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31 Day Declutter Challenge

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 6- Knick Knacks

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Day 6- Knick Knacks

Look at your shelves. Look on your cabinets. Look at your walls.

Do you love everything that you see?  

If your answer is no, then why do you have it??

Knick knacks seem to be a hard thing for people to part with. Here are some tips…

When looking around your home, contemplating what to get rid of, look at each object closely. Ask yourself the following three questions.

  • Does the object have a purpose?
  • Does the item bring you joy?
  • If you saw this item in a store tomorrow, would you buy it again?

If you answer yes to any of the questions above, then keep the object.

If you answer no to all of the question, then get rid of it!!!

REMEMBER:
The fewer things we own, the fewer things we have to clean.

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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.

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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.

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DAY 1- Christmas Cards

It’s January 1st! That means we are officially kicking off the 31 Day Declutter Challenge.

Let’s start with something simple.

Get rid of those Christmas cards!!

Recycle them, trash them, let your kids do arts and crafts with them…just get rid of them!

I know that you got some Christmas cards this year. And, I know that it feels great to get mail from family and friends. You might even smile when you walk by them and think about the people that sent them to you. I also know that all of the faces on those photo cards are adorable, but let me break it to you…throwing things away does not mean you are throwing away the people or the memories.

Memories are in our heads, not our things. -The Minimalists

Ohhhh I can already hear you exclaiming,

‘But wait Rachel! I like to look back at my Christmas cards and see how the families have changed and grown over the years….’

My response?

Take a picture of the card and save it to a Christmas Card album on your phone or computer. Now…throw the Christmas card away!

Also, are you friends on Facebook or Instagram with the people that sent you cards? Keep up with images of the family and friends growing on there.

Or better yet, actually communicate with each other by starting a group chat in your text messages and share photos throughout the year with each other.

Let’s start day 1 with some progress! Don’t let those cards turn into next month’s clutter.

Still feel really bad about throwing cards away? Check out this link to for an idea about how to donate some of your cards. There may be other places in your community to donate cards to as well. Nursing homes and childcare centers may be able to use your old cards for crafts and activities.

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New Year Challenge- 31 days of decluttering

31 Day Declutter Challenge

Now that Christmas is officially over, it is time to start thinking about the New Year.  I find the idea of having a ‘New Year’ ahead of you to be very inspirational when it comes to setting goals and getting motivated.  

The Challenge:

Over the next month, I challenge you to make small, but consistent changes towards your goal of a less cluttered home and life. I have created a 31-day declutter challenge. Using the calendar that I have created, we will focus on one item or category each day…slowing chipping away at some clutter.

‘A year from now you will wish you had started today’

Karen Lamb
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At the end of the month, hopefully you will be able to notice a huge impact. This challenge does not take care of all of your clutter. That would be unrealistic. It has taken years, even decades, to accumulate the stuff. However, with the tools and motivation that you will gain from this challenge, hopefully the new habit of clearing unnecessary items from your home will continue.

Make the most of the last few days of 2018…January 1st of 2019 will be here in just a few short days.