We all have a surplus of stuff in our lives. Some stuff is clutter that’s continually in the way, yet we’re just waiting on some sign from the heavens that it’s time to let it go. Other stuff is junk we’re hanging onto because we’re lying to ourselves about why it’s still here.
Well friends, you have your sign… I’m giving you full permission to get it the heck outta your life right now. I’m telling you that your lies are no good here: it’s time to de-clutter that stuff.Here are ten things you can get rid of right now…
Something in your shower
Maybe it’s a bottle of shampoo that didn’t exactly live up to its promises. Maybe it’s a shower poof that you never scrub with. Maybe it’s the sad sliver of soap withering away under a fresh bar. Either commit to using it now or get rid of it already.
Whatever’s on top of the fridge
If it’s up there, you probably don’t use it all that often, if ever. Even if it’s just a dust bunny, I bet there’s something on top of your fridge that you don’t need.
That pair of shoes you hate
They pinch your toes. You still cringe when you think of the blisters. They’re kinda ugly. I don’t care how much you spent on them, it’s time to donate or trash ’em.
You’ve got too much paper in your home, guaranteed. Recycle a stack of old magazines, shred some old bank statements, turn your newspapers into fire starters (okay, that’s reusing, but still.)
Like, half of your mugs
Do you expect to entertain the entire neighborhood at a coffee party? If not, you’re dealing with a surplus of mugs. (If so, couldn’t they just bring their own mugs? And also, will you tell me where you live because I wanna come?)
Wait, just hear me out before you rage-close the site! You probably have some books that you didn’t love and will never touch again. Wouldn’t they be more useful in the hands of someone else?
That can or box waaaay in the back of the cabinet
You clearly don’t want or use whatever it’s holding. So long as it’s not expired (and let’s be honest, it probably is), donate it.
Basically your entire junk drawer
Get real with yourself. A “might need it someday” is an 95% likelihood of “ain’t ever gonna need it”. Is it truly something you couldn’t do without? Is it truly something you couldn’t improvise around?
“It has a hole in it, but…”
If you’ve got an article of clothing that has a problem (stain, weird boob gaping, wrinkly, too long, broken zipper), then get it out of your house. You’re not going to fix it.
The What Even IS This thing
We all have one. This thing in our lives that’s of a mysterious origin, that does… well, something? You have no idea what it is or what it does, but you’ve just been hanging onto it, assuming that one day, alien visitors will tell you its purpose. Sorry, Mulder. It’s time to let it go.
Ahh, doesn’t that feel better? What else can we get rid of right now?