4. Tired Toothbrushes
Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Bristles that are worn or splayed won’t be able to efficiently remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. You can get additional use out of old toothbrushes by sanitizing and saving them to use for cleaning jobs. Scrubbing grout, cleaning the rubber gaskets in your refrigerator door, or getting in the grooves when cleaning jewelry are simple tasks you can use an old toothbrush for. Once the bristles are worn beyond use, toss the brush in the trash.
3. Used Water Filters
If you use a water filter pitcher or faucet attachment, there is no need to hang on to the used filters. Brita recommends changing the standard filter in your water pitcher every 40 gallons. That may translate to about every two months. Meanwhile, the Brita Longlast filter will filter about 120 gallons of water. This filter should be replaced about every six months.
2. Old Magazines
You may be holding onto a stack of old magazines. If so, you may want to ask yourself how often you actually go back and peruse old articles. Recycling old magazines will free up space in your home and prevent you from eventually navigating your home through a maze of stacked magazines. If you want to share your magazines with others, check with your dentist, doctor, or local nursing home to see if they can use them. Preschools may enjoy using colorful old magazines to help tots practice scissor skills.
1. Old Bills and Receipts
If you’re not careful, you can find yourself living in a paper jungle. It can be challenging to know how long to hold on to bills, receipts, and other paperwork. The IRS recommends keeping tax records for three to seven years depending on whether you have filed a claim for debt reduction or have unreported income. Meanwhile, Suze Orman suggests shredding paycheck stubs, canceled checks, utility bills, and credit card receipts not needed for tax purposes after one year.Related: 15 Secrets to Keeping Your House Cleaner Happy