28 things to easily declutter from your home

There are 28 days in February, at least this year. Take one category per day and you will be on a good path of your decluttering journey. No, you don’t need to go in order. No, you don’t have to do everything on the list. There are no “rules” here, just suggestions.

KITCHEN
unmatched storage containers/lids
expired food
kitchen gadgets/appliances you never use
anything broken or chipped
unidentified items in the freezer
cookbooks you don’t use
extra coffee mugs/bottles/glasses

BEDROOM
clothes that don’t make you feel fabulous
stained or torn items
the items in and on the nightstand
dingy or very old sheets or linens
books and magazinesde
clutter the “chair” where things pile up
the top shelf/back of closet where things have often been forgotten

FAMILY AREAS
booksknickknacks/tchotkes
toys
craft supplies
office supplies
old media/outdated technology
old projects/school papers

MISCELLANEOUS
extra benchers geniza/shaimos
scarves/head coverings
magnet
sold invitations
old calendars/candle lighting charts
old school class lists/community directories 
So now you have a bag/box or two of giveaways.  Now what? There are various places to route it.  Check with your local second-hand establishment to see if they are accepting items.  If they aren’t yet because of Covid, G-d willing they soon will.

Firstly, anything broken or damaged is trash.  It you have a clothing recycling receptacle, put it there. 
Shaimos/geniza also has a place.  
Paper items-recycle
Toys/books/games/craft supplies-schools , friends, neighbors
Clothing in good condition-2nd hand shops/post on local social media, community email, or WhatsApp groups.
Kitchenware-donate to someone getting married or post in the places mentioned for clothing

When I declutter/downsize with clients, I take the giveaways with me and manage to “rehome” almost everything.

AVOID THE PRE-PESACH RUSH and start your spring cleaning/decluttering ASAP.  As an FYI, many gemachim and second-hand places stop accepting giveaways a week or two prior to Pesach.  So if you don’t want to be stuck with your giveaways, act sooner than later!

I’m always happy to answer questions about organizing and decluttering, so shoot me a message.

Karen

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