Monday, February 29, 2016

List: Ten things in your life that you need to declutter.

One of my biggest annoyances in life is unnecessary clutter and the disorganization it creates.  Physical clutter takes up valuable storage space and makes it harder to remain organized.  Mental clutter makes it harder to remain focused and decreases productivity.  As a double bonus, Spring is around the corner.  Removing clutter will make Spring cleaning cake!


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Ten common places that need to be decluttered.


1.  Your expired medicines.
If opening your medicine cabinet leads to an avalanche of pill bottles falling on your head, then it's time to clean it out.  That tube of cream from 1975 is NOT good anymore.  Throw it away!

2.  Dated magazines and newspapers.
After you read it, toss it or pass it on to someone else!  If there's something you want to keep, rip out the article and save it in an organized fashion.  Have you ever watched an episode of Hoarders?  Those old newspapers quickly become rat toilets!

Idea:  To remain organized, I used an expandable folder like this one to store and keep important articles.  This could be something I ripped out of a magazine, tickets to a memorable event, or even a pamphlet from my travels.

3.  Your e-mail inbox.
If I don't clean out my inbox daily it gets flooded with unnecessary correspondence.

Idea:  Dedicate some time to sit down and actually unsubscribe from those pesky marketing e-mails that everyone hates and report the spam e-mails so they're automatically filtered.

4.  Your stock of beauty products.
If you haven't used a specific product in 3 years, it's time to toss it because you clearly don't need it!  Many of us are infamous for buying a product, not liking it, and then hoarding it FOREVER just in case there's a change of heart.

Idea:  Invest in fashionable beauty organizers like this perfect rustic looking one or this more modern looking one.  Whichever you prefer, make sure it's a reasonable size to house all your beauty products.  If you ever run out of room, it's time to get rid of what you don't really use or need.  It will keep you organized AND act as a beauty product supply gauge.

5.  Wires without a home.
A few spare cables are good to have, but anymore than that is just clutter.  My husband has a bin downstairs full of wires that he can't identify.  It's a wire graveyard.  You don't have room for a wire cemetery.

6.  Your social media friends and followers.
If you don't know them or don't like them, it's a good time to unfollow or unfriend them.  If you know them yet they annoy you, don't be afraid to unfollow them as well.

7.  Clothes you long retired.
People save clothes just in case one day they need them.  Give your clothes a time limit.  If you haven't worn it or fit in it for 5 years, I think it's safe to let go.  Bag them up and donate them to a local charity so that someone who needs them will wear them.

8.  The infamous mail pile.
Almost everyone I know has a pile in their house of all their mail that they need to go through.  Make a point to go through this pile weekly and eliminate the things you don't really need!  Growing up, we would call this "the pile".  It was so big, it got it's own name!

Idea:  I love this rustic wall mail holder and key hook station.  If you're mail pile is on display, you may be more likely to sort through it and eliminate the unnecessary items.

9.  The back of your fridge and freezer.
Things in the fridge go bad quickly so clean it out weekly.  Frozen food lasts longer, but not forever.  Try dating the things you put into the freezer.  This will give you a better idea of when you need to use them by before they go bad.

10.  Toxic people in your life.
Toxic people are poisonous.  There is absolutely no excuse or reason to keep them hanging around!  Delete their number, block their pages, and ignore their knocks at the door. 

What do you need to declutter?

9 comments:

  1. for me number one would be declutter me brain!

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  2. I have been really good about decluttering toxic people and people on social media who drive me crazy. The defriend button is my new BFF. I call it taking out the trash. It feels so good not to see those posts anymore 'cause after awhile they just start to smell stinky like nasty garbage.

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  3. With 70K followers I'd be months decluttering Twitter lol but everything else my ocd keeps in check, and the toxic people pfffft, they can bite me.

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  4. Every once in a while I like to declutter. It feels so freeing. My makeup, books, desk and clothing are ones I always hit.

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  5. Over the past two or so months, decluttering has been my goal. I've always been very clean (in terms of deep cleaning, wiping things down, mopping, bleaching, etc.) but the clutter has always been a problem for me. I have long said that it's because we live in small spots. However, while that does give us the short end of the stick when it comes to many things we do need room for, I can no longer say that's why I have a stack of jeans I haven't worn in 12 years. Boohoo. This has been my focus and I'm hoping to have it all wrapped up by April. It's all so very true. Less things is always better. And I'm looking forward to tackling our cord graveyard too!

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  6. the mail one is a big one for me

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  7. What great timing for this...I did a lot of this today....four boxes ready to go to the Goodwill tomorrow.

    I'm OCD about my email....I delete emails many times a day...as soon as I've replied. haha.

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  8. Number 10 - it's so hard but so freeing when it's finally done

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  9. I just re-ordered a bunch of my beauty stuff and have decided that when it comes in, everything else that I'm keeping for a rainy day must go.

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