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5 Decluttering Tips You Can Do Right Now!



Banish the Space Invaders! What do I mean by this?? Common things that tend to clog up your closets, rooms, etc.

Here are 5 you can do today:

1. Clothes The clothes you wear on a day-to-day basis come from a mere 20 percent of the clothes in your closet. 80 percent of those clothes are just taking up space and never worn. Time to pair down and only keep what clothing fits and what you feel good in.

2. Small Appliances Bread machines, juicers, all purpose mixers and other small appliances are great tools--if you use them on a regular basis. If you can’t remember the last time you used them or you have not used them in more than a year, it’s time to free up your counter space for new creations.

3. Junk Mail Form a habit of not even letting the junkmail enter into your home. Go from the mailbox to the garbage can for any junkmail that does not have any personal account numbers on the paperwork. Create a Shred pile for those docs and shred regularly. Want to minimize junkmail? Head to www.the_dma.org and www.catalogchoice.org to be removed from their listings.

4. Filter Your Cooking Spices

Most dried spices maintain their freshness for one to three years. If you cannot remember when you bought it or the contents are starting to clump up, it's a safe bet to discard the spice. Now is a great time take inventory of what you have and what you need so you don't waste money on duplicates.

And lastly, get out your hose vacuum, suck up any excess spice spillage, clean off each bottle and clean the cabinet it is stored in. How much time will it take to complete this task? It depends on how many spices you have. The average person should be done with the entire task in 30-60 minutes.

5. Discard old Cosmetics and those not used

MASCARA: Every two to three months to be safe because of the bacteria that builds on the brush.

FOUNDATION: If opened 6 to 12 months. Unopened 2-3 years.

CONCEALER: Concealers in powder and stick form can last for up to two years, while liquids should be tossed after one.

FACE POWDER:16 months max

BLUSH: Cream blush, 6 months Powder blush 16 months.

EYE SHADOW:3 months- too much bacteria builds if you keep it longer than that and you risk nasty eye infections.

EYELINER :Both liquid and pencil, every 3 months. '

LIPSTICK AND LIP GLOSS: About a year.

NAIL POLISH: 2 years (otherwise it dries out and gets clumpy).

TOOLS: If cleaned and stored properly, good brushes can last for years, but when the bristles start to fray or fall out, it's time for a new set. Give them a thorough cleaning every two weeks with a gentle hair shampoo. The best way to store them is propped upright in a glass, where they can air out and won't be squashed and deformed. Cheap makeup sponges should be replaced after two uses—one side, then the other.

Every 3 months: Wipe down all makeup with disinfectant to keep the bacteria down. This task should take less than an hour to complete from start to finish. Enjoy!

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