You know the ones that I am talking about….the t-shirts that you have collected from various events and races. Take a look threw you t-shirts and keep just the ones that you actually wear. If you don’t want to get rid of the rest, take a look at this link. It provides some really great ideas for upcycling old t-shirts.
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.
When we moved into our home, the previous home owner was nice enough to leave behind EVERY SINGLE can of paint that they had ever used. We then decided that we hated every wall color and preceded to re-paint. We also kept every single can from that project…for touch-ups, etc. I like keeping extra paint for my current wall colors, but there is no reason to have old cans of paint from previous home owners sitting around.
Unfortunately, those old cans of paint hung around for a lot long than they needed to. I did not clean out our collection of old paints until about 6 months ago (5 years after moving into our home).
I didn’t toss the paint for three reasons.
It was just never high on my priority list.
The paints were stored on a basement shelf. So…out of sight=out of mind.
I wasn’t sure the proper way to dispose of the paint.
If you are ready to thin out your miscellaneous paint can collection, please be sure to dispose of the old paint correctly. If the paint is latex (most interior house paint is latex), be sure to let the paint harden or dry before disposal. There are a few ways that you can do this. Instead of going into detail on here, visit this lowes link for more info!
Today is another hard day, especially if you are an avid reader.
I am not telling you to get rid of books that you read, plan to read, or bring you happiness.
However, I am asking you to take a look through your collections. If there are book that you are never going to read (or use) again, then why do you still have them? DONATE your books. I am not telling you to trash them or burn them, but consider giving them away! Give the gift of reading to someone that might enjoy your books…rather than refusing to get rid of them.
…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!
Styles and design preferences change. What you liked a few years ago, you might not be a fan of any more.
This concept is fine to most people when we are talking about clothes, but the same is true for jewelry too.
Take a look through your vast collection of necklaces, bracelets, watches, and earrings. If you see an item that you are never going to wear again, remove it from your collection.
From there, the next step is up to you. If it has sentimental value, maybe a family member would want it. If the piece contains diamonds or other gem stones, maybe you can get it turned into something that you want. If it is a piece of cheap costume jewelry, then maybe it is time to donate or trash it.
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.