We are decluttering to a deadline. 4 months until we up and leave for a big overseas adventure. We’re not selling our house or anything drastic like that, but we have house sitters staying for the duration and we want them to be comfortable, so we’ve got some major decluttering ahead of us.
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I’m getting started now, so the task doesn’t swell right up to the day before we fly to the US. Below is a list of some items that I’ve been able to get rid of with zero impact on my life. In other words, it was all just clutter-causing junk!
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- Shoes that are too small
- Takeaway food containers
- Paperwork older than 7 years
- Old birthday cards
- Individual photo frames – collage style framestake up much less space
- Broken toys
- Multiple sets of playing cards
- DVD’s you’ll never watch again
- Books you’ll never read again
- Out of date prescription medication
- Old towels and bedding – your local animal shelter will be grateful for these
- Craft supplies
- Old ribbons and recycled gift wrap
- Damaged or ripped clothing you haven’t mended yet (if you loved the item you would have fixed it right away).
- Old cell/mobile phones
- Phone Books – Yellow Pages etc
- Perfumes and lotions you no longer wear
- Cords and cables from old equipment
- Multiple phone chargers
- Competition entry forms
- Socks without a partner
- Storage containers with missing lids
- Unused flower vases
- Baby gear you didn’t use the first time – I’m looking at you, bottle warmer!
- All the notebooks you don’t use – all you need is one great notebook like a Moleskine or Leuchtturm.
- Dried up makeup
- Tatty hair brushes
- Old makeup brushes
- Nail polish you don’t wear.
- Perfume you don’t like the scent of (even if it was a gift)
- Paper manuals you can now access online
- Old college or university assignments and paperwork
- Artwork you’ve never framed
- Newsletters you’ve read
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- Coffee mugs you don’t use
- Excessive cutlery
- Pens that have dried up
- Anything you have multiples of – like sticky tape, and bobby pins.
- Unsubscribe from sales emails of products you’ve bought and don’t plan to buy again
- Cookbooks you’ve never opened
- Plastic bags
- Old boarding passes and ticket stubs
- Expired personal care products – especially sunscreen
- Product catalogues and brochures
- Old cardboard boxes
- Dried up house paint
A quick word on donating and recycling:
I hate the idea of any of these items ending up in landfill and there is no reason they have to. I totally understand the temptation to just put things in the bin so they are out of sight, but donating what you can to people and organisations in need is one of the privileges of our blessed life. Please do the right thing.
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