Friday, May 13, 2011

Get rid of 100 things list

Anyone who's moved before (I assume that to be most people in first world countries) knows that moving can be a pain in the you-know-what.  You have to go through everything and organize stuff while packing it all up.  After, you get the joy of doing heavy lifting then settle into your new home-sweet-home with tons of boxes and unorganized stuff.

Despite all this - I somehow slightly enjoy moving.  I find it gives you a fresh start to life.  Maybe it comes from moving a bunch of times when I was a kid.  Our big moves: Virginia, Virginia, London (England yes!), Virginia, London, Virginia, North Carolina and now... Virginia.  Craziness!  None of that is a typo.  Really.  Anyway we'll be moving in a few months and I'm getting a jump start on the purging aspect of moving. 

We combined forces households when we got married and of course have lots of stuff.  Then got tons of wedding gifts and just overall have lots of stuff.  If we have to move into a smaller apartment in Richmond or house we'll be SOL.  I'm starting a list of stuff to donate/sell/trash/recycle before we move:
  • 1 pizza board
  • 1 broken camcorder
  • 2 bar chairs
  • 1 bar stool
  • 1 tan vase
  • 4 wine glasses
  • 4 pint glasses
  • 1 area rug
  • 3 shirts
  • 1 sweater
  • 2 toiletry bags
  • 1 dried wedding bouquet
  • 1 toothbrush holder
  • 1 trimmer kit
  • 1 red basket
  • 2 old license plates
  • 1 coffee table
  • 1 new radioshack cord
  • 6 candle jars
  • 1 fabric flower pin
  • 1 old DVD remote control
  • 1 ipod charger
  • 1 pair old headphones
  • ? photo frames
  • 6 mixing bowl lids
  • 1 too small frother cup
  • 1 lunch bag
  • 2 cookbooks
  • 4 DVDs sold on Amazon
  • 3 books sold on Amazon
  • 1 lampshade
  • 6 pantry items donated to food drive
So far the list is at 55 items.  I'd like to get rid of 100 things.  Why?  Well YHL did it as well as other blogosphere people.  100 items feels like we will have made a dent in stuff.  It feels like an accomplishment.  So far so good.  We've got way too many picture frames and have an entire bedroom #2 that is probably filled with useless goodies.  Plus it's not a bad idea to go through stuff like our spice cabinet, pantry, cleaning supplies and of course closets.  It feels refreshing to do some spring cleaning and simply our life by getting rid of unused stuff.

No doubt we'll find 45 more things to get rid of before August!  Check back soon.

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  1. I collect license plates if you need someone to give them to! Sounds like a nice idea, we need to do that to. Even after moving we still have boxes we haven't unpacked and can probably do without.

  2. Moving and back forth from school has caused me to seriously downsize all the junk I have! It's amazing how little one can live off of. I manage to get everything I need for a semester into my Ford Taurus now and STILL end up with things I don't use.

  3. oh this would be sooo easy for me, haha i have soo much CRAP i need to get rid of!


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