40 choses à purger de votre vie après 40 ans, selon les professionnels de l'organisation

Au cours de quatre décennies, il y a de fortes chances que vous ayez amassé une quantité assez importante de choses, dont certaines seront toujours proches et chères à votre cœur. Cependant, caché parmi les articles spéciaux et les essentiels du quotidien, il y a probablement beaucoup de choses que vous feriez mieux de laisser tomber une fois pour toutes. Pour susciter l'inspiration, nous avons parlé aux meilleurs experts en organisation à domicile et aux professionnels de la santé mentale pour créer un guide définitif sur ce que vous devriez abandonner de votre maison avant la fin d'une autre année.

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Toutes ces bouteilles de pilules à moitié vides si vieilles que leurs étiquettes ont commencé à s'estomper ne font que créer plus d'encombrement dans votre maison et sont également potentiellement dangereuses. Ils ont dépassé leur accueil et il est temps pour eux de prendre la route.

"Faites une modification rapide de votre armoire à pharmacie et de votre garde-manger et commencez la nouvelle année avec une table rase", suggère Alison Yoder, propriétaire de Blueprint Professional Organizing à Fort Worth, Texas.

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Est-il agréable de vous rappeler occasionnellement le fait que vous ayez remporté ce concours de mathématiques de 10e année? Sûr. Mais si vous avez plus de 40 ans, il est temps de laisser partir ces souvenirs de vos réalisations passées – à moins de récompenses professionnelles majeures ou de quelque chose que vous trouvez toujours vraiment significatif, bien sûr.

"Lorsque vous abandonnez les récompenses que vous avez reçues, les coupures de presse qui vous ont présenté et les articles de portfolio dont vous êtes fier, cela envoie un message fort à l'univers – ou au moins à vous-même – que vous êtes confiant que vous allez faire à nouveau quelque chose qui mérite des éloges et qui vous rend fier ", dit Patty Morrissey, expert organisateur en chef chez Mercari et spécialiste certifié KonMari.

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Bien sûr, il pourrait être agréable de faire un voyage dans le passé avec des souvenirs du passé de temps en temps, mais nuire à d'anciennes relations ne vous rend pas service à long terme. «Le fait de s'accrocher à de vieilles choses peut vous garder coincé dans votre passé et ne pas laisser de place pour ce qui est à venir», explique un conseiller en santé mentale agréé Brittany A. Johnson.

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S'accrocher à des vêtements qui ne vous conviennent plus ou que vous ne portez plus n'est qu'une autre façon de garder votre esprit coincé dans le passé. "Lâchez ces choses qui vous font vous sentir mal quand vous regardez dans votre placard et laissez simplement les choses qui vous font vous sentir bien", dit Yoder.

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Même si certains de vos vieux vêtements sont toujours en forme, cela ne signifie pas nécessairement qu'ils vous sont toujours utiles. Morrissey suggère de faire la transition de votre garde-robe avec votre étape de la vie et de vous débarrasser de tout ce qui vous semble juvénile, comme cette robe de bal qui n'a pas vu le jour depuis des décennies.

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Des cintres décents peuvent être achetés dans pratiquement toutes les gammes de prix, il n'y a donc aucune excuse pour garder ces versions fragiles du nettoyeur à sec. «Les cintres mal assortis et déformés donnent à votre placard un aspect encombré et désordonné, et ils ruinent vos vêtements», explique Yoder. Elle suggère de passer à celles en velours mince, ou au moins aux versions en plastique assorties.

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Si votre phase de jam band est bien derrière vous, il est probablement temps de laisser tomber ces affiches aussi. Et une fois que vous avez 40 ans, cette lampe à lave est bien au-delà de sa date d'expiration en tant que pièce de décoration acceptable. "Embrassez votre croissance et laissez-vous aller aux objets des versions antérieures de vous-même", dit Morrissey.

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Après avoir eu 40 ans, votre nouveau mantra de nettoyage de cuisine pour devrait être: "Si le couvercle ne rentre pas, débarrassez-vous-en." En ce qui concerne Tupperware, "soyez réaliste quant au nombre dont vous avez vraiment besoin et débarrassez-vous du reste", explique Yoder. "Vos armoires seront tellement moins chaotiques."

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À moins que vous n'ayez plus d'espace que vous ne savez quoi en faire, il y a de fortes chances que votre cuisine puisse utiliser un peu de désencombrement. Dans la quarantaine, il est temps de travailler plus intelligemment, pas plus, et cela signifie abandonner ces appareils de cuisine à usage unique qui prennent de la place.

