Great time to cut the clutter and reduce the stress
There is a certain exhilaration that comes with throwing things away and freeing up space in your home.
It’s not only an aesthetic task — decluttering your space has health benefits, too.
A UCLA study found that women who live in a cluttered environment were more likely to experience a surge in cortisol, a stress hormone.
Yes, that untamed junk drawer is adding to your stress.
To make it easy, we crafted this handy list of things you need to toss, recycle or donate to start 2017 off on the right foot.
Gift paraphernalia. Toss it all. Nothing psychologically prevents you from enjoying a fresh start like Christmas-themed trash sticking around.
Old prescriptions. Take the new year as an opportunity to clean shop in your medicine cabinet. Get rid of prescriptions and over-the-counter pills that have expired.
Old towels. Who wants to begin a new year with stained, discoloured towels? The start of a new year is the perfect time to upgrade your bathroom.
Old chargers. Gather up any random chargers that are cluttering up your shelves, and try to match them to the technology in your home. If you cannot find a single item that can be charged by the charger in question, toss it.
Receipts. Unless it’s a receipt for a big purchase (sofa, laptop, refrigerator or television), throw them all away.
Event tickets. This is one of those items you probably don’t even realise you end up accumulating. Unless you plan to frame or scrapbook them, throw them away.
Invitations. If old invitations mark an important memory and you want to save them for posterity, put them somewhere for safekeeping. Otherwise, recycle the cards and invitations on the fridge.
Old magazines. If they’re more than a year old, they’ve got to go. Every last one of them.
Chipped mugs. It’s time to purge your cabinets of the random, chipped, coffee-stained mugs.
Old nail polish. The colours separate and it gets gross. Say goodbye.
Shoe boxes. Clear out your wardrobe of the packing boxes for things you kept in case you wanted to return, but didn’t end up doing so.
Old bills. If you paid them, toss them, unless you need to keep them for tax purposes. Alternatively, scan important documents for future reference.
Broken jewellery. Get rid of broken jewellery you haven’t worn or made an effort to fix. While you’re at it, toss earrings that have been missing a match for ages.
Dried pens. Streamline your collection.
Old bath mats. Bath mats should be replaced once a year.
Broken headphones. One word: useless.
Get rid of clutter to reduce stress.