For many of us, 2017 was a doozy, but we here at Brit + Co are ready to hit refresh in 2018! Follow our Hit Refresh series through January for new ideas, hacks, and skills that will help you achieve (and maintain!) those New Year鈥檚 resolutions.

Finally getting around to putting away your Christmas gifts and decor? It鈥檚 the perfect time to tap into your inner Marie Kondo and get rid of all the items that you just don鈥檛 need. Set yourself free from clutter and start the new year with a little extra cupboard space and fewer hazards in your home. How, you ask? Ditch these 12 things ASAP and you鈥檒l start 2018 off right.

1. Empty Shoe Boxes: You definitely don鈥檛 need the boxes for those strappy sandals you bought for all those summer weddings in 鈥14 鈥 especially because you don鈥檛 even still own the shoes. Just make sure you鈥檙e recycling as you go.

2. Picture Frames You Haven鈥檛 Used in Years: It鈥檚 perfectly natural for your tastes to change. If that 鈥淏FF Forever鈥 frame with pink marabou that you thought was super cute back in college hasn鈥檛 seen the light of day post-graduation, it鈥檚 the perfect thing to donate or toss.

3. Holey Hosiery: Yes, you can mend a sock and technically you can fix tights with rips in them. But are you going to? Probably not. Find a way to repurpose them, donate them, or throw them away 鈥 just don鈥檛 keep 鈥檈m!

4. Old Bathroom Linens: Having an extra set of towels for guests makes total sense. Keeping a couple of sets with mystery stains for one day when your five besties happen to visit simultaneously is a bit of a stretch.

5. Almost Empty Bottles: Your bathroom and kitchen are probably full of bottles that have one ounce left. Combine them, put them into travel-size containers, or freeze edible items in ice cube trays. Do what you have to鈥 just free up that space!

6. Old Textbooks: Sure, you paid a fortune for them all those years ago, but unless they have a direct application in your day-to-day work life, you can go ahead and pass these on. (Your local library might be interested, or you can look into textbook resale programs online.)

7. Dead Batteries: Instead of stashing them in your junk drawer for another year, find out where you can take these to be recycled safely. Check out Call2Recycle to find a place near you.

8. Expired Medication and Prescriptions: If your medicine cabinet is bursting, a good purge is in order. Check the labels and gather up anything that鈥檚 expired. Then, follow the instructions on the label or at FDA鈥檚 resource page to safely dispose of anything that needs to go.

9. Old Paint Cans: Did you know that paint can expire? If the temperatures dip below or rise above certain thresholds, the paint can be ruined. (So yeah, the cans that stayed in your garage through last winter are probably no good.) Check your local ordinances to see how to dispose of it. Good news: Latex paint is often safe to go in the trash.

10. Mystery Electric Cords: Your junk drawer has at least three cords that don鈥檛 have devices, right? Don鈥檛 keep them around! If you can鈥檛 pair them with a device, toss them.

11. Plastic Bags: Everyone has a plastic bag full of other plastic bags somewhere in their home. That鈥檚 great for picking up after Fido, but collecting bags for the sake of having them isn鈥檛 necessary. See if your pet-owning friends want them, and add some cute reusable bags to your purse for your next shopping trip.

12. Expired Canned Goods: That can of Spaghetti-Os will eventually expire. Take some time to go through your cupboards and make sure there isn鈥檛 anything in there from the first Obama administration. While you鈥檙e at it, move the older cans to the front to use them first.

What鈥檚 on your toss list? Tweet us @BritandCo!

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