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Five Things To Let Go Of In 2012

Guest Post by Robyn @ She Makes Hats
It’s the time for making resolutions, goals lists, and decide what we want to bring into our lives in the coming year. Every year I make a plethora of these lists, end up feeling overwhelmed, and end up checking off approximately 1/5 of what I thought I would. So this year I’m doing things a bit different – I’m writing a list of five things I want to let go of in 2012. Many of them are universal, so I thought I’d share!

01 / Physically Owning Books. I’ve got a Kindle, and read most of my books on it already, so I’m taking the plunge. My “desert island” shelf will be re-read one last time, and as I read each book I’m going to decide if I still want to keep it around. If I do, I’ll buy it for my Kindle and donate the physical copy. My goal is to have zero books of my own by the end of the year.

02 / Unused Supplies. Whether they’re craft, cleaning, or any other sort of supply, there’s no need for me to have a stockpile. Under our sink are cleaning products we haven’t used in over 2 years – gone. In our office are craft supplies for things I’ll never actually make, projects long forgotten, and crafty habits I no longer wish to have. Rather than try to use it all up, I’m going to let go of those things which will never actually be used, and enjoy the space!

03 / Coke Zero. Did you hear that? It was the sound of my heart dying just a bit – I love me some Coke Zero! The health benefits of cutting soda out of my life are too great however, and so I’m going to figure out a way to say goodbye. Maybe reward myself for kicking the habit with a long-wanted iPad?

04 / Most of my DVDs. I’m not going to touch the husband’s or the boy’s treasured disks, just weed through and let go of the ones that are clearly mine. 13 Going On 30? Gone. Along Came Polly? I haven’t watched it in three years. We have Netflix Instant, so there’s no need to hang onto so many disks. The goal here? From our three cases down to just one.

05 / All those clothes I’ll never actually wear. We all have them in our closet – we hang onto them season after season thinking “someday” or “in five more pounds”, but we never put them back on. I’m thinking of participating inhttp://www.theproject333.com/Project 333 again, and it would be the perfect way to weed my closet out for good!

Is there more to add to this list? Most certainly. But by letting go of just these five things, I’ll lighten my footprint, my conscience, and my spirit! What all can you let go of in 2012?

Thank you for your post, Robyn.  I loved having your words and inspiration here at New Nostalgia.

Robyn is a beautiful soul.  Here is just one of many reasons why, taken from Robyn’s blog, “She Makes Hats”:

“A few years ago, I decided to try to live a  more remarkable life and set a goal to knit One Hundred Hats for charity in a years’ time. I met that goal, and continued knitting for charity like mad. But I missed the challenge … and I missed the hats!

So I’m beginning again, on January 1, 2012. This time I’m setting the goal a bit higher, and making the reach a bit broader: I aim to knit and give away 10,000 hats in my lifetime for friends, family, and charity.I have blogged about many other things, and in many other spaces. And for many different reasons. This time it’s for me – a way to honor my goal, a way to track my progress, and a way to document a life lived with hats always on the needles.”

How amazing is that?  Robyn has a new blog, if you love her idea of knitting for charity, won’t you go on over and join her site?  You won’t regret knowing her.

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  • adventuresindinner
    January 8, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    What an awesome idea! I love her new blog too 🙂

  • Greenalicious Housewife
    January 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Love this post! I can totally relate to the unused craft supplies and clothes that dont fit. You have inspired me.
    the greenalicious housewife

  • Lauren W.
    January 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I totally get purging items that are no longer used or needed. And I’ve gone through my library shelves dozens of times, probably getting rid of 300 books. But I will never have a home without stacks of loved books all over. Books are like photos, like friends. You can’t loan your friend a copy of Eat Pray Love off your kindle, or share the same timeworn, tattered copy of A Wrinkle in Time with your daughter that you read at her age. Books are love!

  • adventuresindinner
    January 8, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Holy crumb! 10000 hats! I’m heading over to her site, loved the letting go list-just might have to do the same. I’m giving a few things too much free rent in my head.

  • Je suis une monstre
    January 7, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Brilliant post Robyn! I agree with you, and am in the process of making many of your goals my goals too! Kindles and Ipads are so great for freeing up physical space in terms of books, films, data. We don’t need the physical objects, as long as we can have the information. As many Minimalists say – we don’t own our possessions, they own us – so to de-clutter our objects is to de-clutter our spirit! Then we have more time for the soulful things in life, rather than worrying ourselves with our STUFF! Katie. xxx

  • April's Homemaking
    January 7, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I love the getting rid of soda, it is my goal to limit myself to one tiny half can a day, then maybe none at all. I like the idea of a Kindle, but I will always keep my important books and DVDs as long as I can, I love having that physical book to hold on to, especially with classics, now for a quick read paperback kindle is a great idea. I so love thinning out the clutter in life.

  • jenna
    January 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    i agree with them all, except the books. I will never, ever part with real books. They would have to pry them out of my cold stiff fingers first.

  • jennismith21
    January 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I love this! Nice list Robyn! Totally stealing some – diet come, books, second set of dishes, clothes (all the baby clothes and toys too!!!). I can’t WAIT to slim down my life!

  • Sara Bell
    January 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Go Robyn go!! =]

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