2016 is has been an awesome year. As we come to the close of another year, let us try to declutter a few key areas so that we can start the next year feeling refreshed and ready to go.
1. Receipts and Statements.
There is that folder in the corner of your desk that has all the receipts and statements. We do not need to hold on to these items. Quickly go through them. If there is anything that you need to keep, you can scan them and get rid of it. If you don’t have a scanner, you can use the Evernote app to scan your documents quickly.
2. Pen and Pencils on your desk.
We all have a cup on our desk that has a pen that does not write or a pencil that is broken, and we don’t use. Grab the pens and use the receipts that you are throwing away to scribble and see if they work. If they don’t, throw them away with the receipts.
3. Mismatched socks.
If you have a lonely sock, time to get rid of it. There is no reason to keep the one single missing pair when we are highly unlikely to wear it or find the other pair. Real quick and easy to pull it out and put it away.
4. Wallet stuff.
Take all the items out of your wallet and put back the items that you really use. We all tend to have a collection of club cards that you rarely use or need. In many cases, these stores will be able to pull up your information if you give them your phone number. If you have too many coins, it might be time to change them to bills at Coinstar. And get rid of the endless receipts that we tend to store in our wallets as well.
5. Paid bills.
If you have bills that you have paid, you are more than likely not need to keep a hard copy of the bill. Again depending on the bill you may need to keep it. So grab that folder that has paid bills from 5 to 6 years ago. Get rid of the ones that no longer necessary.
We all have some cables in our desk drawers, office bags, backpacks. Many of which keep simply keep for “just in case.” Quickly go through them and see if you have used them in the last three months. If you have not, its time to get rid of them.
7. CDs and DVDs.
Do people even use those? My laptop even does not support CDs and DVDs, and I can’t recall the last time I needed to use one. (other than making one for a client.) If you have CDs and DVDs its time to move them to a hard drive. If you do not have a DVD player that connects to your computer, then you can borrow one from a friend grab one from a thrift store or get a portable scanner from Amazon.
8. Damaged clothes.
I am super guilty of this. Sometimes I tend to have a spartan attitude towards minimalism. I try to make use of clothes until I feel like there is absolutely no use for it. If you have damaged clothes that are no longer functional its time to get rid of it.
Now just as much they are useful. When we tend to have too many hangers, we tend to feel like we need to fill them up. So get rid of hangers that you are no longer using. At the very list put them in a temporary holding area, and if you don’t use them in 3 months you can donate it.
We all have that space in our bathroom where we just keep our stuff. Sometimes quickly tucked away are items that we might pick up when we went traveling, or samples got and said we might use it when we go traveling. Many of the toiletry items are usually readily available. People survive in almost all parts of the world. Consider getting rid of these things as soon as you get done with a shower today.
There you have it. Ten things that you can get rid of in 10 minutes before the end of 2016. If you do get rid of these items take it on Instagram and tag me @pmexplore! Cheers and I wish you the best year yet in 2017!