This might come as a shock to those who know me and who know how obsessively I keep my house clean, but cleaning is the bane of my existence. Being compulsive about having a clean house and the actual act of cleaning are two very different things.

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With the threat of flu and Coronavirus and a variety of other sorts of other less than fun illnesses, I've been tacking deep cleaning my home so that it's not something that I have to worry about later. Just get it over and done with has been my thought process. Also, should illness find my home, it will be so much easier to maintain a sanitary living space if the other stuff has been taken care of.

If spring cleaning is on your radar whether because of what's going on in the world around us just because you're tired of living in a pigsty, the Huffington Post has an amazing list of things you should purge from your life right away and these are five of those things.

  • 1

    Old Letters and Photos

    I was cleaning out the trunk in my living room that I use as a coffee table and found photos and cards from one of my first boyfriends. We're talking a boyfriend from like 20 years ago and one I've not uttered a word to in about 18 years. If you've got stuff like that- toss it. Especially if you're married. If you feel like you need to hold on to some of those things, consider putting them in a storage bin.

  • 2

    Makeup You're Not Using

    Everyone knows you're not supposed to hold on to makeup forever because it can harbor bacteria and do all sorts of nasty stuff to your face. If you have makeup that you don't use regularly, toss it. Unless you want to smear bacteria all over your face, but I'm guessing you don't want to do that. If you have trouble remembering what made up you have because you've got a ton of stashing spots, maybe consider grabbing one of these.

  • 3

    Ages Old Gadgets

    Your old pre-paid flip phone that you haven't turned on in 10 years because you can't find the charger is the perfect example of something you should stop holding on to. Just toss it. No, really- you won't even realize it's gone. I know, I know. Flip phones are back and cool again, but really, Just toss it. For the cords you just have to hold onto, this will keep them organized so your junk drawer doesn't become a tangled mess.

  • 4

    Things That Are Broken

    Ugh, I'm awful at holding on to broken things because I always figure that I'll get around to fixing them someday and I never do. If you've been holding on to something for over a year waiting for the perfect someday to come along, just toss it before your 'fix it' pile gets so big that it suffocates you.

  • 5

    Old Papers

    If you've got a drawer in your house filled with papers- maybe manuals and expired coupons, and random receipts (I unashamedly admit that I do...er, did), it's time to go through that stuff and toss what you don't absolutely need to keep. Once you've cleaned out the pile of papers, file away the rest in something easy to tuck away like this: