If you’re looking to get some quick uncluttering projects completed before the end of the year, here are some projects that don’t take much time but get rid of pesky clutter:
- Clean out the pen cup. I love this simple project because it doesn’t really feel like uncluttering — it feels like an art project. Round up all of your writing utensils, and test them on a scrap piece of paper. Toss out any dried up pens and markers, sharpen any dull pencils, and recycle the test paper when you’re done.
- Clean out your car or backpack. If you have a car, clean it out. Make three piles as you work — items to remain in the car, trash, and items that belong in your home/office/to someone else. If you don’t own a car, clean out the backpack you regularly carry with you when you’re on the go. Just like you would with a car, make three piles as you work. When finished with either project, take care of the piles in the appropriate ways.
- Sort through your mugs and glasses. Do you really need 30 mugs? Do you have any chipped drinking glasses? Damaged glasses and ceramic mugs can usually be recycled (check with your local recycling center if you’re uncertain), and ones in good shape are perfect for donating to charities or friends getting their first home away from home. Our local addiction rehabilitation centers are always in need of mugs and glasses.
- Get rid of expired foods. Go through your pantry and refrigerator and toss out all expired foods that could potentially harm you and your family. If you can’t find an expiration date on an item, go to the manufacturer’s website (most allow you to type in a code printed on the product to learn when it was produced) or check out StillTasty.com. If you find any foods that are on the verge of expiring, get creative and use them in your meals for the coming days.
- Sock it to me. Go through your sock drawer and pull out any socks that are damaged or that you hate. Turn the damaged socks into cleaning rags or donate them to a charity, like Goodwill, that accepts rags (just be sure to wash them and clearly label them as rags before making the donation). Socks you hate but that are in good condition can be donated to your local homeless shelter.
What simple and quick uncluttering projects can you suggest? Share your ideas in the comments.