There are few experiences more satisfying than throwing away junk you don’t need.
No, that shiny Apple box will never be useful, and it’s better off recycled than sitting in the back of your closet. And no, you’re never going to peruse those old issues of Cosmo. Just let them go.
Pare your life down to the essentials. Here are 19 things you should throw away.
The cheap wire hangers your shirts are on when you get them back from the dry cleaners are bad for your clothes. They’ll warp the fabric and sprinkle them with rust. Buy wooden, felt, or firm plastic hangers instead.
Worn out shoes
Are they broken? Throw them out. Still good but you haven’t worn them in forever? Donate.
Donate old shoes at a local charity or an international one like Soles4Souls.
Empty alcohol bottles
You’re not in college anymore, and those bottles of fancy bourbon are not a trophy collection, unless if you live in a frat house.
You can find a nearby recycling center at Recycle Finder.
Clothing you’ve never worn
Donate. Someone less fortunate than you could be wearing them. Same goes for children’s clothing and Halloween costumes that can’t be used as hand-me-downs.
You can find a local donation bin at Planet Aid.
Toys can be expensive. If they’re not broken but no one in your family will use them, donate them — whether it’s to charity or relatives with young children.
If you’re not sure where to donate them, look into DonationTown, a charity that accepts used toys.
I used to keep a basket of single socks with the missing pair on top of my washing machine, hoping each one’s spouse would show up. It’s better to just let them go.
Would you rather reuse them? Here are 62 other things you can do with mismatched socks.
It will mess up your face. Toss ’em out. Same goes for unused makeup samples.
No, you don’t need those Motrin capsules “just in case.” They expired in 2015.
And no, you probably shouldn’t just toss them into the trash. Here’s how to make sure you recycle medications safely.
You should be replacing your toothbrush every few months, once the bristles are frayed.
Or try a smart toothbrush.
Stuff in your fridge
You know very well what I’m talking about. You can’t just leave it in there. Throw it in the trash. Use shopping bags as gloves if you have to.
Just a heads up, most expiration dates are wrong — here’s how long your food will last.
Old grocery bags
… and also toss out the rest of your plastic shopping bag collection.
And maybe switch to tote bags from now on.
CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes
It’s 2017. Rip them to a hard drive and save some space on your shelves.
Dish cleaning sponges
Your dish sponges are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Wash them often, and replace them every couple of weeks.
Confused how to wash a sponge? The only way to clean it is to use bleach.
Water filter cartridges should be replaced every few months, depending on the model, or when you notice your water tastes funny.
Old business cards
No one will ever need your business card for a company you worked for five years ago, or for a position you previously held at your company.
And make sure to bring your new ones to Japan.
Old phone chargers
You’ll never need to charge your 2004 Motorola Razr. We live in the smartphone era now.
If you need a portable charger, here’s what we recommend.
So yes, maybe Rivka Galchen’s profile of theoretical physicist David Deutsch has lasting literary value, but it’s not the kind of value that accrues by sitting on your coffee table for three years.
Old magazines can also be used for DIY projects.
Old socks and underwear
If they have more holes than they should have, toss them our and buy new ones.
We recommend Nice Laundry socks.
Old bills and receipts
If anything is actually important, scan it or take a photo and keep it in an organized folder on your computer.
You can scan receipts with your phone on Google Drive.
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