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    Today we say so long to the ice crystal covered unidentified food object in the back of the freezer. Ready, set, toss!

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    Say good-bye to the jar of spice that expired in 2016! Today is the day to finally clear the spice cabinet. Ready, set, toss!

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    Why do we save all those little ketchup packets when we have two open bottles of ketchup in the cabinet? And if you don’t like hot mustard then why do you insist on keeping all those packets of hot mustard? Today let’s discard the excess take out condiments, the ones that have changed color or consistency or you simply don’t like or won’t use or don’t remember when or where they came from.

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    How many travel mugs can one kitchen cabinet hold? Let’s not find out. It might be time to rethink how many you are storing if you have enough mugs to open a café tomorrow. So unless you are opening that café, today is the day to “toss” one (or more) you’re call. Donating them is a great option, you can find a list of places under the resources tab.

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    As adults, one of the difficult decisions we have to make is whether or not to rinse out and store the “good jars.” Then there are the “good” containers, the sturdy ones from butter or sour cream. Sure you might use it, what if you need it just in case, then you recycle it – only to need it the very next day! We’ve all been there.

    The answer: keep the best, recycle the rest!

    Today, let’s be brave and “toss” the stash you’ve been saving. I know you’ll use more sour cream, you can always save the next one.

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    Let’s talk about lost gloves and outgrown winter boots. The first thing I’d like to say is that IF you build snowmen then gather up mismatched pieces and box them up for outfitting your snowman after the next snowstorm. If you think this sounds like a great idea but you’ve never built a snowman, I doubt you’ll start now, so disregard this tip and read on.

    Outgrown boots, extra jackets, and scarves that make your face itch can all be donated. Hopefully they’ll go to someone with less sensitive skin. Reminder: always check the pockets of clothes before donating them.

    Yes, you can donate single items. Organizations will try to make a match from other singles. Or they may sell them in the crafting section. Which is a good thing since most crafters dislike ruining new things.

    So to sum up: box with stuff to build a snowman only if you actually build snowmen. Donate mismatched or outgrown, just check the pockets first. And finally create space to store the stuff you do use, making getting dressed a little easier!

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    Hint: it makes great scrap paper. Cut it into squares and put it with all the other scrap paper. Then you’ll have a place to write notes and phone numbers without a name (of course) so it’ll forever be a mystery whose number you jotted down.

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    The ones that are so old you dare not brew with them. The ones for flavors you don’t like. And all of them if you don’t even like tea – which makes me want to ask why you had them in the first place

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    Seriously, what’s with all the receipts? They collect in drawers, pockets of coats, bottoms of bags, and even on tabletops. Let’s give the scattered receipts a home. Try a box near the front door as a place to drop them on your way inside. They’ll be in reverse date order and you can sort and toss older ones from the bottom. Always keep the ones needed for tax purposes. And try stapling the ones for extended warranties right to the warranty booklet. Having the proof of purchase handy will make life easier. Today let’s recycle one you’ve been holding onto like from the take-out you ate three years ago.