End of Year Cleanout

Published on 12/21/2020

As 2020 comes to a close, you might be noticing how much you’ve acquired over the past year(s). What better time than now to purge some items from your home, or if you’re not fully ready to part with them, move them to storage.


How often do you actually use the cookbooks in your kitchen? Most of the time those are now collecting dust, just sitting on an open shelf as we’re able to navigate millions of recipes at our fingertips, courtesy of the internet. Donate or recycle cookbooks you haven’t touched in years and move the other ones to storage to free up kitchen space.


We all have a cabinet or drawer that contains candles that have seen better days. Maybe you’re trying to find another one with the same scent or maybe you’re holding onto a variety of different ones specifically for decor purposes. Write down scents you’re trying to find again and pitch the old ones. Move decor candles to your storage space in order to open up the cabinet space for more useful storage.

Nail Polish

Ladies, it’s time to stop hoarding all those colors. After years it’s quite possible the nail color won’t even resemble its original one and it’s better off in the trash. Everyone can use more storage in the bathroom, time to start creating room by eliminating all those old nail polish bottles!

Pens and Markers

If you have children, this is the perfect task for them to help with. Pull out all the pens and markers from your junk drawers and give them two baskets and a piece of paper. Have them put all the old, dried up office supplies in one basket to trash and place the ones that still work in the other basket. Now you won’t have to search for a pen that works when you’re trying to write down a message in a pinch.

Expired Spices

Yes, that is correct: kitchen spices do expire! Many people keep them for years (decades?) in their cabinets but their shelf life only lasts so long. Take a few minutes to pull them all out and see what needs to go. As you throw out old spices, take inventory of what you’ll need to pick up at the store so you’re not left empty handed for your next recipe.

What else do you clean out at the end of the year? If you’re moving more items to storage and need help with a larger space, contact us today!