When working on this mission the object is not to get rid of all of these cups and containers. After all, your family needs to keep hydrated, including outside the house.
But if you're like me you might have more of these bottles and cups than you realize and could stand to get rid of some of them.
It seems like my family collects water bottles left and right, always getting a new cup or water bottle at all kinds of events, especially since we're a tennis family and go to all kinds of meets and tournaments.
What ends up happening is we throw the new one into the cabinet, but don't get rid of any of the older ones, and soon we're overrun, and they're spilling out of the cabinet each time we open it up.
Make Sure To Declutter These Types Of Bottles
Prime bottles and cups to declutter include:
Cheap plastic cups from restaurants
Water bottles you don't like or aren't a convenient size
Bottles that no longer have tops, or the seal is broken
Ones that are difficult to clean and therefore you avoid using
In addition, if you've got a lot of these travel mugs and cups, but not enough storage space, make sure to keep the ones that are BPA free, or stainless steel, for example, and get rid of the cheaper plastic ones.
A reader, Camisha, did this mission and showed all of her bottles (you can see them in the bottom photo
in the collage to the left).
She said, "this is my collection. I will never get the value back out of some nice Contigo and Brita water bottles I am getting rid of, but my thoughts are these: no lid, bad seal, gone. Don't ever use - obviously not my faves, gone. Have to hand wash (I am blessed with a dishwasher), gone. Then I eliminated one more of every style (my least fave or in one case, my fave - but it was horribly beyond the point of keeping). I still have a good collection, but also have a young family of 6."
After you've winnowed them down in that way you may still have too many, so you've got to decide how many are reasonable for you to keep.
Thoughts About A Reasonable Number Of Bottles To Keep
Only you can decide what is a reasonable number to keep for your family.
Since we play sports in our family I need at least two per person, one in use, and one in the dishwasher getting washed for its next use. That means, for our family of five (since my husband and I both exercise each weekday, as well), we need 10 water bottles.
You decide what is a reasonable number for your household based on usage and the amount of storage space you've got.
Below I've gathered photos from readers who've already done this mission showing their results.
Before & After Of Cluttered Kitchen Cabinet Full Of Bottles
Many of us keep our water bottles and travel mugs in a kitchen cabinet, and one of the ways you'll know you need to do this mission is if, when you open your cabinet, you are concerned some of these bottles might fall out.
That's what happened with a reader, Stephanie, who sent in the before photo, above, showing her stuffed cabinet full. She said, "Going to tackle this now. I'm a sucker for plastics, don't know why, but it's time to clean out some."
After she'd done this mission she sent in another photo, this time a collage, showing the before and after of her efforts, including the pile she was donating. There really is a difference, isn't there?
Don't Forget To Get Rid Of Restaurant Cup Clutter Too
As part of this mission make sure to get rid of restaurant clutter too. You don't need to hang onto every plastic cup from the fast food place, or to go cup from a restaurant.
For example, a reader Jackie, showed a collection of coffee containers her husband had accumulated with time. She said, "No problem with water bottles, but coffee containers, we had too many. Now gone! There are only 2 of us!"
She continued, explaining about the second photo, "cabinet much neater!!"
Want To Do More Decluttering Missions? Get Started With Declutter 365 Today!
Once you declutter one type of item in your home I bet you'll want to declutter some more. After all, decluttering gives you a great reward for even a small investment of time and energy.
The Declutter 365 system is designed to help you declutter, over the course of a year, your entire house, with just 15 minutes of decluttering each day!
Hundreds of thousands of people use this proven system to get rid of their clutter, and bring peace and calm back to their homes.
Declutter 365 works to guide you to clear the clutter without overwhelm, focusing on just one small area at a time, and without making a huge mess in the process, so you see consistent forward progress without all that "messy middle" that makes it even harder to function in your home than before you started.
In addition to building a daily decluttering habit, the Declutter 365 program, along with the accompanying 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, teaches you the skills, habits, routines, and mindsets necessary to maintain the clutter free and organized state of your home from now on, so it'll never be as messy and cluttered as it is right now, ever again.
If you haven't already, make sure to get your copy of this year's Declutter 365 annual calendar here (it's FREE!), find today's date, and do 15 minutes of decluttering on the day's mission. Then, repeat again tomorrow, and again and again. Over the course of the next year, if you do this 15 minutes per day, you'll declutter your whole house!