Now that spring is here, do you have spring cleaning and purging on the brain? I do! But to be honest, I have it on my brain basically every month. You already know I’m a faux minimalist….yet somehow every month more things accumulate and I have huge bags of stuff to donate, give to family, or toss.
I am hosting a 30 Day Declutter Challenge in my private facebook group so feel free to join us there.
Decluttering is good for your mental, emotional and physical health in a lot of ways.
It clears yucky juju. Remember ripping up and throwing away a pic of an ex boyfriend? How good did that feel?
It makes space for fresh new energy. Open your window after you’ve decluttered for a fresh spring blast of air to help the cooped up energy move out. Fresh energy brings good stuff your way!
Physically you just feel better when you’re not surrounded by clutter. Your eyes love having beautiful surroundings to look at.
Keeping only what you know to be beautiful or useful to you gives you feelings of pride and satisfaction, that’s good for your health!
You’ll be safer without lots of junk to trip over and fall on your tush. Another physical health benefit!
If you’re not a minimalist, decluttering is good because you make space for new products! (I was a hair product junkie for many years…and I know my friend Brittany is a makeup junkie, bigtime. She declutters her makeup periodically so she has space to add new items.)
If your medicine cabinet is chock full of expired prescription or over-the-counter meds, toss em out! (It’s important to check the expiration date on your OTCs because once a medicine has reached its expiration date, it may not be able to provide the treatment you need.) These steps from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to dispose of OTCs in your household trash can help:
- Mix medicines (do not crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as kitty litter or used coffee grounds.
- Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag.
- Throw the container in your household trash.
- Check to see if your local pharmacy has a safe medicine disposal program. The next U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 28. (That’s John’s birthday!!)
Find more information on safe disposal on the KnowYourOTCs.org site here.
I am a blogging ambassador for the CHPA Educational Foundation’s KnowYourOTCs program and all opinions are my own