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Decluttering and Decrapifying 2017

January 4, 2017

I live in a 900 sq ft house. As such, I have limited space and it's easy to make my space cluttered. 

Add to it my 6 dogs and a teenager; my passion for vintage items, cooking, reading and weaving; a bit of poverty consciousness and my belief in repurposing thing ...  well it's easy to have too much stuff. 

 

It's 2017 ... thing is, I'm not doing this because it's a new year ... it is because I am taking time to really take a hard look at the things THINGS in my space. I do this a lot. This just coincides with the time of the year where I've got a bit of down time.

 

I live in 900 sq feet and have for a long time. In this small space it's easy to get overwhelmed with things. Stuff. Things. Clutter. They think faeries are hoarders ...sometimes we are not ;) 

 

When that happens, it's time to move things out. 

 

So, this link popped up on my Facebook feed the other day and it was a nice list of things to move out ... and it got me started. I decided that daily I am going to remove some unnecessary and or unused items from my life. Throw out, recycle, give away, sell. However it goes ... it's going away. buh bye.

 

Some are little things and some are bigger and some don't even show up at all here. but it's a good list. I'm looking through this list and as I find things on it, I find other things I don't need and it just grows exponentially. 

 

http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/List-Things-Dispose-24575006

 

116 things to throw away

 

  1. The other side of a pair of lost earrings

  2. Scraps of wrapping paper

  3. Cards people have given you with no sentimental value

  4. Receipts you don't need

  5. Ticket stubs

  6. Socks with holes

  7. Old t-shirts

  8. Leftover change

  9. Dried flowers

  10. Magazines

  11. CDs

  12. Hair elastics that have lost stretchiness

  13. Hair accessories you don't use

  14. Shoes that don't fit or that you don't wear

  15. Extra photo prints

  16. Little knickknacks (designate a bowl and fill it)

  17. Kitchen things you don't use

  18. Cooking utensils you have two of

  19. Tired bras

  20. Scarves you never wear

  21. Clothes that don't fit

  22. Gifts you don't like

  23. Old towels

  24. Old makeup

  25. Old toiletries

  26. Old or unused hangers

  27. Expired or sample-sized toiletries

  28. Extra buttons

  29. Expired sauces

  30. Toys your pets don't play with

  31. Expired medication

  32. Dried-up nail polish

  33. Bills you don't need to keep

  34. Expired coupons

  35. Old paperwork

  36. DVDs you don't watch

  37. Snacks your pets don't eat

  38. Damaged clothing you can't mend

  39. Stained clothing you can't clean

  40. Old prom dresses

  41. Scratched nonstick cookware

  42. Old underwear or swimwear that's losing its stretch

  43. Outdated electronics

  44. Rusty jewelry

  45. Stockings with runs

  46. Pens that don't work

  47. Clothing you've outgrown

  48. Necklaces and bracelets with broken clasps

  49. Cables and wires you don't use

  50. Worn-out sheets and bedding

  51. Empty or near-empty bottles of cleaning products 

  52. Old mending buttons for clothing you no longer have

  53. Worn-out bath mats

  54. Broken electronics

  55. Purses you never use

  56. Flatware, plates, and glasses that don't match the rest of your collection, plus dingy children's plates you no longer use

  57. Old pillows

  58. Worn-out shoes

  59. Wedding invites

  60. Save-the-dates

  61. Wedding favors you don't use

  62. Old wallets that you don't use

  63. Broken kitchen equipment

  64. Spare furniture parts you don't need

  65. Furniture manuals

  66. Boxes

  67. Unused vases

  68. Extra tupperware you don't need

  69. Old mail

  70. Junk mail

  71. Travel brochures

  72. Bobby pins

  73. Old crayons or art supplies, plus markers that have run out of ink

  74. Random containers and jars

  75. Unused stationery, stickers, and sticky notes

  76. Ripped denim

  77. Old artwork or old children's artwork

  78. Used and ripped envelopes

  79. Broken or old iPhone cases

  80. Old unused batteries

  81. Extra and unused coffee mugs

  82. Old spices

  83. Address labels for your old house

  84. Wrinkled ribbon and bows for gift wrap

  85. Cards or gifts from exes

  86. Frequent shopper cards you never use

  87. Matchbooks

  88. Old shopping bags

  89. Old calendars

  90. Old folders

  91. Magnets

  92. Clothes that are outdated or from college

  93. Broken Christmas decorations

  94. Christmas lights that don't work

  95. Frayed towels

  96. Expired food

  97. Computer cords, firewire cord, etc. that you don't use

  98. Old and outdated software

  99. CDs for old computer programs

  100. Old cell phones

  101. Hand-me-downs that you're guilt-tripped into keeping

  102. Freebie or promotional t-shirts you never wear

  103. Old fortune cookie fortunes

  104. Old bank statements

  105. Old planners

  106. Delete email subscriptions from sites

  107. Delete emails you don't need

  108. Delete unwanted music from your iTunes

  109. Extra buttons that come with newly purchased clothes

  110. Games that are missing pieces

  111. Old schoolbooks you'll never use again

  112. Papers you have backed up on the computer

  113. Books you've already read and don't want to display

  114. Cell phone covers you're over

  115. Old manuals to electronics

  116. Cell phone accessories you don't use anymore

 

I've already begun tackling the papers ... I have a corner section of my kitchen counter that's a crap catcher of papers and I recycled almost all of it and moved the rest to my business office so I can further designate a few I had left over. I have a bunch of color markers that my daughter doesn't want ... and if she doesn't? then off it goes to someone else. 

 

I cleaned the aged condiments out of the refrigerator and sorted and tossed old spices in the cabinet. I had plenty to share. 

 

After working today, I will touch on this list and check it twice and toss out things not needed. I'm continuing in the kitchen. 

 

 

Yesterday, my friend posted this (which I did last year) and will touch on it too ... let's get 2017 going.

 http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/get-ready-get-set-go-the-cure-begins-226924

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