Yesterday while talking with my sister, she mentioned a particular set of items she had been given that she didn't like but felt guilty keeping. When she asked what I thought she should do, I was ready with a reply. In last month's Real Simple, there was an interesting article about this very thing: "Declutter Your Mind and Think Clearly" by Gail Blanke.
An excerpt, which very much applied in my sister's situation:
“If you don’t know what to do with it, or where to put it, or why you ever bought it in the first place, or if looking at it depresses you, throw it out,” she’d say. “Never keep anything that makes you feel heavy or weighs you down.”
I shared this with my sister, and while we were still on the phone, she began sorting through the aforementioned items with the intention of passing them on to Goodwill as soon as possible.
We all have stuff like this, don't we?! Good job, M, for doing something about it!