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Those condiment packs in the kitchen drawer –

Get rid of them. It’s just a matter of time until one breaks open and you have old, dry ketchup or mustard all over the drawer and everything in it. Before you do – Open a couple of packs and clean the tarnish off of copper or real brass. Squirt it on, smear around, let sit for about 10 minutes and then use paper towels to wipe off. Wash and rinse. Look at that shine!

All those extra hair ties in the drawers, on the counters, in the car –

Get rid of them! You don’t need that many. Before you do – gather up a few of the better ones that aren’t loaded with hair and put in a container in the kitchen to use in place of rubber bands.

Baby Stuff – No more babies expected? Donate or give away those things. Before you do – Pick out several special things and wrap in acid free tissue and put in a keepsake box. Your children will appreciate those memories later and you can also put them into a shadow box. They won’t appreciate every outfit they wore so be selective.

Paperback and other books – Donate to a senior facility or care facility. Offer to friends and family.

Old stale spices – If they are a year old, toss them and replace with fresh. Once you open them, and keep opening them to use, they are exposed to air and become stale. Before you do – Use the old ones, like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to freshen air. Sit a pan on the stove and add a couple of cups of water, bring to a boil, put in spices – as much as you want for the smell – then gently simmer for a hour or so. Set a timer so you don’t forget it. The house will smell wonderful like you have been baking.

Promotional T-Shirts – Half of the time they are the wrong size and many times your causes and likes change. Toss or donate them – Before you do – Cut the plain parts of the shirt into approximately 18 inch pieces. Lightly apply a zigzag pattern of lemon oil or almond oil to the cloths. Look for oils where furniture polish is sold. Roll tightly and squeeze to distribute the oil. Put the cloths in a plastic coffee or storage container. Use for dusting. They will capture the dirt, clean the wood and leave it shining too. Wash a needed and retreat.

Old Towels and Blankets – Don’t let these take up important storage space. Donate clean ones to an animal shelter or humane society for use in the animal kennels. It will comfort the animals and you will have more space in your closets and drawers.

Clear Vases from Floral Deliveries – Do you really need all of those vases from the flowers you have received over the years? Gather them up, keep a couple of your favorites that you might use, and see if you can give the rest of them to a florist. Call to check before you take them. Otherwise donate.

Loofah – Has your bath puff or loofah been in your shower for months? Toss it! After just 3 weeks they are not sanitary and are filled with bacteria. Before you do – Your bath puff makes a great car washing tool. Natural loofah? Toss it! Toss it now!

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