55 Things You Don't Need After All: A five-day challenge to jump-start spring cleaning

Getty ImagesGetty ImagesFifty years ago, spring cleaning may have meant beating the rugs, throwing open the windows, and getting rid of the dust bunnies under the bed. But in a year as tumultuous as 2009, it's the perfect time to take spring cleaning to a whole new level--clearing out the excess from our spaces, schedules and to-do lists….so we have the energy and clarity to move forward.

But where do you begin? The people I talk to everyday say they've accumulated so much they don't know where to start.

So, this year-hop on board with me and Yahoo! Shine for the "55 Things You Don't' Need After All" spring cleaning challenge. Over the next five days I'll give you ten decluttering assignments (two each day). At the end of the week, you will have released 55 stagnant things from your life, creating cleaner spaces and room for new thoughts, adventures, ideas and experiences.

Welcome to Day #1 -- Let's make some space!

Today, GET RID OF…

10 articles of clothing that don't fit, don't flatter and will never be worn.

9 books or magazines you've already read or know you aren't going to get to.

Have a question for me along the way? Post a comment below, and I'll be checking in from time to time to weigh in. And here are some questions for you -what's the most peculiar wardrobe item you find it difficult to part with? And, what makes books so hard to get rid of? What criteria do you use to decide if a book is a true treasure to you?

Follow me on Twitter and tell me about the most interesting things you're getting rid of - the people with the most interesting/funny/victorious discards among their list of 55 things will win a copy of my new book, SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life!


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Julie Morgenstern is an organizing and time management expert, corporate trainer and the New York Times bestselling author of five books, including her latest paperback, SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life. For more information, visit www.juliemorgenstern.com or follow her on Twitter using the handle juliemorganizer.