We may not have four seasons in the Philippines, but that doesn’t excuse us from doing a little spring cleaning every now and then (get it?). The thing is, we tend to hold on to certain stuff that don't really give us any benefit anymore and, worse, make our man cave look messy and really crowded. You don't want the girls to see it that way, yes?
To this we say, declutter, our friends!
If your life is starting to look like a scene from Hoarders, then it's time to aggressively chuck all your unnecessary mess into the recycle bin. While you’re at it, might as well check out our list below to make sure you didn’t miss anything!
How does that popular song go again? Oh, yes: "Let it go!"
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Those five-year-old non-writing pens in our desk drawers have no sentimental value at all, and yet we’re all bound to have at least one of them lying around. Test them all out, and if they’re just scratching the paper, chuck them into the trash can, where they rightfully belong.
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How long has that questionable-looking goop been sitting in the plastic container at the back of your fridge? Three days? Two weeks? A month? You should’ve just given it to a street child if you had no plans of eating it.
CLOTHES YOU WORE TEN YEARS AGO
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Face it, bro: Elephant jeans are not coming back in the near future. Gather them up and donate them to calamity victims who’ll be glad to have fresh threads.
STUFF FROM YOUR COLLEGE DAYS (IF YOU'VE BEEN OUT-OF-SCHOOL FOR, LIKE, FOREVER)
Donate all those textbooks you’ll most probably never touch again to someone who needs it more and sell your piles of readings to the neighborhood bote-dyaryo guy.
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As much as you love your (probably malfunctioning) Nokia 8210, let’s face it: You’re not going to use it again. Ever. Gather the Jurassic-era tech relics in your house and sell ‘em to a junk shop, stat!
Not only are leaky batteries a fire hazard, they can also damage your electronics if left inside long past their expiration dates. Dispose of them carefully!
YOUR PILE OF PIRATED CDs
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You see that giant pile of scratched and cracked CDs that you’ve only played once and never touched again? Gather them all up and give them to your craft-happy sister or cousin so she can make wind chimes or something out of them.
YOUR HOLE-RIDDEN HOUSE CLOTHES
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Those holey T-shirts that you’ve been wearing since you were a pimple-ridden high schooler make for the best pambahay, but there’s a fine line between "air-cool" and "homeless dude" attire. When the hole in the side of your shirt is as big as your fist, consider it as a sign to demote your favorite T-shirt to basahan status.
YOUR COLLECTION OF DISPOSABLE UTENSILS
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All those paper plates, styro cups, and plastic utensils that you have accumulated over the years are just gathering dust and wasting precious space in your kitchen cupboard. Keep them only if you’re really going to use them in the foreseeable future and if they’re properly protected against dirt. Otherwise, chuck them into the trash can.
YOUR OLD TOOTHBRUSH
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Most dentists recommend you change your toothbrush every three to four months or when the bristles are already frayed. If your toothbrush doesn’t look like it could properly clean a mouth anymore, it’s probably time to throw it away.
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Those sugar-free sweeteners are actually filled with more harmful chemicals like aspartame, a proven carcinogen. Ditch them in favor of muscovado sugar or honey, both legit healthier options.
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Squirting an obscene amount of soap into your sponge after every meal doesn’t change the fact that those small things contain an unbelievable amount of bacteria for its size. Change it once a month to avoid scrubbing in the germy remains of your last meal on your fresh plates.
They remain interesting only up until a certain number of months before you cease touching them. Throw them away—they’re only taking up precious space on your shelves. Except your FHM issues: Those are collectors’ items, and should never ever be thrown away. Ever.
EXPIRED CANNED GOODS
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Take a long, good look at all the items in your cupboard and discard everything that’s way past their expiration dates. Use the "first in, first out" storage principle for the next time you do your groceries: Store your newly-bought food at the back and bring the existing contents of your pantry forward so you’ll use them first.
SPAM / READ-BUT-NOT-IMPORTANT EMAIL
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Bored at work? Go crazy with your email’s delete button and rid your inbox of all those newsletters, social media alerts, Viagra ads, and correspondence from Nigerian royalty. Doesn’t seeing a blessedly empty inbox feel good?
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Bacon is nice if it's inside your mouth, but if it's on your crotch via your years-old briefs? Buy yourself a new one, goddammit!