* This article was originally published on Simply Laura Leigh *
September is the perfect month to set some time aside for decluttering. Summer is over, the weather is cooling down, the kids are in school, and we still have a few weeks before the holiday rush hits. Taking the time now to put away all your summer stuff and clear out the clutter will not only make holiday decorating easier but reducing the clutter and unused junk around your house now can help cut down on the stress during the upcoming holiday season.
In this September decluttering challenge I have a list of 47 things that you should either toss, sell or donate this month. Its been broken down into 4 different categories; summer items, personal care/ toiletries, kitchen items, and fall/winter items. Don’t forget to scroll all the way to the bottom to get your FREE copy of the September Decluttering Checklist sent straight to your inbox!
Once you’re done with the September decluttering challenge head over to my Fall Cleaning Checklist to help you get the inside and outside of your home cleaned and ready for winter!
A quick note on when to donating vs when to sell an item – When should you sell something and when should you donate it? If an item is still in good condition I would try to sell it before you donate it. It’s a great way to make some extra money for the upcoming holidays. If you’ve never sold anything before then start with Facebook Market Place, it’s super easy to use. My husband and I have made over $1,500 selling thing we no longer need on Facebook over the last few months so I highly suggest you give it a try! If you aren’t able to sell the item and its something that you think goodwill can sell or another charity can use, then donate it.
Now is when you should be going through all your summer items and putting them into storage. Toss anything that is broken or worn out. If it’s something you no longer need but is in good condition set it aside to sell or donate.
1 Broken outdoor toys
2. Summer clothes that no longer fit or are worn-out
3. Broken or damaged gardening supplies
4. Scratched or broken sunglasses
5. Warn out and fraying beach towels
6.Broken or worn out camping gear
7. Broken or damaged sports gear
8.Bbq and grill supplies that are broken or unusable
9. Swimsuits that no longer fit
10. Broken beach chairs
11. Bike helmets that are broken or no longer fit
12. Old newspapers and magazines
13. Broken plant pots
14. Damaged or worn-out pool toys and floaties
15. Unusable lifejackets
16. Broken coolers
Sell Or Donate –
17. Toys that your kids have grown out of
18. Life jackets that no longer fit
19. Clothing is in good condition but will no longer be worn
20. Outgrown summer shoes
21. Camping supplies you no longer need
22. Unused gardening tools
23. Bicycles or scooters that kids have outgrown
personal care/ toiletries
Pay attention to expiration dates on summer-specific items like bug spray or sunscreen. If they expire in the middle of winter go ahead and toss those now so you don’t accidentally use them next summer.
24. Expired sunscreen and insect repellent
25. Summer beauty products
26. Expired or unused beauty products and makeup
27. Old nail polish
28. Expired first aid supplies
29. Expired medication
Your kitchen is probably one of the busiest places in your house and it’s going to get even busier during the upcoming holiday season. Getting rid of anything that is broken, no longer used, or expired will help reduce clutter and free up much needed space.
30. Expired condiments
31. Tupperware containers that are missing lids
32. Expired BBQ sauces
33. Expired food
34. Old or expired spices – fall and holiday season are busy times in the kitchen, go through your spice cabinet and toss any seasoning that is expired or won’t be used. 35. Grilling rubs and spices that you won’t be using and will expire during the winter.
36. Broken or chipped plates and glasses
37. Damaged or worn-out kitchen utensils
38. Food you won’t be using but isn’t expired
39. Plates and glasses that are no longer used or needed
40. kitchen utensils that are no longer used or needed
Take some time now to go through your fall and Halloween decorations and make sure it’s in a place that is easy to access for when the time comes to start decorating!
41. Broken fall and Halloween decorations
42. Old Halloween costumes
43. Old or worn-out hats, gloves, and scarves
44. Broken snow shoves and car ice scrapers
Sell or donate –
45. Snow boots that no longer fit
46. Cold weather jackets that no longer fit
47. Old Halloween costumes that are still in good condition
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