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 →

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 →

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

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 →

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

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 →

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

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 →

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

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 →