October is the perfect month to declutter before the business of the holidays’ sets in.
With summer now behind, now is the time to reassess the items we brought into our homes over the past 9 months as well as the ones we’ve been holding on to unnecessary.
And while usually I view decluttering as a spiritual process, one that teaches us that it is okay to let go of the things we no longer need, so that we can make more space for those that actually matter, this post is about easy wins.
The purge list below is mostly made up of items that we can part with without too much grief.
These are items we all accumulate over weeks and months and usually, we just need to set aside some time to properly declutter and organize.
With that in mind, it’s still important to listen to yourself and respect your own journey when it comes to decluttering. If it’s not the right time to get rid of something, respect your decision and move on to the next thing on the list.
So here’s the list of 50 things to purge this October. To make it easier for you, I separated this list into 5 categories of decluttering.
Clothes with stains or holes
Clothes that don’t suit your style
Old eyeglasses & sunglasses
Pajamas – most people have more pajamas than they can actually wear
Event t-shirts- any t-shirts from old events/teams/schools, etc that you don’t actually wear
Worn out bras, socks, and underwear
Excess hats, scarves, and gloves
Bathing suits and accessories that you don’t love
Books you won’t read again
Books you have a digital copy of
Books that don’t define you or your lifestyle
Children’s school manuals and textbooks
Recipe books you mastered
Kids’ books they’ve outgrown
Book series that you don’t love
Your college textbooks
Unused or outdated reference books
Old bank statements
Catalogs & manuals
Last year’s calendars and planners
Out-of-date vouchers and deal flyers
Business cards/trade flyers
Old receipts that are not for tax purposes
Junk mail piles
Games/jigsaws where some of the pieces are missing
Old phone cases you don’t use
Outdated technology (including random chargers, wires, cords, and cables)
Ripped pet toys
Board games you never play
Placemats, table cloths, and table runners you never use
Whenever possible, remember to donate or recycle items rather than throw them out.
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