Home Organization: What to Toss and What To Keep

A lot of us have recently had the opportunity to do some much needed quarantine cleaning and organization around the home. As a result, you may now have an exce...

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Home Organization: What to Toss and What To Keep

Posted by Kay Duncan on Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 at 11:37am.


A lot of us have recently had the opportunity to do some much needed quarantine cleaning and organization around the home. As a result, you may now have an excess of rediscovered items you need a home for or simply just some things that need to go! Spending this extended time at home has probably helped you learn a more about the items you use in your home, maybe you’re not taking advantage of some of your appliances as much as you expected! It’s also possible that working from home in your favorite loungewear has made you realize that some items in your wardrobe have gone untouched for way longer than you had hoped for. 

Decluttering and making use of the space you have in your home is no small task. We’re also aware that given the current quarantine situation, there may be certain things you’ll have to hold onto for a little bit longer. As you start or continue on with your cleaning process, here’s our recommendations for what to hang onto and what to give away. 

Keep:

Storage containers

If you’ve been cooking more while homebound, extra plastic containers have most likely been your friend over the past few weeks. Containers are essential, and while they can be pesky to store at times if overflowing, a little organization goes a very long way. You’ll want to sort through and store your containers by size, also do this with lids to maximize storage space in your cabinets.

Extra Sheets

If you have extra sheets tucked away in a linen closet, you’re going to want to hold on to them for now. With the pandemic comes more cleaning, more cleaning means more laundry. Having extra sheets will help you keep clean pillowcases and fresh bedding in rotation. 

Toss:

Clothes you no longer wear

As mentioned above, you’ve likely gained the first hand experience of finding out which loungewear items you gravitate towards and which items stay hidden away. Start with this category of clothing first when sorting through! Use a box to separate items to donate and items to keep.

Next, you’ll want to take a look at your everyday wardrobe and work wear. Peek into your closet with a refreshed perspective, it’s probably been awhile since you’ve worried about putting on a button up shirt or pair of jeans. Now’s a great time to take inventory and part ways with items you’ve gotten little use of. 

Be sure to locate a donation center nearest you, remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! COVID-19 may affect drop-off locations so be sure to check local closures and guidelines.

Old appliances

Have outdated appliances taking up real estate in your garage or on your kitchen counter? Do a quick plug-in test to see if the appliances are still functional. If so, put them aside in a box to bring to a donation center and if not, toss them! 

Old mail/ documents

Nothing feels more liberating than throwing away old pieces of mail, documents, or takeout menus that have been laying around the house. Sweep the house and go through any paper left in plain sight and while you’re at it, take a peak in that junk drawer. You’d be surprised at just how many miscellaneous items get stored here unintentionally. 

Have some tips that will help with home organization? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear your suggestions!

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