I am heading in the other direction as far as itemized deductions go. For my state income tax return, I will be returning to itemizing my deductions because of the health insurance premiums following my retirement in late 2008. I had been itemizing on the federal side since 1989 but had stopped itemizing on the state side in 1998 after I paid off the mortgage.
On the upside for 2009, I won't have to file any New Jersey non-resident return after I retired in 2008 - I was working in NJ since 2001 but live in NY. And no annoying special Resident Credit form for NY, too.
Overall, it is a good trade.