"Il n'y a probablement aucune raison d'avoir une mijoteuse et une machine à riz si vous avez une casserole instantanée", suggère Marty Basher, expert en organisation avec placards modulaires. "Donnez les extras ou donnez-les à des amis."

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Honnêtement, combien de tasses à café une personne a-t-elle besoin? "De toute façon," vous savez que vous atteignez toujours vos quelques favoris " Amanda Clark, propriétaire d'Ever So Organized, basé dans le comté d'Orange, en Californie. Elle recommande de ne garder que ceux que vous et votre famille utilisez réellement.

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La nostalgie ne devrait pas être une raison pour garder une maison encombrée. "Il est temps de dire au revoir à vos anciens appareils électroniques, y compris les appareils photo numériques, les télécopieurs et les téléphones à clapet", explique Basher. Il recommande de contacter votre refuge local pour voir s'ils accepteront ce dernier.

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À quand remonte la dernière fois que vous avez utilisé un CD ou un DVD physique? Si vous ne vous en souvenez pas, il est grand temps de vous débarrasser de ces collections obsolètes. "Dans un monde de Netflix et Spotify, il n'y a aucune raison de les garder chez vous", explique Mary Cornetta, fondateur et copropriétaire de Sort and Sweet, Inc., une société d'organisation professionnelle basée à New York.

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Vous n'avez plus ce lecteur CD, mais son câble d'alimentation traîne toujours, pour une raison quelconque? Il est temps de l'emmener au cimetière technologique. "Nous vivons à une époque où il est en fait probablement plus facile d'obtenir un nouveau cordon que de déterminer celui dont vous avez besoin dans la boîte", explique Yoder.

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Ce n'est pas parce que vous avez dépensé beaucoup d'argent pour quelque chose que vous devez nécessairement le garder indéfiniment. Au lieu de conserver l'article réel, "souvenez-vous de vous sentir mal à propos de l'achat regrettable afin de ne pas être tenté d'acheter à nouveau quelque chose comme ça", dit Clark.

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Demandez-vous quelles sont les chances que vous utilisiez cette clé hexagonale qui accompagnait les meubles Ikea que vous avez construits il y a 10 ans. Pas bon? Alors c'est parti! «Il vaut mieux vider votre maison de ces choses afin que vous puissiez profiter des articles dont vous vous servez réellement», explique Clark. Elle note que si vous aviez besoin de ces articles «au cas où» à l'avenir, il y a de fortes chances que vous puissiez les acheter à nouveau ou les emprunter.

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Les sacs en plastique sont un contributeur majeur à la pollution mondiale, et si nous sommes honnêtes, cet énorme sac plein d'autres sacs dans votre cuisine n'est pas exactement un ajout élégant à l'espace. Cependant, cela ne signifie pas que vous devez les jeter. "Recyclez-les immédiatement dans votre épicerie locale et décidez d'utiliser vos produits réutilisables à l'avenir", explique Yoder.

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Il peut être difficile de se débarrasser des choses que d'autres personnes vous ont données, mais il est important de retirer de votre maison les objets que vous n'utilisez pas, même s'ils proviennent de quelqu'un que vous aimez. «Dites« merci »à la personne qui vous le donne et déposez-le dans votre pile de dons, sans culpabilité», dit Clark.

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S'ils languissent déjà dans votre boîte de fournitures de vacances depuis plus de 12 mois, vous n'utiliserez probablement pas ces ornements l'année prochaine non plus. "Prenez note de ce que vous n'avez pas publié cette année ou que vous n'avez pas aimé et envisagez d'en faire don", explique Cornetta.

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Since so many stores offer the same discounts in digital form as they do on paper, it's unlikely that that folder of soon-to-expire physical coupons will do you much good. As Cornetta says simply, "There is little reason to hoard actual coupons."

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While you may think you'll get around to doing that vision board or scrapbooking one day, if those clippings don't have sentimental value—as in, they're not your wedding announcement—they're not worth saving.

And if there are some you just can't bear to part with, Yoder proposes that you "come up with a system, like a binder for articles of travel inspiration."

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Anything that "contains information you could easily find online" also needs to go, according to Yoder. And that's especially true for appliance manuals—and even more so for gadgets you don't use or own anymore. To the recycling bin they go!

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Let's face it, not every book is going to become part of your permanent collection. If you're still hanging on to books you know you'll never open again—or books that you never opened in the first place—there's no time like the present to donate them in favor of a more clutter-free home. After all, "you can find anything online or at the library," Yoder says.

