Permission: The 5 Things You Can Let Go Of Series, Kitchen Things

Have you ever thought, “I just need someone to give me permission to throw this out”? That’s what this Permission series is all about. We’ll walk through room by room, list 5 items per room, and why the items can be easy to get out of your house.
As always, it’s your house and your stuff. You may actually need and use the things I suggest you toss. But if you don’t, give yourself a little more freedom to find a little more peace in your house by tossing things that you don’t need.
Today we’ll be in the kitchen. I probably should tell you that the pantry is one of my favorite places to declutter and organize. I’ll try to not get too crazy on what you can toss pretty easily. If you want more than 5 items, just let me know.
1.Take out condiments
We’ve all been there. A major craving, a hurried lunch break, or just a Friday night. Time for a (insert favorite drive-thru restaurant here)! You get home, divvy up the food and condiments and then you are left with 5 ketchups, 3 mayos, and more special sauces than you can count. Well, that special sauce isn’t sold in stores and those ketchup packets are just the right size for… something, right? Nah, go ahead and throw away all the things you are going to use right then because in a month, you are going to open your fridge and your stash of these miniature condiments are going to all spill out onto the floor just waiting to be stepped on, cleaned up, and thrown away. Cut out the daunting and time consuming middle-man.
ACTION – open up that fridge and pantry and toss those take out condiments.
2. Expired food
Winter can be harsh on the ole menu planning. You’re cold and all you want is to be able to throw some beans in a pot for soup. That winter has come and gone and so have ten more since then. It’s time to toss the expired items. If a food pantry won’t accept them (they won’t) then why should you eat them?
ACTION – open up that pantry and toss anything from 2017 and before.
3. Plastic food containers
Did you grow up with a butter dish as your leftover container? If so, you had a forward thinking, money savvy adult in your home. (I mean, Rubbermaid has made a killing off of making reusable ones and Tupperware has been doing it for ever.) However, those handy containers were not meant to be used over and over again. Let’s not start on the heating in the microwave talk. No matter your thoughts on these things you probably most certainly fall in the “missing lid” camp.
ACTION – open the plastics drawer and toss anything that is a reuse (butter dishes be gone) discolored, warped, or missing a lid or container.
4. Water filter
We’ll be super short here. I’m guessing it’s time for you to change your water filter. This is just a friendly reminder.
ACTION – change your water filter.
5. Strawberry huller
If you are unfamiliar with a strawberry huller I’ll give you a mental picture. Imagine tiny metal tongs that take leaves off of your cute little strawberries. Genius, right? Of course! Like so many gadgets they were thought up to save time and energy. So if you have 10 bushels of strawberries to de-stem every day, a strawberry huller is your gadget. But what if you only have 1lb of strawberries for a week? A spoon or knife or even just your fingers will do just fine. Okay, you might not have a strawberry huller but the point is that you probably have several items that are taking up valuable kitchen real estate that can hit the road today because something else in the house will do the job just as well.
ACTION – open your kitchen gadget drawer and toss* anything that can be easily replaced with another item in your home.
*you may feel as if you can’t just toss these things, if so, just put them in a give away bag or box and give them away.

Permission: The 5 Things You Can Let Go Of Series, Home Office/School Supplies

Have you ever thought, “I just need someone to give me permission to throw this out”? That’s what this Permission series is all about. We’ll walk through room by room, list 5 items per room, and why the items can be easy to get out of your house.
As always, it’s your house and your stuff. You may actually need and use the things I suggest you toss. But if you don’t, give yourself a little more freedom to find a little more peace in your house by tossing things that you don’t need.
Today we are hanging out in the home office. Whether you work from home, hold homework sessions, or just pay your bills in this room, it’s worth it do some quick tosses. Here are 5 that should be pretty easy.
1. Pens and pencils
This is one of the most freeing things that I offer to clients that is also incredibly simple. Ask yourself, what kind of pen do I enjoy writing with? Then get rid of all other pens in your house. If this means picking up a pack or two of your favorite pens at the store, it will be worth it when you always have a pen that you like to write with.
ACTION – gather all the pens and pencils in the house and keep only the kind you like.
2. Calculators
Yes I do specifically mean calculators. You would not believe how many clients I have worked with that have had an over abundance of calculators. Let’s be honest, if you are not a mathematician, school student, or CPA then you do not need more than one calculator in your home. Please set these calculators free to do the math that they have always dreamed of.
ACTION – gather all the calculators in the house and keep only the 1 or 2 that you like.
3. Paper
Oh my! Now I’ve done it. I have opened Pandora’s box, haven’t I? We will not really get into paperwork here. But I do have a few quick examples if you dare to dive into the papers. Utility bills, user manuals for products you no longer own, reconciled receipts, expired coupons, and that coloring page from church from when your child was four and they had to do something for that second hour of children before all mayhem ensued.
ACTION – pull out your utilities, owners manuals, and coupon files and toss appropriately.
4. Diplomas and awards on the wall
I was just working with a client who needed to give her a home office an upgrade. She was moving from one space to another and wanted to work on the things that were on our walls. She is a very bright and accomplished person and has the awards, certificates, and diplomas to show for it. The first reminder I gave her was that just because this is an office doesn’t mean you have to display your accomplishments. In your own home office, are you feeling overwhelmed by all the words that are screaming at you from the diplomas? If so, you may want to think about taking them off of the walls and either getting rid of them all together or holding on to them in another way.
ACTION – assess your wall decor, scan or store anything that is meaningful but not wanted on the walls.
5. Excess School Supplies 
Some of us *ahem* love school supplies and find it difficult to let go of said supplies. Are they being used? Will they be used over the next year? I mean, really, how much tape can you use in a year? If you no longer have a member of your household in school then you can donate their school items to a local school. The teachers there will most likely jump for joy and perhaps give you an award that you do not have to display on your wall.
ACTION – open all those desk drawers around the house and keep only what your family will use that year.

I’ll put a list of areas posted here with their link when they are live. You can also click on “Permission Series” category to see them as well.
Home Office
Kitchen
Kids’ Rooms
Laundry
Garage
Dining Room

Permission: The 5 Things You Can Let Go Of Series, Intro

Over and over again I hear from clients, “sometimes I just need someone to give me permission to get rid of things.” Said another way, “it’s good to have another set of eyes reminding me of things that aren’t my style or… are trash.”
These conversations and ones like them have encouraged me to write a series of articles on items that are mostly universal and probably pretty quick tosses. We’ll walk through room by room. I’ll list the items and then give you a few reasons why these items and ones similar can be easy to get out of your house.
As always, it’s your house and your stuff. Maybe you do use a strawberry huller every day and the spoon in your silverware drawer just won’t do the trick. But maybe you do need to get rid of that top from the 80s.
There’s a good line up coming your way but I’d still love to hear from you. What room or category would you like a list of 5 things you can let go of?
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UPDATES:
I’ll put a list of areas posted here with their link when they are live. You can also click on “Permission Series” category to see them as well.
Kids’ Rooms
Laundry