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15 Items At Home to Declutter NOW! Get your happy place back!

Here’s the thing, I was supposed to make a declutter in December post but well, you know the holidays. Anyway, I thought since the new year has just started, let’s start the year fresh. I don’t actually do New year resolutions but I do make intentions. And for 2018, I envision more calm in my life. How? Well, first I need to get rid of stuff that I don’t need and those that don’t, as the author and renowned organizing  consultant Marie Kondo puts it, “spark joy.” I actually cleaned on New Year’s Day!

To be honest, I’ve actually been struggling to keep our clutter under control. I feel there’s too much stuff we don’t need but still have and it drives me nuts. I know I have to get rid of them asap. For starters, I think I need to do something about my daughter’s toys.  I seriously get annoyed when it’s time to pack them up. Her toys are organized in bins but I feel like it’s time to let go of more toys. It’ll save my sanity for sure! Plus I don’t want her to remember me as the cleanaholic mom.

Not Picture Perfect

Let’s face it, we all want a clean and comfy home. But many of us struggle with clutter. I think we need to minimize clutter consistently so that we can go about in our space and find the things we need when we need them. Our homes don’t have to be picture perfect or clutter free to be enjoyable and functional. A place for everything and everything in its place, as they say.

Why Declutter?

It saves time, money and effort

Can you imagine how much time you could have saved trying to find missing keys? picking up your kids’ toys? It’s a lot. I once wasted a week looking for my missing phone which was actually under our laundry basket. I know, we might have a clutter problem.

Besides time, we can also save a lot of money by decluttering. Ever missed a deadline because you couldn’t find your phone bill? Bought another nail cutter ‘coz the one you have went “missing”? That’s money wasted!

It helps you enjoy your space more

I don’t know about you but I’m not so comfy around clutter. For some reason, I feel like their invading my space even if they’re just lying there. Too much clutter makes a space feel cramped and less inviting. That’s why we really need to make room for the stuff we love instead of all the sentimental junk we have.

It makes you think and feel better

According to research,  having  a  lot of clutter around is stressful, especially for women. Physical clutter bombards our senses with a lot of things to process that we feel overwhelmed  and unable to focus. Now I know why it’s sometimes difficult for me to do my thing. The scattered toys on the floor and the clothes lying around distracts me from what I want or need to do. I know it’s a process, but I have to start somewhere. Keep calm and declutter!

I really love what Dominique Loreau,  French author of the book L’art de la Simplicité (How To Live with Less) said, 

“Throwing things overboard is the best way to stay afloat,” ~ Dominique Loreau

Less is More

Ready to get your life back and your home in order?  Check out this list!

Expired Items ( Food, Medicine, Makeup Items, Household Products)

I got down and dirty and searched through our cabinets for expired items. I started with the refrigerator since there might me age old sauces and dressings that have gone bad. I moved my way to the pantry, under the kitchen sink,  our medicine cabinet and under the toilet sinks for household products. I got rid of expired canned goods and biscuits. I also checked my makeup bag for cosmetics that I needed to throw away. I trashed some lipsticks because they were more than a year old. 

Duplicates/Multiples

I have  a stash of old toothbrushes under the  toilet sink. I keep them just in case I find use for them like for cleaning running shoes or dying someone’s hair. But then I realized, do I really need 10 old toothbrushes? Same goes for hair brushes, stuff toys, and kitchen tools. Ask yourself if others might find a better use for them.

Product Samples

When I go to events and fairs, they sometimes give away samples. I didn’t realize that I had samples of rash creams and lotions tucked away in junk drawers since early last year. Most of them just have the manufacturing date but no expiration date. If you have such samples too, better safe to let them go.

Instruction Manuals

Have you ever read one appliance instruction manual twice? I rarely do. This is because you’d probably get the “how-tos” from the appliance’s official website or on Youtube. Just take note of the model of the gadget or appliance so that you’d know what to look up. Yes, these instruction manuals better go to the junk shop or recycling center than use up a lot of your precious storage space.

Condiment Packets

If you often do takeouts, I’m pretty sure you have a stash of condiments (hot sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise) in the refrigerator. We got ours in the top compartment near the butter. The problem is like the samples, most of them don’t have expiration dates, so it’s safer to throw them away, unless of course you keep track of when you got them.

Random Cords/Chargers/ Headsets that don’t work

I must confess we have a drawerfull of  electronic devices and cables in our spare room. Over the years, like us, you’ve probably unknowingly collected a number of broken devices and I think it’s time for us to check if they’re still working. If not, better look for recycling stations or people who accept junk devices.  If you’re in Manila, you might want to check out UP’s e-waste project.

Toys 

By this I mean, broken ones , those with missing parts or those that your children have outgrown. You could opt to give them to junk shops or donate them to projects such as Segunda Mana, a project by Caritas Manila. They have big bins in churches where you could simply place the items you wish to donate.  They accept old items of value, used items and even new ones. So if you have a lot of cookware  or utensils that are duplicates, then you could donate it there.

