The Great Purge…

…at least it will be, by the time I’m done. It’s not going to happen overnight but it will happen. I’m talking about getting rid of all those superfluous things hanging around the house that are taking up space, collecting dust and not contributing to my peace of mind.

It’s funny because I planned to do this for a while now and it seems I’m not the only one who is in the process of purging. I’ve read several blogs, Facebook updates and tweets lately all talking about getting rid of the excess.

I look around my house and I wonder, why on earth did I buy this or that. What was going through my mind that I needed that knick-knack. There are many things we have that were gifts and hold great sentimental value – each with their own story – those I cannot part with. But there are other things I picked up on a whim just because – with no good reason other than I wanted it. That sort of thing has to go.  Then there are the things we just accumulate over time. It is used maybe once or twice and then it just sits there and sits there and sits there… . Or what about gifts we receive that we really have no use for – as cold as that sounds – you know what I’m talking about – we all get them. And because of guilt or some sense of obligation, we keep them. Why? Will they ever know or find out that we *gasp* got rid of it? Sometimes too much is just too much and we realize that less really is more.

So the other day I started with the master bathroom and bedroom. Four garbage bags later, I still have the walk-in closet to go through and then I’ll move on to the rest of the house. I did do a once over in the living room on Friday which resulted in one garbage bag of magazines and junk.

The process of purging is not an easy one. Boy, do I know that! Tough decisions will need to be made. But in the end, it will be freeing – in more ways than one. And to that, I most certainly look forward!

How about you? Have you been decluttering your space or have you already done so? How has it improved your life? Have you been putting it off? If so, why? I’d love to hear from you. In the meantime, happy weekend! 😀

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  1. I LOVE the new header!

    We are getting ready for a purge ourselves. Seems to be a natural way to prepare for the holidays. Not today, though. I am sitting around doing a whole lot of nothing for the first time in months. We have a football game & dinner with the cousins later; but for now, I’m contemplating painting my toenails in a color that my mother will approve of, and enjoying the breeze. Have a wonderful day!

  2. The email for this showed up right while I was putting a list of books into Goodreads to get rid of one more slip of paper. Awesome timing!

    I could write pages about this, but I’m going to stick with one aspect you mentioned: Gifts. OH. I am fortunate that most people who want to give me gifts have similar taste and know me well enough to have a sense for me. And I love consumable gifts that I get to use for a time and then let go of. You never know what you’re going to get, though, right? Sometimes they’re more about the giver anyway. I’ve gotten better at letting go of gifts that didn’t work for me, just because that person didn’t mean to give me something I didn’t love–they just wanted to let me know I was thinking of them. So it’s not a judgment on the giver when I let go of a gift. That took me a long time to really feel instead of just knowing in my head, though. Sentimental value is a hard beast to tame.

    Good for you! Keep filling the trash bags.

  3. Great post. I have been motivated to de-clutter for the past month or so. I love the feeling of satisfaction I get from drop offs at Goodwill or consigning gently used clothes and toys. Nice work!

  4. I have been doing this, too. One day it just hit me: when I die, and my kids have to go through all my stuff, they’re gonna be so damn mad. And so I started digitizing, donating, eliminating and paring. Even my computer files haven’t been spared.

    You wouldn’t believe how much lighter my entire life feels. 🙂

  5. Loving this. And love the feeling I get when I tie off those garbage bags and dump them outside. There is still a long way I have to go and the thought lifts me. Of course I have to battle to overcome the sentimental side of me which wants to hold onto just about everything “just in case” or “ohhh because that was the first bag of popcorn that Mister & I ever shared” lol. It’ll be hard but I’ll get there and this post will be a big reason why.

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