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Spring Cleaning: 7 Things You Should Purge Right Now


Trust me when I tell you that I would have enjoyed doing anything other than what I did this weekend-phase two of spring cleaning. Phase one was a couple weekends ago when I organized. Phase two was more intensive. I rolled up my sleeves and got down and dirty, purging my life of the things I really don’t need anymore.

If you put off tackling your spring cleaning this weekend, but plan to do it next weekend, here are 7 things you should get rid of right now, according to The Oprah Magazine:

1. That mess of papers in your junk drawer. You know what I’m talking about- the manual for that coffee maker you no longer have, random receipts for things you no longer have. File what you need and toss what you don’t.

2. The Furniture That Has Its Own “But …” Clause. You know, that chair you’ve been wanting to get rid of for years, but … No more buts! Get rid of it- it’s only taking up space. Offer it to a friend or donate it, unless it’s one of those chairs that’s too ratty for anyone to love- then toss it.

3. Those mementos you really don’t want. You know how you have that save the date card from 10 years ago from a friend you’re not friends with anymore? Or the seven year old baby shower napkins? Yep- dump them.

4. Outdated gadgets. If you’ve got a drawer full of old remotes that go to devices you don’t have anymore or that don’t work, I’m talking to you!

5. Old makeup. You’re read all that research about how old makeup is bad for you. So why are you still holding onto it? Throw it out!

6. Those stacks of books. This is one that I have a hard time with because I’m a book hoarder with well over 2,000 books in my library, but even I can admit that there comes a time when you need to go through and purge out the books you don’t like. Those should be donated to the library.

7. The Thing You’re Going to Fix Really Soon. I’ve got some of these things and I’m sure you do too. You know that picture frame you’ve been holding onto for the last year thinking you’ll get around to buying replacement glass because the original shattered? Maybe it’s time to just admit you’re never gonna fix it.

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