We all want to believe ourselves to be organized, put-together people. Sometimes, though, we let things fall by the wayside when life gets in the way. We hold on to a lot of excess clutter that we no longer need because it’s familiar. Given that a cluttered home often leads to a cluttered mind, we wanted to open your eyes to the everyday things you overlook. Here are some of the things you’re hanging on to for no reason and how to let them go.
Your inclination to hang on to old documents is understandable—what if you need them sometime in the future? Truthfully, the chances of that are extremely unlikely, especially when the documents are things like bills you’ve already paid. Reclaim your drawer space by throwing out your old documents once you’ve scheduled the payment.
Clothes You No Longer Wear
You only have so much closet space, and for those of us who like to shop, it’s a precious commodity. Holding on to clothes that you haven’t worn in over six months serves no purpose other than clogging up your closet. If you have trouble throwing clothes away, donate them instead to an organization like the Purple Heart Pickup Association so that you know they’ll go to a good cause. Consider donating:
- Winter coats
Toys You No Longer Need
Your children’s toys are only useful if they will continue playing with them. Once they’ve outgrown a toy, the best thing to do is get rid of it, either in the trash or through donations. The last thing you want is to continue piling up more and more toys that you don’t know what to do with.
Old Prescriptions & Medication
Once you’re off a medication, you shouldn’t simply hang onto the old pills forever. Not only can this be dangerous for your family, but there’s also just no need for them to take up space anymore. Many pharmacies will take old prescriptions and pills to recycle or dispose of them properly so that you don’t need to.
Of all the things you’re holding on to for no reason, broken objects should be the easiest to part with. Unless you love to fix things as a hobby, there’s no reason to hang onto broken furniture, toys, electronics, or anything else any longer than is necessary. You probably will not “get to it eventually,” so do yourself a favor and let them go, once and for all. You’ll feel a lot better once you don’t have to worry about them anymore.