Part 2 : Take It Back, Use It Up, or Pass It On

file000287700777Don’t let the excess in your life prevent you from living. Gather it from around your home and make it work for you. I am talking about all of the things that you purchased or were gifted but are not actually using. Clothing with tags still on them, cabinets full of health and beauty products, etc. These unused items are a waste of money and space, but they don’t have to be.

Yesterday, I talked about ways that you can recover some of the money spent on these items. Today, I’l cover how you can put them to good use.

Use It Up

In order to use the things that you have, you’ll have to know what you have. This means attacking one area at a time. For example, do you really know how many pens and pencils you have in your home? Chances are that if you gathered them all together, you could at least fill up a shoebox to the lid. Most families have an excess of these simple items. Yet, how many of us go out in August and purchase more when we are shopping for school supplies? Make an effort to first see what you have.

Next, you may need to put a plan in place to use up your excess items. The best candidates are consumable goods, such as shampoo for example. Gathering up all of my shampoo, conditioner, and body wash samples, I was able to find enough of these samples to fill two shoe boxes.

Now, I have a basket that I filled with these samples and placed in the bathroom for ready access. I won’t have to buy any of these product for months. Money saved.

You can use up practically anything in you home. Rotate t-shirts or towels so the most worn ones are used first and frequently. This way you can get the most use out of them until they need to be tossed.

Look for the next article in the series tomorrow.


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Mary Ann Romans is a freelance writer, online content manager, wife and mother of three children. She lives in Pennsylvania in the middle of the woods but close enough to Target and Home Depot. The author of many magazine, newspaper and online articles, Mary Ann enjoys writing about almost any subject. "Writing gives me the opportunity to both learn interesting information, and to interact with wonderful people." Mary Ann has written more than 5,000 blogs for since she started back in December 2006. Contact her at maromans AT or visit her personal blog