I consider myself to be an organized person but of course through life we collect and hold onto things that we don’t necessarily need anymore (or store away in the attic with great intention of using one day which is what I am very guilty of) so this was a great little purging exercise for me.
First I set up 9 different categories and within each category I pulled 10 items and in some cases (glassware and stuff) I came up with more than 10 items. Last I set up a donate pile for my local Goodwill and a toss out pile.
3. Picture Frames
4. Bathroom Products
5. Clothes & Shoes
7. Candle Holders
I was able to part with most of my things without any issues but there were a few that I found difficult to let go. For instance and don’t judge but my Fashion Cafe souvenir glass was one of them. For those of you who don’t know super models Naomi Campbell, Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer and Christy Turlington opened up Fashion Cafe restaurant in the city including a catwalk of course and although it was a complete tourist trap, to a group of 16-year-old girls it was amazing! Back to this glass, it has been tucked away in the back of a cabinet in each kitchen I have ever lived in since High School and clearly I am not going to miss using it but it’s what the glass symbolizes which makes it hard to part with. I was in high school at the time and my friends and I took the train from CT to the city for the day alone for the first time without an adult. I was a teenager exploring the streets of Manhattan feeling adventurous and a bit grown up. And I was suckered into buying an overpriced burger with my overpriced souvenir glass!
Simple moments at the time can become so big as we grow older. I am learning that I can’t hold onto everything forever and as I send my Fashion Cafe glass off to the donate pile I like to think that perhaps it will live on in the front of someone’s kitchen cabinet and not the back in its second life!