Day 8: Travel Mugs and Water Bottles {31 Days of Easy Decluttering} | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Day 8: Travel Mugs and Water Bottles {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Day 8: Travel Mugs and Water Bottles {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}

Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering!  Are you feeling less cluttered already?  I hope so!

Throughout this series I'm sharing easy decluttering projects that you can complete in 10-15 minutes.  If you do them, then by the end of the month you'll be enjoying a less cluttered home!

If you've missed any of the previous posts, there are links to all of them at the end of this post.

Some days you may not need to spend much time on on the task, if you've already kept that space clutter free.  Or maybe you just need to take a quick sweep of the area to remove a few things.  If that's the case then you can take it easy for a day, or go back and finish another project in the series!

Today's Easy Decluttering Project

Today we're decluttering travel mugs and water bottles.  I think those things multiply like rabbits!  Every event seems to have a sponsor handing out water bottles or travel mugs.  Plus when family members play sports they get them at tournaments.  It's a practical gift, but too many of them become clutter.

How many times have you opened your cupboard and had 4 travel mugs fall off the shelf onto your head?  Or reached for a sports bottle and knocked over 7 others (like dominoes)?  Yep... you've got travel mug / water bottle clutter.

Easy Decluttering Steps

Throughout the series, you'll follow these steps to complete each daily task.  {Don't forget to take before and after pictures to share too!}

Note: The main purpose of this series is to declutter so don't get overwhelmed doing too much cleaning.  Once your house is less cluttered it will be easier to clean so you can always come back and do it later!

Also, if you have the time, you can organize the space while you're doing this step, but don't get overwhelmed with too much organizing this month.  We're focused on decluttering!

Purging Tips for Your Travel Mugs & Water Bottles

Follow the steps listed above, and use these tips as you purge (step #5) your travel mugs & water bottles:

  • First gather all your travel mugs and / or water bottles in one place so you know how many you're dealing with.
  • Toss any travel mugs or water bottles that leak or smell
  • Determine how many travel mugs and water bottles you need for the number of people in your family, based on the activities you participate in, and how often you use them
  • Keep in mind how often you clean travel mugs and water bottles when you calculate how many you need
  • Consider how much space you have to store travel mugs and water bottles
  • Based on your answers to these points, donate or give away travel mugs and water bottles until you are left with a number that fits your requirements (use the ideas below to help you)
  • Give away or donate any travel mugs or water bottles you have not used in the last 6 months
  • Purge duplicates (e.g. 4 of the same water bottle because 4 family members participated in the same charity race)
  • Get rid of travel mugs or water bottles that are poor quality
  • Keep travel mugs and water bottles that are favourites

To help keep your travel mugs and water bottles from becoming clutter in the future, follow the one-in, one-out rule.  Whenever you bring a new one in your home, donate one you don't like as much.

My Travel Mugs & Water Bottles

We don't use travel mugs very often (usually just on longer road-trips) so we only have 2.  They are on the top shelf in one of my kitchen cabinets since we don't use them regularly.

We used to have water bottles all over our kitchen.  Some in one cupboard, some in another, a few with the kids' lunch bags, and more in our pantry.  We didn't need that many, so I purged our collection down to 6 bottles of various sizes.

When I organized our pantry, I put them all in a basket.  Now they are all together and they don't fall over. Plus I can reach the ones at the back by just pulling the basket forward.

You can see them in the middle of this picture.

As new bottles have come into our home we've traded them out for other ones.  Like when both kids brought the exact same bottles home from soccer camp this summer, and other than colour, they were the same as the one my son brought home last summer from the same camp.  We do not need 3 bottles that were all the same.  We kept one of the new ones and gave away the other new one and the one from last year.  My kids are slowly getting used to the one-in, one-out rule :)

Pictures and Links to Inspire You

If you need to keep a lot of travel mugs and water bottles, here's a great way to organize them.  

Spinning Our Webb... One Day at a Time

I love organizing with over-the-door shoe pockets and this is a fantastic use for them!  Both water bottles and travel mugs will fit perfectly in the pockets.  

Here's another version that shows travel mugs as well as water bottles.  The handles of the travel mugs just hang over the edge of the pockets.

Rose Knows Coupons

*Please pin from the original source if you choose to pin these pictures.  If you want to pin this post please use the button at the top.  

If You're On A Roll...

Good luck with today's decluttering project!  I'd love to hear how you did, so please leave a comment below, or on FacebookGoogle+, or Pinterest!

Don't forget to share your pictures in the Facebook post for today or use the hashtag #31DaysEasyDecluttering when you pin your pictures. I'll repin some of my favourites.  Plus don't forget I'll have a link party at the end of the series where you can share your photos too!

How many travel mugs and / or water bottles did you declutter today?  How do you organize your travel mugs and sport bottles to keep the clutter at bay?  Any purging tips I missed?

Happy organizing decluttering!

Here are all the posts in the series.

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  1. Hanging my water bottles on a door? I love it!!! You are so smart.
    Thanks so much for sharing this on Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. I am facebooking it out there---and pinning, too -- right now!
    Ducks ‘n a Row

    1. Wish I could take credit for that idea Sinea but that was a Pinterest find! I love it though :) Thanks so much for promoting the series!


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