Unless you’re really good about going through things frequently, cupboards and drawers quickly get cluttered with lots of random little stuff.
It’s time to bite the bullet and get real.
Do you like to try new products and then find yourself with a bunch of half-used bottles and tubes?
I either force myself to use things up, dole partials out to friends (it helps to have non-minimalist friends 😉 ) or charities, or just trash/recycle.
In no way is it better to be collecting dust and cluttering up my shelves.
Do you have a collection of little hotel bottles?
Gift lotions, soaps, candles, bath this or that?
It feels nice to have sets and all, but it feels even nicer to not have clutter.
Stop telling yourself you’re saving them for a special occasion.
That goes for anything you’re “saving for a special occasion”.
Unless you start making a habit of special occasions, which isn’t a bad idea, you’d be better off without the reminder that you never have special occasions.
For the longest time I had a bag of half-used makeup and samples waiting for me to sort and figure out what to do with. Because I was going to use it someday, you know?
Then of course, there are the old or broken brushes and compacts, lip gloss so old it’s separating, etc.
I don’t think I’d be too off in saying that many of us don’t even wear makeup everyday, so it’s that much more silly that we hang onto so much old stuff.
If we get really honest with ourselves, we know what our favorites are and the actual likelihood of using any “special occasion” stuff.
We are blessed and very thankful that medicine usually tends to expire before it gets used up in our house.
It’s rather annoying, though, to actually need something and think you have it, only to discover it’s expired.
It’s even more silly to hang onto stuff you’re not going to need again, like nursing cream if you’re not having any more babies, for example.
Speaking of stuff for kids, how fast do those little medicine cups/syringes/droppers pile up?!
Go ahead, I challenge you to not find at least one thing you should get rid of from your medicine cabinet. Let us know in the comments below if you don’t so that we can all be impressed… and tell you to look again 😉
Contact cases are another one of those things that pile up very quickly. We definitely keep one or two for backup, but you can’t deny that 5 or 8 is overkill.
A backup pair of glasses may be wise, but your old pair from highschool? Not so much.
There are many great programs you can donate your old glasses to, so there’s really no reason to leave them stashed in a cupboard somewhere . (Though I definitely recommend only donating to local organizations – otherwise you’re just making yourself feel better.)
Truth be told, we only pay about $30 at most for any of our glasses, thanks to places like Firmoo. (First pair free!)
Same song, different verse – trying new things and not ever making ourselves use up the old ones… use it up or gift it to a friend, non-profit, charity, etc.
Your children do not want to inherit your cleaning supplies, bequeath the idea to declutter your bathroom instead 🙂 .
This obviously might not be true of everyone, but a reader suggested this one and I completely agree.
I didn’t think of it myself because we only used the ironing board we registered for when we got married (because everyone has to have one of those, right?) maybe twice, and it’s been so long since we’ve had one.
Unless someone in your family works in a dressy office, or has a lot of high-maintenance clothes, you probably don’t need one either.
We also haven’t had an iron for as long as I can remember. I highly prefer a steamer if absolutely necessary, but most often just use the spray bottle method.
We’ve ditched unwieldy conventional laundry products in favor of a much simpler, more natural process.
As one comment pointed out, towels are a BIG one, and they’re over here on this list.
Ready to tackle more? Check out our lists for other parts of your house gathered in one place as well as a free printable cheatsheet here – 40+ Things You Can Get Rid of Without Even Missing
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