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7 Random Things That Are Hogging Your Valuable Storage Space

Short on storage space, or want a bit more breathing room around the house? Start by getting rid of these things you won't even miss!

When it comes to tidying up, getting rid of items you don’t actually use is often a more effective strategy than simply shuffling things from room to room. This is especially true for those with a limited amount of storage space in their homes, because the line between “stuff” and “clutter” is likely razor thin as it is!

In addition to freeing up valuable storage space, downsizing clutter can also save you time by simplifying your cleaning and tidying up routines. And if you’re anything like me, physical decluttering and mental decluttering often go hand in hand, which makes it an even more worthwhile pursuit!

If you’re looking to streamline your storage or make housework a little easier, identifying and parting with unnecessary items is a great place to start. Today I’ll be sharing a list of 7 things you don’t need in order to help get your wheels turning about things in your house that aren’t serving much of a purpose!

7 Things You Don’t Need Around The House

1. Top Sheets

While the debate between Team Top Sheet and Team No Top Sheet rages ever onward, there’s no doubt that ditching your top sheet can lighten your laundry load and make it simpler to make your bed! (OF course, if you are thinking about getting rid of your top sheet, it’s important to do it the right way.)

And if you don’t want to simply toss it out, consider putting that old sheet to good use—it’s a win-win!

2. Alarm Clocks

Do you use the alarm function on your phone but still have a dusty alarm clock taking up room on your nightstand? Then consider this a sign that it’s time to part ways with that old clock for good!

Once you get rid of it, you’ll have more room on your nightstand for important things like your pillow spray, a jar of DIY snore relieving gel, and your nightly cup of pre-bedtime tea. (And since you’re already getting rid of things your phone has made obsolete, go ahead and put your calculator, kitchen timer, and stopwatch in your donation box too.)

3. Napkin Rings

Your next dinner party won’t suffer a bit if you get rid of those old napkin rings, which simply exist to take up space 99.99% of the time. And you can still make your napkins look great without relying on rings—check out some simple and stylish napkin folding techniques in my step-by-step guide!

4. Specialized Cleaning Products

Back when I was a new mom and an only slightly less new wife, the sheer number of specialized cleaning products (meaning cleaners that were specifically marketed for bathrooms, kitchens, etc.) I saw in stores was enough to convince me that all those different cleaners must be necessary! It wasn’t until I started experimenting with homemade cleaning solutions that I realized just how unnecessary they really were.

Now that I know better, I keep a few basic cleaning agents like vinegar, baking soda, lemon essential oil, and dish soap on hand instead. If you have a lot of different types of cleaners, take a quick inventory of your collection and get rid of anything you haven’t used in a while.

5. Many Fancy Knives

While there’s a certain appeal to having an attractive knife block full of interesting types of knives on your countertop, it isn’t always that useful. You may reach for a few of them regularly, but that still leaves about 7 other blades that never see the light of day!

Instead of wasting valuable counter or drawer space storing knives you don’t use, pare your collection down to a few basic knives of relatively good quality. (You’d be surprised at how far a decent chef’s knife, paring knife, and bread knife will take you in the kitchen!)

6. Outdated Technology

From that old cordless phone in the hallway to the fax machine in your office, there’s sure to be outdated tech taking up space somewhere in your house. It’s fine to keep the things you actually use, but dusty stacks of old VHS tapes aren’t doing you any good (especially if you no longer have a way to play them!)

Take inventory of the old technology you actually use, then take the rest of it to a thrift store or electronics recycling service. If you have any old mix tapes/CDs or home videos with sentimental value, consider digitizing them for easier storage that you can back up elsewhere.

7. Single-Use Kitchen Gadgets

Remember that strawberry huller you used that one time you wanted to make strawberry pie? Or those herb scissors that sort of worked okay, but were impossible to clean afterward? Getting rid of them make your more useful kitchen tools easier to find and grab out of your drawer.

Aren’t sure which kitchen gadgets to part with? Check out these clever (and cheaper) alternatives that produce the same results!

Which household items would you add to this list?

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