…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!
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
ice cream maker/ yonana
electric tea kettles
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).
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.
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!