I downloaded this book last fall on my Kindle and have read it 3 times so far. I find more and more inspiration each time I go through it.
Ok, here are the first ten items on my list:
- A stack of cookbooks that I have had since the 90's, many of which I have never opened much less made anything from. Also let go an enormous pile of recipe clippings - seriously, if it takes more than 15 minutes to prep or has more than 5 ingredients, I'm just not going to make it.
- An "inheritance" of ridiculously tiny porcelain teacups (which I hated) from a dearly departed great Aunt (whom I loved very much). After learning from eBay that they weren't even worth trying to sell, I just gave them to Goodwill. Whew - that's one less box of crap filling up my house and I still have all of the wonderful memories of my Aunt.
- A jumble of random coffee mugs. For someone who doesn't even drink coffee, I am astounded at how quickly these little boogers multiply in my cupboard. I have gotten rid of all of the mismatched, ad logo'd, freebie mugs that were cluttering up my shelf.
- A collection of Early American Pattern Glass in the Higbee thistle pattern. My mom is really the person who likes this, so I'm not even sure how I ended up with four pieces of it. It means a lot more to her, so I packed it up and gave it to her. She was thrilled!
- Five bags of clothes and shoes to Goodwill. Note that they DO NOT want items on hangers, just shove everything in a bag.
- Packets of Aveeno Oatmeal Bath from years ago when I had poison ivy. Talk about bringing back bad memories! Why hang on to this? Am I secretly hoping to have to use it again? No way!
- Old gold jewelry! I was able to take a pile of tacky gold jewelry to a local jeweler and I got $350 in cash on the spot! Whee hee!
- Two giant tubs of scrapbook supplies. When I first got into the hobby, apparently I purchased anything and everything scrapbook related. Well, 10 years of serious crafting has taught me what I like, don't like, and what I'm just never going to use. I took the supplies to a scrapbook retreat and let the other ladies take all they wanted for free - they were astounded and pounced on that pile like hungry bears :-) Needless to say, at the end of the frenzy, not even the tubs were left!
- Gifts and letters from old boyfriends. These can be strangely emotional, but just thinking of some of these past guys is enough to make me reach for Xanax. Throwing them all away felt wonderful and very liberating. Like I've cleared out room to make space and energy for my new love, who is amazingly fantastic. :-)
- A spaghetti-like assortment of cables. Where do these strange things come from? Why do I have so many that don't seem to match up to any current appliance or electronic gadget? Why do we hang onto these - hoping that in the future some strange appliance will need 50 different USB cables? I don't think so... out with the old!