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Next Steps: Reducing The Stuff In Your Home

I began my minimalist journey in my closet, but I quickly saw the benefits and started chucking things in other areas of my home as well.  Everywhere I looked, I saw something I no longer needed, wanted, or found worthy in some way.  If like me, you are ready to move beyond your closet and into other parts of your home, here are a few ideas you can start with.  This isn’t anywhere near a comprehensive list.  It’s meant to get you started, in some area of your home.  Once you see the benefits of a changed perspective, as well as how much easier it is to tidy, clean, relax and enjoy, you’ll be hooked and ready to declutter all sorts of areas I haven’t mentioned!  Here are a few places to start:

The Bedroom

  • Inside nightstand drawers
  • On nightstands
  • Under the bed
  • On the dresser

The Bathroom

  • Expired medication
  • Cosmetic samples
  • Cosmetics you aren’t using anymore
  • Old sunblock
  • All those scented lotions and body sprays you use once a year
  • Old razors, shaving supplies

The Kitchen

  • Cooking utensils
  • Pots and pans you never use
  • Extra baking dishes
  • Any chipped or broken glassware and serving dishes
  • Baking tools
  • Specialty Appliances

The Linen Closet

  • Old towels
  • Incomplete bedding sets
  • Extra pillows
  • Anything stained, torn, incorrect sizes, unusable right now
  • Anything extra – how many towels and sheet sets will you actually use?

The Laundry Room

  • Socks with no pair
  • Change
  • Nearly empty stain sprays
  • Broken hangers
  • All wire hangers

The Toy Room

  • Anything broken
  • Anything your child has grown out of
  • Anything your child has lost interest in (hide it in the closet for later!)

The Family Room

  • Books
  • Newspapers, Magazines
  • Board games
  • DVD’s, CD’s, VHS’s, etc.
  • Craft supplies you no longer use
  • Office supplies
  • Old electronics

The Dining Room

  • Napkins
  • Placemats
  • Tablecloths
  • Table Runners
  • China – do you love it?  Do you use it?
  • Crystal
  • Serving dishes

Whole House

  • Any decor you’re so over?  Donate or sell it! Make room for new.
  • Candles
  • Candle holders
  • Vases

 

This is far from a complete list.  It is meant mainly to inspire you to think about your own home, and where you could clear out the clutter.  I’d love to hear your thoughts!  What area do you think could use the most work?  Where would you like to start?  Anything important I’ve missed?  I’d love to hear!

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