Tip to De-clutter Your Home
It is time, Katy families, for more organization and less mess!Â Itâ€™s time to move out the â€œstuffâ€ that is just taking up valuable room, and clear the clutter for a more effective home.Â How to do it, you ask?Â Here are 9 things you can get rid of by throwing or giving away, and not feel guilty about it.Â Your pantry and closets will thank you for it when youâ€™re done.Â Take twenty minutes now and clear some clutter!
1. Kitchen Utensils â€“ These gather quickly, and seem to breed in your already overcrowded kitchen drawers!Â This will take all of two minutes â€“ sort out any that are damaged, rusted, burnt or havenâ€™t been used in over a year â€“ those get thrown out or placed in your give-away bin.Â Youâ€™re done!
2. Coffee cups â€“ Yes, New York City was a fun vacation, but you donâ€™t need ten cups from Long Island to remember it!Â Keep only enough coffee cups to fit in one cupboard, bottom two shelves (if you canâ€™t reach the top shelf without a ladder.)Â Twenty should do the trick, any more is overkill, and they need to be disposed of.Â That should take two minutes.
3. Storage Containers â€“ These are nice to have, but if you have any shriveled, burnt, or damaged storage containers, they need to be thrown out.Â If necessary, invest (at very little cost) in a new set of stackable, fitting containers â€“ they are worth every penny â€“ and they match!Â Oh, and that empty, washed cottage cheese container should also go.Â Two more minutes used up.
4. Outdated spices, medicines, and canned foods â€“ These are not only taking up room in a wasteful fashion, but they can also cause harm.Â Food and medicines past the due date are dangerous to your familyâ€™s health, and old spices are just that â€“ old.Â Toss them out!Â That took five minutes.
5. Receipts â€“ You have been hanging on to these little pieces of paper WAY too long!Â Chances are, you have a bank or credit card statement somewhere to back the transaction up if remembering it is really important.Â For large purchases, file the receipt in a â€œlarge purchase receiptsâ€ folder in your filing system.Â Toss the restâ€¦two minutes down.
6. Magazines â€“ Time to gather up and get rid of all your dated reading.Â Nursing homes, schools and other organizations would be able to re-use those old magazines.Â Or just drop them in the recycle bin â€“ this takes just another minute and a half!
7. VHS Tapes â€“ You wonâ€™t miss these, I promise.Â They are too bulky, and you donâ€™t know where half of them are anyway.Â Toss them or give them to the thrift store â€“ one point five minutes used.
8. Old Books â€“ If youâ€™re like me, your books are like family. We both know, however, that unless they are reference material, or a valuable collection, they could probably be passed on.Â You could sell them on Amazon, at a yard sale, or give them to a charity, but donâ€™t toss them yet â€“ someone else could be enjoying them!Â This will take all of two minutes.
9. Outgrown clothes – Itâ€™s time to let go of those size â€œblankâ€ outfits that havenâ€™t been worn in years.Â They could be doing some good at the local charity thrift store â€“ or, if they are really nice, you might net a few bucks at your yard sale.Â Are the kidsâ€™ closets full of too-small clothes hanging in their closet?Â Time to move them on out!Â Two more minutes spent.
Now, that wasnâ€™t too bad, was it?Â Twenty minutes, give or take think time, and youâ€™ve just gotten a huge head-start on spring cleaning!
Tell me what you think.Â Was this a helpful article?Â What tips do you have for us on de-cluttering, cleaning out and home organization?