While we'd all love to keep our favourite things with us forever, everything has a life cycle. Not everything will reach rock bottom (or get lost) before it was time to declutter and replenish. So how do you you tell if its time yet? Here's some help.
From your coveted lipsticks to mom's precious vases, and everything in between, here’s listing a good time to replenish all the older items to make room for newer ones.
- Clothes and Accessories
- Makeup Products
- Hair Products
- Food and Drinks
- Household Items
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Clothes and Accessories
One of the first things you need to start decluttering, no matter how emotionally attached you may be—your clothes. They have to go!
Jeans: 2-4 years, depending on the wear
Bras: 8 months
Sports bras: 6 months - 1 year, depending on proper care
Sneakers: After 500-800 kms, walking and running
Jewellery: 1-2 years, before it starts to oxidize
Yes, we know these makeup products practically comprise your whole face but these have to go too—so you can make room for newer ones.
Foundation: 1 year
Concealer: 1 year
Mascara: 3 months, or when it starts to get dry and flaky.
Nail paints: 1 year
Eyeliner: 3 months
Lipsticks: 2 years
Makeup brushes: 2 years, to be cleaned weekly.
You may be tad regular in replenishing these compared to the others but you'll be surprised to find out just how long some of these could last.
Shampoo: 2 years
Conditioner: 2 years
Hairspray: 2 years
Hair dryer: 5 years
Hair brush: 1-2 years, when the bristles start showing wear.
Bath loofah: 1 month, to be stored in a dry place as it’s prone to bacteria.
Food and Drinks
Common sense tells you not to stock up on fresh foods that aren't for immediate consumption but packaged foods aren't to be taken for granted either.
Packaged foods: 6-8 months, before there's bacteria buildup
Fresh foods: 3-7 days, depending on how you preserve them (plastic wraps)
Fresh juices: 1 month, if packaged
Spices: 6 months - 1 year
Herbs: 1-3 years
Extracts: 4 years
This one's as much for personal hygiene as it is for moms to let go of their precious home decor pieces. It's okay, we can buy new ones…tell her that!
Books: 1-2 years, when stocked up, might as well circulate them.
Vases: 2-3 years, with regular care
Pillows: 2 years (to be washed every 3-6 months)
Mattress: 7 years
Toothbrush: 3 months
Towels: 2 years
Gadgets and Gizmos
Not that this needs a reminder, all those flashy digital ads will do it for you. But for those who aren't as savvy with technology and love their old goodies, it could be time to let go.
Laptops: 3-4 years, with proper upgrades and servicing
Earphones: 1 year
Headphones: 2 years, before they start to wear
Mobile Phones: 2 years