22 Items You Need to Toss Before Summer
Summer is fast approaching, and it’s time to breathe new life into your home. The best way to get started? A full sweep of your space, making sure any lingering mess or clutter finds its rightful home in a donation, trash, or recycling bin. To help guide your home toward its most summer-ready state, we’ve rounded up 22 items you need to pare down ASAP. Read on.
We love a cozy fireplace or bonfire as much as the next person, but that several winters’ old wood is not going to do much good. Wood starts to deteriorate after four to five years, so if it’s moldy or rotting, it’s best to ditch rather than risk releasing strange fumes throughout your place.
They won’t exactly serve their fun-times-for-all purpose deflated to a flat pancake, now will they?
Refresh your serving trays, bowls, and serving utensils and give your alfresco hosting skills a boost.
If your towels are fraying and your beach chairs are barely holding your weight, it’s time to upgrade your beach gear. Tip: Donate old towels to pet shelters—our canine friends don’t mind a little wear and tear.
Summer months mean more bugs and critters, so you’ll want to make sure your garage is cleared of any excess junk to lessen the likelihood of an unexpected animal nesting next to your bike. Plus, it’s good to make room for the tools of new summertime hobbies—a surfboard and giant swan pool float, anyone?
If you’re worried about contracting tetanus by brushing up against your porch furniture, it’s probably time to replace it with something a bit safer or spend some time restoring it.
Boots covered in ice, snow, salt, and rain can wreak havoc on your home’s most frequented pathways. If your doormat has seen better days, swap it out for a new one.
All sunscreens have expiration dates printed on the exterior of the packaging, so check and toss any that are no longer going to do their job. Generally, most sunscreens are designed to remain at their original strength for around three years.
Take a good look at your guest room. If you’re grimacing at the state of things, consider fully refreshing the sheets and towels. After all, hosting guests during summer months should be breezy and fun, not stressful.
You've made it past the five-month mark. No relative can give you a hard time for tossing that “Season’s Greetings!” card at this point. Of course, correspondence from close family and friends never has an expiration date.
Nothing is worse than piles of partner-less lids. Upgrade to an even more environmentally friendly option by scooping up a new set of glass vessels: They’ll last longer and won’t start breaking down with repeated washes or microwave use like plastic can.
Does this need any explanation? If you’ve tried deep-cleaning it already, do yourself—and your bathroom—a favor and toss your old liner.
A fresh batch of citronella candles will keep the mosquitoes at bay. Empty ones will just collect rain and dust.
You did everything right, yet it seems those forget-me-nots just forgot to sprout back to life this spring (rue the late-season frost). Do a healthy deadheading, and plant some new blossoms.
Lumpy, bumpy, allergen-ridden pillows are no way to ensure a good night’s sleep. Opt for a fresh set, and donate lightly used ones to shelters rather than tossing them in the trash altogether.
If your bag reserve (be that paper, plastic, or recyclable) is taking over an entire closet, you probably have more than you need. Recycle what you can and then make an effort not to bring any more home.
Most cell phone providers have drop-off bins or mail-in services to make recycling a phone super-easy, while charities also work to collect old phones to repurpose them.
Recycle, recycle, recycle. Unless you’re using them as material for that collaging hobby, these are utterly useless. If you're holding onto them for another reason, at least make sure they're filed away neatly.
Winter months mean hibernation. Hibernation means stocking up on lots of food. It’s likely there are some items in your pantry or refrigerator that are creeping past their welcome date. Do a full sweep and toss what’s not edible.
Being reminded of your wavering attention span, or failed craftiness, is not the most pleasant thing. Ask around to see if any friends are interested in a handoff, and if not, to the nearest yard sale or trash bin they go.
The ghosts of dry-cleaning trips past, flimsy wire hangers have a tendency to pile up. Though they are functional, they don’t do the best job of actually keeping your clothing organized. The good news is that wire hangers actually are recyclable.
If your shower’s perimeter is lined with an excess of bottles, it’s time to take the plunge. Use up those last drops or send them to the blue bin once and for all.
Are you ready to get your home in shape for summer? Tell us in the comments below how you’re decluttering.