De-cluttering and organizing is a challenge. The fact is even this mundane looking and boring tedious job needs for us to have a plan. Well, if you are wondering where to get started, read on…
You will need :
1) A plan to start somewhere
2) Big garbage bags or unused cartons
1. DISH CLOTHS & KITCHEN SPONGES THAT ARE WORN OUT.
The average kitchen cloth harbours 1 million bacteria per square inch. This can be in spite of regular rinsing. There are ways to sanitize your cloth, for example, by microwaving it, or soaking overnight in a solution of water and bleach. None of these however are a substitute for simply replacing your cloth regularly. Therefore, it really is best to keep a supply of clean cloths in your cupboard and exchange regularly.
2. UNWORN CLOTHES.
Donate them today! We all have that knack of buying something on impulse then later realizing that we don’t like it, or buying the wrong size or simply putting on or losing weight. Therefore, ask yourself these questions: DO I LOVE IT? If the answer is no, then donate it. If the answer to either is yes, then ask yourself – when was the last time I wore it?
3. EXPIRED MAKE-UP.
Expired make-up and hair products (even those old spray water bottles). Cosmetics don’t come with a use by date, like food, but this doesn’t mean that they won’t reach a point when they are past their best and no longer worth keeping. Rummage through your make up bag and any half-empty eye shadows, dried up mascara or unused foundation can go straight into the garbage can.
4. OLD MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS.
It can be a nice idea to keep hold of particularly interesting articles, or magazines for guests to flick through, but the real fact is that they take up valuable space. Instead, put them into the recycling bin or offer them to a neighbor – and exist in a clutter-free space!
5. ODD SOCKS.
There’s nothing odd about being irritated by single socks. Yes, the other one may be somewhere and might just surface eventually, but in the meantime how much space are your lone socks occupying? If you want to keep them, add them to your creativity box for your kids and make puppets.
6. OLD TINS OF PAINT.
Likely to be found lying around in some corner, it might have seemed a good idea at the time to keep hold of the colors you chose for your bedroom and kitchen five years ago, but old paint is rarely usable and the space could be far better used for storing something else.
7. OLD TECHNOLOGY.
CD’s and VHS tapes have virtually seen their last, so even if you bought the VHS or CD of your favorite band when you saw them live in 1996, the chances are that you have already imported the music into iTunes or similar and it’s time to get rid of the CD.
8. EXPIRED FOODS.
Have a good old rummage through your cupboards and throw away all the expired tinned foods/ masalas. You may think that you keep an eye on your cupboard contents but some people have been known to find tins of food which expired the previous decade.
9. OLD BATTERIES AND LIGHT BULBS.
These are items that are no longer required. They are small enough to ignore but they are still taking up space. Old watches, flashlights that don’t work, etc… (old batteries can even be dangerous).
10. OLD DRAWER ITEMS.
And finally, almost all of us have an odds and ends drawer where unnecessary items are stowed away – and forgotten about. Being completely ruthless it’s usually possible to throw away roughly 99% of this type of drawer – and leave yourself a lot more space for storing the important stuff!