Excess baggage is never a good idea. Be it emotional or physical, extra baggage bogs you down, takes up valuable space and creates a feeling of suffocation all around you. So, this week let us plan on ending our relationship with all those things lying around your house waiting for your attention since-- let's say six months or so. Here are 14 tips on getting you started and let me know how it works out!
#1 Unused bags and shoes
Let us not think only about a girl's wardrobe when it comes to bags and shoes, guys can also have a huge collection of old bags which have not seen the daylight since months. Old backpacks, travel bags, trolleys with broken zips or handbags that are way off the trend, tend to occupy a lot of space in our wardrobes. Same with shoes, a pair that once was your date-mate now lies broken in some corner of your shoe rack.
#2 Accessories and old jewellery
Unless you are sure of its antique value, do not let unused costume jewellery or accessories take up your precious cupboard space. Once out-of-vogue most trends become a fad, however, we keep on building our collection without checking their current fashion worth.
#3 Old magazines and newspapers, information books and receipts
Ever noticed how an old magazine might find its way to your beautiful drawing room and suddenly get all the attention? Trust me; nobody wants to see old newspapers lying about everywhere. Or how irritating is it when you come across useless receipts while searching for something important? Bums you out, right? Old info-books do not serve any purpose when Siri and Alexa are just a call away. Honestly, just throw them away.
#4 Old clothes
Do I have anything new to add to this? I guess not. We all have those faded out trousers, old lingerie, cramped t-shirts or blouses that we do not fit in anymore, yet we find it difficult to end things with them and move on.
#5 Old decorations and craft stuff
If you do not have a creative kid around you then there might be a huge pile of old balloons, paper cuttings, used birthday hats and decorations lying around somewhere in your house. Maybe at some point, you thought painting was a great way to de-stress, however, you haven't touched them in the last six months or more!
#6 Cassettes and cd collection
Seriously, you still have them in your house? There might be some arguments to hang onto those, however, love something and go save it on your computer, for everything else there are second-hand thrift stores.
#7 Carry bags and plastic containers
If unchecked these little devils can devour you completely! Believe me, get rid of these things or find a place who will recycle them for you. Or better plant some saplings in those containers and become a master of recycling!
#8 Old electronic gadgets and associated stuff
Music systems, chargers, cables, lighting equipment that are not used not used anymore in daily life can cause a huge stock. It is easy to clean them, just label it and then decide what you want to hold on to.
#9 Pet stuff
If you outgrew you pet-hobby or your dear poochie passed away, give away those old bird cages or aquariums or dog stuff to a new beginner. It helps the emerging hobbyist to get a cheap start.
#10 Old toys
It can be sad to part away with your once favourite teddy-bear or doll however it is always a good idea to donate them to a less fortunate kid and bring a smile to their faces.
#11 Kitchen knives and utensils
Broken pair of cups, blunt knives, microwaves or blenders that work no more do not deserve to be in your kitchen. However be careful while disposing them off, always wrap semi-sharp objects in the paper before throwing them in the bin.
#12 Stagnant stationeries
Got a dozen of office leftover stuffs like tapes, post-it-notes or a stack of pencils that you hardly will ever use again? Donate it to the nearest non-profit organisation and help them build their stock.
#13 Scented candles, old dry flowers & photo frames
Those are the most common gift ideas and one can vouch for having some stored away in the attic. Pass on those candles to someone who loves collecting them if they are in good condition or just toss them if they look like they belong from a haunted house! Same with old flowers, they attract bugs and spread negative energy all around you. Whenever you buy or get new photo-frames, either gift it back or replace the old ones promptly.
Try these out and if you find them useful let me know!