Spring Fling

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:

Closet Cleanse:

  • 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

Living room

  • 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  • Out of date magazine 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  • Out of date skin/hair/makeup products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!! 

Happy Tossing! 

Stephanie Zillmer