of the line. But now, it sits in an electronics graveyard in the back of your closet. Sell or donate those products you know you'll never use again.
Abandoned beauty supplies
If you're anything like us, you own a pile of beauty products that failed to live up to their claim. They might have been expensive, but if they didn't work for you, it's time to get rid of them.
How often do you use those extra buttons that come with your sweaters and shirts? Probably rarely, if ever. Granted, when you need them, they're great to have--but if they're mostly just taking up space, consider getting rid of them.
User manuals can take up a lot of room in your filing cabinet. Consider tossing them--especially if you can find the product info online.
Old files & personal documents
Sure, you should keep good records and hold on to things like pay stubs and tax documents--for a certain amount of time. Research how long you should hold onto your personal files, then shred the ones you can toss.
Empty alcohol bottles
Okay, so that bottle of Gold Label was pricey. But the empty bottle collecting dust in your kitchen isn't worth anything now. Face it--the booze is gone, and it's time to toss it. You'll always have the memories. Maybe.
We applaud being frugal and using the condiments that come with your take-out. But if they're just sitting in a drawer, what's the point? Toss them out, or give them to someone who will use them.
Mystery electronics cords
Ah, that tangle of mysterious cords most of us have hidden somewhere. If it's growing into a giant, bizarre and wiry creature, it's time to get organized. Chances are, many of these cords go to electronics you no longer have.
Piles of grocery bags
Reuse is great. And grocery bags can come in handy quite a bit. But if you've got more bags coming in than going out, they can quickly take over. Consider tossing them. Better yet, invest in a cheap, reusable grocery bag for your shopping trips.
There's some makeup you know you're never going to wear again--that bright yellow, Nicki Minaj-inspired lipstick, for example. Get rid of it. Like beauty products, some makeup just doesn't work for us. There's no point in holding onto it.
If you've got deteriorating cans from an old paint project, get rid of them (safely). These can take up a lot of space. If you're worried about touch-ups, consider keeping a small amount of the paint in a mason jar.
You wanted to follow through, but you just never finished that homemade chandelier, and now it's been sitting in the corner for three months. Say goodbye, and move on. It's not good for the psyche to keep abandoned, dust-collecting projects around.
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