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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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31 Day Declutter Challenge

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

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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 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.

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Day 5- Kitchen Appliances

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Day 5- Kitchen Appliances

No, I don’t mean your stove or your refrigerator. I’m talking about those small(er) appliances that are cluttering up your counter tops or shoved deep in a cabinet somewhere. Let’s be honest…do you really need all of those fancy appliances?

It is okay to admit that you bought a fancy bread maker, but haven’t made a single loaf of bread. It is NOT okay to hoard the bread maker in your cabinet lying to yourself that one day you might decide to use it. Get rid of it. The guilt will go away once the appliance leaves your home.

Maybe you do use your bread maker, here are some other examples.

  • blenders
  • Instapot
  • air fryer
  • quesadilla maker
  • sandwich maker
  • mixers
  • food processors
  • rice maker
  • slow cookers
  • toaster oven
  • electric griddle
  • coffee maker
  • ice cream maker/ yonana
  • electric tea kettles
  • hot plates
  • juicers
  • soda stream

I am not telling you to get rid of things that you use. I am, however, telling you that if you haven’t used the appliance in over a year, you don’t need it!

Also, if you have 2 of the same appliance, ask yourself if you really need both.

For me, yes, I really do need multiple slow cookers/crock pots. I use them for meal prep, parties, etc. No, I do not need two blenders. I am getting rid of my old one, and keeping the new one.

If the appliance still works, consider gifting it to someone that will use it. Many thrift stores will also take it if you would like to donate your small appliances. Finally, you can also make some money back by listing it for sale online (facebook marketplace, craigslist, and letgo are all great options).

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Day 4- Expired Foods

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Day 4- Expired Foods

Time to head to your pantry and fridge. Look deep, way back, into those cabinets. Pull out anything that you do not remember purchasing during your last 4 big grocery trips. Odds are that if you haven’t purchased it recently, it has probably been in your cabinets for longer than you realize.

Set aside anything that is expired. I absolutely despise finding expired foods. It makes me feel so wasteful. If you feel this way, use this feeling as inspiration to get better about buying only what you will eat during future grocery trips.

If the food is expired, but still appears to be fresh, set it out so that you remember to use it before it goes bad. Many times the date is not when the food goes ‘bad’, just when it is past its prime.

Example-

The graham crackers in my title image are past the ‘best when used by’ date. I am not throwing them away. The package inside is still sealed. I simply moved them to the front of my pantry so that I remember to use them in a pie crust or as a yogurt topping sometime soon!

Unfortunately, most food banks are unable to take foods if they are past their best by day, even if they are still good. If you won’t use the food, but it is ‘expired’, consider offering it to a friend or family member that may be in need.

Alright, let’s hear it.

What is the oldest date you found when you cleaned out your pantry?

No judgement here I promise! We are all growing together…simply try to be better in the future!

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Day 3- Cookbooks

Day 3- Cookbooks!

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I’m sticking with our holiday theme again today!

Did you do any cooking or baking during the holiday?

Did you use your multiple cook books for the recipes? Or did you just search recipes online?

If you’re anything like me, you might have some family recipes that you like to use, but other than that, all of your ideas come from the internet. That means you really don’t need an entire kitchen cabinet dedicated to a stack of cookbooks.

Pull them out. If you haven’t looked at them in over a year, don’t even page through them…that will make it harder to get rid of them. Trust the decluttering process and donate, recycle, or gift your cookbooks. Just imagine all of the space you will have once they are gone!

Interested in donating your books, but don’t know where to take them?

Many thrift stores will take used books. Better world books also has donation bins in many locations. Check out this link to see if there is one near you.