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Photo: Bee and thistle: Taken high in the Cascade Mountains where there is a bee buzzing on every thistle. by Debora Rorvig

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A challenge: Divest yourself of 5 useless items

Are you a hoarder of things? Maybe not like those folks on the telly, but tell the truth now...Do you find yourself saying, "I might need that one day" or "I don't really like it, but it was my grandmothers..." or my personal favorite..."I could make something out of that!"

So tell me; what is it that you have the most trouble letting go of? For me, it's books and magazines... stacked and stored in every nook and crannie of this house. Followed by artwork; under every bed. Then there are the shoes, craft supplies, cheap vases, linens and doilies, the hotel soaps and lotions...

One time I heard Dennis Miller, the comedian talking about the blue light specials at K-mart; the buy one, get one free mentality.  I'm paraphrasing here...you can guess his actual words "Two of poop... is still poop."

My goal for today...let go of 5 items I don't really need. I challenge you to do the same.

Get some help for your habit at  http://zenhabits.net/.  Seriously.

P.S. Here's the list of things I'm getting rid of today:
  • 4 old phone books
  •  a beautiful victorian lamp that doesn't match my house
  • a pantsuit that doesn't fit and I've always hated, but it's almost new
  •  a book-to show good faith because books are my most prized and guarded hoard
  •  a pom-pom from a slipper that I threw away yesterday
  • a guest list to my Christmas tea party from 3 years ago
  •  a crystal from a chandelier I no longer have




ellen b. said...

This is a great challenge. I'm a hoarder of dishes, tea cups, tablecloths, books, books, books....
I'm in the middle of my challenge to get rid of 60 books this year.
I'll enter the challenge with getting rid of 3 framed pieces of art (I say art loosely) One table runner, and one more book...

Debora said...

Good work Ellen! Glad I can't stop by or I'd probably take the 'art' and the book off your hands. Guess what! I came home from donating my stuff...and there was a new phone book on the porch! I marched it straight out to recycling. I think it must have been a test of my resolve to de-clutter.


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