http://www.youth.cn  2014-04-08 17:01:30  中国青年网

  The first step to taking care of yourself and de-stressing is to make sure that your environment is in order. Seeing your house full of clutter can affect your mood negatively and make your personal space seem like a place you want to escape from, rather than something to look forward to coming home to. Organize a "throwing out" day every month to make sure that you don't have clutter building up. Here are some things you should consider purging from your home:


  Old magazines


  Get rid of old magazines you have lying around because chances are, you aren't going to read them again. Find places where you can donate your magazines to such as child care centers, doctor's offices, nail salons, nursing homes, and libraries. If there's an article that really speaks to you, scan a digital image of it and keep it in your computer. Or keep a folder of magazine clippings if you like saving magazine articles.


  Receipts, bills, and documents


  Throw away receipts for items that you aren't planning on returning, and ones that you won't need to use come tax time. If you're wary of throwing away receipts, you can make a digital copy of them with a basic scanner, apriceyspecialized receipt scanner, or a smartphone app.




  Use the two-year-rule for clothes — get rid of apparel that you haven't worn in two years. Sell them to a thrift store or donate them to the needy.




  Go through your bookshelf and gather together books you haven't touched in months and ones that you aren't planning on rereading. Be realistic and make sure you're ruthless. If you haven't touched it in a year, you're most likely not going to read it again.


  Medicine and vitamins


  Take a look at your medicine closet and clear out drugs that have expired, medicine that has sat on your shelf for too long, or ones that you no longer use. First, check to see what the proper disposal methods are for the medication, and if you can't find any, check to see if your community has a drug take-back program.


  Makeup and perfume


  Go through your beauty cabinet and get rid of makeup that's too old or that you don't use. There are programs out there that let you recycle your makeup, such as MAC, which has a program that lets you exchange six empty containers for a new eyeshadow, lip gloss, or lipstick. Kiehl's also has a program that gives you products in exchange for Kiehl's containers. POPSUGAR Beauty has a neat list of when to throw away cosmetics.

  翻翻化妆箱,把时间太长或不用的化妆品拿出来。有很多回收化妆品的活动:如MAC就有一个活动,拿六个空罐子就能换到新的眼影膏、唇彩或唇膏;Kiehl’s也有一个活动,你可以拿Kiehl’s的罐子交换产品;Popsugar Beauty有一张清单,简洁说明了何时该扔掉化妆品。



  Go through your jewelry and dispose of the broken costume jewelry and make plans to sell ones that you don't wear. For fine jewelry, look up appraisers from the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. Once you have a quoted price, shop around at auction houses, pawnshops, and jewelers to see if you can find a better deal.

  把你的珠宝里坏了的人造珠宝扔掉,并做做计划卖掉你不佩戴的珠宝。要是想卖高品质珠宝的话,查查国家珠宝评估师协会的评估师。一旦有报价了,去拍卖行、当铺和珠宝店里货比三家, 看看能否有更划算的交易。



  Go through your pantry and fridge and clear out items that need to be thrown out — the old, unused, and rotting. Do this weekly instead of monthly, just to make sure you don't have any unpleasant surprises!


  Some memorabilia


  Many organizing experts advise to be ruthless and throw awaymemorabilialike cards and gifts you don't use. I agree, but I think you can keep some of them by perhaps creating some sort of poster with old cards or designating a small shoe box for memorabilia. Resolve to throw away anything that can't fit into the box.




  I don't know about you, but I have a ton of notebooks lying around. Take a look at them and throw out the ones that you no longer need. My notebooks are filled with notes from classes I take and notes from meetings.


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