55 Things You Don't Need After All: Day three

Getty ImagesGetty ImagesHappy hump day! It's day 3 of 5 in the "55 Things You Don't' Need After All" spring cleaning challenge. Since Monday, we've counted down from 10 to 8, pointing you in the direction of 34 pieces of clutter that it's time to leave behind. If you're just now joining us, see the links below to get started. It's not too late!

We've now tackled closets, bookshelves, bathrooms, and your entertainment center. And today's decluttering assignment is particularly important in today's economic downturn. It's common sense that preparing meals at home is one of the first steps to living a more frugal life. But when the counters are full of junk and the refrigerator overflows with expired goods - it's tough to enjoy cooking.

So Today, GET RID OF…

6 items from your fridge or pantry that will never be eaten or have passed their ideal freshness.

5 useless pieces of kitchenware - anything from old pots and pans, outdated appliances or that weird wiry thing you've never been able to identify.

As we walk down the path toward banishing 55 pieces of clutter this week, don't forget to weigh in below with any questions or comments. And today, I want to know from you - what is your attachment to all the kitchenware you never use? What "good times" or "good meals" does it represent? And, if you're brave, 'fess up to the most ancient item in your fridge or pantry-12-year-old canned tomatoes anyone??

This week and next, follow me on Twitter and tell me what the most interesting/funny/victorious items you're letting go of are and you'll be entered to win a copy of my new paperback, 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.