I don't know about you, but this warm weekend forecast has me all kinds of excited! I'm already adjusting my plans to include more outside activities, not wanting to miss a minute of the promised 50+ degree weather. Anyone living in the midwest knows that to believe this is an early sign of spring, is to be completely insane as the late-March/early-April snowpocolypse is almost completely inevitable. Still, it won't keep us from tying up our laces for a long jog around the lakes and if you're like me--opening up the windows and cleaning my apartment top to bottom. There's something about spring that makes me want to get rid of every useless item sitting around my house. I wake up, put on a pot of coffee (and probably some Timberlake), and immediately start pulling everything from my closets, shelves, and cupboards, only to then find myself in an even bigger mess than what I started with. Temps drop again and I'm left with a living room full of semi-organized piles and countless trips to Goodwill.
In attempt to avoid such a scene, I've compiled a list of 30 items to toss this weekend to ensure a more organized process.
For me, most of my purge-worthy items are hanging in my closet so I'll start here:
- Scarves, hats, and belts you don't wear any more
- Handbags you haven't used in the past year or that are damaged
- Uncomfortable fitting or ill fitting bras
- Clothes you don't wear regularly; if you constantly pass it over when selecting your outfit, you don't love it enough to keep it.
- Clothes that have gone out of fashion or don't flatter your body type
- Socks without a pair
- Excess pajamas and/or old tee shirts; invest in a few nicer pieces and toss the rest. Good rule of thumb: 3 pairs for summer and 3 for winter.
- Uncomfortable or worn out/scuffed shoes
- Hangers from the dry cleaners (why do we save these??)
- Clothes that need repair (if you haven't fixed them by now, are you going to?)
- Jewelry you don't wear regularly or that is broken and needs repair.
- Old pillows
- Worn out sheets
- Candles that have burned out
- Books you don't enjoy or don't plan to reread
- DVD's you don't watch
- Out of date magazine
- Scraps of mail
- Empty boxes--OR reuse to move donated items!!
- Old or broken utensils
- Expired coupons
- Shopping bags
- Old towels and washcloths
- Mostly empty bottles (condiments, liquor, etc.)
- Old make up bags
- Out of date skin/hair/makeup products
- Expired meds
- Old prescription glasses
- Goopy nail polish
- Broken or rusted bobby pins
- Old make up brushes/make up sponges
- Product samples
There are certainly items that could be added to the list, but it's a start. Plus I don't want to spend my entire weekend cleaning house. This should only take a few hours at most; then get outside and soak up some of that vitamin D!!