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All hail the bedroom/bathroom/kitchen that radiates Zen. But far too often, these spaces are filled with so much clutter and piles of paper that the only thing they make us feel is stressed out. Here are 12 things zapping your happiness that it’s A-OK to ditch.
It’s not that you don’t cherish every scribble your kids present to you, but your fridge and wall space is limited. A better plan: Edit your collection down to your favorites and use a service like Plum Print to make a book of the rest.
The custom measuring spoons from your sister-in-law’s shower are adorable, but if they’re cluttering up your drawer, into the giveaway pile they go.
OK, so you don’t have to toss these. Donate them to your local library or put them in a bin marked “free” at the end of the street. (Trust us, no matter the topic, they will pique someone’s interest.)
You’ve got more lipstick shades than you know what to do with—and some of them are probably kinda old. Peep the expiration dates and then whittle your makeup down to the products you actually use.
Like the clasp on your favorite bangle or the handle on your ceramic teapot. Unless you’re going to research repair shops this weekend (or invest in some Krazy Glue, stat), it’s probably time to part ways.
Set aside five minutes. Test all those AAs floating around your junk drawer in a device like your TV remote. Keep and organize the ones that work, and toss the rest. (Yes, it’s safe as long as they’re not the rechargeable kind.)
Unless you know you can repurpose them into something that’s immediately useful (say, a gift-wrapping station), holding on to construction-paper scraps and half-empty cans of spray paint is a waste of space.
You hate, hate, hate to toss food, but if you’re holding on to flavored salsa that’s not your taste or sugary cereal you’ve sworn off, drop it off at a food bank instead of letting it sit on your shelves.
Apps like Evernote make it a cinch to digitize paper clutter. That way, you don’t have to hold on to it for all of eternity, but you can access it in seconds if you need it.
Like the ones of your parents’ wedding. Or your grandmother as a kid. Same deal as your receipts: The best way to preserve them is to digitize them. (Services like Legacybox make this process a breeze.)
In a world where you can stream almost every single movie, this media form is basically obsolete (unless you still have a VHS player). Convert your home videos to DVD—and recycle the rest or put ’em on eBay.
No, you don’t need another mug/tote/water bottle with a company logo. Save the ones you’ll actually use—and part ways with the rest.
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