0|posted by Freedom New Zealand
Labour weekend is just days away traditionally Labour weekend is set aside for the annual spring clean in many New Zealand homes. Most cleaning experts start with the decluttering process.
Cleaning out clutter can be a tough task, especially if you have been letting it build up for a while. Instead of setting aside a huge block of time to take care of months’ or years’ worth of clutter, take baby steps by throwing away only one type of item a day. Don’t forget throwing out is the last resort try recycling, selling, donating first.
Take a look at your medicine cupboard and clear out anything that have expired, medicine that has sat on your shelf for too long, or ones that you no longer use. First, check to see what the proper disposal methods are for the medication.
Get rid of old magazines you have lying around because chances are, you aren’t going to read them again. Find places where you can donate your magazines to such as child care centers, doctor’s offices, nail salons, nursing homes, and libraries.
Throw away receipts for items that you aren’t planning on returning, and ones that you won’t need to use come tax time. If you’re wary of throwing away receipts, you can make a digital copy of them with a scanner or a smartphone app.
Go through your beauty cabinet and get rid of makeup that’s too old or that you don’t use.
Use the two-year-rule for clothes — get rid of apparel that you haven’t worn in two years. Sell them to a thrift store or donate them to the needy.
Go through your pantry and fridge and clear out items that need to be thrown out — the old, unused, and rotting. Do this weekly instead of monthly, just to make sure you don’t have any unpleasant surprises!
Go through your bookshelf and gather together books you haven’t touched in months and ones that you aren’t planning on rereading. Be realistic and make sure you’re ruthless. If you haven’t touched it in a year, you’re most likely not going to read it again.