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Day 21- Jewelry

colorful necklace

Day 21- Jewelry

Styles and design preferences change. What you liked a few years ago, you might not be a fan of any more.

This concept is fine to most people when we are talking about clothes, but the same is true for jewelry too.

Take a look through your vast collection of necklaces, bracelets, watches, and earrings. If you see an item that you are never going to wear again, remove it from your collection.

From there, the next step is up to you. If it has sentimental value, maybe a family member would want it. If the piece contains diamonds or other gem stones, maybe you can get it turned into something that you want. If it is a piece of cheap costume jewelry, then maybe it is time to donate or trash it.

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Day 20- SHOES!

red shoes hanging by the laces

Day 20- Shoes

Some of you may not be mentally ready to look at decluttering your shoe collection, but the day is here. It is time to take a close look at the piles of shoes around the house.

Do you have multiple sets of running shoes (the pair you use, the old pair, and the really really old pair)??

Do you have heels stacked in your closet that may still fit your feet, but no longer fit your personal style?

Do you have a pair of shoes that you adore, but they are stained or worn out?

GET RID OF THEM!

I’m not telling you to get rid of all of the shoes that you love….just the ones that really don’t have a purpose in your life anymore!

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Day 19- Hats, Gloves, Scarves

gloves and winter accessories

Do you have a bin or a drawer full of mismatched gloves, random scarves, and various hats? Here in the northeast US, we are well into the winter weather. Dump out that bin of mismatched stuff. If you haven’t used it yet this winter, you don’t need it. There are, however, people that would have a need for your winter weather gear.

  • Donate your winter weather accessories to a goodwill, homeless shelter, or thrift store.
  • You could also reach out to teacher friends and see if they have a need for any extras in their classrooms for kids that are in need (or forget them).
  • Post them for free on social media and see if anyone has a need.

I have said it before, but these types of items have absolutely no value to you sitting in boxes not being used and taking up space. Think about how great it will feel to know that you are able to give these to someone that can use them.

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Day 18- Multiples of Kitchen Utensils

cooking utensils in tins

How many slotted spoons does a kitchen really need? Not too long ago, I went through my kitchen and got rid a bunch of ‘clutter’. Apparently, I didn’t take a critical enough look at my kitchen utensils. I pulled everything out this morning, and boom…I have 5 different slotted spoons. I can not think of a time when I would actually have a need for all 5 of these spoons.

Instead of looking at these utensils and thinking about what I have to get rid of, I thought about which utensils I would like to keep. I looked at them and decided which ones had been used recently. Those are the ones I kept. Then, deciding what to get rid of was a not hard at all.

assorted slotted spoons

Forget about the ‘what if’ and the ‘just in case’. If you haven’t used it in the past year, odds are that once you get rid of it, you will never miss it.

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Day 17- Vases

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Some women see a bouquet of flowers as a sweet gesture…I see it as a waste of money.

I know, I know…I’m definitely not a hopeless romantic, but I sure am practical. My husband knows that if he wants to make a sweet gesture, it better not be store bought cut flowers that will turn brown in a few days. For this reason, I need very few vases.

I do still occasionally use a vase if I bring flowers in from the garden, but I truely have no need for the cabinet of various sized and colored vases.

Ideas for getting rid of vases include:

Donating to your local thrift store

Check to see if any brides need vases for wedding centerpieces

If they are glass or plastic, check to see if you can recycle them

Are you crafty? Repurpose a few. Check out this link on pinterest. While you’re there, hit the follow button on my profile to keep up with my pins!

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Day 16- Half way there!

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Congrats! You have made it half way through the 31 day declutter challenge.

Are following along day by day or tackling multiple items on the weekends?

Regardless, take today off…you deserve it!

Look around and reflect on all of the hard work you have done so far. Remind yourself why you have chose getting organized and reducing clutter as a new years resolution.

Thank you all for following along so far. I’m looking forward to the next half of our challenge.

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Day 15- Old Medications

empty medication bottles

Day 15- Old Medications

Time to head to the medicine cabinet!

When cleaning out your medications take note of the storage instructions and the expiration dates. If you find medications that are expired or haven’t been stored properly, take a closer look to see if there are specific instructions for discarding the medications. Some medications may require additional steps for safe discarding.

For prescription medications, especially narcotics or other controlled substances, it is best to take them to a secure medication drop box. Many pharmacies and police stations have medication drop boxes.

Try this CVS dropbox linkĀ to find one near you.

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Day 14- Purse or Work Bag

Day 14- Purse or Work Bag

Today should be pretty easy!

  1. Take your purse or work bag and dump it on the counter.
  2. Wipe the inside and outside with disinfecting wipes.
  3. Only put back in what you use.
  4. Throw away (or recycle) the rest.

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Day 13- DVDs and CDs

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Day 13- DVDs and CDs

It is finally time to go through your DVD and CD collections. These items have a lot of personal value for many people.

Let’s be realistic though…if you haven’t used them in the past year, you don’t need them. Also, with video and music streaming services so readily available, there really is absolutely no practical reason to have dozens (or hundreds) of DVDs or CDs.

Keep a few for raining days (or for when the wifi is out), but get rid of the rest!!

For those of you that have already completed this topic, where did you take your old DVDs? Do pawn and consignment shops want these types of items?

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Day 12- Pens, Pencils, and Markers

stack of pens, pencils, markers

Day 12- Pens, Pencils, Markers

Do you really need an entire desk drawer dedicated to dozens of writing utensils? No.

Set aside just a couple of working pens, pencils, and markers. Bundle the rest together with a rubber band and get rid of them.

If you have been following along, you have probably realized that I do not like throwing things away. Below are a few ideas of what you can do with your bundle of writing tools.

Take them to work.

Give them to a teacher.

Give them to a student.

Donate them to a public school.

Send them to The Pen Guy. He takes writing utensils that would otherwise be trash and creates art with them.

Happy Decluttering!