So once again, I’m talking decluttering. Because I love it. I’m not a minimalist and never will be, but everything in my house needs to be either used and useful, or beautiful. So I made a list of things that you really don’t need to keep, so you won’t even miss once they are gone.
Novelty coffee cups
Those things breed like rabbits. Go through your coffee cups and keep just enough for the number of people you regularly serve coffee and tea to. I almost guarantee that you don’t need half the cups you have!
Extra towels and linen
It’s about two years ago that I discovered organising and decluttering. One of the first things I tackled was the linen cupboard. I tossed out all the extra accumulated linen that we don’t use. These days I have one set of bed linen for each guest bed and two sets for each bed a family member uses. When more guests come to stay, I use the spare family linen to make up any extra beds. I have two sets of towels, plus beach towels, three tablecloths and a small pile of tea towels. Really that is all you need! If I ever need extra bed linen, I can borrow some from my mother in law, or ask the guest to bring some themselves!
Be ruthless and donate all the bedlinen that never gets used, and at the same time, enjoy the space in your linen press.
Platters, plates, and vases
Now I am the queen of the beautiful platter. I freely admit that I love a pretty plate, but I also need to be honest. If it doesn’t get used, it has to go. Which reminds me, I need to get into the back of my cupboard and pull a few out to donate!
Extra USB cables and chargers
Every time we get any device these days, they come with a USB charging cable. In our house, this includes the blue tooth speakers, both our mobile phones, the tablet, the mobile wifi, the portable chargers, and a few torches, and CB’s head mounted hunting light. You can use the same cables for all your devices. Keep two or three, set up a spot to charge all your devices, and get rid of the rest.
Board games you never play
We love a good board game in our family. Settlers of Catan, Balderdash, and Blokus are all frequently used. Over the summer, while I was sorting out our DVDs I went through the board games we had as they are kept in the same cupboard as the dvds. We had a couple of games we were given for our wedding, which we had never played. It was time to be honest – if in 16 years of marriage we had never played Star Wars Monopoly, we probably weren’t about to start now. So it had to go.
Tupperware containers without lids (or lids without bottoms)
A little bit like socks, Tupperware has the mysterious ability to disappear – but only one piece of a set. If you cannot reunite the set, then get rid of the remaining piece (and while you’re at it, get rid of any Tupperware that you never use!).
Magazines and books you will never read again
I’ve always been a bit of a book hoarder. I love to keep books I’ve read. But to be honest, most of them I will never read again – after all, there are plenty of new books I should try. So over the summer holidays, I went through our bookshelves and was ruthless. Country Boy joined me and went through all his garden books and magazines. We got rid of several boxes of them. Now instead of the books falling off the crowded shelves, there is room to spare. I couldn’t even tell you the titles of any of the books I gave away, so I don’t miss them at all!
We have so much stuff in our house that we don’t use or need. It really is worth taking stock every now and then and getting rid of those surplus items that never get used and just take up space.
What things could you get rid of and not miss at all?