You have begun the journey to reduce the STUFF in your life, in your home. You are ready to enjoy the peace that a decluttered home can bring…
EXCEPT that you have all this stuff to get rid- and you don’t know how???
There are basically 5 options to get rid of the items you have decluttered.
When I go through my home to declutter and reduce the stuff, I carry a trash bag (or box) with me because I will always come across trash, BUT not everything I no longer want is trash. IF there is an item that is still I useable condition it is not going to go in the trash…
Trash is trash but what do we do with the rest of the stuff?
This is a great option especially if you are saving up for something, paying off debt, or want to use the money to treat yourself to something special for all your hard work! We have all heard the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!” LOL
If you think you have items that are worth selling, do a quick search, and see what other people are selling them online. Decide if the price is worth your time and go from there.
Don’t know where to sell online?
EBAY- pretty much anything
AMAZON- pretty much anything
CRAIGSLIST- pretty much anything
FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE- pretty much anything
LETGO app- pretty much anything
POSHMARK- name brand clothing
DECLUTTR- books, CDs, DVDs, Video Games, Tech
ETSY- handmade items, vintage clothing, books, stamps, collections
Now is selling online isn’t your thing, you always have the option of a good old fashioned YARD SALE! (if you have the space to store items until the time is right) This is especially effective if you can get your neighbors to join you and have one big yard sale weekend! People love to visit multiple houses in one location.
If you are ready to just move items out of your house, don’t have enough to sell, aren’t looking to make any money, or would just prefer to bless others- a donation is the way to go!
So now the question is where to donate??
Local drop-off bins are an easy solution– Many local malls and shopping centers have drop-off bins that accept items. Pay attention to the rules on each bin; some are only for usable-quality clothing, others for books, still others for textile recycling.
Other donation centers (some offer drop off bins too) for clothing, household items, and furniture.
Can’t or don’t want to leave your house? Schedule a pick up with the PURPLE HEART at www.purpleheartpickup.org
I have donated many books to our local library. Just call and see when and what types of books they are accepting. Often times they use these books for a fundraising book sale.
OR if you are looking to swap out the books you have for other books, check out BookMooch http://bookmooch.com
CELL PHONES- visit www.securethecall.org to donate cell phones and chargers that are given to women as 911 only phones for domestic violence
BONUS: DONATE AND RECYCLE THOSE BOXES
The AMAZON Give Back Box program allows you to mail items that you want to donate in their boxes. Fill a box with the stuff you don’t need anymore. Visit www.givebackbox.com and print out a FREE shipping label!
Recycling is probably not new to you as many places across the country offer it and some even require it. It is the process of recovering scrap or waste and reprocessing the material into useful products. Glass, paper, cardboard, plastic, and metals such as aluminum and steel are all commonly recycled.
If you are not already aware of what can be recycled in your area do a quick google search “your town” + recycle.
Often time you can recycle right at your curb through your trash company! But don’t stop there, there may be recycling centers that take other items your trash company isn’t set up for like electronics.
And bonus- if you have enough scrap metal or glass some places will even pay you for it!! So be sure to look in your area.
Office supply stores like Staples, Best Buy and Office Depot give you $2 in-store credit for each printer or toner cartridge returned for recycling.
Want to go above and beyond to help eliminate waste? Check out these recycling websites:
www.Terracycle.com find brands that allow you to recycle their packaging
www.Recyclebank.com get points for recycling & turn it into savings
www.Greendisk.com mail in E-cycling for your computers and technology
Is there something you love and don’t want to part with BUT you aren’t really using? Consider repurposing it!!!
What do I mean? Think of new ways to use the item or items that make them useful! We can reuse items to create something new or give it new life.
Create a quilt out of old t-shirts, baby clothing or blankets
Old sweaters and flannels can be made into mittens, hats, or scarves.
A fresh coat of paint can bring furniture and household items back to life and give them a new flavor.
You can turn an old ladder into a bookshelf.
The ideas are limitless!! Just google repurpose + “item” and see what pops up!
We are going to spring clean, declutter and organize our kitchen!!
Kitchens are tough to manage. Everyone uses this room, it is used for multiple functions and it often becomes the drop-off point for all the stuff! It is definitely one of the more difficult places in the home to keep clean, organized, and uncluttered.
But it is totally worth it…
There is something very calming and refreshing about a clean, organized and uncluttered kitchen. We spend so much of our time in the kitchen it can actually set the tone for our entire home. Having everything in its proper place makes prepping, cooking and even cleaning easier and more fun.
When you think about your own kitchen, what kinds of clutter come to mind? If it is anything but joy, read on…
Step 1: Start by thinking about what your kitchen goals are!
Is it to enable you to cook yummy, healthy meals for your family without too much fuss? Is it to be easy to keep clean so it offers you a sense of peace and doesn’t waste your time? Is it to serve as a comfortable space for family or friends to spend time?
