1. Take all the books off one shelf, any shelf.
I have a lot of books – some decorative, some informational, others just fun reading. I have so many books, we had these beautiful bookshelves built. We have a free standing bookshelf full in the living room, and a box of books a friend of my mother’s gave me in my car. Clearly this is an issue that needs addressing.
2. Empty your big kitchen utensil drawer (or crock or whatever).
I have both. That’s a problem isn’t it? I need at least 2 of everything; one for my non-stick cookware and one for the rest. I’m rationalizing already. Awesome.
3. Go through your socks/underwear/bras.
Some friends of mine and I were talking about this one just the other day. Are you watching that show Revolution? 15 years after the blackout, they are still wearing their same clothing. Lessons learned? I don’t want to have to raid someone else’s pantie drawer if the crap hits the fan (both literally and figuratively). It’s 3 tiny drawers, can “plenty” in this department really be that bad?
4. Look through your CD and/or DVD collection. Choose 5 that you never watch/listen to. Give them a new home.
I actually did this one last year, when we were prepping to put our rental cabin on the market. The DVDs we didn’t care as much for went to the cabin. I honestly haven’t been there in so long I’m not sure if they are still there.
PSA: When staying at a rental cabin, please don’t steal. Even though Night at the Museum 2 made there “to-the-cabin” list and your kids really liked it, its still someone else's personal property. I truly wish this went without saying. Sadly it doesn't.
5. Do you collect something?
Pressed pennies. Race medals.
I figure even if I have 100 pressed pennies they’ll still take up very little space in the top drawer of my night stand. As for race medals, I scored. them the hard way. I wanna keep them. I do kinda feel selfish when I hear about Medal for Metal visiting the Children's Hospital in the area, but not guilty enough to give mine away.
I'm exhausted and I haven't started the real work yet. However I am loving that 2 days in a row I've determined the pair of dress slacks I wore each day to work belong in the "too big" bin.
Let's address the remaining 5 items tomorrow, shall we?
Purge totals: 2 pair of dress slacks, 1 pair of shorts, 1 top