There's nothing like a new year fast approaching to get you in the mood for cleaning. The week between Christmas and New Year's is actually the perfect time to get it done, too. Think about it: most of us are off from work, and we're already busy around the house recycling shipping boxes, taking down holiday decor, and prepping for that big New Year's Eve party you're hosting. While you're running around this week getting everything sorted out, here are eight items to clear out before the new year begins:
Sad, tired pillows
According to experts at Tempur-Pedic, pillows should be replaced after 1-2 years. If you've had the same one on your bed for a while now, it's probably time to invest in a new one. If you don't want to throw yours out, check in with your local animal shelter and see if they accept used pillows to put in their crates.
Everyone has a cabinet full of candles they liked for a while, then forgot about. It's time to make room for all those new holiday candles you've acquired in the last two moths. If you're looking to upcycle the jars, you can carefully melt the wax down in the microwave and pour it into a jar you're okay with tossing.
Old winter clothes and accessories
There's a good chance you came across a bin full of clothing and accessories from past winters that have gone untouched for years. Now's the time to donate it all.
Random food in the pantry and fridge
Speaking of donating, if you have any boxed or canned food that you didn't end up using over the holidays, donate it to your local food pantry. And of course, check the back of the fridge for anything that's expired.
After you've checked the fridge, head to your medicine cabinet and check the dates on every box and bottle. There's really no reason to hang onto medicine once it's expired.
We all know the reality of collecting random mugs through the years. Some came in matching sets but most are broken now, some were picked up on trips, and others were gifts from grandma that you simply couldn't part with. But in 2019, consider clearing some room in your cluttered cabinets by tossing the ones you really don't need. Tip: if it's cracked or permanently stained, it can go.
Did you know that you're supposed to wash your bathroom towels every two days? If not, they're covered in bacteria! Anyway, after so many uses and washes, your towels are probably worn out. Get rid of all those thinning, raggedy towels (you can recycle that as rags in your garage) and invest in a new set―there are tons of after Christmas sales happening right now that you can take advantage of.
Random takeout menus
Last but definitely not least, get rid of all those crumpled takeout menus that are stuffed in your junk drawer or hung up on the side of the fridge. It's almost 2019, have you tried ordering online yet?!
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