OK, one final look at the bureau-top junk that got removed.
Before I continue though, I'd like to say that I hope this isn't just seen as a "listing" experience. When I blog about things I've gotten rid of, I do get some idea of why I might have kept something in the first place, where some of the common problem areas are, and how I can hopefully eliminate some of that in the future.
- Stuff to shred. Not all of this junk was to be carelessly thrown in the trash. Some stuff was better suited for the shredder. Like a piece of paper that had by bank account info on it. Yeah, that gets shredded and burned. Also, these papers that came with my prescriptions. Do you get these too? Especially if the stuff you're picking up comes in a tube? You go to a pharmacy to pick something up, and they give you a few huge stapled pieces of paper with information you don't need, and in my case, my last name spelled wrong across the top in big printed letters. Then on top of that, there's a set of instructions in the box itself. Who needs this? I certainly don't.
- A clear plastic bag that went to...maybe that guitar stand I bought a few months ago? Maybe something else? Well, enough guessing.
- Hate note from my wife. I don't need guilt-trips in verbal form, let alone in written form.
- Tag from wife's yellow gold chain. "14k", and a big price tag of which I only had to pay a fraction (Thank you, JC Penny!). I probably should have photographed these last two items together, for comedic value.
- 2011 Concert Venue Schedule. Yes, it has the band we saw listed in there. But I really don't need this as a souvenir.
- Free brownies coupon. We could not find this brand in ANY of the stores. And the coupon expired last November. I tried.
- Ozzy article. My father cuts things like this out of the paper and snail-mails them to me on occasion. I appreciate the thought, and I do read the article. But 6 months later, I think I can say in most cases that it's safe to throw these away.
- More paper items. Including a slip of paper with a BluRay player model on it (and I subsequently bought), a list of karaoke song numbers and a note on the back where an old karaoke cohort of mine is now hosting (which I don't think I'll ever get to), plus 3 envelopes (which initially freaked my wife out, because she thought I was throwing out a card. Nope, just the envelope, honey.)
- 2 Hotel Key Cards. Most hotels these days have long since ditched metal keys in favor of programmable, cheap plastic card keys. Some of these we end up keeping as souvenirs. But chances are that if it was a really good trip, you already have a ton of other souvenirs anyway that are better. Time to ditch these.
- And finally, some clothing tags. You know, you buy a shirt or a pair of pants, and see these things attached to them. Some of them are even facy, like they're made of cork or something. But if you've already been wearing something to the point that you know you're not going to return it, then these are junk.