The start of a new year is always one full of hope and a great time to start fresh. I know we’re working our way through our homes using the KonMari method, but as a bonus here’s a list of 5 things you can toss right this minute that will give you a clean slate and fresh start to the new year! Bonus: the amazing high you feel when tossing these items will get you mentally ready to tackle even the toughest KonMari categories.
#1: Sponges and Scrubbers: Got any janky sponges hanging around? I took a peek at my dish scrubber and it was totally grody. Those types of kitchen helpers can harbor nasty bacteria; why take a chance? If your sponges are looking less than new, toss ’em and start fresh.
2. Leftover Food: Let’s fact it, December was delicious. But now it’s time to say goodbye to leftover cookies, drinks, snacks, and party food. Take EVERYTHING out of the fridge, check the date, and toss as needed. I also hit up my cabinets and canned food. Seriously, touch every. single. item. Even though it feels like you just opened that bottle of dressing, the expiration date may beg to differ.
#3 Dishtowels: Go take a good look at your dishtowels. Got any hanging around from 1998? Throw those in the rag pile and start fresh with new ones. I personally love flour sack towels and keep stacks of them on hand. They’re inexpensive, easy to clean, durable, and can be used in a multitude of ways around your home.
#4 Expired Coupons: The start of the new year is PERFECTION for tossing expired coupons. The new year makes it super easy to tell which ones are expired. If you’re under piles of coupons, do yourself a favor and recycle them all and start new. You won’t miss the .20 off toilet paper coupon but you WILL feel great when you start with a clean coupon holder. (PS- I ADORE my Couponizer, but they no longer make them, wahhhhh! I’m dreading the day mine finally bites the bullet. Here’s a few other coupon organizers I found for you to try).
#5 Reusable Grocery Bags: This one is painful for us eco-friendly peeps, but yes, you need to toss your reusable grocery bags. Or at least recycle them. Why? They may harbor harmful bacteria that leaks from meat packages or gathers after dozens of trips to the store. I love using the new year as an excuse to start fresh and purchase new bags and toss the old. I usually get mine at the grocery store but there’s a good selection of reusable bags on Amazon as well. The out-of-pocket cost is minimal but it may just save you from a round of food poisoning… which is priceless.
Ready, set, TOSS! Now, doesn’t that feel great? Cheers to a fresh start to the new year!