People tend to focus on the negatives of getting older, which is fair because there are plenty of them! But in my experience, there are a few good things about getting older that help balance out the bad ones. One thing in particular that I’ve enjoyed about getting older is that I have much less patience for nonsense! I feel more confident about what I want, and I care less about the judgments of other people. I also have much less patience for junk cluttering up my house, which is exactly what we’ll be talking about today!
I’ll be sharing a list of 15 things that no woman who is middle-aged and older should have. But this isn’t going to be one of those judgmental lists that makes you feel bad about getting older. This list is meant to be empowering, and help you get rid of the unnecessary clutter that tends to build up over the years! As older women, we have moved into a more mature and practical stage of life, and our homes should reflect that! So get those garbage bags ready, because it’s time to clear out some clutter. :-)
15 Things That No Woman Over 40 Should Have
1. Shoes That Hurt
If you have shoes that make your feet ache or give you blisters when you wear them, get rid of them. It’s just not worth it, no matter how cute they are! Donate them or sell them, and use the extra space to store your shoes that aren’t painful to wear!
2. Bras That Don’t Fit
There are so many different ways for a bra to not fit properly. By this point you should have a good understanding of your true bra size, so make sure to buy bras that really fit! If you aren’t sure of your correct bra size, take the time to get fitted for one at a store you trust. And hopefully it goes without saying, but if you have bras that are stretched out and worn through, toss those out as well.
3. Bridesmaid Dresses
It’s easy to hang onto a bridesmaid dress by convincing yourself you’ll definitely wear it out sometime. But if they’ve been hanging in your closet for years, it might be time to part with them. Donate them, or give them to your little ones for their dress-up collection!
4. CD Collection On Display
Unless you listen to CDs often, there’s no reason to have a huge stack of them out on display. Especially if you use music streaming services! Donate them and use the space for something else. If you can’t bear to part with your CDs, store them in a space-saving CD binder instead.
5. Flimsy Plastic Chairs
You take pride in your outdoor space, and you want your guests to feel at home. So don’t make them sit on flimsy, rickety plastic chairs! Invest in some sturdier outdoor furniture that will last for years, provided you take good care of it.
6. “Skinny” Jeans
I’m not referring to the slim style of jeans, I’m talking about too-small jeans! A lot of people keep too-small jeans for years in the hopes that they might fit into them someday. But that’s a slippery slope towards keeping a lot of unnecessary clutter in your closet! It’s best to just get rid of them. Besides, if you do end up losing some weight down the line, buying a cute new pair of jeans is a great way to reward yourself!
7. Expired Spices
When was the last time you checked the expiration dates on your spices? A good rule of thumb to remember is that ground spices are usually good for 2-3 years. Whole spices can stay fresher longer, up to 4 years or so.
8. Wire Hangers
Hanging shirts on wire hangers can actually cause unintended damage. The thin surface of the hanger can cause wear on the shoulders of your shirts. Clear out all the wire hangers from your closet and replace them with wood or cloth hangers. Your clothes will thank you!
9. Concert Posters
I get it, concert posters can be hard to part with. Especially if that Bruce Springteen show really DID change your life! But if you have one or two that you simply must hang onto, display them in a frame!
10. Expired Makeup
If you have any makeup that is past its expiration date, it’s time to toss it! Expired makeup can become a breeding ground for bacteria. You don’t want to put that on your face! Concealers and liquid foundations should be good for around 6 months, while mascara should be replaced after 3 months.
11. Supplies From Abandoned Hobbies & Crafts
There’s no shame in trying out a new hobby and not sticking with it. In fact, good for you for trying something new! But if you have a stash of yarn somewhere you haven’t touched since, or a stack of scrapbook paper you haven’t used, it’s time to get rid of it. It’s unnecessary clutter that you just don’t need!
12. Tax Records From 5+ Years Ago
It’s a good idea to hang onto tax records just in case, but you only need them for about 3 or 4 years. If you have a box of tax records from 2013 or earlier, shred them. (And recycle the paper shreds, of course.)
13. A Box Of Cords
So many people keep a box of random cords and cables they “might need.” But if you don’t know what those cords are now, odds are that they won’t come in handy anytime soon. Hang onto the ones you absolutely need and keep them tidy!
14. Cheap Hair Ties
If you have hair ties that cause knots or yank out hairs, it’s time to upgrade. Replace them with gentler hair ties like yoga bands or scrunchies. (Hey, scrunchies are making a comeback!)
15. Old Perfumes
While perfume doesn’t necessarily expire, the scent can change over time. Go through your scent collection (my current favorite is Michael Kors Rose Radiant Gold) and smell each one. If you don’t like the smell or it doesn’t smell quite right, toss it out.