Welcome to the GO! or Get Organized Challenge. Today we begin a fun month full of small challenges designed to clear the clutter and help you get organized. This year’s challenge is simple. Each day we will clear an increasing number of items from a new category of belongings. In other words, one item on day #1, two items on day #2, and so on. Check back here on the blog to see the category-of-the-day, and a few thoughts to help get you going.
[Note: if on any day you find more than the required number of items to shed, all the better! Likewise, if you can’t find something that qualifies, you may have already cleared the clutter in this area.]
Today’s challenge is to get rid of one item from the category tools and appliances. Many of us have at least one old gadget that is taking up valuable space and never gets used. This is typically something we bought in the past, but no longer need. Common culprits include:
- Kitchen “Uni-taskers” (trendy kitchen appliances that perform only one specific function, e.g. a hot dog cooker)
- Garden/Household Tools (e.g. a detail sander that never worked well)
- Obsolete Phones (e.g. a flip phone from 1995)
- Old Exercise Equipment (e.g. an electronic abdominal exerciser that didn’t live up to its promises)
- Personal Care Appliances (e.g. a hair crimper from the 1980s)
Because tools and appliances tend to be sizeable, today’s challenge could provide a significant payoff. Not sure where to look? Try the back of the kitchen cabinet, the basement, the garage, or under the bathroom sink… anywhere you are likely to stash something you don’t frequently use.
Once you’ve found your item, it is time to dispose of it. If you’ve unearthed something that is still functional and could benefit someone else, consider donating it. Otherwise, either recycle or trash it.
Few things are more satisfying than clearing out and making space, so it is time to get started. Please share in the comments below what you’ve decided to shed, as your choice may spark an idea for someone else!