Today's mission is to declutter your stockpile from couponing, making sure the items are used or donated before they expire, so you get the full value of the work you've done in clipping coupons for them.
This mission is designed to be done while we work on the Organize Coupons Challenge here on the site, which is one of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenges.
Of course, you can do this mission at any time that you need to do it in your own home, and really it should be an ongoing process that continues as you continue to acquire more items for stockpiling.
As always, I'm not suggesting that you completely get rid of all of your stockpiles, since many people use the strategy of stockpiling to save the most money for the everyday items they need to purchase, including both food and household goods.
However, a stockpile is only helpful when it is often rotated, and in constant use, with some items being added while others are being used up.
You may need to declutter some of your stockpile if any of the following applies:
It's easiest to start by removing all expired or old items from your shelves or storage bins where you keep your stockpile.
I suggest going shelf by shelf, or bin by bin, to do this process so you can stop and start as time allows, and not get overwhelmed or pull out too much at once.
As part of this mission you will declutter both shelf-stable food items as well as toiletries, paper goods and other household items you may have accumulated.
Here are articles on the site which can help you declutter the most common types of items you may have stockpiled:
After you get rid of those expired or extremely old items, next see what you've got left. If you have more of a particular item than you can use before it will go bad or expire you need to go ahead and donate some of the excess items now, so they don't go to waste.
You can also commit right now to using more of a particular item (typically this is easier for food than for non-food types of products), such as by committing to Eat From Your Pantry for a few days to weeks, to make sure everything gets used within a reasonable time period.
Finally, decide how much space you can dedicate in your home to storing this stockpile. If you still have more things on the shelves or in the containers than you can devote to this use, then you need to let some additional items go until you only have as much as you have storage space for.
If you find you do have this excess I would also suggest you cut back on the amount of items you're stockpiling from now on, because you don't want to make extra work for yourself (and waste money) by bringing clutter into your home that you'll just have to get rid of later.
Once you have completed this decluttering mission you'll find it easier to use the items in your stockpile from now on if you take the time to organize them. Here's my article on stockpile organization and storage ideas that can help you further with this task.
I hope this mission has inspired you to begin decluttering or more efficiently utilizing your couponing stockpile.
When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you're loving the results you're getting I would encourage you to keep going.
I've got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.
Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!
Top photo of collage from a reader, Julli, and the bottom photo courtesy of another reader, Sandra
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