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what to throw away while spring cleaningIt’s getting warmer here and in many parts of the country. Spring is just around the corner which means it’s time for spring cleaning, otherwise known the season of Getting Rid of All That Junk We Don’t Need.

It’s remarkable, really, how much stuff we can accumulate, especially after the holiday season. With three kids who are getting older and bringing things into the house, I feel like I’m tripping over things everywhere I go.

1. Old clothes – Take a hard look at everything in your closet. You may love that dress or that sweater, but are you every going to wear them again? Probably not. The longer something sits around, the less likely you are to wear it. Donate it.

2. Books and DVDs – I strongly recommend being a book reader, but many people don’t bother with the paper versions anymore. The same goes with DVDs: lots of people watch digital copies. Get rid of these and make room on your shelves.

3. Garage things – This is the place in our homes were things go to sit for a few years. If you’re like a lot of people, you only have half or less of your garage’s square footage to actually use because it’s filled with stuff.

4. Old paperwork – Some items are important to keep around, so I recommend scanning or making digital files of anything important. But you’re probably storing unnecessary copies of things that don’t matter anymore, like your college writing or work documents.

5. Greeting cards – I understand that sentiment here. You don’t want to throw away a nice thought from someone else. But you don’t look at these, so what good are they? Recycle them.

6. Shoes you don’t wear – Lots of girls have a closet full of shoes, but we tend to wear just a few. Keep a few situational pairs, but get rid of the ones that are out of style or make your feet hurt so much you never wear them.

7. Lonely toys – When you have kids, toys seem to appear out of nowhere. You grab something they like, a family member drops of a gift, then there’s birthdays and holidays… Suddenly you’re drowning. If your kids don’t touch them, give them to a family that will.

8. Small appliances – If you ever play a grab bag or Secret Santa, you’ve probably accumulated a small collection of small appliances, like waffle makers, ice cream makers, cappuccino machines, etc.

9. Unmatched items – If you have any items that are missing their pieces (like a lid without the pot, board games without pieces, or a storage container with a missing lid). If you haven’t found their pieces in a while, get rid of them.

10. Unread newspaper and magazine – Do you ever plan to read these? Probably not.

11. Subscriptions – You can toss these out by unsubscribing. Maybe you get a few magazines each month or a wine-of-the-month (but you don’t drink). Prevent this stuff from ever coming in.

12. Old bedding and towels – These things have a shelf life, they just don’t wear out in the same way as our clothing. Are they lose and baggy, and never seem to feel clean?

Will you be doing spring cleaning this year? What are your tips?

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