Here, in no particular order, are my top closet finds which are now firmly placed in the trash or the give-away box:
- Tote Bags - I found about 50 tote bags from various places we have worked, clubs we've been in and vacations we've taken. I donated them but, honestly, if I don't want a tote bag from the M.T. Packaging Company, why would a stranger pick that up in the thrift store and say, "it's just the thing I've been looking for!"
- Empty Shoe Boxes - Around 30 empty shoe boxes, some small enough for the little-tiny shoes worn by a 5-year-old. My kiddos are in their late teens now. What on earth was I saving them for? Shoe box dioramas?
- Worn out handbags - There were only 10 of these. I guess I thought I would decide to use them again someday, despite the frayed straps. Donated, but again, who's going to want them?
- An old broken guitar - The Honey-Bunch collects guitars. This one, however, was a broken garage-sale find from over 20 years ago. He originally intended to have his Pete Townshend moment by smashing it on stage back when he was in a band. Another missed opportunity. (sigh)
- Stuffed animals from the 1980s - Some have been donated. Others I'm thinking about selling on E-Bay, if there's a market for Opus and Garfield.
- A Cat Calendar dated 1991 - I just could not part with those cute little kitties... until now.
- Old Shoes - too many to count, some without mates, many crumbling from old age. One pair was at least 50 years old. It had belonged to Honey-Bunch's father back in the 1960s. Was I saving them for a shoe bonfire? I remember reading that burning shoes was a good way to get rid of ghosts.
- Coat Hangers - We have not heeded the words of Faye Dunaway as Mommie Dearest, "No wire hangers ever!" Instead, we have been hoarding the world's supply of wire hangers. Some I put in a box to donate. Some I will return to the dry cleaners.
I think I better stop now before somebody stages an intervention. I'm getting better. I've let go of a lot of baggage this week, literally. I only saved about 10 tote bags. You never know, I might need them someday.