Pre-Christmas House Cleanse

Ready to declutter your house? Start here with these items you’re sure not to miss.

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Photo by Lincoln Barbour

Cardboard Food Boxes

Ditch the cardboard boxes and plastic bags that go with your cereal, snacks and dry goods. They’re ugly, take up lots of space and don’t keep your food fresh. Instead, opt for glass jars (likeΒ HGTV MagazineΒ did here) or airtight food storage containers.
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Photo by Natalie Wright

Your Dish Sponge

When was the last time you replaced the sponge in your kitchen sink? If it’s been more than a month, toss it. In between, sanitize it with a spin in the dishwasher.
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Photo by iStockphoto / slobo

Dirty Air Filters

It’s important to schedule a maintenance checkup for your HVAC system every spring and fall, but in the meantime, filters need to be checked once a month. When they’re dirty, change them; dirty filters shorten the lifespan of your system.
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Old Shoes

Get rid of any shoes that are broken beyond repair, worn out or missing a mate. Can’t remember the last time you wore a still-good pair? Donate to a thrift store.
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Clothing You’ve Never Worn

Donate or sell any items of clothing you’ve had for more than a year without wearing.

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