Remember, because groceries are consumables, you are not penalized for them.. (unless you want to be..)
I personally would not count library books, since they are only going to be in your home for a set amount of time.. ie they are not coming in your house to LIVE.. Just my opinion..
Today I gathered some more clothes and came up with 6 articles/ outfits. I bagged them with the couple bottles from yesterday's decluttering that were worth passing on, and picked one of the several stuffed animals DD still has- a hallmark bunny with buttercup embroidered on the hat. I was getting out of the car at the drop point and said "ok say goodbye to Buttercup" to D and my mom flips out like "WHAT?! You can't get rid of BUTTERCUP!!?!"
Turns out she was reacting to an old trauma- one day ALL her toys were taken from her room when she was in first or second grade. I explained that D has enough toys, & although I actually like Buttercup more than most of the stuffed animals, D doesn't show interest. She conceded but by that time we had been talking about the stupid bunny for five minutes, & D decided to show it some love. So I got talked out of that one! Actually Buttercup had been in the running against a "my first bear," which won out only because I figured her dad would notice it was gone... but I suppose the bear might get the boot after all!
Oh, another story about having trouble getting rid of something- and this is kind of a "you had to be there" type of funny but I have to share anyway-
our usual cashier at the grocery store by our house has been giving Dahlia Balloons the last couple months. We had an old latex one that got tied to the first mylar balloon she gave us around Thanksgiving, which was fall themed. Just a few days later when we were in, she insisted on giving us a huge turkey-shaped mylar balloon, and I mean HUGE! My mom was always turning it around, saying it bothered her that the turkey butt was facing us. Even as the fall one lost its lift and now two dead balloons were attached to this turkey balloon, the turkey balloon stayed afloat. My mom finally put her foot down on Christmas Eve and took it out to the dumpster in the parking lot out front. A couple days later she is carrying D in and is hurrying for some reason. Then she tells me that the balloon is up in a tree and she wonders, laughing now, if it will upset the baby to see her old toy. Later on she muses that it was silly to put it in the dumpster when it still had lift, and I said "well nobody wants to stab a turkey balloon" so we got a good laugh from that... and then we start imagining the person who opened the dumpster and unwittingly freed the balloons, how it must have flied in their face. We didn't even notice that it was gone from the tree but today after having a stroll around the building my mom said "you have to come see something funny" and someone had brought the turkey balloon inside and laid it out by the rear entrance. It still has a little volume to it, but no buoyancy. We laughed again, and my mom decided she is just bad at getting rid of things.
well this reminds me that there are two silvery star-shaped balloons in the living room, one of which was given to her today and I can't quite remember if the other was during this challenge or right before, but I suppose it should count as it is definitely clutter! :P so: