Despite diligent spring cleaning and seemingly constant decluttering, it’s only a matter of time before hangers are fighting for real estate in our tightly packed closets, beauty products are invading our medicine cabinets, and kitchenware is taking over entire cabinets. That’s without mentioning the junk mail, takeout menus, stray pens, and paper clips that creep into junk drawers until they can no longer close.
Beyond pure impracticality, mess can actually have a negative effect on our brain. “When [clutter] becomes excessive, it can threaten to physically and psychologically entrap a person in dysfunctional home environments that contribute to personal distress and feelings of displacement and alienation,” explains Catherine Roster in an article in Psychology Today.
It’s been almost two years since the Marie Kondo craze began—which begs the questions: How neatly folded is your underwear these days? Do your three cheese graters each spark joy? Whatever happened to your “one in, one out” policy? If you, too, have let clutter run wild this year, here are 45 items you can toss, repurpose, or donate. Not only will hosting holiday parties be much easier when you aren’t stuffing stray newspapers and remotes in already overflowing closets at the eleventh hour, but you’ll also start the new year with a clean slate.
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