40 Things That Can Go Now For a More Organized Life

Decluttering can seem like a daunting task to complete. You may know that you need to declutter and get rid of excess stuff, but figuring out where to start can be challenging. Hopefully, you can use this list to help you start working on creating a more organized home with less clutter!

  1. Clothes – If they are too small or you don’t wear them anymore, it’s an excellent time to donate. 

  1. Unmatched socks – Unless you only like wearing one sock, then to each their own! 

  1. Old purses & wallets Let me reassure you that even though a spare can be nice, you will most likely not be reaching for that old bag that you decided to replace. 

  1. Shoes – If they don’t fit correctly or are replaced with new shoes, they no longer serve a purpose.

  1. Worn out pillows or sheets – Flat pillows and holey sheets are a no-go!

  1. Broken cords or cords that hang around for months, possibly even years, and serve no known purpose. 

  1. Books – Keep your favourites, but rehome the rest.

  1. Movies – If you have watched them but know you won’t watch them again, you can donate or sell them. 

  1. VHS Tapes – Sadly, some of you won’t even know what these are. But for those of you that do and don’t have access to a VHS player, it is time to let them go! Even the most special memories saved on VHS can now be converted to digital files! 

  1. Magazines that you have read and will just collect dust on the shelf.

  1. Medals and Trophies – As rewarding as that trophy may have been to win back in junior high, it probably doesn’t hold the same value anymore as it used to, and it may be time to let it go. (It is always a good idea to ask if the organization refurbishes trophies and reuses them before throwing them out.)

  1. Gaming systems you don’t use – Don’t let your old PS4 collect dust just because you had to have the PS5. Get it up for sale on your local swap and buy.

  1. Old Phones and Electronics – Many people replace their phone at the end of a 2-year contract for a new one and throw their old ones in a drawer. If they have lots of life left, put them up for sale, don’t hang onto them until they have no value! 

  1. Old photos – Times have changed, and new technology means that you don’t have to hang onto hundreds/thousands of photos. You can spend some time scanning them and maintaining a digital copy. Switching to a digital version can help save some space and keep the pictures safe for many years to come. 

  1. Toys – Throw out broken toys & donate toys that your child(ren) has outgrown. 

  1. Cheap Knick-Knacks – This one may seem never-ending if you have kids! 

  1. Board games or card games – Games that you don’t play anymore or that are missing pieces.

  1. Plates/Bowls – Most households do not require 30 sets of dishes, so maybe it’s time to donate if you have too many extras. 

  1. Excess water bottles – A person can only use so many!

  1. Expired Food – This is something we should be checking regularly, no one wants to get sick! 

  1. Mismatched Tupperware – If it doesn’t have a mate, toss it. 

  1. Plastic grocery bags & produce bags – It can be handy to have a few, but there is no need to have a whole cupboard full of them in most circumstances.

  1. Carry-out extras – Whether it’s chopsticks, salt & pepper packets, ketchup & mustard packets, or flimsy napkins, it’s time for them to go!

  1. Empty body wash/shampoo containers or ones that you don’t use. 

  1. Expired cosmetics – Expired make-up is terrible for your skin, and expired fingernail polish can be clumpy and not usable. 

  1. Expired Medication – It can be very dangerous to consume expired Medication, so make sure you check the expiry dates!

  1. Hair tools and hair accessories that you don’t use – technology and fashion are constantly changing, so if you no longer use them, then it’s time for them to go. 

  1. Lotions or perfumes – If you are not fond of the scent or quality of them, donate.

  1. Extra decor – If you have decor that sits in storage because you don’t have space for it, then it’s time for it to go. 

  1. Halloween costumes – Hang onto these and closer to Halloween, post them on your local swap and buy!

  1. Bridesmaid dresses – that you will never ever, I repeat EVER wear again, donate!

  1. Outdated prescription glasses – If you can’t use them, please donate them! There are multiple donation options, but they all serve the same purpose of trying to help people that need prescription glasses but can’t afford them otherwise.

  1. Old Christmas and Birthday cards – As wonderful as receiving a card on any occasion can be, we can appreciate the card without keeping it forever. 

  1. Broken Zippers – Most of the time items with a broken zipper no longer serve the purpose they were intended for, and lay around collecting dust.  

  1. Cleaning products – Some cleaning products don’t work as well as we hope they will in our home, so they sit in the cupboard unused. Don’t hang onto them until they expire and no one can use them anymore. Pass them along to someone in need. 

  1. Old Documents that are now irrelevant and you don’t need to keep.

  1. Paid off bills & Old Statements – Shred them and move on. 

  1. Old receipts – As long as you don’t need them for warranty or tax returns.

  1. Corporate “Swag” – A person can only use so many fridge magnets, pens and tote bags! 

  1. Old paint or stain – While keeping the left-over paint in storage for touch-ups can be smart initially, it doesn’t last forever. 

