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As 2020 ends and 2021 begins - time to toss some stuff!


As we approach the new year, home organizing experts suggest this is a great time to 'clear out the clutter' around your place.


Here are 7 items to consider tossing out along with the end of 2020:


  1. Half burned candles. Every home has a cabinet shelf of old candles. Not only are most of them unsightly by now, but they're also a fire hazard. Time to go through and toss 'em. If you're looking to use the jars (or combine old candles to make a new one), you can melt the wax in the microwave or on the stove. Search youtube 'how to melt old candles'.

  2. Old pillows. Pillows should be replaced after a couple of years anyway. You don't want us to go into details about all of the nasty critters in an old pillow - you really don't. So take this time to toss the old pillows and start the new year with a fresh new one.

  3. Pantry raid. Yes, you'll be shocked to find what is in the back of your pantry. Usually the stock items or one-off items you rarely use get pushed to the back and forgotten. This is a good time to decide if you want to keep them or donate them to a food bank.

  4. Extra mugs and dishware. For whatever reason, we tend to keep mugs and other glassware that seldom if ever get used anymore. Take this time to go through your kitchen cabinets and decide what to keep and what to toss, donate, or sell.

  5. Drawer surprises. You know the drawer that everything miscellaneous tends to get tossed in? Go through that one. You'll find that about 30% of it is junk, and you may also find things such as: gift cards that are about to expire, etc.

  6. Towels and bath items. Do you have some towels that have seen better days? We all tend to keep them until the ends start to ravel. Start 2021 with some fresh bath linens. You might also take this time to see what's in the back of those bathroom drawers or in the vanity under the sink.

  7. Old winter clothes. Take a look in the closet at some of those old coats and other winter clothes items that you've just decided not to wear any longer....whether for style or size reasons. There are lots of folks who would welcome a nice warm coat during winter, and many charity organizations are actively seeking them right now.


And while you're at it, keep an eye out for any signs of water leaks, mold, fire hazards, and other household problems that naturally occur but are often 'out of sight, out of mind'. If you find anything that needs attention, give us a call at West Tennessee Restoration.


Our trained experts can help assist you with any water, fire, hail, wind, mold, or bio-hazard problems. We're always just a phone call away, at (731) 660-9090 or (901) 395-3466.

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