One could genuinely think that since we spend literally the whole day at home, then our living and working space would be organized and absolutely spotless. I mean, we’ve got nothing else to do, no social engagements, no tight schedules, no school, no work, just us with our remote control and t.v in our pajamas.
But ironically, now that we spend most of our time at home, especially when we’re living with other people, it could tend to get quite chaotic.
If you are anything like me, then your bedroom is probably the most cherished area in your house for you, it is where you sleep, work, house your valuables. A place where you could zone out from the chaos of the outside world, clearing your mind of all the clutter.
But as time goes on, it does tend to get a bit crowded, chaotic even, and then that once “safe haven” begins to look like a Looney bin, which in turn affects your moods consciously or unconsciously.
Today, I’ll be sharing with you my tips on how to declutter your space (and potentially your mind). All of this task would take no more than 10 minutes or so to perform, however, keep in mind that any decluttering act is never complete until you get rid of things you no longer need!
1. Toss out the old Lipsticks
lipsticks are a woman’s best friend!
But an excessive number of lipsticks — some of which you may never wear — can accumulate over time. While lipstick does not come with expiration dates, they don’t stay good indefinitely!
I recommend assessing the freshness of your favorite lipsticks and tossing unused lipsticks and free samples that you are not apt to wear.
2. Recycle Old Socks and Undergarments
Numerous people get new socks and underwear without eliminating existing ones, which often results in an overstuffed drawer. Now is a good time to make space in your drawers by removing worn-out socks and undergarments with holes or loosened elastic, as well as socks with missing mates.
It is actually possible to recycle textiles, so contact your local recycling facility to see if they accept them. If not, companies like American Textile Recycling Service accept donations of clothing in any condition and can give unwearable items new life as upholstery and automotive stuffing or industry wiping rags.
However, if you are into DIY crafts like me, you can choose to upcycle some of them into DIY stuffed toys or similar craftworks.
3. Pare Down Writing Tools and Office Accessories
In my household, pens, pencils, and markers seem to breed over time. I have my few favorites and end up not using most of the others.
While you’re staying safe at home, spend a little time testing out your pens and markers and tossing any that lack ink. In fact, this is a great task to delegate to homebound little ones. Of the remaining good ones, pick out those you use and like and donate the rest.
Be sure to review your rulers, scissors, staplers, and other office items too, letting go of any that you don’t like to use or don’t need to have.
4. Sort Through and Donate Belts
Belts don’t take up a ton of room, so it’s easy to neglect them when you periodically clean out your closet. Personally, I am not attached to belts, so pruning mine is a painless task for me. In fact, I resist accumulating too many belts when I purchase clothing. When I buy an outfit or a coat with a belt and don’t care for the belt or have a need in my closet, I donate it right away.
Culling belts may not be an easy task for you, so before you tackle this one you will have to really judge whether it’s a project that falls within your time availability. It may be easier simply to focus on eliminating belts that are too small, too large, or that have cracking material or broken hardware.
Unfortunately, leather recycling is uncommon. Contact your local recycling center to see if they will take your old leather belts. If they don’t, another option to prevent your belt from going in the landfill would be to upcycle it into an art project. If the buckle is metal, you can recycle it as you would any other metal.
5. Donate or Recycle Old Books and Magazines
There was a time when I would save my magazines to read when I had more time, But by the time I had more time, the magazines were likely out of date.
Sometimes I even hoard already read magazines and brochures especially when I liked the pictures in the magazines (I’m a highly visual person)! Nevertheless, if this sounds like you, you may want to take some time to do a room-by-room scan of your house and pick up outdated magazines and newspapers and books you’re unlikely to read. Donate or recycle as appropriate.
If there are articles you still want to read in the magazines, consider tearing out just the specific articles and keeping them all in one folder. This will take up much less space and your articles to read will all be in one easily accessible place.
6. Toss out old equipment Manuals
Manuals for items ranging from the stove you no longer own to the DVD player often wind up being the “junk” in the “junk drawer.” And they may still be sealed in plastic packets full of registration cards you never sent and a lot of nonsense paperwork.
If you have a good handle on how to operate the coffee machine, the TV, and the toaster, toss those out, there is no point keeping a ‘how-to’ manual for something you have seen and used a thousand times!
This also applies to manuals for appliances you no longer own. If you’re trying to clear out paper, and building codes in your area don’t require that you keep manuals, check to see if the information is online and pitch the paper copies. Or save just the pages you need to keep track of model numbers and other useful information.
In most municipalities, you can recycle paper manuals with newspapers. If there are plastic bags involved, recycle them at the grocery store or with your local recycling company if allowed.
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