Spring may not be here quite yet, but it’s coming. So why wait until the weather gets nice to do your annual spring-cleaning? (You’ll want to be having a picnic, taking a midday walk, or people watching when the sun comes out). What’s more, keeping a tidy and organized place is good for your health. Research shows that when women describe their place as decluttered, they tend to show fewer signs of stress and depression. If that’s not a reason to get cleaning, what is? Read on to see the top eight things you should remove from your humble abode right this very moment, courtesy of Business Insider.
Wire hangers: You undoubtedly have loads of these from sending out your dry cleaning. Not only do they stretch and never really hold your clothes well, they also may be causing damage to your favorite pieces. It’s time to rid yourself of wire hangers and invest in a higher-quality version.
Old clothing: It’s time to go through your closet again. If you haven’t worn something in a year, put it in the donate pile.
Single socks: You’re never going to find the mates to the single socks in your sock drawer. Give up, buy some new socks, and invest in a lingerie bag that will keep them together in the wash (we like these mesh color-trimmed bags, $12).
Dish sponges: These trap bacteria like it’s their job. Make sure to replace them after a few weeks of use.
Old business cards: It’s understandable you want to keep them to remember each job you’ve had. But why don’t you take a photo in case you ever get sentimental?
Old bills and receipts: We’re in the tech age, so these physical copies have to go. Make scans of anything important and keep them backed up. It will save a ton of space.
Phone chargers for previous phones: Chances are, you’ve made an upgrade. Why hold onto odds and ends you’ll never use again?
What’s your strategy during your spring-cleaning? Let us know in the comments!