It’s the time of year whenever has an opinion on how to relieve yourself and your home of clutter. Check out Pinterest, blogs, even Faceook. Someone has an idea (or two or three) on organizing your life and ridding yourself of excess. I’m not alone in my quest to do this. I have always been a fairly organized person, but since the arrival of my little ones, I never seem to
have make the time to really really organize. That said, I have more time now since they are both in school and I had a few quick wins in the de-cluttering world that I would like to share with you.
1. Chopsticks in the kitchen drawer. This picture shows 44 pairs of chopsticks. They accumulated innocently enough over the years as we ordered in sushi and Chinese take out. I only counted them this week when I tried to put some spoons into the drawer and realized there were a few too many. I have kept six pairs (not sure why that amount) and the rest have been bundled up and will be donated.
2. Hotel samples. I love the samples of soap, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. I always use the soap and lotion, but rarely the hair products.
Then, I saw this great pin:
And I thought to myself, this is what I will do with all my samples. So, I did.
But during the course of a year, we don’t have many guests and our one regular guest is bald. So, our samples are collecting dust. I have packaged them up and will be donating to a local women’s shelter.
3. Plastic utensils.
They come with take out food, or we grab too many extras when we get ice cream. It doesn’t seem to matter where they come from, they just accumulate. I cleaned out 30 extra spoons, forks and knives. I kept 10 so that I could put them in the kids’ lunch kits for when they have soup, yogurt, etc.
4. Magazines. My sister probably started me on the love of magazines. While I tend to usually buy Style at Home, Canadian House & Home and Chatelaine, I have never been known to turn down a complimentary issue of Oprah or Real Simple. But my magazines were taking over my bedroom and a shelf in the family room. I even had a few issues in the pile from December 2012!
I have a hard time throwing them out or recycling them, so I gave a few to some friends, dropped some at the doctor’s office and conveniently left some behind at the community centre after a hockey practice. And then there were none – until next month.
5. T-shirts. My kids attend bike camp, soccer camp, art camp and participate in charity runs. And each time they do, they get a t-shirt. We use some shirts for when we are doing messy crafts or have a particular colour for a theme day at school, but for the most part, we do not wear these shirts. They are in such great shape since they are only worn for a few days, so I kept 2 for each child and donated the rest.
These were 5 easy ways to get rid of stuff now without a lot of effort. I bet you might find the same things in your home.
Go look and see if you have 44 pairs of chopsticks. You never know…