1. Dish towels.
The average dish towel harbors 1 million bacteria per square inch. Some harmful bacteria, such as E. coli, can live on kitchen surfaces for up to an hour and on non-sanitized dish towels for 24 hours. There are ways to sanitize your dish towels, for example, by microwaving it, putting it through the dishwasher, or soaking it overnight in a solution of water and bleach. None of these however are a substitute for simply replacing regularly.
2. Unworn clothes.
Donate them today! We all guilty of letting the impulsivity take over then later realizing that we don’t like it or bought the wrong size. Therefore, ask yourself these questions: DO I LOVE IT? If the answer is no, then donate it. If the answer to either is yes, then ask yourself – when was the last time I wore it? If it was over six months ago, time to say goodbye.
3. Expired make-up.
Rummage through your make up bag and any half-empty eyeshadows, dried up mascara or unused foundation can go straight into the garbage can.
4. Old magazines and newspapers.
Put them into the recycling bin or offer them to a neighbor.
5. Mismatched socks.
There’s nothing wrong about being irritated by single socks. Yes, the other one may be somewhere and might just surface eventually but, probably not.
6. Old paint.
Lying around in your garage, it might have seemed like a good idea at the time to keep the colors you painted your bedroom six years ago, but old paint is rarely useable, and the space could be far better used for storing something else. Check with your local waste management office on the proper way to dispose of these items.
CD’s and VHS tapes have virtually seen their last, so even if you bought the VHS or CD of your favorite band when you saw them live in 1998, the chances are that you have already imported the music into iTunes or similar and it’s time to get rid of the CD.
8. Expired foods.
Those cans shoved to the very back...yeah throw those out!
9. Old batteries and lightbulbs.
These are items that you no longer need. They are small enough to ignore but they are still taking up space. Old watches, flashlights that don’t work, etc.
One alternative is to buy rechargeable batteries. They take up little space and cut down on your waste.
10. Junk Drawer.
And finally, almost everyone has the JUNK DRAWER (dun dun). That drawer in the corner of the kitchen where everything that doesn’t have a place is stowed away – and forgotten about.