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Not flipping through Cat Fancy as much as you initially thought you would? It's time to say so long to your subscription. However, don't just stop at magazines. "Unsubscribing from things you don't actually read will free up space in your home and time in your life for things you actually read and enjoy," says professional organizer Mariah Ellis of The Organized Dane in Arizona. She recommends ditching unread electronic newsletters and emails, too.

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It's easy to let piles of junk mail build up in your house, but if you want to make life simpler in your 40s, start ditching those items before they even get past the door. "Letting it go the minute you get it prevents it from building up to overwhelming levels and then it gets shoved to the corners," says certified professional organizer Lauren Williams, owner of Casual Uncluttering, LLC in Woodville, Washington.

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Unless it's a will or the deed to your car or house, if you haven't used a specific piece of paperwork in more than a year, chances are you can—and probably should—get rid of it. "This includes utility bills, bank statements, credit card statements—as long as they aren't for tax purposes—and tax returns over seven years old," says Ellis.

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If those organizers aren't being used to actually organize your possessions, consider them clutter. "Unused organizers—or those that aren't working for you—only add to your disorganization," says Ellis.

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You may think you'll eventually find your passion for macramé, but if a significant amount of time has come and gone without you using those crafting items, it's time to find them a new home. "Find a charitable organization who can use your old craft items and let them go," suggests Yoder.

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Be honest with yourself: Do you really believe you'll find the time to fix that chipped plate or broken chair that's been on your to-do list for months at this point? "If you accidentally broke [it] and insist you'll fix it but won't, you're misusing your precious space and punishing yourself for being human," Williams says.

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If you're over 40, odds are you can get the hang of occasionally watering a succulent, meaning it's time to bid those fake plants farewell. "Just go buy the real thing and breath some O2 into your space instead of chemicals that have been on a barge across the ocean," says Leigh Spicher, National Director of Design Studios for Ashton Woods.

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Sorry, Joanna Gaines—farmhouse style is going the way of the dodo. "We still want the casual, lived-in vibe, but without apron sinks and shiplap," says Spicher.

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Do you really need a reminder in your kitchen to laugh or a sign explaining the purpose of your laundry room? "Let's get back to artwork or photography," says Spicher.

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Whether your decapitated animal heads are real or fake, it's time to swap your décor in your 40s to something a bit classier. When referring to the faux versions, Spicher says, "they aren't cute and they are even scarier than the real thing."

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If they're not part of an actual collection but simply clutter up a surface in your home, you should be ready to ditch those tchotchkes by the time you're in your 40s. Feeling guilty about getting rid of them entirely? "Consider storing them to remove busyness and only take them out for special occasions," says interior designer Colin Haentjens, an interior designer at Knobs.co.

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If you're over 40 and have kids, this one's especially important. "Toys are recalled all the time due to updated safety guidelines each year," says Laura Kinsella, owner of professional organization service Urban OrgaNYze. Pieces of kids' furniture, feeding supplies, and other baby essentials are also recalled. If you want to keep your little ones safe, make sure you're staying on top of recent recalls and purging anything that could be dangerous.

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It's always fun to get something for free, but unless you want to look like a walking billboard for your local charity, a 5K race you ran, or a particular brand, it's time to ditch all those freebies that are only taking up valuable space in your closets and drawers. "The next time you support a good cause, do just that, and leave the swag bag behind," says Kinsella.

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"Unless you display more than one bouquet at a time, pick your favorite vase and ditch the rest," Kinsella advises. Luckily, those additional vases can be easily donated to thrift shops or make a pretty delivery vessel when you want to give a bouquet to someone else.

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While you may have been happy to let your home serve as mini-storage for friends and family members in earlier phases of your life, when you hit your 40s, it's time to ditch this habit for good. "Shoot them an email, text, or video chat for them to come reclaim what is theirs," suggests Kinsella. Or, you can also offer to drop off the items in question yourself if you have the time.

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If you're over 40, you're old enough to stop doing things solely to please other people—and that includes keeping certain items around your home. "If it doesn't help you and doesn't feel good to you, give it away," says licensed clinical psychologist Aimee Daramus, PsyD. "Don't spend this year being someone you aren't."

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Those half-used bottles of old lotion or makeup are only cluttering up your house—and they could be making you sick, too. "Take an afternoon, put on some music, and throw it away," says therapist Lauren Cook, auteur de Name Your Story: How to Talk Openly About Mental Health. "Trust me, you won't miss it once you've tossed it."

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Regardless of what it is, if it hasn't been used in a year, odds are you probably don't need it anymore. "Whether it's puzzles, cookbooks, or clothing, let go of items that you're no longer interacting with," says Cook, who recommends passing along still-usable items to friends or family members, which may make it easier to get rid of things.

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