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31 Things

One of my New Year's resolutions was to clear out Stuff I Don't Need from my living space. To that end, I resolved to get rid of one thing (or set of things) every day this year.

So far, so good, although I suspect January is easy because there is more junk around at the beginning of such an exercise. One thing I noticed is I really didn't hunt down one thing per day. I gathered multiple things on more motivated days and distributed them forward for the coming week or two. The result is the same, though.

My January list does seem to be a colossal pile of junk, but I think that's the point here. Items were donated to Good Will, recycled, or, in one or two cases, trashed:

(1) a basket full of silk flowers and plants
(2) unopened, recently-purchased box of hot cocoa mix (donated to food bank)
(3) cable TV/DVR (livin' cable-free!)
(4) pill grinder
(5) pair of ankle boots
(6) travel soap dish
(7) pair of flats (shoes)
(8) stack of old video tapes
(9) small boxes
(10) tube of lipstick
(11) roll of drawing paper
(12) turtleneck shirt
(13) plastic drinking cup
(14) two bags of misc papers (for shredder)
(15) Book, Recipes From Gold Medal Wineries
(16) Small decorative fabric bag
(17) Case for glasses
(18) combination lock
(19) decorative metallic tissue paper
(20) shoulder strap with pinch hooks
(21) iPod battery pack
(22) plastic snack box
(23) plastic 3-oz travel bottles and pill container
(24) unopened jar of coconut body butter
(25) 1 issue of Phoenix House and Garden magazine, March 2008
(26) Pair of hiking boots
(27) Long-handled scrub brush
(28) Two home decorating ideas magazines
(29) 3 oversized hair scrunchies
(30) Sacred Path Cards book
(31) box of Styrofoam for art projects (given at request to sister-in-law)


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 1st, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
looks like you're making good progress
Feb. 2nd, 2013 12:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, check in in a few months when I'm hugging what's left of my belongings and looking around for expendables.
Feb. 2nd, 2013 02:37 am (UTC)
i'm already doing that with mine. it's like how many bullshit items can I list and pretend it's working
Feb. 2nd, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
I would never have had this much crap in my old place, which was one-third the size of this place and had one closet of storage.
Feb. 2nd, 2013 02:58 am (UTC)
my problem is it wouldn't look like I was such a mess if I actually had space (all my other apts had storage areas)
Feb. 2nd, 2013 12:04 pm (UTC)
Storage is golden. My old place only had a storage closet (locked) in a common area in the basement. My new place is lacking a linen closet of any kind.

And I always end up using the kitchen cabinets, in all my places, as spill-over storage for non-kitchen stuff. Christmas paraphernalia, files of financial papers, childhood memorabilia.

Guess I'm not a kitchen gadget...or food pack-rat person. ; D
Feb. 2nd, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
hahaha no. I AM a kitchen gadget and food pack rat so that's a no go. I do have closets though and you can't get to the bottom of any of them because they are stuffed with plastic storage containers.

I have an unsightly free standing shelf in the computer room because my bathroom has zero storage so all the pharamaceuticals, shampoo, bath wash etc items are there. That shelf system is the next declutter target.
Feb. 2nd, 2013 06:37 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I hate bathrooms designed without thought for storage, even a cabinet under the sink that hides the ugly pipes?
Feb. 2nd, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
I have a small space there that the towels are in and some of the bubble bath but it's not big enough for much else. I had to put in a decorative item (it's designed for a kitchen to hang your roots and apples and onions) and use it for face and hand towel storage) and another decorative item that hides the spare toilet paper and tissues
Feb. 2nd, 2013 08:54 pm (UTC)
Decorative containers were designed for Exactly That.
Feb. 3rd, 2013 03:01 am (UTC)
yep that's why I got them (well a cheap one from collector's etc)
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