If you’re a fan of watching home makeover shows like me, then you must be familiar with the drill. The makeover team goes around the house in search of furniture and other things that are better off in the trash bin, for a garage sale or donated to charity.
The only thing that seems to set these makeover specialists back is the couple’s reluctance to part with moose heads, hairy sofas and what-have-you. While at times the stories behind these items may tug at the designers’ heartstrings, the bottom line is that these aren’t practical to have in the house and they don’t help uplift the whole aesthetic appeal of the home.
Your house could be just as neat, clean and visitor-friendly if you chuck out some things - toss them in the trash bin, sell them or give them away - it’s up to you. Here are five things we think you can survive without at home to create a more livable space.
Set up a newspaper drive in your subdivision or donate them to a library. Keep classics and those that you think your kids and grandchildren would benefit from someday.
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2. Old clothes and shoes
Create three piles of clothes and shoes: clothes you wear always, sometimes and never. Keep the ones you always wear, set aside those you wear sometimes and sell those which you almost never wear anymore in a garage sale or donate them to charity. You’ll get more closet space while earning some cash in the process.
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3. Old toys
Okay, toys won’t exactly find their way back like Woody and company in Toy Story 3, but before cleaning out your kid’s toy cabinet, do a double check first and make sure you won’t reduce him to tears if he finds out his favorite action figure is gone. If you can convince him to hand it down to a younger cousin, by all means do so.
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Inspect items in your medicine cabinet and check their expiration dates. Keep everyone in your household safe from accidentally taking expired medication by throwing these away.
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5. Old Appliances
Do you have old dinosaur game consoles (or an old TV set) at home that are just gathering dust? While these can give off a retro vibe, it might be better to sell these to a collector. Don’t be like mom who made the mistake of selling these relics of the past to a junk shop. There are hobbyists out there, and your junk might just be worth gold to them.