What To Do With Plastic Hangers

Remember the “no wire hangers” scene in “Mommie Dearest”? I can’t tell you how many times my sister, my mom and I have done that scene around our house and yet I think my sister still has a few.

There is something pleasing to the eye when a closet has just one type of hanger.

They are cheap. They come in a variety of colors and, yes, you can have too many. Once you start weeding through your clothes you will have extra hangers.

If you are crafty, there is no end to the possibilities but most people won’t follow through and they will remain in your closet taking up space. If you are going to start taking chances when it comes to decluttering, this is a good place to start.

White plastic hangersGO FOR IT!

What To Do With Jewelry Gift Boxes

They are pretty but do you use them? Are they empty? There is your starting point.

Maybe you simply save for when you need a small box for your own gift giving. That was why Carol saved these handy little holders but it was time to let go. As pretty as they were, they were taking up space. Letting go of small things give us momentum. Three simple questions. Do I use it? Do I need it? Do I enjoy it?

Jewelry Gift Boxes

Closet Hanger Organizers

I fell for it too! Thinking I could buy these and it would automatically make me organized. It worked at first but then I realized the things I hung on the lower bars were pants I never wore. I’m not saying don’t buy but think before buying. These things are made to utilize space efficiently. If you are that short on space maybe it’s time to rethink your wardrobe. If you haven’t worn for a year then sell or donate. If that is too drastic then try 2 years or 3 years.Closet hanger organizers

What To Do With Old Pantyhose And Nylons

nylonsPantyhose and nylons are not as popular as they used to be. Less popular if you live in warmer climates and rarely dress up.

Think travel. I remember a fashion designer saying that going to the airport now was like going to a velour tracksuit conference. Not like the olden days when women dressed up for travel with pantyhose and girdles.

Unless we have a quick turn around in fashion, few of us will wear all of those pantyhose in the drawers.

So now is the time to take them out and make a decision.

When was the last time you wore a pair? I could understand wanting to save a couple in case of a wedding or funeral.

Recycling

There are dozens, possibly hundreds of ideas out there for those that do arts and crafts.

If you don’t need for arts and crafts then maybe today is a good day to simplify your collection.

 

 

What To Do With Scarves

scarvesThese beautiful colorful pieces of fabric are hard to part with even though you rarely use them. You may be one of the few I see around that look completely coordinated with one of these draped perfectly around your shoulders or tied around your neck but many of us don’t think to wear them that often.

Religious reasons; I had an opportunity years ago to travel to Kuala Lumpur and the women there wore beautiful scarves to cover their heads for their religion.

Practical reasons; like a wool scarf in the winter for warmth.

Fashion reason; the biggest reason I see around where I live. If you look on youtube you can find clips of women showing you all sorts of creative ways to wear them and tie them.

But what do you do when years have gone by and you just don’t grab for that scarf anymore? One thing is to get them out and make an effort to wear them but again, if a year goes by and you don’t, consider some of the following.

Other uses for scarves;

Beach Dress, Skirt, Quilts, Table Decoration, Crafts, Turn Into A Belt, Make It A Headpiece,

If those don’t work for you then consider selling it or giving it away.

Step One; Take out all of your scarves, the folded and the hanging.

Step Two; If you haven’t worn in 2 years, then sell or give away. For those of you who are getting braver, try 1 year.

Scarves are in most clothing stores. Target and Walmart have lots. So if you happen get rid of all of your scarves and you suddenly need one then relax because you know there are many more out there at good prices.

They are pretty, aren’t they?

 

 

Discovering Minimalism

Living with less.

This may or may not be for you. I’m not here to twist your arm but to propose an alternative to living with lots of stuff.

Alternative – Live with less

Charity – Giving is good

Benefits – Peace of mind and freedom

SIMPLICITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

What To Do With Socks

red socks

These things typically take up an entire drawer. From the solid colors to patterned to bright holiday themed socks, we can’t possibly wear all of the ones we own.

The minimalism journey is fun!

Little by little you can get organized by decluttering things you no longer wear. That includes socks with missing mates and holes.

Gather your socks from drawers, closets and don’t forget to check inside shoes. Lay them out on a bed and pull out the ones that you have worn during the year.

The rest can go. Recycling as a dust rag works or simply put in your ongoing donate bag.

 

What To Do With Bridesmaid Dresses

Bridesmaid dressesHere are just a few of the bridesmaid dresses that were in my closet. What a shame to only wear once but that is usually the way it goes.

The few blogs out there that addressed this issue basically came up with the same conclusions that I did.

OPTIONS

1. Alter them. If it is long, make it short. If it has sleeves, make it sleeveless. This changes the look enough that maybe no one will notice it is the same dress. Even if they did, they should be impressed at your resourcefulness.

2. Take to a consignment shop. These dresses can be expensive and they are mostly formal. If someone out there is shopping for a dress that they too will wear only once, a consignment shop is a good place to start. Make sure before you take to the shop that it is clean and doesn’t have smeared cake on the back side.

3. It is material. If you are a creative craft person and can sew, cut up into pieces and make a quilt.

4. If it is from another decade, wear on Halloween as a costume.

5. Sell at a yard or garage sale.

6. Ask the bride if she wants to keep one of the dresses and give it to her.

7. Donate to local thrift shop.

These dresses are no different than other things in your closet that you are not wearing. That is to say, they are not being used and taking up valuable space. I finally put in the goodwill bag and they are now out of my closet. Why didn’t I do this years ago? I guess because they were expensive and associated with a good memory I thought I was somehow obligated to hold on to them.

Today is a good day to take all of the bridesmaid dresses out of your closet. If they have been in there for decades then consider your options.

It’s time to declutter those dresses.

What To Do With Puzzles

PuzzlesDoes anyone out there have patients anymore for putting together a puzzle? For some it’s a hobby and can be a relaxing hobby. The art of piecing together a puzzle could also mean a good social time. Where you are actually having a conversation with a real person sitting in front of you instead of a computer.

Oh….The Good Ol’ Days

For most of us, they were given to us as gifts, and those gifts are now up in our closets. The honest truth is… we will NEVER work on these things again and yet we keep, despite the missing pieces. Why? Not sure.

Maybe you put together a very impressive puzzle and then had it laminated to hang like a picture on a wall. It may even be a conversation piece.

If you are working on a puzzle or if you enjoy looking at the puzzle hanging on the wall then, keep. But, if you are tired of keeping them for no good reason then consider selling them or giving them away.

Do you use it? Do you need it? Do you enjoy it?

Starting with these questions will help you begin the process.

It’s this simple…Are you working on the puzzle or is it just taking up space?

 

 

What To Do With Odds And Ends

locksLocks with no combinations. Missing weight mate. Broken shoe things. Magnets that hold clutter to fridge. Bathroom toothbrush holder that was always dirty. Old shoe shiner that kind of works. They all need to go and I won’t miss any of them. Less clutter to deal with is a good thing. It simplifies life. Too many of these little items around the house begin to add up to lots of clutter. magnets

shoe shinner

toothbrush holder

broken show insert

 

missing  weight