Today's decluttering mission is to declutter candles.
If you don't have many candles in your home you might find this mission a bit odd, but trust me there are many candle collectors around, especially since candles are often used for decoration in a room.
One reader, Crystal, showed her mother's candle shelves, where the candles in her collection were treated more as a collectible than a usable item, and were never burned.
There is nothing wrong with collecting candles like this, if it brings you joy, you have room for them, and display them proudly.
But if you're at the point where you feel like these decorative candles are just taking up space and collecting dust, consider letting them go.
Similarly, you may have a lot of candles, but you actually use them. You enjoy the scents for example, or use them to relax. That's exactly what a reader, Samantha, does. She has an entire cabinet she's devoted to storing candles, which you can see below.
Again, there is nothing wrong with having these types of candles, if you actually use them and enjoy them, and have room to store them.
What your mission is, today, is to seriously think about whether these criteria are actually met though. Be honest with yourself when you think about it, so you can decide which ones to get rid of and which ones to keep.
What About For Emergencies?
Many people who've taken on this mission mention that they keep candles in case the
power goes out.
You can definitely do this if you want, but it is actually not something I personally recommend.
The reason is the fire hazard that is involved with candles is pretty great, and so you'll notice that in my emergency preparedness list I instead recommend flashlights, with extra batteries, or flashlights that have a crank to generate their own power supply so batteries aren't needed.
If you'd like to keep some for emergencies and when the power goes out, that's no problem. But whether you use candles for decoration, relaxation, or as a source or warmth and heat, just make sure you follow safety precautions to reduce the risk of fire.
Don't Forget About Holiday Candles
When doing this mission don't forget about candles you've got specifically for certain holidays.
Just like with other candles you've got to consider whether you'll use these in some form or fashion, or should just get rid of them.
Once you've decided to declutter some of your candles you might be struggling with what to do with them.
Some of them which are broken or already used may need to just go in the trash.
I'd love to hear from you in the comments giving your ideas for what you can do with these old candles, be it repurposing, recycling, donating and/or selling some of them.
One idea submitted by a reader, Brandi, was to repurpose old candle jars for new storage and organizing purposes around your home.
Brandi, who provided the photo above, said: "I repurpose Yankee candle jars. I haven't had time to decorate them yet but since you spend so much money on the candle I felt bad throwing the jars away.
They can be used for loose change, bolts and screws, or in my case, sugar and flour jars. Sugar on left, flour on right.
Plus I think they are more appealing looking and easier to handle than the bags."
Brandi then went on to explain how she cleans them up to get them ready for their second use. She said, "I put the candles in the freezer overnight. Next day I use a fork or knife and the wax pops right out. Then I give them a good hand wash.
No left over scents, just a nice clean glass jar and lid. The hand wash usually helps with the label. If the label is being stubborn, some Goof Off always does the trick."
Once you've done this mission I'd love to see your results. You can submit your before and after photos onto the site here, and I'll add your decluttering results to the page!
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