Grab your board games, consoles, controllers, and stacks of unplayed video games! It’s time for the October Use It Up Challenge. We all know that decluttering can be a hard process. So this month, let’s have some fun. This month’s focus is on games – specifically video games and board games. These two types of games can provide hours of entertainment, yet they can also be a source of clutter. Games that you no longer play are often shoved into closets and other spaces. It’s time to tackle this clutter. Let’s go through all of those games, play them, and ensure we are keeping onlyRead More →

Parents rejoice! It is time to get rid of your kid’s toys! No, not all of them. Unless you want to unleash an unhealthy amount of drama and meltdowns. Instead, let’s do the more logical thing, and reduce the number of toys your child has in the home. It’s a well-known fact that most kids don’t play with all of their toys. When they are new they pay attention to them but then they quickly shift their attention elsewhere. Then those neglected toys get piled up in bins or closets and rarely see the light of day while taking up copious amounts of space. NotRead More →

Gather your condiments, canned goods, and freezer items, it’s time for the August Use It Up Challenge. This month’s focus is on food. Before we get into this month’s challenge, I want to acknowledge that I realize food has been a struggle for a lot of people because of what’s going on this year. I had considered switching this month’s focus to something else. However, I decided to stick with my original idea and change it up. So, we are not focusing on using up every ounce of food in the house this time. However, if you wish to do a full pantry challenge, thenRead More →

Gather your novels, comics, encyclopedias, and audiobooks, it’s time for the July Use It Up Challenge. Books are something that’s found in many homes. Yet as many readers know, it is easy to buy them faster than you can read them. Thus results in enormous TBRs that feel entirely overwhelming. Regardless of whether you have just a few or hundreds of books, this month we are going to focus on using them up. In the previous months, we have tackled notebooks, candles, cleaning supplies, craft supplies, clothes, and bath items. July Use It Up Challenge What is the Use It Up Challenge? This is aRead More →

Gather your bath bombs, shampoo, makeup, and product samples, it’s time for the June Use It Up Challenge. Bathrooms can be an area that collects a lot of clutter but we don’t always notice it right away. All of those items stuffed in a drawer or closet can make you lose track of what you are using and what’s being ignored. That’s why this month’s challenge focus is on bath items. Over the years you may have collected various items that were used for a while, but then forgotten as new items made their way into the room. In the previous months, we have tackledRead More →

Gather your pants, shirts, sweaters, and socks, it’s time for the May Use It Up Challenge. With the weather having shifted from the colder winter months into spring, now is the perfect time to have a good look at your wardrobe. Before you pack away your winter clothes for another year, let’s take some time to apply the Use It Up Challenge to ensure you are keeping what you need. I know what you’re thinking. “How can you use up clothes?” Well, the answer is simple, you wear them. Wear them until they are worn out or in the case of children until they haveRead More →

Grab your yarn, paint, ribbon, and glue! It’s time to put those crafting supplies and skills to good use with the April Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on crafting supplies. Whether you are a veteran crafter or just starting out, there is a good chance you have more crafting materials lying around the house than you thought. Perhaps you had intended to start a new craft hobby, bought the supplies and never got around to it. Maybe you are planning to make an item for someone’s birthday or an upcoming holiday. Now is the time to find those items and putRead More →

March ushers in the start of spring and that means that spring cleaning is on everyone’s mind. With temperatures rising, it’s time to air out our homes after the long winter, knock out the dust and refresh the home with a good cleaning. There’s a good chance that your home already has the cleaning products you need in order to perform your spring cleaning. While cleaning occurs regularly around the year, spring cleaning is a bit different. It’s not just a quick wipe down of surfaces, it’s a deep cleaning that really gets every bit of dirt from every nook and cranny. That’s why theRead More →

Candles are a popular item to buy. With so many scents out there, it’s easy to want to own them all. In fact, you may find that you have a huge collection of candles in your home. The question is, are you actually using those candles? If you are, then you are on the right track. However, there are many people out there who buy candles regularly but rarely or never use them. Perhaps they don’t want to use up their favorite scent. Or they just like the look of the candle on their shelf. Whatever your reason for not using them, it’s time toRead More →

How many times have you seen a notebook in the store and thought “Oh, I need this!” Only to discover 30 unused notebooks at home? What about promising, or even making a resolution, to journal every day? You may stick with it for a week or so, but soon that journal gets abandoned. The notebook gets shoved in a drawer or cupboard with all the others. Or perhaps, notebooks are where you keep your story ideas. You want to write a novel, but haven’t quite gotten around to it yet. Then the January Use It Up Challenge is for you! This month, we are focusingRead More →