By Rachel Besser

Published on March 18, 2018

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It doesn’t feel like spring at our NYC HQ, but we’re still welcoming the season with open arms. So, naturally, that means we’re getting the ball rolling on our spring cleaning.

If you’re not ready for a spring cleaning overhaul (because really, who is?), don’t worry. Take a peek at some of the easy ways to declutter your space and get rid of the items you no longer need. 

Single Socks 

No matter how hard we try, every so often a sock will still manage to go missing. Instead of keeping your leftover single socks around in hopes that you’ll find its counterpart, now is the time to get rid of them. Take inventory of the full pairs you do have, and start fresh.

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Tupperware

You know it, we know it, that drawer or cabinet filled with lidless containers needs a deep-clean. And no, we’re not talking about a rearrangement. Toss out mismatched Tupperware as well as the stragglers with either no top or base, and you’ll be surprised at the surplus of space left over. When the time comes, replace them with one of these chic alternatives

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Underwear With Holes

Part in parcel with single socks are underwear that are too worn in (and possibly starting to collect holes). We all have a very “loved” pair lurking in our closets, and trust us, we get it, they’re so comfy. But it’s time to get rid of them. Buy a new pair and make sure they’re just as comfortable as your old pair.

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Mismatched Hangers

Step one: take all the wire hangers from dry-cleanings past and get rid of them. Step two: take all the damaged hangers in your closet and throw them out. Step three: buy as many of the same hangers as needed. Step four: rejoice in a neat closet.

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Half-Used Candles 

I know, I know, we all want to use every candle to the end of its wick, but this spring let’s just free ourselves from the agony. When a candle starts to look gross, go out on its own, or almost burn your hand when you reach inside to light it, toss it. Yes, even if it’s the best smelling candle you’ve ever owned.

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Expired Beauty Products

Have you ever researched the shelf life of all those beauty products you have in your medicine cabinet? A lot of beauty products have a shorter shelf life than you’d presume. It’s time to take your computer to the bathroom, fire up google, and get to work. Throw anything away that’s even questionably expired. Yes, that includes your collection of hotel miniatures. While you’re at it, you might as well check expiration dates on all the medicine in there, too. 

Originally published on April 2017. Updated March 2018.

See more cleaning tips:
How to Organize Your Closet
5 Things You Should Throw Out Immediately 
21 Ways to Spring Clean Your Kitchen

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