Your goals help you decide what to keep and where to put it, or what to let go. Creating a space that truly serves you will bring you more freedom and joy in the kitchen. Your kitchen should work for you, not the other way round.
Step 2: Remove anything that doesn’t belong in the kitchen
Kitchens are a dumping ground for everyone and all kinds of stuff! Get a basket or a box and put everything in that doesn’t belong in the kitchen. Then either put it away or give it to another family member to do.
Step 3: Pull it all out!
Yes, you read that right! We are going to "Kondo" our kitchens! There are no short cuts here! We are overhauling our kitchen!! Empty the cabinets, empty the drawers (the only exception is not to empty the fridge right now- but you can take everything off of it!!)
You are going to want to have a box or basket for all the items you are going to sell or donate, and a big trash bag on hand too! Discard or donate all the things are duplicates, not used or broken will not be returning. Throw away anything expired, forgotten or stale.
Be ruthless. Most kitchens are short on storage space, so the goal is to only have things you love and use.
Don’t forget under the kitchen sink! Do you a dozen half-used bottles of cleaners? Check out this short video.
Step 4: Wipe it all down
This is the spring cleaning portion! Grab your Thieves cleaner. Spray all the walls, drawers, cabinets, shelves, counters… you name it! Spay it and clean it!
Step 5: Break Time
Get a glass of water and think about your kitchen goals again.
Don't like to drink water? Tired of drinking water? Read this!
How do you want your kitchen to look when you walk in first thing in the morning to drink your Ningxia? How do you want to feel?
What do you want to see when you open your pantry? Cabinets? Drawers?
Got that happy, clean, organized image in your head? Great, let’s get back to it!
Step 6: Go through your items AGAIN!
Yep- I know you are soft. You kept a lot of items because you hesitated, were unsure, thought you might need it someday!
The right question is not, The right question is, There are limited spaces for storage. Rather than shoving as much as you can inside these spaces, use their limitations as helpful guidelines on how much stuff to keep.
Now might even be a great time to get rid of the unhealthy stuff and set goals to eat better?? But the bottom line is if it is expired, nobody likes it, or stale- throw it out!!!
Tip: Keep one set of lidded food containers that nest together and discard the others.
Step 7: Decide on an organizational plan
Think practically. Decide where each item should be stored. Cooking and baking pieces should be kept close to where you do food preparation. Utensils should be in the drawer nearest to the prep area as well. Glassware might be best near the sink or refrigerator. Sort all your baking items and pile them together. Sort your cooking items and pile them together. Group the dishes by every day or special occasion. Do you want a coffee or tea station that includes sugar, mugs, and filters?
Here are some tips as you plan out how to organize:
Tip #1: Store Containers and Lids Together
Tip #2: Make use of Vertical Space with hooks
Tip #3: Use Lazy Susans in deep cabinets
Tip #4: Use Drawer Dividers
Tip #5 Have a junk drawer for those random items
Step #8: Put it all away
You have decided how you want your kitchen to feel and look now let’s create it! Don’t be afraid to continue weeding out items that don’t serve you as you put things away.
Tip: Arrange your pantry so you can see what you have— it means you won't constantly be buying the same thing at the supermarket.
Step #9: Clean Out the Refrigerator
Now go back and do the same process for what is IN your fridge. Please don’t neglect this step or think I’ll do it tomorrow and then not do it. That same feeling you want to get when you enter your kitchen in the morning is the same feeling you want to get when you open your fridge door!
Step #10: Take a picture and share what you have done!
I’d love to see what you have accomplished! Share it in the comments or go to our FB group Break Free & Live and share it there!! Our supportive community would love to see!
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When your kitchen is clean, organized and decluttered, you have more time to make nutritious, delicious meals for your family and time to enjoy with your loved ones!!
Do you need to DECLUTTER??
Are you unsure where to start?
The only thing that may be more daunting than having clutter is the task of decluttering... am I right? Just like many other things in life getting started or making a plan is the hardest part.
Today I am going to walk you through creating your own personal decluttering checklist.
It is super simple, I promise.
Our goal is to create a list of every area in your home. Not each room, but every nook and cranny that needs to be decluttered, and yes that maybe our entire home. But it will be your entire home broken into bite-sized pieces!
Are you ready?
STOP- Don’t forget rooms/areas like the garage, sunroom, mudroom and shed if you have them. Also, be sure to assign all closets and entryways to a “room”. I grouped my entryway and hall closet with my dining room because it is the closest room to those areas.
Once you have completed YOUR Personal Declutter Checklist you have a plan of action! This is a living document- meaning it will not be perfect the first time-LOL. You will add to it and edit over time.
BUT you will also get to cross areas off and that, my friends, is a great feeling!
📋Share YOUR checklist! Show us what you have done.
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” ~Benjamin Franklin
Love this info? You will love my guide "5 Ways Less is More" check it out here!