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Even without all the kid stuff in the house, there are still plenty of spaces I need to declutter and organize for spring. So I put together a 5 minute cleaning checklist for myself (and for you!) so you know what to tackle when you have an extra 5 minutes.
- Match all food storage containers with their lids and ditch anything that doesn’t match. Bye, 57 lids that fall out every time I open the cabinet.
- Go through your old electronic devices (hi, iPhones, iPads, wearables, tablets, anything with a charger, basically!) and get rid of anything you don’t use. You can actually get PAID for stuff you aren’t using with Trademore! I loved using Trademore because of the convenience and they have really strong payouts, especially compared to their competition. They accept a ton of smartphones, tablets and wearables, so if you have something you never use and it’s just taking up space, see if it’s available on Trademore! It’s so easy – here’s how it works:
- Visit their website, find your device, evaluate its condition (perfect, good, poor) & fill out the info.
- They send an envelope with a free shipping label to ship your device back to Trademore. Takes a minute for you to package it up!
- Once the device is received and processed, you get a digital payment!
- Purge the fridge of expired food and/or condiments. No, I didn’t have mustard that expired in 2014… oh wait, yes I did. :/
- Clean out under your sinks. Chances are, there’s expired stuff under there too. Or an abundance of trash bags you didn’t know existed.
- Go through magazines and newspapers and mail. Ditching all the paper clutter always makes me feel lighter – literally and figuratively.
- Dispose of expired medicines and beauty products. It was crazy how many expired things we still had sitting around – eye drops from 2015, gummy vitamins that were long hardened, and lotion I once paid $50+ for but never used. Bye! Side note: some medications need to be disposed of in a specific way – many cities offer pill take-back days, so be sure to check before you just throw away or flush medication.
- Tackle the ‘junk drawer’. Admittedly, this took a little longer than 5 minutes for me. But almost everything in the drawer actually had a place, I just needed to find it. You’ll feel SO MUCH BETTER without a junky junk drawer. Promise it’s worth the time.
- Go through glasses/silverware/dishes and donate. We’ve somehow accumulated a million pieces of glassware throughout the years and it’s becoming hard to close the cabinets. Yet we still reach for the same 6 glasses every day – time to purge.
What are your favorite ways to declutter?
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