use less stuff day
They say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Well, I do have one. I am a hoarder. There. I said it. I am a hoarder, but you wouldn’t know it at first glance. I carefully hide everything in a few closets out of the way. To the untrained eye, it may seem like my home is clean and organized and clutter-free. But if you were to open one of those closets? Oh me. Oh my. You’d run for the hills, and I can’t blame you!
In an effort to lead a more minimalistic lifestyle, we’ve decided to purge our home of the useless gadgets we don’t use often enough for them to make rent in our place. Do any of the items below fall on your purge list?
Toaster Oven – Oh my goodness. The amount of counter space this item takes up is ridiculous! And for toasted bread that can fit perfectly fine in a toaster? We were quick to get rid of this one. It was used maybe once a month if I had time to make a sandwich that needed toasting. And let’s be honest, as a mother of a one-year-old, there’s never any time.
Toiletries – I’m embarrassed to share that I have about 20 bottles of lotions and hair product that collect dust in my bathroom cupboards. I don’t use them. But I have kept them around for fear of not having them should the need arise. The rule of thumb when it comes to toiletries for me is, “IF YOU DON’T USE IT WEEKLY, YOU DON’T USE IT ENOUGH TO KEEP IT”.
Tech Gadgets – What about those that have an iPhone, and iPad, a tablet, a desktop, a laptop, etc. that seems a bit excessive to me. Though I don’t have an iPad or tablet, I imagine they do the same thing. So only use one for Pete’s sake! If you don’t want to toss it, sell it on Craigslist!
Kitchen Pantry – I have a food chopper, a processor, a blender, a stand mixer, a hand mixer, and a bunch of other kitchen tools that I probably don’t need. I also let the pantry stock up on random cans of soup that I purchased a while ago, but can’t think of what I was going to use it for. Make it a habit to regularly clean out the pantry to guarantee you get the most out of your ingredients!
Check with your recycling service to see the steps needed to recycle items such as old cell phones, expired medications, and large kitchen appliances. You can always donate them to goodwill or another thrift store and pick up a donation receipt to be used for tax break purposes! Everybody wins!