Organize Your Home by Using Less Stuff

Are you aware that the week before Thanksgiving is designated as Use Less Stuff Week by the Use Less Stuff Report? Heck, I didn't even know there was anything called a Use Less Stuff Report until I saw a blurb on a paper that mentioned an astounding statistic by this Report. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, Americans will generate an extra 6 million tons of waste than any combined five weeks of the year. That has got to be one huge landfill.

Now, I'm not one to put a damper on your holidays by giving you extra work, but I thought it was a great idea to prepare for the holidays by organizing your home by using less stuff and getting rid of stuff that you don't want. So here are some tips to have less clutter around your house and have a more organized home in small easy steps by starting to organize your kitchen and dining area during Use Less Stuff Week.

Tips to Help You Organize Your Kitchen and Dining Area

  1. Organize your pantry. Throw out spices that you haven't used in six months. Take stock of all the canned goods that you have and separate what you will use for the upcoming dinners and potlucks that you will be preparing for the holidays. Knowing what you've got in the kitchen means that you'll be using the stuff that you already have and won't buy at the supermarket which means you'll cut down on your food expenses as well. In addition, you'll find the stuff that you forgot that was in the back of the pantry such as party napkins, individual paper cupcake holders, plastic utensils and the like which can come in handy during the holidays.
  2. Make an inventory of all the plastic bowls and glass bowls and tins and the like that you've accumulated during the year and kept because you think you might use it. If it's not something that you have used during the whole year and you're not particularly attached to it, give it away with left-over food as part of a doggy bag for your guests. So let's say you have medium sized plain glass bowls that you haven't really used because you have so many bowls that are more attractive; why not fill it with some leftover potato salad and give it to your guests as a parting gift? This way, the bowls that you have left are the ones you really like and your guest will love that they have an extra bowl in their kitchen.

  3. Have you got a lot of stuff that you have no particular use for such as cloth napkins, place mats, extra peelers, potato mashers, etc. and are in good condition? Why not make a homecoming gift out of it and give it to your college age kid, cousin, nephew or their friends for their student apartment. It's a huge convenience for them, your drawers won't be so cluttered, and you'll help a student save money.

  4. Have you accumulated a lot of plastic bags? The holidays are a great time to re-use them. Give them to guests to carry their doggy bags, use them to cushion gifts inside a box that you intend to post via mail or other parcel service, bring some with you when you go shopping so that you don't have to get another plastic bag.

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That's a few good tips to get you started. If you continue to do this every year, you'll find that all the things that you have in your kitchen and dining area are all things that you need and love to use and you'll have far less clutter. In fact if you use the same concept around the other areas of your house, an organized home is something that you'll have all year.

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wisethinker 6 years ago

Thanx Flightkeeper,

I thought your suggestions were very helpful.

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Thanks wisethinker, I'm glad you found it helpful.

NCWriterDK 6 years ago

Good reminders and don't forget to recycle that plastic, papers, and glass when you are ready to get rid of it - those things are actually mandatory here and from someone who has done this for years I think it was about time they did regulate it. Happy Thanksgiving

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Good idea NCWriterDK, thanks for visiting.

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rls8994 6 years ago from Mississippi

Alot of good information!

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Hi rls8994, I'm glad you found the article helpful. Thanks for visiting.

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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California

Hey, I can use this year round. I think I'll go downstairs now and get rid of some of those plastic containers that I've accumulated. Thanks Flightkeeper, those were great suggestions.

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Hi fastfreta, I find it's an ongoing battle. Thanks for reading my hub.

wordscribe41 6 years ago

Great suggestions, Flightkeeper. I am always trying to "purge" my house of unnecessary items, but it seems they creep back in... Ugh. Yes, you've made some great suggestions here. I've been turning some of my old bowls into artwork with polymer clay lately, it's been a lot of fun and a great way to decorate. I will definitely use some of your suggestions. Thanks for the information.

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Hi wordscribe, being a nonartist, I envy your ability to turn a regular bowl into artwork. I'm glad you found the information useful. Thanks for coming by.

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haaris_1 6 years ago

Hey flighterkeeper, how r u? very nice and informative hub. Thanks for sharing

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Hey haaris! Thanks for reading. I've been so busy I haven't been able to create any havoc at the forums!

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bladesofgrass 6 years ago from The Fields of Iowa

Great advice! We often get caught up in the day to day tasks, that taking the time to purge may be on the last of everyone's list. I usually take a day on the weekend to go through my pantry, at least, once every 2 months. Amazing the things we can accumulate in such a short time. Great read..thank you. :)

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Hi blades, it is amazing how we just accumulate so much stuff. Thanks for reading my article.

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

amazing how far just a little great advice can go. Funny but I was just packing up something to send to my parents . .and what did I use. . i had a pile of plastic bags that I just could not throw away . and sure enough, they were the perfect cushion in the box. . GMTA! And this was a great Hub, , voted upwards and useful:)

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

I always seem to have an unlimited supply of plastic bags, I gotta do something with them! Thanks for visiting wavegirl.

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