Spring may not be here yet, but we can always hope! Get a jump start on your spring cleaning by getting rid of these 10 things everyone has sitting around. That way when the spring thaw finally comes, you’ll be ready to usher in the new.
#1 Those Old, Dingy Sandals
They got you through the last couple of summers (clearly), maybe more, but sticking your feet into an old pair of sandals that still have dirt footprints from previous wear is not cool. Trade up for some cute sandals this coming season. Duck into Marshall’s for a bargain, or get some friends together for a little shopping excursion at CPC and beyond.
#2 That Drugstore Face Wash
We understand, it seemed like a good idea at the time, but after a freezing cold, harsh winter, your skin deserves some TLC. Feed your skin something better, something natural that gives you a healthy glow. Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk or the new BABOR CLEANSING CP Enzyme Cleanser available at Bella Rouge are great options, or stop in and have them personally recommend something for your skin type!
#3 Your Second-String Jeans
We all have those old blue jeans that we haven’t worn in ages…. that probably no longer fit… and are probably out of style by now…. yet we hang onto them as “back-ups” just in case we ever need to hit our reserve pile of jeans. Well, hit the mall instead, or shop the local boutiques in Saratoga, or the outlets up in Lake George… just get rid of those old blue jeans!
#4 Tired Old Tupperware
We’re coming for you. You, the tupperware whose lid doesn’t stay secure…. you, the plastic food container that has seen better days with stains, bulges and other residue that nobody can quite explain. It’s time to go. Decide what sizes and the amount you need, add it to your grocery list and go buy new tupperware for goodness sake!
#5 All That Cheap Wine
[sorry, no photo available – I don’t have any cheap wine here!]
We get it, the winter blues call for some alcohol relief… plenty of it. So it’s cheaper to go with a low-end label, but luckily you don’t have to spend a fortune to get high quality wine that is affordable without tasting cheap. Head over to The Saratoga Winery, and have yourself a sample of something great to take home.
#6 Those Old Towels
Whether they’re worn, frayed, stained, dingy, or simply don’t match your bathroom anymore (or in many cases, all of the above), it’s time to usher in some new towels. With Kohl’s, JC Penney, Boscov’s, Target, Marshall’s / Homegoods and other retailers back to back here in Clifton Park, there’s really no excuse to be using those old towels. Let this paragraph haunt you every time you dry off this week until you take our advice! Give your old ones new life with a change of scenery, stowed away in the trunk of your car for after the car wash.
#7 Embarrassing Socks
Yes, you know the kind we mean. The kind that make you dread when you have to unexpectedly remove your shoes. Why is it that we continue to wear old, stained, holey, pilled-up socks instead of just buying new ones? Is it really splurging to just buy new socks? Even when we buy new ones, many of us still hold onto those old socks for emergencies, you know, just in case all of the whites are dirty and you’re in a bind and desperately need to dip into your sock reserves (because that happens all the time, right?). Toss ’em.
#8 That Thing You Hate
We all have something lying around that we hate. It’s not our style. We’re never going to use it / wear it with a smile. We do not want it, but it’s usually something someone special got for us or made for us, and we feel guilty to get rid of it. We fear that someday they might come over to our house and ask where that thing is that they gave us… and then what would we say??? Snap out of it! These fears are unfounded, and you can safely let go of that item. While most of the things on this list you should toss right in the trash (seriously, do not send your holey socks to the thrift store), this could be a case where a donation is in order. You know, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so head over to the Salvation Army (located on Route 9, just north of 146) and make a drop off. (PS, if they do ever ask what happened to that thing they gave you, you can tell them the truth — you don’t know right off hand; it’s around somewhere).
#9 Tired Pots & Pans
Are you seriously eating food that was cooked on that? Many of us have a problem letting go (obviously), but when your mottled frying pan is more variegated than your granite countertops, it might be time to say goodbye. Also, if the nonstick coating is chipping or peeling, it is very dangerous to continue using it. If you love the size and brand, do a web search and replace it with the same one… or head over to Different Drummer’s Kitchen in Stuyvesant Plaza to find a better replacement. Actually true story: I just checked their Facebook page, and exactly one hour ago, they posted a special that you can save up to 20% with that tired old pan. It’s not just a coincidence; it’s a sign!
#10 Dated T-Shirts
That sports league you played on. That half marathon you ran 5 years and 2 sizes ago. That graphic tee that was really funny at the time. That swiss-cheese shirt with all the holes you hold on to “just in case” you ever need to paint a room (seriously, when is the last time you painted anything, and how many painting shirts do you really need?). Out with the old… and probably not in with any new, unless you have a shortage of t-shirts… not many of us do.
There you have it — 10 things to get rid of right now. You can do this! Get a jump on your spring cleaning, and feel good about letting go and never looking back. These common household items have long overstayed their welcome, and it’s high time you hauled them to the garbage.
So tell us, which ones from the list above are you guilty of harboring?