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What are you holding on to?

posted by Sarah on April 25, 2011 | print article | e-mail to a friend
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  • Anonymous

    Some of my worst hoarding examples have been purged with redoing the home office! This is hilarious – we ALL can relate to the vases, license plates (I actually found one in our desk – it’s around here somewhere) and the bag of clothes that just seems to jump out to trip you! Funny!

  • Susie Kline

    I’ve been tripping over things that should already be at goodwill. Because I’ve been too distracted to set up an appointment with the multitude of charities that come down my street weekly.

    I’ve also got this great dream about selling the things on Ebay. Except now they all need a good dusting before that can happen…

    Great article!
    xo Susie

  • Julie @ Practically Spent

    I have such an intense desire to re-purpose things, and therein lies my downfall. You do not want to know the details! But I am making some major strides, and that involves being very selective at garage sales!

  • SarahButtonedUp

    Julie – my husband has the same “New England” gene! It’s good in some respects, but awful when it comes to clutter! We’ve found that the best recipe for reducing his tendency to hold on because he could repurpose XYZ for something is to have a buddy (i.e. task-master me) walk through his “treasure trove” twice a year and cast the final “you’re either IN or you’re OUT” vote. I even put on my best Heidi Klume accent while I do it. 🙂

  • SarahButtonedUp

    Susie – if you’re lucky enough to live in Boston or San Francisco, you can use Task Rabbit ( to get those things to Goodwill. If not, well, fill in the blanks on this sentence and repeat it to yourself every day until day X. 🙂 It really works (I did it myself last week and am one bag of clothes down)!

    “On _(day X)_____, I will make an appointment with _(charity X)_____ to pick up the bags I have with items for Goodwill.”


    “At _(hour/min)____ on __(day)__, I will put at least 3 bags in my car and take them immediately to Goodwill.”

    good luck!

  • Cynthia Hahn

    I’m sorry, I can’t imagine ever getting rid of that particular license plate. It would have a place of honor on the wall of my garage, someplace like that. <3

  • Susie

    I agree!  I say keep the license plate, and I am big on getting rid of “stuff”  My downfall is the paper stuff.  I just can’t keep it under control.

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