14. China, crystal and silver. If you don’t use (or want to use) your grandmother’s finest dinnerware, consider giving it to a family member or a friend who would love it.
15. Coffee mugs. I bet you could remove ten extraneous mugs from your cupboard in the next minute without batting an eye. Do it and put them in the donate box.
16. Expired food. Check your pantry, your fridge, your freezer and your snack basket. Time to eliminate old spices, expired canned goods, stale chips and the science experiment at the back of your refrigerator.
17. Plastic cups and dishes left over from when your kids were little. Once I cleared this stuff out, I felt like I reclaimed my kitchen cabinets.
18. Books. Okay. This one I’m using as a reminder to myself. I need to take all the books and decor off my bookshelves and return only what we really love. In 22 years of marriage, I don’t think we’ve ever cracked open those giant coffee table tomes about WWII.
19. Musical instruments. If you keep instruments you don’t play, maybe it’s time to let them go. That includes the piano. And the cornet in the attic. Ahem.
20. Games and puzzles. Some games and puzzles are for a younger set which makes them no-brainer giveaways. Just do it. Anything missing pieces or if the box is torn beyond recognition, just toss.
Are you feeling inspired? Ready to purge all your redundant clutter? You can do it! Let me know how it goes. I’d love to encourage you along the way.