20 Things You Need to Toss Before The New Year
There's a certain exhilaration that comes with throwing things away and freeing up space in your home. Since the holidays are typically a time we accumulate more, as wish lists are fulfilled and sales make us purchase-happy, they're the perfect occasion to take a good, hard look at all the stuff you've amassed over the year—and get rid of junk. To make it easy on you, we crafted this handy list of 20 things you need to toss by December 31 for a fresh, decluttered 2015! (Note: Recycling or donating is always welcome where applicable).
Bags, crinkled tissue paper, and ripped wrapping paper? Toss it all. Nothing psychologically prevents you from enjoying a fresh start like Christmas-themed trash sticking around and cluttering up your home. Move onward!
Take the new year as an opportunity to clean shop in your medicine cabinet. Get rid of prescriptions and over-the-counter pills that have expired or that you haven't used in months, since it's also unsafe to keep expired medicine around.
Who wants to begin a new year with stained, discolored towels? The start of a new year is the perfect time head to Target, IKEA, or Bed Bath & Beyond for a set of fresh towels. Toss any threadbare ones that have just gotten too much wear.
Gather up any random chargers that are cluttering up your shelves, and try to match them to the technology in your home (wireless speakers, the dust buster, etc.). If you cannot find a single item that you still own and use that can be charged by the charger in question, toss it.
Most of us have a hodgepodge of old receipts and tags lurking in a myriad of places at home. Unless it's a receipt for a big purchase (sofa, laptop, refrigerator, or television), throw them all away. Make sure to toss receipts and tags for clothing you've worn as you won't be returning it and definitely don't need the proof of purchase.
This is one of those items you probably don't even realize you end up accumulating. Unless you plan to frame or scrapbook the special movie night when you got engaged, throw them away.
If old invitations mark an important memory and you want to save them for posterity, put them somewhere for safekeeping. Otherwise, get them off your fridge.
Yep, they've got to go. Every last one of them. Take a look in the mirror and admit it to yourself: You are never going through them.
It's time to purge your cabinets of the random, chipped, coffee-stained mugs that not even a college kid would keep around.
The colors separate and it gets gross. Say goodbye!
Clear out your closet of the packing boxes for things you kept in case you wanted to return, but didn't end up doing so.
If you paid 'em, toss 'em, unless you need to keep them for tax purposes.
Did you make it a priority in the last six months to fix it? Then the item is not a priority to you and you don't really need it because you lived six months without it. Get rid of broken jewelry you haven't worn or made an effort to fix. While you're at it, toss earrings that have been missing a match for ages. You need to face the reality that the missing earring won't be magically walking back into your life.
No one needs the amount of pens they mysteriously accumulate and we bet half of them don’t even still work. Streamline your collection.
Bath mats should be replaced once a year. They see a lot of foot traffic and get stained, dirty, and worn down. Start the new year with a fresh pad for your feet.
You did your civic duty and kept it around out of guilt, but you haven't used it... in a year. It's time for the guilt gifts to go.
You can easily order in via the Internet or your choice of smartphone apps. Toss the old takeout menus cluttering your fridge or kitchen drawer.
If they're expired or you're never going to need it, get rid of it.
You've likely come home with some relatively meaningless items from parties and weddings over the past year. We all have mementos we keep around for sentimentality, but some of it is just junk. Unless you love it, clear it out.
One word: useless.
Did we miss anything? Add to this list below!