I was talking to my neighbor about VCRs and DVD players the other night. Her family just bought a new combo unit, to which I commented that we've only had a DVD player and no VCR for a few years. Then, to quote Oprah, I had a lightbulb moment. Our old VCR stopped working over two years ago. Yet, we still have a lot of old VCR tapes! What the heck? Why am I hanging on to these things?
Of course, I realized later that there are lots of things that we no longer use that I'm still storing in my house. Here's a short list of what needs to go now:
1. VCR Tapes
2. Cloth Diapers - The toddler is just months away from being potty trained and we've moved on from cloth diapers. I use a combination of cloth training pants and disposable diapers. Yet, the stacks of clean, neatly folded cloth diapers are still on the changing table. It's been at least a year since we've used these regularly.
3. The Changing Table - It's kind of bittersweet to get rid of the changing table, yet it takes up a lot of space in the toddlers room and I'm anxious to see it go. I do still change him on it, but I could easily switch to the bed. Mostly, the changing table is used to store all the cloth diapers we don't use.
4. Old Cookbooks - I went through a phase where I collected cookbooks. But, now if I need a recipe, I Google it. With the exception of my old standby Betty Crocker cookbook, I seldom refer to any of them. I do still enjoy sitting down and looking through a cookbook, especially one with beautiful pictures. But, if I'm dreaming about all the great food I'm going to prepare, I prefer to look at one I haven't seen before. I generally get one out of the library when I want to browse recipes for fun. Time to clean out the cookbook cupboard a bit.
5. Clothing That I Don't Wear - I know most of us have a bit of an issue with clothing. It seems to multiply and I'm not even a shop-a-holic. My husband has even more than I do. I could probably go through my clothes and his clothes and take two full garbage bags of stuff to Goodwill that we wouldn't even miss.
I'm going to work on weeding out all of these things over the next few weeks. I'm also working on cleaning out the toddler's bedroom and getting ready for another consignment sale. Hopefully I can make a big dent in our home. With school starting soon and the holidays fast approaching, I want to get the upstairs of our house to a state of simplicity and cleanliness.
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