Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Throwing Out 50 Things

I had a very productive day today, although if you walked into my house, you'd be hard pressed to see anything different. I know it was done though and I feel quite content about it all. I accomplished four out of six of my original goals for today and one of them was throwing out 50 things. I didn't actually count them, but I did list them (which may have slowed me down a bit but since I needed periodic breaks anyway, I think it was a wash.)

Anyway here is my list, which probably proves that I tend to be a bit compulsive at times (feel free to mock or pity).

From the coat closet:
  1. Cinnamon broom that no longer smells of cinnamon
  2. Net bag that held cinnamon pinecones
  3. Orange acrylic cardigan
  4. Navy cardigan
  5. one pair of tennis shoes
  6. one pair of sandals
  7. one pair of too small shoes


  1. Guggenheim program book
  2. physician survey form, never mailed
  3. some weird plastic promotional paper cutter
  4. "gold" bracelet, circa 1980
  5. ten books
  6. four magazines


  1. plastic Christmas storage jar
  2. fifteen wine "corks" that aren't really cork
  3. one box of gingerbread "tea"
  4. twenty small paper bags
  5. two plastic storage containers
  6. three empty spaghetti sauce jars


  1. one set of clear plastic shower curtain rings
  2. Four bags of hotel shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and soap. (sending these to Mere)


  1. Five pairs of socks
  2. Twenty pairs of underwear
  3. one bra
  4. five tubes of hotel lotion
  5. one half slip


  1. Five music cds

I put the things that weren't thrown out into the trunk of my car and dropped them off at the thrift store. I didn't even count the three large bags of stuff that were already in the trunk from the purging I did a couple of weeks ago!

Oddly enough, the two items on my list that I didn't do were knitting related! I'm making up for that now though, so all is well. Since most of the snow melted today, I'll be back at work tomorrow. I am so grateful I had today though, since I have class tomorrow night after work and then all day on Saturday, so it won't feel like much of a weekend to me. Hope you have a good one!


  1. Your snow day cracks me up. That would be a dusting in Wisconsin! You certainly did use your time well. I love the idea of getting rid of 50 things. Maybe if I did that once a week for a year, my house would be organized as I'd like.

  2. Yo, keep in mind you have a daughter who would gladly take any jewelry (esp. circa 1980) off your hands. I have no problem accumulating an excessive amount of jewelry.

  3. oh, but congratulations on the de-cluttering! I'm still going through that phase as well.

  4. I thought I was the last person that still wore slips. Or was that your last half slip that you threw out? lol