Decluttering decisions can be really hard sometimes. And I’m often asked for my opinion on getting rid of a variety of different things. Decisions are very personal, so it can be hard for me to advise sometimes. But there are other times where, in my personal opinion, these no brainers and need to get out of your life and give you back some space!
So let’s lighten the load…literally. Here are 7 things to get out of your life NOW!
Unless your old school like me, then most have their music on iTunes, Spotify and whatever else. So CD’s are becoming less and less used.
A few cd’s for ‘old time sake’ and a few for the car. But if most of your music is digital, then do you need a whole drawer or an entire shelving unit given to them nowadays?
2. Clothes that don’t fit
For either you or the kids, get rid of the clothes that no longer fit. If you’re losing weight, keep a nice dress or pair of jeans as your target “will fit into again” outfit. But that’s it. You don’t need an entire wardrobe of these clothes. They could make you feel guilty – which doesn’t encourage good feelings as you’re trying to lose the weight.
Besides, if you do lose the weight, not only will you probably want to buy new clothes…but wouldn’t that be a great reward!
As for kids, they grow out of clothes so quickly, keep an eye on the ones that are too small and get them out as soon as you can!
3. Mis-matched Tupperware
Oh the bane of every kitchen cupboard. Now while you might need one or two tupperware containers without lids, you don’t need a whole pile of them.
Line ‘em up and match the lids to the containers. Any unmatched go out!
4. Pens that don’t work
In fact any stationery that doesn’t work – staplers, hole punches, blunt scissors. Don’t even think about it – out they go!
5. Multiple Kitchen Utensils
Unless you’re running a bakery you don’t need more than …
8 wooden spoons
7 slotten spoons / slotted turners / ladles
…or anything in between. You can live and cook with less!
Line them up, pick the best or most useful and donate the rest.
6. Unmatched glassware
The glasses we use everyday as a family often are random glasses picked up along the way. This is fine once they’re not taking up too much space. But if you have a lot of mis-matched everyday glasses, then take a look at them. As they’re not ‘good’ ware, then it might be easy enough to let some of these glasses go.
Then there is the more expensive glassware such as:
If you no longer have an even number of glasses (wine, beer, tumblers) then you’ll never use these when you have guests. Transfer them to the “everyday” delf shelf if you want to, otherwise, let them go and take note of what you might need to get.
Same thing goes for jugs, dessert, sugar and fruit bowls and vases. These items can be bulky and take up a lot of cabinet space.
So if they aren’t matching, they wouldn’t be used around guests, and you haven’t used or even looked at them in ages, then let them go and use the space to create a nice collection of glassware that can be used for entertaining.
7. Donation Pile
You’ve gone to the trouble of decluttering and yet the bags for donation are still sitting in your hallway.
The longer they stay there, the great the temptation to check what’s inside. They also become another bit of clutter if they’re hanging around somewhere they shouldn’t!
So look at your diary now, find a charity near to you and make a plan to get there over the next few days.