Things to Declutter: Simple Tips to Simplify Your Space

Discover practical items you can declutter to simplify your living space and boost your mental clarity.

Key takeaways:

  • Clothing: Use the hanger trick and practice the ‘one in, one out’ rule.
  • Kitchen Gadgets: Sort them into three piles and donate or sell unused items.
  • Expired Medications: Dispose of them properly and regain cabinet space.
  • Old Electronics: Wipe data, donate or recycle them for extra space.
  • Paper Clutter: Triage, go digital, and unsubscribe to declutter your mind.

Clothing You Haven’t Worn in Over a Year

clothing you havent worn in over a year

Every closet has them: the aspirational jeans that whisper sweet nothings about “one day fitting,” or the souvenir t-shirt from a 2005 rock concert, still with the tags on. Holding onto clothes that you don’t wear can often be more about emotion than fashion or necessity.

To ease the process, try the hanger trick: turn all your hangers in the reverse direction. After wearing an item, place it back with the hanger facing the correct way. After a year, pieces still hanging in the original reversed position are prime candidates for donation. Not only does this method clear space, it brings a welcome clarity to your morning routine, reducing that all-too-familiar wardrobe scramble.

Additionally, consider the ‘one in, one out’ rule. Each time a new piece of clothing comes into your home, ensure an old one goes out. This keeps your wardrobe manageable and guilt-free. Remember, less is often more when it comes to clothing, allowing your true style to shine through without the clutter.

Unused Kitchen Gadgets

Let’s face it, most kitchens are the final resting place for gadgets you thought you’d use daily. Remember that fancy juicer from two Christmases ago? Or the sushi-making kit from your sushi phase? Now might be the time to admit defeat. Firstly, pull everything out and make three piles: frequently used, occasionally used, and “what was I thinking?”

Evaluate each item practically. If it hasn’t seen action in the last six months, it’s just taking up valuable counter space. Donate items in good condition to charity or sell them online to find them a more appreciative home. Not only will you reclaim kitchen space, but your drawers will also close more smoothly without the extra clutter.

Remember, your kitchen drawers are not black holes. They should not contain items better suited for a museum of culinary history. Keep what serves your current lifestyle, not the lifestyle you once imagined you’d have.

Expired Medications

It’s a no-brainer that holding onto expired medications is a bit like keeping a carton of spoiled milk in the fridge – useless and potentially harmful. These items are not potions of immortality. They lose potency and can become unsafe over time. Check the labels and toss anything past its prime.

Ensure proper disposal to avoid harming the environment or posing a risk to others. Most areas have specific medication disposal programs or return events sponsored by local pharmacies or health departments. Participate in these programs rather than simply throwing medications into the trash or flushing them down the toilet.

By decluttering these outdated meds, you’ll not only reclaim precious cabinet space but also promote a healthier, safer home. Plus, it’s oddly satisfying to get rid of things you can’t use anyway – like saying goodbye to guests who have overstayed their welcome!

Old Electronics and Chargers

We all have that drawer brimming with cables, old phones, and forgotten chargers for devices we don’t even own anymore. Firstly, remember to wipe any data from phones or tablets before saying goodbye.

Consider selling or donating items that still work. For tech that’s reached its end, look for electronic recycling programs, which safely dispose of hazardous materials and recover useful components.

Sorting through your tech drawer or closet can free up a surprising amount of space and eliminate that tangled mess of cables. Plus, it’s quite the treasure hunt—you might finally find that missing earring or a long-lost favorite pen!

Paper Clutter Such As Old Receipts and Junk Mail

Burying your countertop under an avalanche of old receipts and expired coupons isn’t exactly anyone’s idea of chic decor. Not only does it add to your visual clutter, but it can really put a damper on your productivity. Let’s sift through that paper mountain:

* Triage Like a Pro: Create two piles. One for keepers (important documents, bills to pay) and one for shredders (old shopping lists, coupons for the 1999 Thanksgiving turkey). Be ruthless!

* Go Digital: Consider scanning documents that are important but don’t need to take up physical space. There are plenty of apps to help you keep digital copies secure and organized.

* Unsubscribe and Conquer: If you’re being haunted by piles of unsolicited mail, it’s time to unsubscribe. Fewer trees cut down, less recycling, and best of all? Less to clean up.

By reducing your paper clutter, you’re not just freeing up space in your home; you’re also decluttering your mind. So next time you feel the urge to store that receipt from your morning latte, consider whether it deserves a spot in your life or if it’s just passing through.

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