Gather your wrapping paper, ribbons, and gift bags! It’s time for the December 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on gift wrap. With the holidays on their way, now is the perfect time to use up your collection of gift wrap. Whether you hit the post-holiday sales last year to stock up or have a small collection leftover, let’s make an effort to use up what we have on hand. The previous categories this year covered were kitchen items, pet supplies, technology, seeds, movies, outdoor decor, tools, hardware, school supplies, organizers, and music. December 2021 Use It Up Challenge – Gift WrapRead More →

Gather your CDs, vinyl records, and MP3s. It’s time for the November 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month, we are focusing on music. Many of us love music. We listen to it to relax, we enjoy it when we are happy or sad, and we also listen to it as background noise throughout the day. This love of music can and often does lead to large collections of CDs or an overwhelmingly large digital music file on our devices. It’s time to tame that collection, remove those songs and albums we no longer listen to, and limit the music clutter in our homes. TheRead More →

Gather your storage containers and organizers. It’s time for the October 2021 Use It Up Challenge! This month we are focusing on organizers. For many people who have an overabundance of stuff, the easiest way to deal with it is to throw it in an organizer or fancy box and call it a day. I know I fell into that category for many years. While that technically does remove the clutter from view, it doesn’t actually deal with the issue. If you aren’t careful, this will lead to your home becoming filled with containers of stuff. However, if you have been keeping up with theseRead More →

Gather your binders, pencil cases, staplers, and paper! It’s time for the September 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on school supplies. Most schools return in September, though some places return as early as August. This makes it the perfect time to use those school supplies around your home. Whether you have recently stocked up on the necessary items for school or have leftovers from the previous year, it’s time to sort through it all and make sure it will actually get used. Hopefully, you have already established a back-to-school routine with your kids. Now, it’s simply a matter of seeingRead More →

Gather your saws, hammers, screwdrivers, and wrenches! It’s time for the August 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on tools. Whether you own your home or rent, having a basic number of tools in your home is important. However, much like everything else, tools can take up space and eventually lead to clutter. That’s where the Use It Up Challenge comes in. Let’s take advantage of the nice summer weather and get some DIY projects done or perhaps tackling that home improvement project you have been putting off. Grab your tools and get busy. The previous categories this year covered wereRead More →

Gather your screws, nails, bolts, and nuts! It’s time for the July 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on hardware. Many people will have some screws and nails around their house. Whether they were bought for a specific project or just in case, now is the perfect time to put them to good use. With the arrival of the summertime weather, it’s time to tackle those indoor and outdoor projects you may have been putting off. Whether it’s home improvement, a fun backyard project, or a hobby-related build, this is the time to use the hardware you have and get theseRead More →

Gather your outdoor solar lights, lawn chairs, and garden gnomes! It’s time for the June 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on outdoor decor. Chances are you have some outdoor decor, and depending on the size of your yard and how often you use it, you may have quite a bit. But are you using all that you own or is most of it sitting in your shed collecting dust? Let’s take this month to focus on ensuring we are truly using these items and any that we are not, are sold or donated to ensure we aren’t holding onto clutter.Read More →

Grab your DVDs, Blurays, and some popcorn. It’s time for the May 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on movies. We all have a collection of movies. The allure of the $5 movie bin at stores has allowed your collection to bloom. But are you actually watching those movies regularly or are they sitting there collecting dust? Let’s deal with this entertaining clutter and reduce that collection down to what you truly want to keep and watch. The previous categories this year covered were kitchen items, pet supplies, technology, and seeds. In the first year of this challenge, we have tackled notebooks,Read More →

Grab your seeds, trowels, planters, and soil. It’s time for the April 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on seeds. Garden season is fast approaching. In fact, some may already have started their gardens, especially if you live in the southern climates. However, for those of us in the North, there are a few weeks to go before we can safely get our hands in the dirt. Since many plants can be started indoors, this is the perfect time to work on using all of the seeds you have accumulated over the last few months or years. So grab your seedsRead More →

Gather your phones, computers, game systems, and cords. It’s time for the March 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on technology. We live in a technology-filled society. Many homes have a plethora of devices, from smartphones to game systems and computers galore. We love upgrading your devices as often as possible and this can lead to technology clutter. Chances are you have a box or drawer filled with old tech along with a few random power cords that have an unknown purpose. It’s time to deal with this clutter and ensure that the items you have in your home and actuallyRead More →