It’s a new year! That means another wonderful opportunity to refresh and really get moving on your organization journey. In with the new, and out with the old, as they say! After the holidays, many new items have most likely entered your home.
It’s the perfect opportunity to go through the current clutter, with this simple list of easy things to either throw away, donate, or recycle. Go room by room, and get rid of unused, expired, worn out items. I think you’ll be surprised at how full your garbage can and donation bin are after you go through this list. Start here!
Go Through Your Bathroom Cabinets
I’m guessing that all the items in the bathroom, will be things you simply need to throw away. They will be old and expired items, that won’t be any good for donation. Here is a list of ten bathroom items that you need to check and see if they are still good and useful to you.
- Old Makeup
- Expired Sunscreen
- Old Perfume
- Dried Up Nail Polish
- Expired Medications
- Broken Brushes or Combs
- Old, Tattered Towels
- Old, Worn Out Hair Ties
- Exhausted, Can’t-Absorb-Anymore Bathmat
- Old Lotions and Potions
Refresh Your Kitchen
We need amazing functionality in our kitchens! They are often the hub of the house, and need to be practically organized and efficient. They are also where we prepare and often eat…FOOD! So, cleanliness is very important, and an absolute must for health and nutrition.
Kitchen items need to be frequently gone through, checked for freshness, and sorted out. As they say, one bad apple can spoil the entire basket! As well as, one spoiled dish in the refrigerator, can really make everything STINK!
Make it a priority to use all the leftovers immediately. Plan them into your menu, so they don’t get forgotten in the back corner of the fridge. Be intentional!!
Here is an easy list to follow, to help you get through that kitchen in record time! Go through these items and either throw them away or add them to the donation bin.
- Donate any unused kitchen tools (think that gadget you got for a gift two years ago).
- Discard any plastic ware that is missing its lid (provided you have enough).
- Toss any chipped plates, glasses and dishes.
- Just throw away any broken appliances (they aren’t coming back to life!)
- Donate unused/old cookbooks (Do you still use a cookbook?)
- Throw away all expired canned goods (yes…they DO expire).
- Get rid of all expired food in fridge and any spoiled leftovers. I know its difficult. You had great intentions of eating it for lunch the next day, or even transforming it into something wonderful for dinner. You hate to be wasteful. I know. But leaving it in the fridge to contaminate the fresh food, isn’t doing anyone any favors. Trust me. Toss it!
Create Space In The Bedroom
The bedroom may need its own afternoon to get through. Dig deep! Really analyze things here, and make sure you’re using them. Most closets need more space. Or is it that most of us have too much stuff?
The majority of people I come in contact with, and advise on organizing their closets, really need to sort and donate, sort and donate. I do have some other posts on this site with closet organizing tips, such as using shower curtain rings to help organize your purses/handbags, scarves, belts, and more! But…down sizing the items that truly are no longer of use, will really get you ahead of the game.
The clothes closet is no place for sentimentality. I’m serious. Just because Great Aunt Ethel gave you a sweater for your birthday the year she died, eleven years ago, and it was 2 sizes too small then, and you’ve gained weight since…is not a reasonable excuse to keep it hanging in the closet; taking up valuable real estate! It’s time to let it go. Past time really.
Just think about it; if you donate it, someone else will have the good fortune of owning it, it fitting them, and wearing it! Great Aunt Ethel’s sweater will be used and loved, instead of lonely; collecting dust and gobbling space in your closet! It’s time.
Here are several items to sort through in the bedroom, and either donate or just flat throw out…if its duty has been served.
- Unused clothing. Anything you haven’t worn through an entire year of changing seasons. Let it go!
- Sad and worn out bras. Yes. Even if its your favorite, super comfy one. I know, it was hard to find. It’s still time.
- Old/broken jewelry. If it can’t be repaired, the sentimentality of it is all that’s left. (You may choose to save some).
- Extra coat hangers (donate metal ones to the Dry Cleaners) Place extras in less full closets.
- Old, won’t-work-anymore belts, wallets, etc.
- Earrings without a match, unless you have an extra pierced hole!
- Old shoe boxes. Let them go.
- Stained clothing. You really only need a couple of outdoor play/paint/campfire outfits.
- Clutter in the nightstands. These tend to become “catch all” areas. Really evaluate importance and usage.
- Unused purses and handbags. This one hurts every time I have to do it. Just sayin’
If You Have Littles…The Playroom Needs Attention!
Having a place for everything, and having everything in its place, is a huge feat on its own. Especially in the playroom for our little ones! I’ve been sharing on this site, and will continue to share, fun and functional organizational tips and ideas for toys, craft supplies, and stuffed animals; but something that can get forgotten, is decluttering as our children grow and mature.
It all seems to happen so quickly, it can be a challenge to keep up! Most of the time, we are all just thrilled that everything is in the playroom when company arrives! I get that. But…now is the time to be intentional and start off with a cleaner, less cluttered and less chaotic playroom.
Again, you’re probably adding new Christmas toys to the loot! Time to throw away, donate and recycle or re purpose the little pumpkin’s treasures! Here is a list of items to go through, to give you some direction and get you organizing!
- Toss dried out markers (good project for the littles to test them as you sort).
- Re purpose broken crayons (remember making “stained-glass” by melting them between waxed paper?)
- Throw out broken toys, they can just be dangerous.
- Old, broken electronics
- Games with missing pieces and parts
- Old coloring books
- Unwatched DVDs
- Unloved stuffies (donate for a new home to love it).
- Unused toys (set aside for a while, if they don’t ask for it or notice for two weeks…bye-bye, baby).
- Books that will not be read any longer; this is a tough one for me. Books are difficult for me to part with. I store the most precious and loved ones in big plastic bins for me to give or read to my grandchildren (that I do not yet have).
I recently went through all the saved books I had. It was embarrassing. I joked that I’ve been a very organized hoarder! I had to convince myself that it was a HUGE waste of great literature to keep them all in storage, when other children needed to read them! I ended up selling a lot and bought myself a new smoker!! That was a WIN!
This gets you up and rolling on four major areas of the home. I will post about more rooms later…I hate to overwhelm you; when you’re just getting so excited and doing so well! Please let me know if you have any questions I can help with and feel free to comment below!