While you’re at it, take a critical look at fruit bowls, decorative candles, baking canisters, spice racks, tissue boxes, cookbooks and paper towel holders. If you have room available, consider finding a permanent home for these items in a drawer, cabinet or shelf. Think about donating unused items to a local nonprofit.
Take a few minutes to look at the books you read last year. Save only the ones that really meant something to you, and put them away on a bookshelf. The others you can pass on to friends, sell at a second-hand bookstore or donate to a library fundraiser.
Resist the urge to collect all items in a single box or bag and then placing that in the garage or a closet, as many of my clients have done over the years. Then they hire me to clear out boxes and bags of stuff they likely should have gotten rid of years before.