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Spring Cleaning! 10 Things You Should Throw Out Right Now
Declutter and gain peace of mind by purging the unnecessary stuff in your house
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Nothing like the promise of a fresh new season! While you’re still feeling motivated to tackle those spring cleaning projects, start by purging unnecessary stuff that not only takes up space and leads to clutter, but also seriously challenges that amazing peace of mind that comes from organized living. We asked professional organizers for their tips on what items to toss right away — or better yet, donate to an organization that can make good use of them — and here are their top 10.
1. Unworn clothes
If you’re holding onto stuff in case it comes back in style one day, you’re squandering closet space and the ease of navigating a clutter-free wardrobe. “Closets are a major cluttering source. If you haven’t worn something in the past 12 to 18 months, you no longer need it,” says Donna David of Donna David & Co. Donate your clothes to a great cause, or tryreselling them online.
Specifically, take advantage of the new, warmer season to analyze your cold-weather gear. “Now’s a great time to go through your closet and see what fall and winter clothes, shoes and purses you didn’t wear the past two years,” says Linda Rosen of Linda Rosen Interiors. “If you haven’t worn it during that period, chances are you won’t wear it again. It’s time to make a run to your local charity.”
2. Unnecessary paperwork
Sure, you need to hold on to some paperwork for an extended period of time, like tax-related materials. (The Internal Revenue Service offers detailed guidelines for how long you may wish to keep tax records for various contingencies; seven years generally covers it.) But beyond that, you may be storing an unnecessary number of useless hard copies out of fear of throwing away something important. David advises keeping only the prior month’s bill for a given account, for instance, “since all information is available online. I recommend shredding the rest.”
3. Office supplies
If your desk is filled with dried-out pens and White-Out bottles, you should acknowledge that those things are never ever coming back from the dead. (But you already knew that.) Do yourself a favor and dump those into the trash, and while you’re at it, go ahead and “get rid of office supplies that haven’t been utilized in a year,” says David. “Chances are you don’t need them.”
4. Old electronics
Unused gadgets — not to mention the associated tangle of cords –are just taking up space, not to mention causing confusion as to what goes with what. “Oftentimes, we keep cables and wire to equipment we don’t even own anymore,” says Cyndi Seidler of HandyGirl Organizers, and spring cleaning is a perfect time to ditch it.
5. Unmatched items
This goes for socks that have lost their pairing partner, pot lids missing pots, plastic storage lids without their matching storage containers (or vice versa), and bed linens that don’t belong to a set. “Do people really need more than two sets of bed sheets and loads of blankets or towels anyway?” says Seidler.
6. Expired kitchen items
Seidler reminds us that pantry items like vitamins and supplements have expiration dates — check them and ditch anything past its prime. Further, purge expired herbs and spices. They may only last a couple of years in the cupboard if ground, or about four years if whole, or in extract or seed form.
This is also the time to do spring cleaning in the pantry and the freezer. “Check the dates on the labels in the pantry, and make sure you still intend to eat those freezer foods within a reasonable time frame,” Rosen says.
7. Old makeup and nail polishes
We get it. We’re sentimental about everything including makeup. (Hello, we bought that lipstick for our wedding!) But keeping makeup for too long not only leads to clutter, but also can be a hazard. Makeup does expire, Seidler says.
8. Some of your kids’ stuff
Don’t freak out: We’re not suggesting you throw out all of your kids’ artwork wholesale. It’s just that saving every single piece forever isn’t practical — and it’s not even the goal. “As precious as your children’s arts and crafts projects are, consider saving only the very special pieces for posterity,” says Rosen. “Kids’ art is whimsical and fun when framed and hung in a playroom or hallway, but multiple boxes of it stored in closets will only collect dust and take up valuable space.”
If you’ve made the swap and now do your reading on a Kindle or tablet, you may have tons of books you’d never even consider opening. But even if you don’t have a device, consider ditching books you’ve already read. “Sort through your favorite books, then donate the rest to your local library, charity or shelter,” says Rosen. “The chance that you’ll read those books again are slim to none, so give someone else the pleasure of a good read.”
10. Garage clutter
And there is more :
At our office, we’re always hearing of ridiculous beauty tricks that sound too good (or crazy) to be true, but there’s no better feeling than making a weird beauty discovery that really works. After spending some time with the most common beauty problems everyone encounters, we’ve put together all of our favorite weird beauty tricks that do what they say they’ll do. Our hope is that some of your most frustrating beauty problems will be solved with these tricks!
1. To avoid stray mascara marks, hold a plastic spoon (curve out) over your eyelid when applying your mascara so the excess can go on the spoon, not your lids.
2. To reduce puffy eyes, cut raw, peeled potatoes in half and place over your eyes for 10 minutes. The potato will cool your eyes and any swelling will decrease.
3. Next time you need a face mask but don’t have time to run to the store, use Pepto Bismol. In the same way it breaks down oil and acids in your digestive system, it breaks down any on your face. Use two tablespoons and leave on for 15-20 minutes.
4. If you’re starting to notice cellulite creeping up anywhere, use coffee grounds as a body scrub. The caffeine will stimulate skin cells and using it as a scrub will get rid of any dead skin trying to cling to life.
5. In need of a deep conditioning treatment? Get the mayonnaise out of your fridge and into your hair for about 20 minutes. For added benefits, use your blow dryer so the heat will activate the mayonnaise even more.
6. If your nail polish seems to dry with bubbles in it, it may be because the polish is being stored at too warm of a temperature. Keep your polish in the fridge and the cool temperature will make sure that it always dries smoothly.
7. After a workout, some people have the issue of a red face long after the last exercise. To combat this, take an antihistamine so the redness will be majorly reduced.
8. Whether you’re always getting blisters or you’ve got a new pair of shoes to break in, rubbing a little bit of Vaseline on areas that tend to get blisters will reduce any friction so your feet won’t be cut up by the end of the night.
9. Glitter nail polish is a nightmare to remove, but if you soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover, place on your nail, wrap your finger tip in tin foil and let it sit for five minutes, the glitter will slide right off.
10. In a rush after an at-home manicure? Submerge your fingers in cold water for three minutes and your nails will come out dry.
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In case you get hungry
2 cups (6 ounces) uncooked rotini pasta (spiral pasta)
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 1/2 cups onions, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 pound 95% lean ground beef
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
2 tablespoons ketchup
4-5 large Roma tomatoes, deseeded and diced
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 cups low fat cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup dill pickles, finely chopped
Happy Thursday ..and for god sake’s try this once in ur life ..it is quite freeing !