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Week 1 in the bag!

This week’s de-clutter challenge for me was the pantry.  I got rid of 2 huge garbage bags of expired food and stuff we will never eat.  I even made room for my Kitchen Aid mixer and juicer, so they could come off of the kitchen counters.  You can actually see the floor of the pantry now!!!

Before

Jennifer Lanier Asbell's photo.

After

Jennifer Lanier Asbell's photo.

Next I started on kitchen cabinets.  I am getting rid of my china, since a) I never use it, b) it was from my previous marriage, c) I don’t really even like it anymore, and d) it is taking up too much cabinet space!!!  I have 3 upper cabinets still to go, but that’s a jump on this weekend.

I’ve read a few other blogs on clutter and organizing and I think one of the trending themes is gifts.  I feel guilty if I give away something that was a gift, especially if it was from someone close to me.  I’m trying to get over this and wrote a FaceBook status about this very subject at the beginning of the year.  Here it is:

Dear Friends and Family, As we approach the end of 2013, it’s time to reflect on what I want to accomplish in 2014.  BK (Before Kevin), I accumulated a lot of “stuff”.  I think I was trying to fill the hole in my life with this “stuff” that I didn’t necessarily need.  I now find that all of these “things” are keeping me bogged down and it’s time to purge.  So my new year’s resolution is to spend 2014 paring down to a normal amount of things.  If you see me getting rid of something that you have given me, please don’t be offended.  Your gesture was received with all of the love that was intended.  And I don’t need any of these things to remind me of you – my loved ones.  And in the future, I would much rather have experiences with you than any trinkets or tokens of your friendship.  PS.  Yes, my infamous shoe and purse collection is going on sale.  So, if there are any that you had your eye on, please let me know before they go to eBay or consignment.  I will be keeping a few special ones, but will let go of the majority very soon. 
Hopefully this will help me continue to purge without guilt.  How do you handle getting rid of gifts that you no longer need or want? I would love to hear your feedback.