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#GetRid: Start 2016 Right By Decluttering Your Life

I love New Year’s Resolutions. The thing is, I don’t understand why people wait until January 1st to make positive changes in their lives. I’m the type who makes resolutions all year long. If I feel I’m spending too much, I tighten the purse strings right away. If I’m feeling unhealthy, I start working out more and eating better…doesn’t matter if it’s July or January.

One thing that makes me feel good is feeling organized. I’ll admit, I’m not the most organized person, but I definitely would not classify myself as “unorganized”.  I also HATE clutter. I attribute this to my parents being total clutterbugs. I never understood how people could hang on to things they don’t use or don’t like…simply because they think they may use it one day.  Newsflash! You will never use that broken laundry basket. You don’t need seven brooms or eight cat food dishes.  Sigh.  GET RID!

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Just looking at this is giving me an anxiety attack. And this is from a interior design magazine! #NOPE

While perusing one of my favourite sites, Popsugar, I came across this great list to whip your life into shape.  It’s timely too as so many of us opt to make positive changes in our lives at the start of a new year.

So here goes…100 ways to declutter your life and start 2016 off right! Side note: is “declutter” a word?? “Unclutter”? That better? Lol!

  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. Dried flowers (I HATE dried flowers. #sorrynotsorry)
  9. Magazines
  10. CDs
  11. Hair elastics that have lost stretchiness
  12. Hair accessories you don’t use
  13. Shoes that don’t fit or that you don’t wear
  14. Little knickknacks (designate a bowl and fill it)
  15. Cooking utensils you have two of
  16. Tired bras
  17. Scarves you never wear
  18. Clothes that don’t fit (this is such a biggie – GET RID)
  19. Gifts you don’t like
  20. Old towels
  21. Old makeup (do your skin a favour – pitch old cosmetics)
  22. Old toiletries
  23. Old or unused hangers
  24. Expired or sample-sized toiletries
  25. Extra buttons
  26. Expired sauces
  27. Toys your pets don’t play with
  28. Expired medication
  29. Dried-up nail polish
  30. Bills you don’t need to keep
  31. Old paperwork
  32. DVDs you don’t watch
  33. Snacks your pets don’t eat
  34. Damaged clothing you can’t mend
  35. Stained clothing you can’t clean
  36. Old prom dresses
  37. Scratched nonstick cookware (really important – Teflon is not a seasoning!)
  38. Old underwear or swimwear that’s losing its stretch
  39. Outdated electronics
  40. Rusty, junky or broken jewelry
  41. Stockings with runs
  42. Pens that don’t work
  43. Clothing you’ve outgrown
  44. Cables and wires you don’t use
  45. Worn-out sheets and bedding
  46. Empty or near-empty bottles of cleaning products
  47. Old mending buttons for clothing you no longer have
  48. Worn-out bath mats
  49. Broken electronics
  50. Purses you never use
  51. Flatware, plates, and glasses that don’t match the rest of your collection, plus dingy children’s plates you no longer use
  52. Old pillows
  53. Worn-out shoes
  54. Wedding invites
  55. Wedding favours you don’t use
  56. Old wallets that you don’t use
  57. Spare furniture parts you don’t need
  58. Boxes
  59. Unused vases
  60. Extra tupperware you don’t need
  61. Old mail/junk mail
  62. Old crayons or art supplies, plus markers that have run out of ink
  63. Random containers and jars
  64. Unused stationery, stickers, and sticky notes
  65. Ripped denim (unless it’s awesome)
  66. Old artwork or old children’s artwork
  67. Used and ripped envelopes
  68. Broken or old iPhone cases
  69. Old unused batteries
  70. Extra and unused coffee mugs
  71. Old spices
  72. Wrinkled ribbon and bows for gift wrap
  73. Cards or gifts from exes
  74. Frequent shopper cards you never use
  75. Matchbooks
  76. Old shopping bags
  77. Old calendars
  78. Old folders
  79. Christmas lights that don’t work
  80. Expired food
  81. Computer cords, wires, etc. that you don’t use
  82. Old and outdated software
  83. CDs for old computer programs
  84. Old cell phones
  85. Hand-me-downs that you’re guilt-tripped into keeping
  86. Freebie or promotional t-shirts you never wear
  87. Old fortune cookie fortunes
  88. Old bank statements
  89. Old planners
  90. Delete email subscriptions from sites
  91. Delete emails you don’t need
  92. Delete unwanted music from your iTunes (bye bye seven versions of “Safety Dance”)
  93. Extra buttons that come with newly purchased clothes
  94. Games that are missing pieces
  95. Old schoolbooks you’ll never use again
  96. Papers you have backed up on the computer
  97. Books you’ve already read and don’t want to display
  98. Cell phone covers you’re over
  99. Old electronic manuals
  100. Cell phone accessories you don’t use anymore

Anything else to add to the list? Please feel free to add in the comments section!


