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These Are The Items You Should Toss Away ASAP

If you get rid of home items you don't use, a clutter-free existence can finally be yours

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Original Article: Kathleen Ong Photography: Miguel Nacianceno | Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions (Main Photos)

Getting rid of things—from clothes, to memorabilia, to random decorative items—is a challenging task for most people, but it will also allow you to try out a more simplified (and stress-free) way of living. Here are a few tips to help you let go of the unnecessary excess you’ve been holding on to.


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For things you wear, toss if:

You don’t feel comfortable in it. It’s ugly, itchy, too tight, or simply not you.

It hurts your feet. Blisters and scars caused by too-small shoes are not pretty.

It’s out of style. Some things just aren’t worth hanging on to for that future “It’ll come back in style” forecast. If it does, it will probably happen ten years from now and you’ll be more likely to buy newer items.

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For things you display, toss:

Wedding souvenirs. As pretty as they may be, these items are probably just lying uselessly somewhere around your house. Look at that wasted storage and the dust around and on it!

Random decorative items or gifts. Just because someone gave it to you doesn’t mean you have to use or display it, especially if it doesn’t go with the rest of your décor. Don’t feel obligated to keep every gift you’ve received. Keep the love, toss the symbol.

Old magazines and newspapers. These are heavy and take up lots of space. Instead, tear out the articles that may have left an impression on you and file them.


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For other things, toss:

Aging or expired medicine, food, and even makeup. All of these items have expiration dates and not worth getting sick from or infected by.

Broken or damaged items. If an item has been broken for some time now, you obviously aren’t using it and can survive without it.

This article originally appeared as “Goodbye, gulo!” in the January-February issue of Real Living magazine.

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