This list doesn’t come close to covering everything you could get rid of in your home. However, hopefully, it will give you an excellent start to a more organized life! 

I’d love to hear from you, what items do you think are the best to get rid of first? Be sure to leave it in the comments!

Secrets to Getting Your Child to Clean

Secrets to Getting Your Child to Clean
Make Cleaning Fun!

A child’s brain subconsciously loves structure, routine, and stability. So the best way to get your child to help with cleaning is to be consistent, make it a part of your routine, and have fun with it! Follow along to learn some easy secrets to getting your child to clean and have fun all at the same time. 

Keep the Expected Job Within their Capability

It is essential to create a consistent routine for our children and teach them to clean up after themselves, but we need to make sure our expectations are realistic. Cleaning up after your child when they can do it themselves tells them that they don’t have to do it because someone else will. And truthfully, this will only create more work for you now and in the long run. On the other hand, if your expectations are too high and they cannot complete the task you’re asking them to do, they will feel frustrated, hurt, and discouraged when you have to redo their hard work.

Keep it Short and Sweet

I know very few people who enjoy cleaning for hours on end, and I have never met a child who would be capable of cleaning for hours, let alone enjoy it. So ensure not to overload your child with too much at once. Create a routine that includes cleaning daily or every other day. By doing this, you will keep the cleaning intervals shorter, and you will find much less resistance from your children.

Organize The Space Where Children Will be Expected to Help

Children will become overwhelmed quickly when you ask them to tidy up a room if they don’t know where to put everything (even if you have told them 500 times where something goes). This reminder brings our conversation back to the importance of organization and decluttering your home! Make sure that everything in your home has a place; this includes toys. You can label bins accordingly to accommodate the child(ren) that will be cleaning up. Make sure to include pictures on your labels for children that can’t read yet. Keeping everything organized and labeled will help ensure their toys make it back to where they belong and leave your child feeling independent, confident, and competent.

A Little Friendly Competition

If you have two or more kids, then this will be something you probably see them often do all on their own. Now, it’s time to use it to your advantage! Set a timer and see who can pick up the most toys in said time or split the room in half and see who can get their side put away first. Sometimes adding competition into cleaning will add a new element that makes it a bit more exciting. 

Add Some Music to Your Cleaning Time

Make cleaning a little more enjoyable for everyone and add some music! Listening to upbeat music that your child enjoys can make cleaning more pleasurable, but it also helps us complete the task quicker. Let your child sing and dance to their favorite tunes while cleaning, and it will decrease cleaning time and leave them in a better mood than when they started.

Don’t Be Scared to Offer a Little Help

We know as adults how daunting a huge list of to-dos can be. We shouldn’t be surprised that a child will also feel overwhelmed by a long list of tasks or a mess that spreads from one end of the living room to another. Sharing the job and helping guide them can make it feel less overwhelming to all people involved. I am not suggesting that you clean the mess for your child, but there is a lot of benefit to you offering to help them. I think you may be pleasantly surprised by the result. Soon enough, they will reach out and ask to help with your tasks, such as drying the dishes after you have washed them, or join in and help you fold and put away the laundry. Most children tend to mock the behaviours they see, so if you’re often offering to lend a hand, they will likely repeat this behaviour in the future. You will also get to spend valuable time with your child and them with you. Quality time seems to be hard to find in a world moving so fast all the time; take advantage of it.

Give Them Options

Doing the same chore over and over can become redundant quickly and feel more like a punishment than a chore. Give your child the ability to choose which chore(s) they would like to do. Unfortunately, you may need to gently remind them that “none” is not an option on the list. You can allow them to choose between jobs that you have already predetermined they are capable of doing. Most kids love to help, and they love feeling like they are contributing to the household.

Beat the Clock Challenge

Set a timer and challenge your child to beat the clock. Suggest a specific task and set the timer for a predetermined amount of time. For example, “Can you pick up all the dinosaurs in one minute?” or “Can you clean your room in under one hour?” You get the idea; Make it fun! If you want, you could even offer a reward if they can manage to accomplish the task in said amount of time.

Cleaning does not have to be the daunting task that we sometimes make it out to be. Make it a family affair where you can engage with each other and have fun. Having your child do chores consistently will also teach them critical skills that will be valuable to them now and for the rest of their lives. Remember that sometimes even with help, you can still feel overwhelmed by your space. If you lack space due to clutter and find it hard to function in your home, let us help! Check out our website to see our storage solutions available and see which options can help you have the space you deserve! At Crate It Storage, we provide our customers with affordable small storage services with the most value.

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