5 Things You Can Get Rid of Today
Happy Friday Jr. everyone! I'm praising God for the long weekend coming up. I'm making it a habit to try to enjoy every day and not wish for the weekend, but that doesn't mean I don't praise the Lord for it! We all need time to decompress and relax that's for sure! Today I have another minimalism post for you all. As I continue my minimalism journey, I love to share what I am learning along the way. Many of you seem to enjoy these posts as well so I'll keep them coming. If there is anything in particular that you would like me to discuss about minimalism, please let me know. Today I am discussing 5 things that you may have in your home that you can get rid of today.
I think we all have a habit of holding onto receipts just in case. This is fine to do, but I bet you probably have some lying around that you can no longer use to return with. Go through your junk drawer or wherever you keep receipts and sort through them.
Look at the dates on all of your receipts and if it's past the return date or you no longer have the item toss it. If you are really paranoid, take a picture of it and save it in a folder on your phone. This way you will have proof of purchase...just in case!
When I was going to school for my undergraduate degree we had tons of textbooks! Thankfully many schools have gone to e-books, but if you have graduated and are holding onto books from 2001 it's probably safe to get rid of them. I took all of my old textbooks and donated them to the library. I didn't want to throw them away so I figured the library could use them...that's what they do, right?
If you are anything like I was, you may have one million and one plastic bags from the grocery store . I mean, you keep them because it's the right thing to do, plus you were given neat ideas of how to recycle them on the seam of the bag. Well, I promise you will never use all one million and one bags and if you keep getting them when you shop they will just continue to take over your home.
My solution? The next time you go to the grocery store take half of the bags you have back to them (yes most grocery stores will take them back). Spend a few dollars buying some reusable grocery bags, you won't only save your house from clutter, you will also save the earth a little.
Shoes the kids have outgrown.
At my house, we have a shoe rack in my garage where everyone places their shoes when they take them off before entering the house (or are supposed to). Occasionally I will look at it and notice shoes that my kids haven't worn for the last 3 seasons. That's my clue it's time to get rid of them. I would never throw them away unless they were in terrible shape. Instead, I collect them all, bag them up and take them to Goodwill.
I recently went through my medicine cabinet and was surprised of how many of the medications we had were expired. I hate to keep expired things around out of fear that someone may use them and get sick. This includes medications and food for that matter.
It's important to dispose of medications properly so they don't contaminate the water supply or anything like that. Check out this article from the FDA about Safe Disposal of Medicines before you clear out your medicine cabinet.
Those are just some of the things you can get rid of today to help declutter your home a little more. Minimalism and decluttering are ongoing processes and I plan to keep at it.
Can you think of anything else that we could get rid of today?
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