What are you holding on to?

I have a confession to make: I am flirting dangerously with pack rat status. Seriously. My closets and shelves are bursting with things I no longer need, want, or use.

But the force of inertia is strong. Things that are there (in my closets/drawers/on shelves) tend to stay there. I wish the Newtonian law didn’t apply to me. But alas, it does.

So I thought it only fitting that I come clean, literally, as we wrap up this month of spring cleaning.

Here are three things I have been holding on to that I really do need to let go.

Generic Glass Vases

My husband and I got a lot of absolutely beautiful vases as wedding gifts. It is one of my favorite things in life to fill them with flowers from our garden during the summer months and scatter them around the house like little treasures. But along the way, we’ve also collected our fair share of generic glass vases (20 to be exact). You know the ones I’m talking about, right? They come as part of a gifted flower arrangement that is delivered to your door. I always felt too guilty to get rid of them – as if it would nullify the gift of the bouquet sent. Time to call the church to see if they need a few extras. If not, Goodwill, here I come.


The plastic garbage bag you see here contains some of my mom’s clothes. I gathered these items from the rustic cabin she and my step father spent summers in weeks after she passed away last July. You must know that every item in this bag was carefully considered as part of a larger pile and “edited out” because it didn’t fit, wasn’t really my style, or didn’t have adequate sentimental value. Technically I should have taken it to the Goodwill months ago. Instead it has sat at the bottom of my closet, where I trip over it every day. It is time to let them go.

Old License Plate

My mom had this on her car in the early 1980s. I’ve had it in my possession for at least 10 years. Enough said.

I am guessing I’m not the only one out there holding on to things that, really, have no basis for remaining in my home. What are you holding on to that you should get rid of?