The New Year brought a flurry of energy to clear out and declutter and purge whatever we don't use—everywhere. It's at once unsettling and exhilerating. And we always feel lighter and clearer afterwards. It's like a cleanse, for our house. When I tore through the pantry, I finally had to face the giant bag of almonds I bought before we realized our little one was allergic to tree nuts. It takes up precious shelf space, but I found I never used them.