This Month's Decluttering Ideas: OctoberOct 11, 2021
This Month's Decluttering Ideas: October
Old Textbooks: Textbooks can be incredibly expensive and sometimes financial guilt makes us feel like we should keep them. We might even believe that we will refer to them in the future. Chances are, if you haven’t referred back to these books in the last five years, you won’t in the future either. Unless those textbooks relate to your career as good reference, see if you can sell them or donate to your local library.
Excess Dishes/Cups: Over time we can accumulate an assortment of excess dishes and cups, but how much do we need right now? While having a higher volume of them might feel luxurious, it’s also a recipe for having a ton of dirty dishes build up. Reflect about what would be a good amount to have enough for the number of people you live with, and then consider keeping a few extra for guests. Donate the rest.
Food That is Too Far Gone: Take a look at the back of the fridge, freezer, or pantry. Do you have any mystery foods that have changed color or became a big block of ice? While it is unfortunate to waste food, keeping these items longer does no good for anyone. Dispose of these items and make a plan to do better or find a better organization system that works.
Unneeded Living Room Side Tables: Are you getting the most use out of your side tables? They can complete our living room, but if they’re only becoming clutter traps or taking up valuable space, maybe they don’t need to stick around. Temporarily move them elsewhere to see how it feels. If you determine they are no longer necessary, try to sell or donate them!
Unused/Old Pillows: A general rule of thumb is to replace your bed pillows every few years, which is about the time they stop providing proper support. While I often forget to do this, or just don’t feel like purchasing a new pillow, consider this a friendly reminder to reflect about your current pillow situation. Any pillows that you’ve been holding onto for ages may be past their prime.
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