Shoeaholic No More



January 2014



Use it Up

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396136219_5e3b833186_zOne my favorite decluttering, simplifying blogs is 365 Less Things. I have asked the author, Colleen permission to link to her first post about her Use It Up challenge which was in 2010.

I just found her blog a couple of months ago, but I did read it from the beginning to current. I loved the idea behind this challenge and therefore, I am issuing it to myself and any of you who’d like to try it too. Here are the specifications from Colleen:


Find at least 5 consumable items in your home that have been lingering on a shelf somewhere. My definition of consumable is something that can be depleted or worn out by use. Concentrate on choosing these items over similar items you prefer to use until they are all used up and no longer cluttering up your home.

Possible reasons for lingering

  • didn’t live up to expectation
  • for some reason you just stopped using it
  • just have so many of a similar item to choose from
  • bought a similar item you like better
  • Something from a pass-time you don’t do so much any more

Items examples that might come under the term consumable

  • Bottle of perfume
  • Craft supply item
  • Cleaning product
  • Toiletries product (Shampoo, body wash, moisturiser etc)
  • Food item
  • Product samples”

I am excited to try this one out. I know I have a lot of consumable things that I am not using to their full potential and instead I just end up buying more, which is ridiculous. It costs me money and its hard on the environment, plus it just makes more stuff to store in my house! I am thinking of having a check-in on this challenge in 2 weeks on Jan 27th and a final review of it in 4 weeks on  Feb 10th.

I think I’m going to mostly focus on items in my bathroom: mouthwash, soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion specifically. Please let me know if you are taking part and what you have decided to use up!

Photo courtesy of: Clean Wal-Mart

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Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.


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