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  1. December 29, 2015 / 10:01 am

    yes I started last week! It’s a process but I’m so happy to be doing it!

  2. December 29, 2015 / 10:08 am

    The sewist in me cringes at anything fabric related, my brain is like “no I’ve seen cute dresses made from old duvets, and tablecloths… If the clothes don’t fit that’s ok up cycle them!” Sadly I need to #GetRid of a lot more than I thought hahahaha

    • December 29, 2015 / 11:02 am

      Hahaha! If you know you are going to use it for sure, keep it! I’m like that with my 100 red lipsticks. “I need them all!!” Is what I think every time I see that overfilled lipstick container. Sigh.

  3. Vanessa
    December 29, 2015 / 10:32 am

    #GetRid will be my 2016 mantra. Love this! My approach when I go through my stuff is a simple question: “If this was destroyed in a fire, would i pay to replace it?”. An honest answer reveals very few things make the cut. I feel lighter just thinking about this!

    • December 29, 2015 / 11:03 am

      Hey! That’s a really good idea! Me being a master rationalizer would find a way to keep the right cat food dishes though. Lol! I’ve been pretty good. Going to tackle my pile of unworn shoes this week! Thanks for reading, babe! xoxox

  4. December 29, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    Such a great list! I’ll be printing this out and crossing it off! I always love reorganizing. Gives me more space to redecorate :D. Hope Santa spoiled you and wishing you a successful year to come! xx

  5. December 29, 2015 / 12:57 pm

    but are they CUTE cat dishes?… haha decluttering is super important. I just did this a week ago when I was packing and moving apartments.

  6. Femoralia
    December 29, 2015 / 3:15 pm

    I love to reduce the clutter (and am the same about not waiting to make it a resolution!). Usually it’s when I’m fed up with the lack of space under the kitchecn sink, the bathroom cupboard, my closet, etc.
    Things I have done as well…I’ve stopped buying clothes I have to alter/hem! I’ve spent too much on clothes I love, with the intention of getting it tailored to actually fit me (then it ends up in the donation bag with the price tags still attached.)
    Fabric is my downfall (can completely relate to sewsincity), I have begun getting rid of those cute little pieces that would make a funky dress…I’ve realized the stress of clutter and lack of space cannot outweigh the fact that the cost to buy a dress like that is still much less!

    • December 29, 2015 / 8:23 pm

      It sounds like you are pretty good at keeping organized! Keep up the good work! I am totally tackling all of the cupboards under sinks in my house too. I have so many cleaning products and cosmetics I no longer use. Junking them all!! Thanks for reading! xo

  7. December 29, 2015 / 5:59 pm

    I literally have 99% of the things on list (prom was never a thing when I was younger…or yes I would have several!)…I’m sooooooo bad!!!! ? Part of me wants to declutter…the other part wants to roll over in bed and turn my back on all the things…at present plan B it is! ?

    • December 29, 2015 / 8:20 pm

      Hahahahahaha!!! Fair enough! I’m starting with the ones I can complete easily. My office is a total nightmare that gives me anxiety whenever I enter it, so I’m starting with that first! xo

  8. Patti
    December 29, 2015 / 7:29 pm

    Omg reading the list was giving me anxiety! Absolutely everything on the list has to go.

    • December 29, 2015 / 8:18 pm

      Haha! Awww! Didn’t mean to cause you any anxiety. Start with the ones you can do easily! That’s what I’m doing. Happy New Year!! xo

  9. December 30, 2015 / 10:53 am

    I just decluttered/uncluttered our shoe-cabinet… as well as my wardrobe, the wardrobe of my son and my youngest daughter… and then drove off to the nearby Red Cross refugee centre. Our country has taken on thousands of refugees from Syria, Irak,… so I’m sure those old clothes and shoes will help someone! So that’s two things in one… decluttering ànd helping a good cause… am I a saint… or am I a saint 😀 Happy New Year! Love, Kathleen

    • December 30, 2015 / 1:41 pm

      Haha! You are a total saint! Good for you! Canada is in the midst of accepting 25,000 refugees and I am donating a ton of clothes also, mainly winter gear as our winters are so punishing. Happy New Year! xoxoxo

  10. December 30, 2015 / 6:13 pm

    Aw man, I keep WAY too much stuff! Old t-shirts? C’mon, I like those to wear around the house.
    Extra buttons?! I have a whole TIN full of them! I have no idea what clothing item they came from but you NEVER know when you might need it! 😛
    I TOTALLY keep wallets and purses that I don’t use anymore – I love them too much to get rid of them! *sniff*
    I do want to do another makeup purge – I’ve got a lot of cream / liquid products that need to be chucked.

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