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Day 31- Phone!

iphone with apps

Day 31- Phone

It is the last day of January! That means we are at the end of the 31 day declutter challenge. On our final day of decluttering, you don’t even need to get up from where you are right now. Today, we will be decluttering your phone. Take a look at your phone. How many apps do you have? Do you use them all? How many photos and videos are on your phone? Do you really need them all, or could many of them be deleted? If you have an iPhone, how many little red bubbles do you have alerting you to notifications?

Take today to declutter your phone!

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Day 30- Electronics

playstation controller

Day 30- Electronics

Do you keep old versions of electronics, even after you buy the new version?

WHY?

Would you ever really go back to playing on an old video game system? or use an ancient laptop when your new one is acting up?

I do keep a few old items around as temporary back ups, but most dated electronics get sold, donated, or recycled.

Check this link out for ideas on where to take your old electronics.

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Day 27- Old/Broken Games and Puzzles

dice and chess pieces

Day 27- Old/Broken Games and Puzzles

Today I am coming after your childhood memories! Not really…but I know that is kind of what it feels like to get rid of toys and puzzles. Today, just focus on getting rid of things that you can obviously tell are broken, worn, or missing pieces. This will help you not feel guilty about throwing them away.

I am a huge fan of upcycling. I love turning everyday items into something new…especially if it is something that I no longer have a use for. An example is taking old puzzle pieces and using them for crafts or art. Here is a link to pinterest where there are tons of cute ideas for old puzzles.

Good luck and have fun!!

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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

title image for decluttering vases

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.