Originally Posted by rere
He has tubs of clothes he does not ever plan to wear again but is keeping for sentimental reasons.But I'm the one with too much stuff not him.
Sounds a lot like my husband! With him it's shoes from 15 years ago, old clothing, memorabilia, but the worst is shelves and shelves of video games and DVDs that he has never played or watched in the eight years I've known him. But I have too much stuff because I still have one small shelf of my college textbooks. Riiiight...
1 dress that I will never fit into
1 shirt that makes me feel frumpy
2 men's shirts (DH culled from closet)
2 non-absorbent baby towels
1 ugly baby jacket
10 baby and kid clothing items
1 pair of house slippers
3 pairs of little girl gloves
1 extra little girl winter hat
12 books that were given to me that I was keeping out of guilt
1 cheapo apron
2 extra cheese cutters
(all of above donated)
3 containers veggie scraps (compost)
2 boxes cardboard from christmas (recycled)
4 expired medications (trash)
1 old medicine dropper (trash)
4 stretched out hairbands (trash)
2 hairbands that are too tight on me (donated)
4 assorted pieces paper trash off bathroom counter
4 videotapes that depress me
2 DVDs that have never been watched
4 books for nephew
1 board game for nephew
1 old bath toy
3 armloads steel and plastic recyclables
1 old catalog (recycled)
83 / 2010!
This is my first day of hard-core decluttering. I went around the house like a madwoman, with the baby on my back. I got so into it that I threw away the paper and pen that I was keeping track with intially, and had to start over with keeping track!
Already this has been inspiring a lot of thoughts. I realized that a lot of the stuff I hang onto is rooted in a lack of faith in God/ the universe/ other people to provide when/if a certain situation happens. Such as, the extra kids' clothing that I hang onto for when/if we become foster parents someday (much more clothing in each size than one kid could ever wear). The business suit that I interviewed in when I graduated college- which is an awesome interview suit, but really, I don't anticipate changing jobs anytime soon, and if I don't consign or donate it soon, it will be out of style! The old children's books that I save just in case our library closes or something (if libraries all lose their funding, keeping a copy of the book version of Shrek 2 will be the least of my concerns). I mean, c'mon, Self! Just let go of this stuff!