Earlier this year, I with just two suitcases of clothes and a few essentials. Fast-forward to the present day, and I've somehow accumulated closets full of stuff: piles of dog-eared magazines, candles that are on their last leg, and kitchen tools I'll probably never use.
There's nothing wrong with accumulated items you love, but studies suggest that hoarding possessions can have a surprising . "Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli, causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren't necessary or important," says psychologist and author Sherrie Bourg Carter, in an article for . "Clutter constantly signals to our brains that our work is never done … [and] makes it more difficult to relax, both physically and mentally."
With the holidays ahead and end-of-year deadlines ramping up, I've decided to tackle the clutter in my home now, before the New Year. That way, I can start 2018 with a calm mind and a clean home and focus on the . Here are the 30 items I'm tossing, recycling, and by December 30. Who's with me?
What to Ditch
1. Kitchen gadgets you haven't used in a year
2. Cookbooks that don't excite you anymore
3. Chipped dinnerware
4. Unnecessary duplicates (you probably don't need 10 mugs)
6. Stained dish towels
7. you haven't used in months
8. Old magazines and newspapers
9. Worn or stained
10. Unframed (buy a frame or donate it!)
11. Sad succulents that bore the brunt of your black thumb
12. Remotes that don't match a device
14. Pillowcases that aren't part of a set
15. Old, stained pillow inserts ()
16. Wire coathangers from the dry cleaners
17. Scuffed or tired shoes that can't be repaired
19. Worn-out bathmats that can't be revived
20. The toilet brush—it's
21. Out-of-date medicine
22. Beauty products you haven't used a year
23. Old razors
24. Stray hair elastics that have stretched out
25. Chargers and cords for products you no longer use
26. Dated clothes you haven't worn in years
27. Receipts and paperwork that could be scanned and stored on a hard drive
28. Exercise equipment that's gathering dust
29. CDs and DVDs
30. Half-filled storage boxes—consolidate them, and toss any leftover
What to Buy
What would you add to this list?