The Discarding Day

Going cabin crazy yet?  It's a real thing here in snowy, northern Wisconsin where I live. Every winter I read in the newspaper about some guy going cabin crazy and hacking up his wife and sticking her in the freezer or some such horror.  No lie.

I always wonder what living in their house was like?

I imagine there was a lot of clutter.

It's touted that living in clutter can be disturbing, but will it lead you to kill someone? Probably not, but for some of us it does have serious psychological ramifications.  This article in 

Psychology Today

 by Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D says it best. 


Messy homes and work spaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed."

I don't know about you, but I'd rather feel

calm, empowered and joyful

as I go about my day.

So what can be done?  Once a week, hold a

Discarding Day


Pick a day, put it on your calendar

repeating for the entire year.

 When that day arrives, pick one type of item from the following list to discard and go to it.  

At the end of the year, you'll have discarded 52 types of items in your home and it will only have taken you minutes each week.  

It goes fast.  Promise.

The Discarding Day List*

  1. Phonebooks

  2. Old condiment packets

  3. Old maps

  4. Old fire extinguishers

  5. Manuals to items you no longer own

  6. Bags you no longer use (tote bags, plastic grocery bags, purses etc.)

  7. Old hair accessories

  8. Old dish sponge

  9. Broken flashlights

  10. Expired canned food

  11. Old pillows

  12. Newspapers, magazines and books never read

  13. Old sunscreen

  14. Broken umbrellas

  15. Puzzles with missing pieces

  16. Scarves never worn

  17. Junk mail

  18. Gifts you don't like

  19. Suitcases you no longer use

  20. Your toothbrush (buy new)

  21. Expired coupons

  22. Old greenting, holday and birthday cards

  23. Old pots and pans

  24. Clothes you've never worn

  25. Broken jewelry

  26. Old bed linens

  27. Dead batteries (dispose of properly)

  28. Candle holders

  29. Recipe books never used

  30. Worn out shoes

  31. Mismatched plastic containers

  32. Ink-less markers

  33. Gifts/letters your ex gave you

  34. Trial sized cosmetics/hotel samples

  35. Games you never play

  36. Wire or dry cleaning hangers

  37. Old electronic cords/accessories

  38. Old children's artwork

  39. Old undergarments

  40. Broken glasses/sunglasses

  41. Broken items you'll never fix

  42. Old phones/phone cases/phone accessories

  43. Outgrown baby/kid clothes

  44. Unused wedding gifts

  45. Old schoolwork papers

  46. Perfume/colonge you don't like

  47. Broken crayons

  48. Scraps of wrapping paper/ribbons/bows

  49. Expired make-up

  50. Old spices

  51. Unmatched and holey socks

  52. Torn towels

*This list was adapted from 


Now that's what I call, PROGRESS.

Quick, start today!  Choose peace, calmness and joy.  

I don't want to read about you in the newspaper.

Is anyone's clutter making you crazy?

What's the first thing you'll discard from the list?