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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

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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 10- Cleaning Supplies

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Day 10- Cleaning Supplies

Is your cleaning supply area streamlined and organized? or is it more of a cluttered mess with half empty bottles thrown under your sink?

Today’s goal is to get rid of excessive bottles of cleaning supplies that you don’t use. You can also use today to look at cleaning tools such as rags, mops, brooms, vacuums to see if anything is no longer used or broken.

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Day 9- Linens, Sheets, Towels

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I hoard linens like they are made of gold.

It didn’t matter how many new sets of sheets I purchased, I would never get rid of the old ones. I would fold them up and tuck them in a box under a bed or in a closet…ya know…just in case! I would do the same thing with towels too. The old towels would just get shoved deeper into the linen closet until things were overflowing.

For today’s declutter challenge, pull all of your linens out. Put away what you actually use. Then decide if you need to keep a couple sets of sheets or towels as extras, but don’t keep multiple extras if you do not use them.

Personally, I am putting 5 sets of sheets in my trunk to get dropped off at our textile recycle bin. I also pulled two flat sheets out to keep as drop cloths for painting or home repair projects.

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Day 8- Clippers, Nail Files, Tweezers

excessive number of nail clippers, tweezers, and scissors

I added this topic, because I am just amazed at how many sets of manicure supplies I have around the house. A while back, I got ‘organized’ and put them all in one place. Despite all of the items being contained to one small plastic bin, I still have absolutely no reason to have eight different tweezers when there is only one that I actually use.

Take a peak through your self care supplies. Keep what you actually use (and maybe one item as a back up). Get rid of the rest.

The list includes anything that you have multiples of such as:

  • Hair clippers
  • finger and toenail clippers
  • files
  • tweezers
  • manicure and cuticle scissors
  • combs
  • brushes
  • etc. etc. etc.
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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 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.

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Day 2- Decorations

You made it through the holidays! That means it is soon time to start taking down all of your decorations. STOP! Before you start to pack things away, take a look in your boxes. Are there any decorations left in the boxes that you didn’t get out this year (or ever)? Do you have so many decorations that there are packages you didn’t even open? I challenge you to get rid of all of the decorations that you did not use this year. That’s right…ALL OF THEM! Items have absolutely no value boxed up sitting in an attic for years and years if they aren’t going to be used.

Having trouble throwing things away? Think about this…

Decluttering gets a lot easier when you start to think about what you get to keep instead of what you are getting rid of.

Keep everything that you actually use. Get rid of the rest. It really is that simple. Quit overthinking it.