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 →

Gather your leashes, cat trees, bedding, and treats. It’s time for the February 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month is for all the pet owners out there, as we focus on pet supplies. As pet owners, we tend to want to buy our pets all of the treats, beds, and goodies that will provide them with everything they need while showing them how much they are loved. While there is nothing wrong with this, eventually you may find your cupboards and drawers filling with pet supplies that your pet never touches. However, by joining in on this month’s challenge, we will work to changeRead More →

The November Use It Up Challenge is here and it's all about tackling sentimental clutter.

Gather your blenders, rice cookers, and cherry pitters. It’s time for the January 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on kitchen items. We all have gadgets and gizmos in the kitchen that we bought thinking we needed them. Then, as it turns out, they have sat in our cupboards unused. Or, perhaps we used them once and then relegated them to the storage area. For this month, we won’t be just focusing on kitchen gadgets, but all kitchen items that are found in the kitchen. So that includes baking sheets, dishes, etc. Let’s make sure that the items in our kitchenRead More →

The November Use It Up Challenge is here and it's all about tackling sentimental clutter.

Gather your lights, baubles, skeletons, and wreaths. It’s time for the December Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on holiday decorations. By the end of the month, we have gone through every holiday in a calendar year. This makes it the perfect opportunity to go through all of those holiday decorations. We know what ones we did and didn’t use over the course of the year. In fact, there may be some you have been meaning to get rid of over the years but end up returning them to the box instead. No more. Let’s make sure what the decorations we keepRead More →

The November Use It Up Challenge is here and it's all about tackling sentimental clutter.

Gather your collector’s plates, heirlooms, and precious memories. It’s time for the November Use It Up Challenge. This month’s focus is on sentimental items. I have gone easy on you for the last 10 months of this decluttering challenge, so it’s time to really push things. Sentimental items are one of the hardest categories to declutter for obvious reasons. We don’t want to give up our beloved stuffed bear from childhood, or the first pair of shoes our child owned, or that set of fancy dishes that we have never used! But here’s the problem. All of that stuff, while important to you, is stillRead More →

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 →