Toss. Items that are broken, stained, ripped, outdated, or have missing parts – if it’s trash, toss it where it belongs. No matter how many times I clear through a drawer or closet, I’m always amazed at the trash that has accumulated. Getting rid of junk is a huge motivator in moving to the next step in clearing out the clutter.
- Expired food – including spices and canned goods.
- Restaurant receipts that aren’t tax deductible.
- Envelopes without important addresses.
- Electronics, appliances, and games that no longer work.
- Old perfumes, broken costume jewelry, and old makeup.
- Happy meal toys, games that are missing pieces.
- Paint and markers that have dried out, pens out of ink, pencils out of lead.
- Worn clothing, stained and torn towels, kid’s ripped dress up clothes, and socks without matches.
Give. If an item is in good condition, but no longer useful in your home – pass it on! Sometimes it’s a given, but at times we become emotionally invested in our possessions! If it’s difficult to let go of a sentimental piece, try snapping a couple creative pics and see if that helps to free up your attachment. Living in the land of plenty, it’s easy to buy into the lie that more is more! The truth is less is more. Options are great, but too much of a good thing gets in the way. Not only does sharing help me create valuable space in my home, others benefit from my generosity.
- Clothing, jackets, and shoes.
- Kitchen utensils, mugs, goblets, Tupperware, tablecloths.
- Bedding, pillows, curtains.
- Toys children have outgrown.
- Appliances and electronics that aren’t being used.
- Books that are no longer applicable.
Do. Often clutter requires a call to action – make a phone call, send an email, run an errand, turn in donation items, have a yard sale, or put it away. If the goal is to get a grasp on clutter, tossing things aside is not an option. Clutter doesn’t go away on it’s own, if it’s mine to keep, I have to find a home for it. If I can’t come up with a storage solution for clutter, it has to be reassigned to 1 or 2 above.
- Enter numbers and addresses from business cards or scrap paper into a contact list and toss the hard copy.
- File bills and important paperwork.
- Take a trip to the post office and send that package.
- Stitch up or patch ripped clothing.
- Stay current with store returns.
- Purchase and build containers, bookcases, and furniture to create new storage solutions.
- Put things where they belong: hair accessories, craft items, magazines, and tools.
Repeat. Clutter is daily so my attack against it has to be, too. The amount of randomness entering my home on a daily basis is unreal. I have to keep up on the chaos of clutter so it doesn’t become a distraction in my home sweet home. In the picture below, my sweet little B and I removed two trash bags of garbage and two trash bags of donations. When layers of junk start becoming noticeable, there are usually even more layers of junk that aren’t visible. Let this be a motivation for you to start seeking out order and freeing up your living space, it’s so rewarding!
Doesn’t cuteness motivate!?!
Print off your letter-sized ‘Clear Out Clutter’ labels!