I have made purges of my stuff at several points in my life: my 14th birthday, after I moved from home, before marriage, after marriage, before every move (7 total, 2 after getting married). All were significant purges; I filled half a dumpster when I moved from home (no furniture even, just stuff). We currently live in a small house and, although it is cramped with our stuff, I thought we had purged ourselves to the minimum. I got excited about the 50 things, and took the challenge. Here's what I ditched:
#1 - 2 pair shoes including the pair from our wedding day, I haven't worn them since (7 years); #2 - Pull back Easter racing cars; #3 Combs that hurt my scalp; #4 Spare flashlights to my mom who is a flashlight junkie; #5 Random Owner's manual; #6 Belt; #7 Ripped clothes; #8 Nuts bolts and hardware in our bedroom, #9 Homemade Diet guide (didn't work for me); #10 Knitting sample; #11 VT Hoakie Sunglasses (my Father-in-law would kill me if he saw them; he's a UVA Cavalier); #12 Random Glasses Case, #13 Hang-up clothes I don't wear, #14 Sweaters and sweatshirts, #15 random old shopping lists, #16 Ties I don't like including one from a friend of mine who died of cancer (something tells me he's okay with me getting rid of the tie.); #17 Sweat-stained undershirts; #18 Ripped Socks (made my wife very happy to get rid of them); #19 Only pair of jeans (I don't like to wear jeans, my wife likes me to wear them, but she said she'll deal.); #20 Too small T shirts; #21 Toilet seat; #22 Disposable razor case; #23 Old gauze; #24 Bottle of unknown soap; #25 Flosser holders; #26 my first guitar (I have much nicer ones now); #27 Razor guards; #28 Old toothbrush; #29 2 Winter coats; #30 DVD cases (DVDs in folder); #31 Pair of broken sunglasses; #32 2 prong extension cord; #33 Varoius DVDs and VHS tapes; #34 CD jewel cases (also in folder); #35 Spice rack (spices already in shelf); #36 Dust mop head; #37 Novels; #38 Salt and pepper shakers; #39 Broken laundry basket; #40 Desktop paper holder; #41 Decorative trash can; #42 Broken telephone; #43 Blank/damaged CDs; #44 Board games we don't like; #45 Bookshelves; #46 Flat head screws; #47 Yucky electrical tape (I already have other rolls); #48 Soap pump (we have a couple for every sink already); #49 scout uniforms that don't fit (I don't like to get rid of clothing that is like a uniform because I have this idea that someone else will get it); #50 TV and converter box (This was the big one. I don't like going out and getting the newest thing if what I have still works fine. However, as I thought outside the box, I realized that my TV from 10 years ago takes up 2 feet of space from the wall in our living room. We decided to buy a flat screen TV and hang it on the wall, reclaiming 2 feet of our small living room.)
What I haven't had time to do yet, but will do soon, is get rid of my textbooks from college, and most of the acquired material from 7 years of teaching.. Most of the texts are source material and are available online if I want them. The teaching material is not really useful because it needs to be adapted every year to the different kids anyway. That will be a big load off.
Thanks for reading.