(Today's book giveaway listed below.)
If you enjoy cooking, chances are you have a stack of recipes you’ve torn from magazines or printed from online. Even though earlier in A Year of Decluttering you worked through printed recipes, chances are that between Thanksgiving and the winter holidays you’ve acquired a new stack of “Hmm, I’d like to try this.” I know I have.
Flip through these recipes, weeding out the ones you know you won’t make and leave the other recipes someplace where you’ll see them and make plans to add something new to your repertoire.
Did you buy the ingredients for any of these recipes? Plan when you’ll make the dish; or, if the thought of preparing the dis is no longer appealing, donate the ingredients to your local food bank.
If this task doesn’t apply to you: Eliminate five pieces of paper from your files.
Want to win a book? Today I'm giving away Miss Minimalist Francine Jay's book, The Joy of Less. In the comments below, tell me that you're interested. I'll pull the winner's name on 11/28.
I never had a Christmas tree until I married, so the only Christmas decorations that I had were the Snoopy and Woodstock ornaments that used to come with a miniature box of chocolates. (The winter I was in an apartment that had just the right number of cup hooks beneath the kitchen cabinets was my favorite when it came to hang them.)
Did you buy holiday decorations on a whim only to realize they don’t add to the holiday feel? If you “forget” to put those decorations out, will anyone notice their absence?
If this task doesn’t apply to you: Eliminate a holiday or seasonal ornament that has no sentimental value and that you don’t enjoy displaying.
I’m not referring to the letters you send but the letters you may have received from others. Will you ever reread these letters? You don’t need to keep people’s year-in-review for personal reference.
Want to win a book? Today I'm giving away Regina Wong's Make Space: A Minimalist's Guide to the Good and the Extraordinary. To enter, leave your name in the comments. I'll pull the winner's name on 11/15/18.
You’re convinced that you’ll use all those scraps of gift wrap, but do you? Recycle the scraps from previous years and start fresh.
If today’s task doesn’t apply to you: Do you save scraps of paper to use for shopping lists and to-do lists? Do you have more than you'll ever use?
Do you save stuff – old clothing and dated accessories – because you think they would make great costuming? Did you (or your kids or grandkids) even look at this stuff for Halloween? No? Do you really have that many situations in your life where you need costume supplies?
If you do find that you (or your kids or grandkids) go looking for costuming during the year, keep all these types of supplies in one bin or drawer so the items’ purpose is clear. Don’t keep outdated clothing and accessories in with the clothing you wear.
If this task doesn’t apply to you: Eliminate an item of clothing or an accessory that you’ll never wear again, whatever the reason.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.