New Year, New You, Times Square

How fabulous is this? I do enjoy my sleek new shredder, but what a great idea for all New Yorkers with a little bit of extra baggage. Baggage comes in all shapes and sizes, but the article fails to mention half started projects, magazines waiting to be gone through (to keep 'tear' sheets for design processes), and materials that are laying around for those 'just in case' moments. Those seem to be on the top of my list to get rid of before 2008. Making room for creativity is number 1. Most of this stuff just holds us back from our really big ideas. So here is to 2008 and the creative flow it holds for one and all.

NEW YORK (AP) In the spirit of starting anew, a business group and the city's sanitation department are inviting New Yorkers to shred their bad memories of 2007.

Everything from photos of ex-lovers to lousy report cards will be fair game when the Times Square Alliance and the New York Department of Sanitation set up shredders in the Times Square Visitors Center for an hour on Dec. 28.

Recycling bins will be available for items that can't be shredded, like embarrassing fashion mistakes, annoying CDs and irresistible and fattening chocolate chip cookies. The organizers say they'll also provide stationery for passers-by to jot down memories they wish would go away. A grand prize of $250 will be awarded to the person deemed to be most creative in letting go of old baggage. Better get there by noon: At 1 p.m., a sanitation truck will pick up the distasteful, the disturbing, the downright depressing and cart it all away.

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