Mindful Minimalism And Smaller Living

Spare Glasses and Mugs:

  • Keep matching glassware that’s used daily.
  • Donate all back-of-the-cabinet dust collectors.

 

Excess Tupperware Containers:

  • Evaluate containers, and recycle all that are misshaped or missing lids.
  • Keep only what fits neatly into one cabinet.

 

Surplus Dishes and Utensils:

  • Donate the old set that is collecting dust in the back of the highest cabinet.
  • Vow to use your fancy set more often.

 

Nonperishable Stockpiles:

  • Assess your pantry, and remove all expired items that are adding to the clutter.
  • Donate food that can’t be used within two weeks to a local shelter or food drive.
 

Bed and Bath Reserves

Emergency Sheets and Blankets:

  • Eliminate down to one spare set per bed.
  • Donate the excess to an animal shelter.

 

Extraneous Pillows:

  • Remove all old pillows that have lost their support and have since been replaced.
  • Lose decorative pillows that land on the floor.

 

Superfluous Towels:

  • Donate excess to animal shelters who use old towels for pet beds and clean up.
  • Keep only towels that are in good condition.

 

Backup Toiletries and Medicine:

  • Toss all free samples and any product that you do not use on a weekly basis.
  • Remove all expired or unused medications, and start a medicine cabinet inventory.
 

Other Household Extras

 

Supplemental Office Supplies:

  • Throw away dried out markers and pens.
  • Donate all new or gently used supplies.

 

A Library of Books:

  • Keep a selection of favorites and references.
  • Donate all other books that have been read to local schools, bookstores, or libraries.

 

Special Project Craft Supplies:

  • Assign supplies to a project, and date it. Anything that’s not created by that date goes.
  • Donate all new or gently used craft supplies.

 

Unused Electronics:

  • Recycle safely by visiting www.earth911.com to learn how to properly recycle electronics.
  • Visit www.cristina.org for local nonprofits that are in need of electronics.

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Mark Hughes is the President and curator of Bungalows and Cottages LLC, Blog, and Networks. Mark's mission is to bring the design, history, and lifestyle of smaller comfortable iconic American bungalows and cottages to everyone. Mark is a real estate broker and former industry executive who once ranked in the top 1% of agents worldwide for sales and went on to lead two of the largest real estate companies in the Western US. Small house. Big Life.

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