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21 Things to Stop Holding On To

During that much-needed downtime from late December to late last night, I decided to put my friend Steve's "Less stuff, more life" theory to the test. And I quickly realized it was more than just a theory.

Getting rid of things you no longer need or want brings all kinds of benefits: more space, for one thing. More joy. More breathing room. It's also easier to enjoy what you have–without being too quick to acquire more.

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." –Antoine Exupery

What could you get rid of this year or even today to move your life closer to perfection? Here's a basic list to get you started.

21 Things to Stop Holding On To

  1. Leaky pens
  2. Negative self-talk (try replacing it with affirmations–they may be corny, but they help tremendously)
  3. Extra charger cables
  4. Clothes that no longer fit or feel good
  5. Anything where the elastic has worn out
  6. Worn-out shoes
  7. Extra hangers
  8. Empty cardboard boxes
  9. Appliances you no longer use (so long, space heater)
  10. Random coffee mugs
  11. The box that came with your smartphone
  12. Instruction manuals you no longer refer to
  13. External hard drives you're never going to need; same for thumb drives
  14. CDs that sit on a shelf and make you wonder why you have them
  15. Sheets and towels that have seen much better days (if this applies to your mattress, call my friend Jeff Scheuer at Mattress to Go. He's the real deal and he ships nationwide!)
  16. Anything in your kitchen that has long expired
  17. Same for your medicine cabinet
  18. Cards and letters you enjoyed at the time but don't need to refer to again
  19. Old catalogs and magazines
  20. Awards that no longer add joy or validation
  21. Anything that is better off in someone else's hands

What else would you add to this list? Feel welcome but not obligated to chime in on Facebook. Can't wait to read what you come up with! Happy New Year.

Getting rid of things you no longer need or want brings more space, more joy, more breathing room.

Gina DeLapa

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