illustration / collage by Thora. Find her work on her instagram account.
Few days ago I was doing some de-cluttering at home and while doing it I was thinking about writing this post because well, I can’t fight it, I want to share the wisdom!
- Old lighters. Lighters you bought on that trip you had with your friends on the “Farfaraway” country that are empty now, but you plan to fill them again (YOU’LL NEVER DO IT, ADMIT IT) and you keep them because they remind you of your youth and blah blah blah.. Emotionally connecting with a lighter is not good. You have the memories, you don’t need the lighter! You won’t forget the trip if you throw them away. YOU ARE STRONG, YOU CAN DO IT. THROW THEM AWAY.
- Make up that past their expiration date million years ago. Yes, I know, these eye shadows you bought were so nice and that black pencil that was half price and so on and so forth. HOWEVER, if you continue to use them you’ll guarantee a visit to the dermatologist. Same applies for creams, hair products etc.
- Outdate pills and other medicine. Open that box you keep the home medicine. You’ ll be surprised by how many are past the expiration date. Dispose of them now!
- Candle holders. Come on now, you can admit it, how often do you really light candles? And how many of the candle holders you have, you really like? It’s a sneaky thing these candle holders.. A present here, a something else there and the you end up having 25 holders that gather dust while you rarely use them! Gather them, find the ones you like TODAY and dispose of the rest.
- Souvenirs from weddings / baptisms etc. It’s OK, your favorite friends got married, it’ s not like they will get a divorce if you throw away the thingy from their wedding. You’re a strong, independent person, you can dispose of them. It’ s OK.
- Plastic bags. Where do you keep them? In a drawer? In a closet? Wherever you keep them I am sure it’s chaos. Gather all the recyclable ones and take them to recycling. Buy nice reusable ones and remember to take them with when going to the super market. Keep one in your everyday bag and one in the car.
- Food container lids. I really don’t know what conspiracy there is behind this whole mess, but there is one point where you look at the food containers cabinet and half the containers are missing (or so it happens in Greece). Let it sink in. The containers are not coming back to you. So throw away the lids, you don’t need them.
- That bag with the cables. Go back to the deep past and try to remember when was the last time you opened that bag and actually found the cable you were looking for. If you’re not an electrician, it’s OK to dispose of that bab. Don’t look bag, don’t question yourself. Just do it.
- Pens that stopped writing. Oh come on now, do I really need to explain why you should dispose of them? Because they don’t write.
- Half way broken kitchen utensils. That mug with the broken handle, that plate that cracked and that bowl you love so much, but it’s broken in half and that you keep in store because you want to glue it back together.. If a year has past and you haven’t glued it yet, you will never do it. So you can say goodbye now.