Decluttering

16 Unusual Things You Can Get Rid of Today

After the excess and gift giving of the holidays I want to lighten the load right after the first of the year.  I start purging and organizing all the things.  Here is a list of things you can get rid of today.

The first few weeks of a new year always feels like the perfect time to purge and get rid of unneccessary stuff. Here are a few things you probably don't notice that you can get rid of.

Christmas decorations are put away, and the gifts have finally been assigned a place. I look around and I’m thinking “Why do we think we need all this stuff?”.  The simple truth is, we don’t.  I am going to start going through everything this week and purging the things we don’t need.

Are you familiar with the Fabreeze commercial that talks about “going nose blind”? I feel like sometimes we are clutter blind.  The clutter has been there so long it has just become a part of the furniture or decor.  Then one day I wake up to stuff stacked on tables, and the overflowing pantry.  I see the clutter everywhere and decide its time to get rid of it. So I start throwing things away like a crazy woman.

Unusual Things You Can Get Rid of Today

Going room by room, here are just a few of the things I will b getting rid of in the near future.

In the Kitchen

Expired Food  I know, it sounds gross, right?  But I’m sure a lot of us have a random can of soup, or box of cereal that has been shoved to the back of the cabinet and forgotten.  My pantry was built by my ex-husband so it’s oddly sized, not very wide, but kind of deep.   Think two high school lockers, side by side.  It is super easy for things to get shoved to the back every week.

Twist Ties  I used to keep the twist ties from loaves of bread because I thought it would be nice to have them “just in case”.  Except, I’ve come to believe that just in case is just an excuse. Seriously, throw the twist ties out.

Empty Wine Bottles  Seriously, I blame Pinterest for my collection of empty wine bottles.  In my defense a friend used some of my empty wine bottles for decor at her wedding reception.  However, that does not excuse or explain the dozen empty bottles on top of my pantry.  This week, they are headed to the trash.

Plastic Bags If I was a betting person, I would bet you, like me, have at on time, had a bag of plastic bags somewhere in your house.  I am not suggesting you get rid of all of them.  I get it, they are perfect trash bags for small trash cans.  But you don’t need 3 or 4 bags of plastic bags.  Get rid of some of them.

In the Bathroom

Expired Makeup It just kills me to throw makeup away.  But I also know I absolutely should throw make up away, once it is expired.  Not sure how long you can safely use makeup?  Use this guide to determine if you should throw it out.

Dull Razors  This is another just in case example.  To be fair (look at me trying to justify why I haven’t thrown out those dull razors) I do use them (ok 1 of them) to remove the pills on my sweaters.  Honestly though, there are a few razors that can be thrown out.

Toiletries You Won’t Use I don’t normally get lotion or body spray as gifts anymore, but there was a time that I did.  I would graciously accept the gift, hide it in the bathroom and promptly forget about it for months, if not years.  I have been known to buy shampoo and conditioner because it was on sale, or I had a coupon, but it turns out my hair is incredibly picky about the stuff I use.  So I’m sure I have a few half used bottles I can throw away.

Medication I purge our medication every three months, although we really don’t have many medications in the house.  This also includes the ointments and creams in the first aid kit.

In the Bedroom

Extra Buttons  I am absolutely sure I have buttons in my jewelry box from tops I no longer own.  While they aren’t taking up a whole lot of room, I also do not need them.  Out they go.

Clothes That No Longer Fit  I know, this is probably as hard as throwing away makeup. I hate getting rid of clothes. It feels sacrilegious to me.  But I am sure I will never get these child-bearing hips into those size zero jeans no matter how much I exercise and watch what I eat.  Same goes for all those tee-shirts that are a little (ok a LOT) shorter than I like to wear.  And the pajama pants with the elastic that is so old it’s rotted.  Yeah, I have a lot of clothes I can purge this month.  *sigh*   And while you’re purging your closet go ahead and toss out clothes that are no longer your style. 

Socks and Underwear That are Stretched Out I recently went through all the drawers in my dressers and purged clothes that were worn out, stretched out, had holes, or I just didn’t wear.  I am fairly certain 8 swimsuits are enough and I won’t miss the four I got rid of.

In the Home Office

Books Not all of your books.  Just books you will not read, or books you’ve read and will not read again.  This is another one I struggle with.  I have boxes of books in the basement that have been there since we moved in.  I know there are close to a dozen books I bought at a used book sale for a quarter a piece that I will not read.  Those will be going in the Donate box.

Magazines  I got a subscription to Cosmopolitan magazine last year, for $5.00 (thank you Groupon) and I thought it was a great deal.  I used to love Cosmo, but it is 95% advertisements and about 5% fluff pieces.  So not worth the $5.00 I paid.  I have kept them just in case Zoe needs magazines for a school project, but like I have said before just in case is just an excuse.  Into the trash dumpster they go.

Paid Utility Bills  Once you have paid your utility bills, you should keep them for one month, until the new bill arrives.  Once you get the new bill you can throw away the previously paid bill.  I currently have all our utility bills from 2016 and 2017 that were paid. They are going in the trash today.

Jewelry If you have jewelry you haven’t worn in a year, maybe it’s time to get rid of it.  Unless it has incredible sentimental meaning, it can go. I have several pair of earrings that I have had for years, but I haven’t worn in years.  Christmas tree earrings, earrings from Avon.  Yep, they have got to go.

Linen Closet

Extra Bedding I am a firm believer in two sets of sheets per bed.  OK, three if one of them is flannel.  Anything more than that is just taking up space.  I do however have a summer weight comforter and a winter comforter.  I also usually wash, dry and put the sheets back on my bed all in the same day so I never have to fold them.

I am going to get serious about purging and getting rid of things no longer useful this week.  I started a few things last week, and threw away a lot of papers I had been holding onto for years (read recipes, old emails).  It felt so good to lighten the load, and say goodbye to things that no longer serve me.

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