30 Things You Need to Throw Out Before the Fall
From summer stuff you never wear to old sunblock, here’s a list of things to toss and stuff to store to organize your home, and the items you need to have on hand for the next season.
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Did you really need another disposable pen, or did you just grab it from the display table because it was free? Seriously, toss broken chip clips and logo-laden promo items like street fair jar openers and summer concert drink cozies. Then donate festival and arcade prizes, like that oversize teddy bear that’s about to turn into a dust collector—find out where you can donate almost anything. Keep the plush toys you can’t part with fresh and clean by laundering them in the Teddy Needs a Bath protective bag.
Keep the memory and lose the stuff: Photograph ticket stubs, postcards, cheap seashell rings, and broken braided shark tooth necklaces before tossing. Donate that souvenir given to you by a well-meaning friend that just isn’t your style (looking at you, howling coyote figurine). Invest in a digital photo frame to enjoy an ongoing slideshow all the special memories.
Use up any left-over marshmallows and graham crackers (they’ll go stale before next summer), then make space in your kitchen by moving the s’mores maker and s’mores sticks to an out-of-season storage spot, like your basement or attic. Besides, now is the time to roast s’mores and do these 21 other things before summer is officially over. Add a reminder in your spring calendar about its location; you don’t want to have to re-buy it when you can’t find it next year. Other little-used space-hoggers to store or donate include the ice cream machine, frozen drink maker, and Popsicle mold. See there, now you have room in your kitchen cabinets for the streamlined Cuisinart Programmable Breadmaker. You can bake up a loaf of fresh bread to enjoy with your pumpkin spice latte.
Farmers market and co-op clutter
Farmer’s markets and local co-ops and CSAs will be closing down for the season, making this the perfect time to ask yourself, “Just how many berry baskets do I need to keep?” If you have extra baskets, bushels, boxes, or empty canning jars from your recent trips it’s time to return them—co-op organizers and farm stand owners will thank you. On your next trip try these eco-friendly, reusable, drawstring bags for carrying home your fresh fruit and produce—and try these tricks to organize your fridge.
Summer fun tote bag
You know that bag you toted around all summer long? The one still stuffed with summer leftovers? Donate the summer reading book club pick you never started, then get rid of the melted chewing gum and stretched out hairbands. Toss the trash, recycle the receipts, and rescue the loose change from the bottom of the bag. During the colder months keep your everyday necessities, like gloves and scarves, easy to grab on the go by tucking them in the pockets of this over-the-door organizer.
No one needs to store almost empty pest control products or ones that never worked well. Your local municipal hazardous waste collection is a good way to recycle things like mosquito traps, bug lamps, bug repellent wristbands, and mostly burnt citronella candles. And in the wintertime repel rodents looking to nest in warm storage spots, like the garage, with scented Fresh Cab Botanical Pouches.
Seasonal gift sets
Whether a houseguest gave you those lemon sugar drink stirrers or you bought a set of BBQ spice rubs for yourself on a whim, now is the time to enjoy them. This stuff doesn’t store well and, trust us, there are many more gift sets in your future. Come fall, treat yourself with this authentic Serendipity Frozen Hot Chocolate Gift Box.
Clean out the car
Now that summer road trips are over, your car deserves a thorough detailing. Toss the trash including fast-food wrappers, dig out stray French fries, and all those Goldfish crackers your kids dumped in the door console. Then make room in the trunk for all that holiday shopping by relocating summer fun items, like folding chairs and beach blankets, to out-of-season storage. Finally, add a collapsible, multi-compartment trunk organizer with plenty of space for shopping bags. You can keep potted mums upright on your drive home from the nursery or transport dishes to holiday gatherings in the insulated compartment.
Remember that large salad bowl you borrowed from your sister-in-law and forgot to return? How about that oversize beach towel a friend left in your car after your last lake trip? Now is the time to give it all back. Return anything that you borrowed or that was accidentally left at your home over the last few months. Ensure anything you accidentally left behind can easily be returned by attaching these peel and stick write-on labels.
Between blow-up lawn dice that have sprung a leak and the broken ladder ball game, trash can pile up quickly. The warped flying discs, dripping bottles of bubbles, and tangled kites all make the outdoor “no-fun list” and need to be dumped ASAP. Then grab this 13-piece Snowman Decoration Kit, complete with hat and scarf, so you are ready for the first snowfall.