Goodbye junk

by Jessie K on January 6, 2013

A TV crew just left my house in which I walked them through a huge purge of all the junk that’s been weighing me down for so long — designer shoes, CDs, old canned goods, gunky makeup I paid a lot for but never wear. It’s finally boxed up and ready to discharge at my next rummage sale, coming to a sunny Saturday soon.

My house feels a little bit lighter, a teensy bit airier, there’s a spring in my step that wasn’t there this morning. I’m actually listening to classical music right now, I feel so triumphant.

Do you know how good it feels to wipe out the entire contents of your medicine cabinet with a sweep of the hand? Then dumping it all in the trash? It feels fantastic. I highly recommend it. Make sure to set aside your econo-stick of extra strength deodorant first.

I’d share a bunch of photos but I got so giddy dumping stuff that I forgot to snap any pictures. Figures. But here’s one from the vault to whet your appetite.

IMG_4823Goodbye, creepy doll, spawn of Satan, goodbye, goodbye.

P.S. I probably shouldn’t share details of the television program until I know for certain the episode is “in the can,” as they say in the TV biz.  (Can you tell I know absolutely nothing about the TV biz?)

Update: It was for The Katie Couric TV show.

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Janelle January 6, 2013 at 4:42 pm


There are so many things that can be said about that doll!
And none appropriate for this blog.

Molly O January 6, 2013 at 6:39 pm


I’ve been trying to clean all the half-used toiletries out if our bathroom forever. Around these parts you end up feeling guilty though fur not cleaning each one out and recycling the container (they’ll actually find you for throwing too many recyclable in the trash!). But I’d rather deal with it now than when I’m doing the final move to Alaska on June!

Jessie K January 7, 2013 at 9:14 am


Here’s my strategy for cleaning bathroom products and toiletries: First pick out the stuff you actually use everyday (toothpaste, floss, etc). Next set aside the stuff you may not use everyday but would have to buy again if you toss (sunscreen, lotion, hand sanitizer, eye drops). Then everything else goes in the trash (old vitamins, a broken curling iron, cheesy hair bands and bows you never wear, your seventeen containers of lipstick, anti-aging cream). Don’t even go through it because you’ll find yourself trying to justify why you need to keep it. You don’t! Just throw it out. It feels so good.

Sally January 7, 2013 at 10:39 am


I commend you for taking on a monumental task! Probably a bit late now, but old medicines should not be thrown out with the regular household trash, or flushed. Those chemicals get into our water and food supply. The time to dispose of them is on a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day through a site operated by a DEA law enforcement partner. This is a fairly recent initiative. The fourth and fifth Take Back Days were held April and September, 2012 respectively. Here’s a link to the April 2012 press release:

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