Weed Out and De-Clutter Wednesday — January 20, 2016

WOW memeQuick tip to start de-cluttering: Give away one item every day.

  • grab an extra pantry item to give to a food bank,
  • take an gently used sweater to Goodwill,
  • leave a finished paperback on the train for someone else to read,
  • scoop up the tub of crayons & markers your kids don’t use anymore and give to a daycare facility or children’s Bible class for art supplies.

Doing just this one simple thing every day means 365 less items in the house at the end of one year (366 in 2016, since this is leap year). Besides giving you more room because unused items won’t be cluttering your space, this simple practice will help other people at the same time.

Try it. Let me know about your success 🙂

 

 

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About ritterames

Ritter Ames is the USA TODAY bestselling author of both the Organized Mysteries and Bodies of Art Mystery series, and lives atop a high green hill in the country with her husband and Labrador retriever. She spends each day globe-trotting the world from her laptop with Pandora blasting into her earbuds, often with the dog snoring at her feet. Much like her mysteries, Ritter’s favorite vacations start in London, then spiral out in every direction. She’s been known to plan trips after researching new books, and keeps a list of “can’t miss” foods to taste along the way.
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4 Responses to Weed Out and De-Clutter Wednesday — January 20, 2016

  1. galehr says:

    Um, do I get to count my husband as one item? Two??? (He has trouble letting go of things so if he stays, I won’t make ANY goal this year.) Fine. I’ll keep him around. LOL

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    • ritterames says:

      LOL! Just saw this and had to laugh. WordPress seems to be holding out on showing my comments to me via email. Wonder what’s up. I’m not sure husbands shouldn’t count as three or four. Mine is a pro at “suggesting” my things that need to leave the house as he’s bringing in more and more every day. 🙂

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  2. This one might really get me clearing out!

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    • ritterames says:

      Apparently WordPress decided I needed to declutter my inbox since they didn’t send me my email alerts on comments. LOL. But decluttering is something that just seems to want a little help throughout the year. I’ve started doing this kind of thing a lot. I drive a Honda wagon, so I tend to keep canvas bags in the “way back” to catch and separate giveaways, then I always have the with me when I’m driving and can do drop offs. I used to have labeled boxes in the extra bedroom, but tended to forget to grab the as much–and the boxes just made for more extra things in the house 🙂 So, I’ve tried looking for a few easier methods.

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