Wednesday, October 3, 2012
31 Days of Purging - Gettings Started Take 2
Continuing from Yesterday’s list of Marla’s “how to get started” ideas:
6. Open your medicine cabinet or a bathroom drawer or peek under the sink.
No. You can’t make me! Translation: This desperately needs to happen.
We have 2 cabinets (in the upstairs bath) and a closet (in the downstairs bath). Last night I tackled Jay’s sink, which was kind of a cop-out, he uses the sink downstairs and we haven’t really filled it with junk yet. It’s the other 2 I’m worried about.
7. Tell your children you’ll pay them 25 cents (or 50 cents/1 dollar/20 dollars) for each stuffed animal they’re willing to get rid of.
I have no children, so that was easy!
One thing I have started doing is trying to put race t-shirts to good use. Unless it’s a tech shirt that I’ll enjoy training in, I ask for a size large men’s shirt. After the race, Jay gets a choice – he can keep the shirt or I donate it to the homeless ministry in town. If he keeps the shirt, he has to give me 2 of his old shirts to donate.
I believe I also need to institute the 1 in 2 out rule for books of mine. And possibly clothing. Its sooooooo hard!
8. Go through your desk and throw out 25 things.
I don’t have a desk. Jay has one, but its full of his crap. I keep all of our bill stuff in a portable filing case. Pens, paper, and the like are in a medium sized basket on the kitchen island.
Suggestions for replacing this one with something I can do?
9. Skim through the clothes in your closet.
Every season I decide to turn around the hanger to see what I wear. Every season I come up with an excuse as to why I can’t get rid of things. I desperately need to get better at this – I have far too many clothes.
10. Look around your house at all the knickknacks on various surfaces.
As previously discussed, I don’t like knickknacks. Can I replace this with giving my entire house a good thorough dusting? That’s not the same as purging is it. Let’s face it, I’ll probably get stuck in the bathroom closet/sink cabinets and never make it to this one any way.
How do you put a limit on the amount of clothing you purchase? Is it based off your closet size, what you have the funds for, or something else?
3 Dress Pants
1 Pair of Shorts
Expired medication (more to come, but will only count toward the purge total once)