7. Supplies for Hobbies You No Longer Engage In

Yarn Supplies

You may have enjoyed a variety of hobbies over the years. Perhaps your shelves or closets can attest to the years you spent meticulously pasting photos into scrapbooks. Skeins of yarn, bolts of cloth, and collections of knitting needles may be other leftovers from previous hobbies. Be willing to pass on jars of beads of boxes of scrapbook papers to others who will use them. Toss out dried out tubes of paint, containers of glue, or stiff and worn paintbrushes.

6. Plastic Grocery Bags

Plastic Bags

Unless you live in a community that mandates the use of reusable grocery bags, you may find these plastic items overtaking your supply cupboard. Keep a few on hand for lining wastebaskets or picking up after Fido on your daily walk. Then, make room in your cupboards by recycling the extra bags. Many grocery stores and department stores will accept plastic grocery bags for recycling. Enter your zip code at Earth 911 to find a recycling location near you.

5. Dish Sponges

Kitchen Sponge

Dish cleaning sponges are handy for scrubbing dishes, but they can harbor bacteria. Furthermore, you may notice that dish sponges can take on a funky odor. Make sure to clean and sanitize your dish sponge daily. Merry Maids recommends disinfecting your sponge by heating it in the microwave for two minutes on high. Daily cleaning keeps your sponges sanitized, but they won’t last forever. Replace your kitchen sponges every two to four weeks.

Related: 12 Tips for Loading Your Dishwasher for Peak Performance


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