Monday, January 24, 2011


I have several issues when it comes to clutter. It's hard for me to get rid of things for several reasons: I paid good money for it. Someone gave it to me. There is nothing wrong with it. It's valuable (I could sell it on ebay or craig's list.) It's cute. I might need it some day. I might be able to use it some day. These are excuses familiar to many people. I have worked very hard to rid my house of a lot of clutter regardless of those excuses. I think I have done very well.

I recently donated four bags of stuff. In those bags were many items that I could have kept because of the above excuses. Actually, there were some things in those bags I had been keeping for those reasons. Specifically I can think of some purses that were really cute. They were bought on clearance but never used. I kept thinking I would use them later, like when I didn't need to carry so much stuff for my kids. I didn't. I thought I'd sell them on ebay. I didn't. So, I finally got rid of them. I've been going through the house a little at a time and getting rid of things. I donated five bags of clothes last fall. Five bags. I am not someone who has a lot of clothes. I do not have a huge closet nor do I spend much money on clothes, yet I was still able to get rid of five bags. I am so glad I did.

So, I know I can let go of things. One problem I have when letting go occurs because I am trying to be green. It is very hard for me to throw anything not broken in the trash. I just think about it sitting in a landfill and I can't do it. I donate everything I can. Somethings you just can't donate, like the random blue barrette. I don't know where it came from but surely someone could use it, right? Sometimes I can't even throw broken things in the trash. Right now I have a magnet of the statue of liberty that fell off the fridge and broke. I thought I could glue it back together. I haven't.

I'm going to do it though. I'm going to just toss those things. It's junk whether it's here or in the trash. If I hold on to it, it is still going to be junk that is not going to be used. Right?

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  1. I hope I don't mess you up with this, but my solution to the "random blue barrette" problem is to keep a quart sized ziploc bag into which I put that stuff. Actually, two bags, girl and boy. I put stuff like the barrette, fast food toys, large stickers, little toys from birthday party goodie bags, etc. When the bag is full I toss it in my donate box. My local thrift store usually puts .50 or $1 on the bag, so I hope someone somewhere benefits. (i know i should throw it all away. i can't. i'm dealing with it)

  2. I love that idea! I am definitely using that.