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31 Day Declutter Challenge

Day 25- Perfumes and Colognes

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Day 25- Perfumes and Colognes

It is hard to believe that we are 25 days into January. Doesn’t it just feel like we were celebrating the New Year?!

How are you are doing with your resolutions? Are you more organized? Do you have less clutter?

Today is a quick one! Time to minimize your perfume or cologne collection. 

Today is a great day to work on some of your other declutter goals if you get time! The more you do now, the more you get to enjoy the results later!

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Day 24- Old Makeup

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Day 24- Old Makeup

Today is not only about decluttering, but it is also a little bit about hygiene.  Did you know that it is recommended to replace your mascara every 2-3 months?…even if it is not empty. 

Take a look through your make up drawer today toss anything that is old and that you don’t use regularly.

While you’re in your makeup drawer, go ahead and was your makeup brushes too!  Your face with thank you!

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Day 22- Cables, Wires, Headphones

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Day 22- Cables, Wires, Headphones

Dear random bin full of tangled cables…

…today is your day. I don’t know what any of you do. I haven’t used any of you since I shoved you into this box. If I need something like you, I will probably just order one on amazon prime instead of trying to search this box of spaghetti wires. Oh, and you 5 pairs of random apple headphones that I have but don’t actually use, you’re gone too!

Time to declutter!

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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 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 link to find one near you.

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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

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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!

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Day 11- MUGS

excessive number of mugs

I love mugs!

This item was particularly hard for me to declutter. Of everything that I have gotten rid of in my home, this is actually one of the most recent. I put it off for so long. The reason is because I can remember where I got every single mug. Seeing some of them just makes me smile. However, I have never even had a sip of coffee out of some of them. They are of no use to me taking up room in my kitchen.

I got rid of everything except what I use on a regular basis, with one exception. The cute little penguin mug in the title image I could not part with. I use the penguin mug once or twice a year to sip hot cocoa out of while snow falls on a cold winter day. The feeling that I get curled up on the couch, even just once a year, is worth holding onto that one extra mug.

My point is, be critical and make some hard decisions, but if an item truely brings you joy, do not feel guilty holding onto it.

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Day 7- Coats and Jackets

Day 7- Coats and Jackets

How many coats do you really need? The answer might be different for everyone (depending on where you live and how much you go outside), but odds are you probably have too many.

Open your coat closet. Pull out anything that doesn’t fit, has stains (unless it’s a work coat), or that you haven’t worn in the last year. Put it in a bag. Pop it in your car. Drop it off at the next clothing donation bin that you pass.