Thousand Lakes Realty
Eric Ristey

 Depending on what kind of person you are, decluttering your home can feel like a chore or it can be exhilarating. The feeling of throwing away old junk can be done when it comes time to move house or just when you feel like it’s time to freshen up your home.
If you have the urge to purge, start with this list of things first. Then, go from there.

 1. Old magazines

Don’t kid yourself, you’re not doing to read that issue of Better Home and Gardens from May 2002. Throw away any magazines from prior to this year.

 2. Expired canned goods

You’re not going to eat it, are you? Then, get rid of it!

 3. Clothes
A good rule of thumb: If you haven’t worn an item in the last year, it can go.

 4. Anything broken that you aren’t planning on repairing
Have a malfunctioning TV or turntable that is gathering dust? If you haven’t fixed it by now, be honest with yourself. Are you actually planning on getting those things fixed or do you have the knowledge to fix them yourself?

 5. Old Spices
You’d be amazed at how many spices you’ve accumulated over the years. Most likely, many of them are expired or clumpy from moisture. Toss them to relieve yourself of some extra baggage.

 6. Those Extra Linens
There’s no need to keep those extra linens hanging around, especially if they’re just gathering dust on a shelf. Donate them to give them a second life.

 7. CDs and DVDs
These are tough ones to let go of, since music and film can have sentimental value. However, chances are you can find your albums of movies on any number of streaming services. Research ahead of time which films and music are not available online and keep those copies.

 8. Take out menus
They’re all available online. Toss ‘em!

 9. Expired medications
Even if you think you might have a use for them in the future, medications still have expiration dates that it’s important to adhere to.

 10. Expired cosmetics
Did you know your cosmetics have expiration dates too? Check the bottoms of the packaging for information on how long you should keep your makeup. Tossing out all of your unneeded junk can create a lot more space in your home and will also make it a lot easier for you when it comes time to pack up and move. These 10 things are the easiest things for you to throw away today.

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