There are plenty of ways to clean out your home to begin 2022.
One of the common issues homeowners have is arbitrarily acquiring items in their home they didn’t know they had in the first place.
Here are some reminders you can take into this new year and beyond.
Get rid of those forgotten, sad pillows
Leather couch cream pillows by Azrul Aziz via Wikimedia Commons.
According to Tempur-Pedic, pillows should be replaced after one to two years of usage. So if you’ve had the same pillow for gracing the surface of your bed for as long as you can remember, then it’s probably time to invest in a new one. If there are sentimental attachments (many do) to your pillow or simply want to keep yours, then check in with your local animal or homeless shelter to see if they will take it for an animal or human in need.
Candles in flame by Photos8 via Wikimedia Commons.
Many households have cabinets stocked with candles—even ones that haven’t seen any action in ages. And we don’t blame you. After all, you’d be surprised at the wide selections you can acquire out there. However, it’s high time you start making space for new ones after all of the holiday candles you were given in the last two months. Consider tossing out any half-burned ones you see as you begin your candle expulsion.
Old winter clothes
Three women standing outside an outdoor market in Sweden during winter by Let Ideas Compete by Flikr.
During your perennial home cleaning, there’s a solid chance you may have come about old winter clothes and accessories you either don’t need anymore or have become obsolete altogether. Discard these by opting to donate all of them to a shelter.
Bluegreen towels in a store by Tomwsulcer via Wikimedia Commons.
Fun fact about your bathroom towels: you should be washing these every 2-3 days. If this isn’t the case, they’re most likely inundated with bacteria by now. In any case, they’re probably worn out by now at the very least (if you’ve had them for a while). Get rid of these and invest in a new set.
Used gift cards
Black and white Amazon gift cards next to each other by Thomas photography via Wikimedia Commons.
This might seem like a highly unlikely item to find in a house or apartment. And while it is certainly a miscellaneous one, they can become quite an annoyance, especially if you have to discern whether you’ve come across a one that needs to be recharged. As you shift into 2022, try to organize gift cards that are entirely used up so that you can discard these easily and free-up more space in the process.
A used coffee mug by Niki Odolphie via Wikimedia Commons.
It’s a concept we’re all pretty familiar with: having an accumulation of mugs over the years. These can come in many forms, too, like matching sets—or non-matching—along with broken ones from trips and other inured gifts that perhaps you didn’t want in the first place. Start out by tossing these, too.
Old Spice shampoo and conditioner by Mike Mozart via Flikr.
By now you have probably checked the fridge, or at least we hope. After doing this, head to your bathroom to check all of your toiletry products to check their expiration dates. From shampoo to makeup, there’s really no reason to cling to these products past their expiration, so toss these out if that’s the case.