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5 Things to Get Rid of Today to Help Simplify Your Home

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Are you feeling overwhelmed with stuff? Here are 5 things you can get rid of today that will help lighten the overwhelming amount of stuff in your home.

Maybe it’s because I was preoccupied with a baby in the Spring, I don’t know, but lately, I have been in the “Spring” Cleaning mode. I want to clear out all the stuff. It’s driving me crazy.

If I’m not tripping over a kid at my feet, it’s a toy, shoe, or some other random object that has lost its way home. Feeling overcrowded by stuff doesn’t make for a calm, productive day around here. Stuff is overwhelming. Stuff stresses me out. Once everything is cleared out, I can breathe.

Exhale.

I love the feeling of letting stuff go.

5 Things to Get Rid of Today

1. Clothes

If they don’t fit or that you haven’t worn in the past yearWe all have them. A shirt that was so cute in the store but then you got home and realized it doesn’t really fit your daily lifestyle. Pants that you bought for work but since becoming a Stay at Home Mom, they don’t get much use. Sure you can play the “what if” game with your clothes. Sure you may wear them again. But if you’re really honest, they will just sit there. Donate them or find a consignment store or sale near you and breathe.

2. Kitchen gadgets

That you haven’t used in years. My inability to breathe lately has been due to an overflow of kitchen gadgets. The drawers are a jumbled mess. The counters are covered in all the stuff. It felt good to donate the extra kitchen gadgets and pans we hadn’t used in a while. Check out these drawer organizers to help get your kitchen under control.

3. Paper.

Mail, flyers, notes from teachers, bills, coupons, crafts, coloring pages, movie ticket stubs, receipts, scraps with notes scrawled on them. There really is a paper clutter system that needs to be put in place so you aren’t overrun with paper. When I come inside with the mail, I sort and separate the important items from the junk. The junk goes in the recycling bin and the important papers in the “to-do” box. Art and crafts projects go in the Art folder which is sorted at the end of every month. Receipts are sorted and the ones we have to keep are put in the tax drawer {this needs a system too!!} and the rest are thrown away. If you don’t deal with the paper as soon as it enters the house, chances are it will find a new home on a flat surface.

4. Clutter.

My clutter and your clutter are going to look different. I get that. When all of our flat surfaces are covered in stuff, I feel overwhelmed. I am constantly reevaluating what we have as decorations out and what is essential. Sometimes I utilize decorations like boxes and bowls that can hide the clutter when I’m straightening up in a hurry.

5. Expired Spices.

Go to your spice rack, cabinet, or wherever you keep your spices and look at the dates on your bottles. Yup. I had spices we bought when we got married – oh, thirteen years ago. For some reason, I never sorted through them when we moved. They are gone now. I replaced some of them and made a startling revelation. Spices smell! Strong! Sure the ones I had smelled some. But they weren’t close to fresh. It is so much better cooking with spices that haven’t expired!

Those were the five things I got rid of so I could breathe. It was just a start. Here’s a list of 75 things to sell, donate, or throw away. I still have hall closets and linen closets to go through and toy bins. But every great journey starts with a small step.

Are you feeling overwhelmed with stuff? What are some things you can get rid of today to help lighten your load?

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Debberm

Saturday 9th of April 2016

Thank you so much for sharing your story! Five things aren't so bad to do today! Now it's my turn!?

Anna Moon

Saturday 3rd of October 2015

De-cluttering is a good thing, but be careful using expiration dates for timelines to toss things. Those expire dates are created because FDA requires, but they are also created for another reason. I've had a big Costco size box of bay leaves and one of cinnamon for years and their flavors are still just as nice as the day I bought them. If it's a fresh item like dairy I usually follow my nose. If it's over-the-counter medicine cabinet items I toss them when they no longer work.

Mai Tran

Sunday 30th of November 2014

I started the habit of gathering unused clothes every 3 months to donate to the Red Cross.

Jenn Erin

Saturday 22nd of November 2014

I'm planning a big cleaning day tomorrow so you know I will be getting rid of these!

Tina M

Thursday 20th of November 2014

Thanks for the info