Clutter-free zone ahead!

Laurey W. Glenn

What is it about fall that makes us want to flip a switch and hit refresh on everything? From updating our hair color to the latest seasonal trends to inserting pumpkin spice candles into every corner of our homes, everyone around us seems to be shouting, “more, more, more!” It doesn’t take too many trips around the sun of adulthood to realize that this mentality more often than not lands you with an attic full of stuff you never knew how you accumulated. In a society shouting “more, more, more!”—we’re calling an audible and taking a minimalistic approach that we know our future selves (and future offspring) will thank us for. Channeling the energy of the new season instead into minimalizing household clutter will make your home a more peaceful place to live and is the healthiest way to kick off autumn. Here are 10 things you absolutely must get rid of before the first day of fall.

1. Half empty bottles of product you’ve been saving for a rainy day.

You know that one bathroom cabinet that hoards all of your beauty “almosts”? Oh yes. It’s time.  

2. Sheet sets that don’t match.

It’s time to start fresh, and perhaps even invest in a pretty new set of monogrammed sheets for the guest room.

3. Socks without a match.

The hunt is over. Move ‘em out and move on.

4. Tupperware without a matching piece.

Are you sensing a theme here?

5. Gimmicky kitchen utensils.

Sure, that avocado slicer was a thrill on day one. But have you used it since?

6. Coffee mugs.

Not all things are meant to last forever, and we’re willing to bet that at least one of those coffee mugs with a cheeky phrase on it has seen its heyday.

7. Long lost pantry items.

If you’re going to break out that dry pumpkin spice bread mix that Target lured you into last year, now is the time to do it. Use it or lose it.

8. Old invitations and mail.

We’re as guilty as anyone of hoarding sentimental items such as wedding invitations. Fortunately, memories far outweigh the mere pieces of cardstock piling up on your kitchen counter.

9. Outdated magazines.

Out with the old, in with the new! Give your guests something more recent to flip through while sipping on cider at your coffee table.

10. Hangers from the dry cleaners.

It happens to the best of us. Give your closet an air of put-togetherness by opting for a set of felt hangers instead (and do we even have to mention your long-overdue closet cleanout? Hop to it!)