Old towels can go to a local vet office or the animal shelter. I like old dish towels for cleaning.
Some jewelry I feel is worth repairing, it depends on the value and sentiment. I have supplies and tools for making simple repairs.
I confess to having several shoe boxes worth of toiletries I am working through - toothpaste, toothbrushes, sample shampoos, etc. I definitely don't buy more.
I have lots of stuff I'm working through, too. I finally see progress in the form of more empty space in cabinets. It feels good to be using things up.
We dump most of the things on that list in a fairly timely manner. But as many of you know, I save some pretty strange stuff. You can pry my collection of old washer and dryer tubs from my cold, dead hands! 😁
Some duplicate kitchen stuff can go, but not all. I have dozens of single serving Corningware dishes, for example, but it's not unusual for nearly all of them to be in use at one time.
I don't get rid of stuff just because I haven't used it in a while, because my interests run in cycles.
When we got married we had a lot of duplicate kitchen stuff, some of it I kept like the toaster and it served us well a few years later when we needed a replacement. I had 3 sets of measuring cups and spoons at one point, because one set would be in the dishwasher and one would be lost in the drawer... But I got rid of a lot of pans, especially the cheap crappy ones I didn't want to use. I have more corning ware and fire king than I can use, but they'll pry that from my cold dead fingers. I think it may be time to go through the plastic containers, the reuseable ones saved from food purchases are starting to pile up and we just don't need that many around.
Old (no longer in use) software CDs and boxes. Old empty appliance boxes (toaster, coffee maker). Empty wine bottles because you plan to remove the label and save it "some day". Ok I am getting really annoyed just thinking about all the [email protected] in the basement he won't get rid of. :vs_mad:
I rarely keep plastic containers food came in. I'm slightly paranoid about BPA. I also have a lot of Tupperware, though I've been weeding out some of that.
Our camping gear needs to be dealt with. I have too much 'just in case' stuff. If we ever get it all gathered up in one place, I plan to go through it and get rid of a lot. The goal is to get to the point of keeping almost all of it in the camper, but I don't think that's possible. We have parts like cushions and the dinette table that we don't use, but can't get rid of, so it has to be stored, and literally a truckload of gear we haul in the truck on trips. Maybe I need to change my goal to storing it all in the camper, one tote in the house, and designated spaces in the cabin and garage.
Dang, now that I think about it, camping requires a heckuva lot of gear. But we can still get rid of a lot. Camping gear is one of the few areas that hasn't had a major overhaul yet here.
When we had a house, we had duplicates of everything. 2 microwaves, 2 freezers, 2 washers, 2 blenders....got rid of all of them when we moved.
I just went through my "books to be read" and got rid of two big stacks. Still have a ton left. And I just acquired a huge sheet of bubble wrap - I use packing materials almost daily for online selling. I do try to keep them neat though.
But, expired cleaning supplies? Maybe if the aerosol can doesn't spray anymore... but I don't think dish soap goes bad. Or brillo pads.
I have some magazines I'm going to take to the doctors office since all they have are medical crap. I didn't subscribe to the mags and have no idea why I received. Was notified subscription was up and they were going to bill for next year to which I replied NO THANKS.
I need to go thru sock drawer too. For real. Drawer is full and I know I don't have that many socks.
Linen shelves. I know I have twin size flannel in it and we've never had a twin bed. Not sure where they came from but had for years. I'll probably donate those to Nu Hope. Or could take to animal refuge.
I went thru spices a few months ago. Had 3 chili powders. I combined them.
Thru a few jars of pickles away that were shoved in back that were mushy.
I would take to electronics recycle. The batteries require special handling.
Some places accept them for women at risk, 911 calls should work regardless if there is a service plan. (or at least that was the case years ago.)
Old emails, oh boy do I ever have some of those. I have them in my regular email account and most likely duplicates in my gmail account and add an excessive amount in my gmail account because I tend to email anything that I don't want to lose (most of which I never look at again or if I do, I decide that it no longer applied to my life.)
Yes, I must get started on going through and getting rid of some emails and think I'll go get rid of at least 10 of them right now! And, as long as I don't come across 10 things that I think I must send to myself today then I'll call that a win! :vs_laugh:
Contrary Housewife, I had never thought of just saving them all and now that I think about it, I would love to have some from way back. I do however have the last email from my friend Dee who was a friend for nearly 30 years and she died (back in, I think it was 2010 but not 100% sure that was the year.) It seems so long ago now! That though I also think I have it backed up on my flash drive (which at the present time, I have no idea where it is. I moved back in November and am still looking for things. lol
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