Old Books and Magazines

I love my  self help books and my husband loves his car magazines. But we both agree that we need to get rid of some of them to  make room for more important stuff. I plan to donate most of my books while he’ll probably give away some of his magazines to his friends. These days, we actually look up information anyway. But before you start getting rid of your precious books and magazines, ask yourself if you really find their content still relevant and useful for the future. If not, maybe they could help other people instead of gathering dust in your shelf.

Shoes that hurt your feet

Yes, you need to let them go because later on, you’d regret still using them. I actually gave away a pair of black flats because no matter what I do, they hurt my feet. For me, it’s just not worth it. Comfort first. In the long run, my health is at stake. But that’s just me.

 

Takeout containers

I recently realized that I have a stack of takeout containers  in a cabinet. Some probably have their lids missing. These are great if I repurpose them but the reality is, they are just there. Sometimes, I’d use them to store some left over food or when guests take home food from parties. So, they have to go– well at least a lot of them. I’d give them away to the the junk shop nearby.

Unused/ Broken Stuff

Do you have broken appliances  tucked away in one of your spare rooms, not seeing the light of day? You put them on your “to do” list but never really got to fixing them. Maybe it’s time for these appliances to be recycled or given away. You could also have them fixed asap then sold in thrift stores.

Dried out pens and markers

Do you get annoyed testing out which pens work? I do. So, better throw out those that don’t unless you can have them refilled. Don’t let dried out pens ruin your morning.

Matchless socks

We had a bag of socks without pairs back in my family home. Being a family of seven, I guess some socks were bound to be “lost in the laundry”. Every week, I kept hoping to find their pairs in the batch but never did. So what did I do with the matchless socks? A few were used as rags to shine shoes but the rest were tossed out.

Out of date vouchers and coupons

If you’re kinda thrifty like me, you probably have a stash of discount coupons and vouchers in one junk drawer. The problem is, we’re too busy to check which ones are still valid. Better go through them now! Who knows, that buy 1 take 1 deal  at your fave store is still on!

Your collection (Old CDS, DVDS, Video Games, Yarn)

Gather your collection and get rid of the ones you don’t use anymore. Find people who can appreciate them more, perhaps a good friend or neighbor. As for my yarn stash, I plan to sell some of them or maybe do a giveaway. You could also sell them online or in a garage sale. Allot a space in your home for your collection but remember to declutter when that space gets filled before bringing in something new.

So, how do you feel about decluttering? Are there things you want to add to this list?

 

Stressed about the clutter? Even just decluttering these 15 items will change your life. Get you happy home back!

  

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7 Comments

  1. Roxane Cabile-Montierro says:

    I love this blog! I have learned a lot. It is a challenge for me to organize our stuff too and I agree that I need to let go of old stuff. I will now start in organizing our closet, bedroom, and bathroom. Thank you for your review, it is very helpful. Organizing our stuff will surely help me save time, money, and effort.

  2. jane magsaysay says:

    i live in my inlaws condo and they have all sorts of things na walang purpose or di bagay sa bahay na i cant disposed since nakikitira lang din naman ako haha. ung husband ko madaming audio things, cables and docs lying on the floor. i hate it when i clean and then within the day balik na naman sa kalat and gulo ang mga rooms namin. i cant clean well enough pa naman since i have this issue with backache and poor eyesight also. im also watching a lot of youtube videos regarding minimalism and i do hope na makasunod ng kahit papano.

    thank you sa mga ideas, may mga kapit kasi saken ang halos lahat ng gamit ko na maraming taon na pinagsamahan namin,so palaging may dalawang isip kung itatapon ko na ba o itatago ko ulit haha.

  3. Yung feeling na nabunutan ka ng tinik, ang sarp sa feeling talaga momshie madalas koni declutter yung mga preloved ko usually binebenta ko yun. Tapos yung mga expired makeup, samplers, tinatapon ko na.

  4. Masarap po sa feeling yung nakakapag let go ka ng ibang gamit mo lalo na yung hindi nagagamit. Minsan pinamimigay ko, pero syempre yung mga expired na tapon ko na. Feeling ko gumagaan kapag ganon.

  5. Minsan nagdadalawang isip akong mag let go ng things especially kapag may sentimental value sakin. Pinagiisipan ko talaga ng maigi hihihi. Ginagawa ko din to i sell my preloved but well loved stuffs.

  6. Uggh you have been in my house. Broken toys, cords we have no idea what they go to, extra take-out packets, shoes that once fit that just get shoved to the back of the closet. Just come over and we will sit in the kitchen and have tea and pretend all the clutter does not exist. How is that for denial?

    1. Madz | Mommy N' More says:

      Yeah sometimes I too wish the clutter didn’t exist. That’s why I used to just put stuff in the cabinets. Out of sight, out of mind. But that didn’t work very long. Sooner or later, I’d have to open the cabinets and voila, junk! The website Becoming Minimalist actually suggested to get rid of 5- 10 items you see right now. We gotta start somewhere!

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