Spring cleaning? 7 losable items
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1 September 2017

Spring cleaning? 7 losable items

It can be easy to accrue a huge amount of stuff that you don’t need. For people who tend to get attached to their things, here is a list to help you think about what you might be able to throw away. After all, the more you throw away, the less you have to haul around with you when you move.

Spring cleaning can be difficult when you are a packrat. People with houses often end up with a huge amount of belongings, but so do renters. Really, you don’t have to be a hoarder to have a few things that you could probably throw out, recycle, or donate.

Why is spring cleaning and clearing away all of your nonsense items important? For one thing, more and more people are finding the spiritual concept of minimalism to be helpful in a world that is increasingly chaotic. Blogger Miss Minimalist, advocates minimalism in a broad sense. “I feel that embracing ‘emptiness,’ rather than clinging to the material aspects of existence, opens us to a more direct, genuine, and fulfilling experience of life,” she says.

Plus, many people are finding it wise or necessary to move. When you move, you want less boxes, right? Obviously that means getting rid of some of your stuff.


What to Throw Out: 7 Losable Items

Get out your recycling, garbage, and donation containers. Here we go.

Greeting cards that aren’t that special

Get rid of any cards or notes that you really don’t care about anymore. That’s a particularly easy toss-out in the case of people you don’t even know, such as an old co-worker who gave you a card with their name signed inside. Come on.

Clothing that doesn’t fit

Chrissa Hardy of Bustle is passionate about throwing out the clothes that don’t fit you. “Keeping any clothing item around for the chance that your body could become something else is destructive to your self-esteem,” she notes, “because you should only be embracing, dressing, and loving the body you have at this very moment.”

Books

Are you now doing most of your reading on a tablet, or have you not thrown out a book since a couple decades ago at school? Either way, your books may find a more loving owner by donating them (to a library or Salvation Army) or even getting a few bucks (don’t expect much, but you might get $20 or $50) at a used-book store or on Gumtree.

Used-up candles

This notion may sound funny to those who don’t tend to keep things around for no reason, but it’s not a good idea to hold onto candles when you’ve burned all the way through the wick.

Electronics from 1995

Do you have electronic equipment, including monitors and old phones that are stored in a wardrobe or garage with the idea that someday you’ll fix or use them? It’s easy in the electronic age to end up with a “snake pit” of various cords. Often, we keep cables to equipment we don’t even own anymore!

Papers that have become useless

You want to keep any papers that have to do with your taxes on file for five years. However, it’s easy to hold onto documents that you don’t really need. It makes sense that there’s a tendency to fear or avoid throwing things out since you want to have important records accessible as needed. However, most of that material is available on the Internet, by signing-up for electronic statements.  Scanning or photographing anything else you want to keep for posterity enables you to discard the physical version. In any event, throwing out all previous bills but the one from last month is a great start.

Office supplies

Do you have new, better pens, but keep around the old ones from two years ago that you never use? What do you have in your desk drawers that you don’t need? Get rid of office supplies that haven’t been utilised in a year. Chances are you don’t need them.


Finding a new place in the spring?

Are you spring cleaning partially as an effort to cut down your belongings for a move?

At Baxton, our specialist property managers will help you find your perfect rental.


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