Monday, October 1, 2012

The Urge to Purge

Last October, my bloggy friend Marla hosted a “31 Days ofPurging” series.  I didn’t actively participate last year, but have come to the point I realize I desperately need to.  Our home is currently on the real estate market.  My hope is that moving will be fairly easy and painless when our house goes in contract.  I fear, however, the big move will be scattered and unnerving.

Add to that a control freak/perfectionist’s worst nightmare – not being able to find something in my house.  I try to keep everything in perfect order.  Even when everything isn’t tidy (Jay’s fault I promise!), there is still a place for everything and everything in its place. 

Picture it – Tennessee, late September.  A 30 something woman awakes on a rainy day to get ready for work.  Much to her dismay, her one and only umbrella is at the office.  Didn’t I buy a new one just a few weeks ago?  She thinks to herself.  Where did I put those sunglasses I got the same day?  She wonders.  In her search, she finds part of her sister’s birthday present in the closet.  CRAP! I finished her pressie off the same day.

I have searched my house and have been unable to find the following: 1 brand new pair of sunglasses, 1 brand new umbrella, 1 brand new _______ (just in case she’s reading this).  Sounds like an episode of hoarders if you ask me.  I’ve got so much stuff, I can’t find what I need.  Its honestly not that bad, but still unacceptable to me.

Lucky for me, we’re starting a new month today.  For the month of October I pledge to:

·        Purge 1 clothing item per day

·        Purge 1 non-clothing item per day

·        Sort through what I have and put what I’m keeping in working order

·        Pack up seasonal items that won’t be needed until after we’ve moved into the cabin

·        Re-evaluate my purchases.  Spending is a big part of the “too much stuff” equation.

Care to join me?


  1. I may just have to join you on this one. :) I emptied FIVE boxes from our garage yesterday. Five!!! And I barely put a dent in the boxes that are still in there from our move in Dec. 2008. Goodwill is going to be receiving so much stuff...

  2. The first part of this sounds like me. I pick things up, put them somewhere and then can't find it. :)
    I need to do some purging too!

  3. This sounds like a great idea! I might join you in the purging. If I clean out my garage & get rid of a few things at one time, does that count for a few days?! As for the clothes, I know I have stuff I don't wear. I'm afraid to get rid of them, though. I don't know how many times I've gotten rid of a shirt only to want it a month later... :/ Maybe I should turn my fall/winter hangers backward & commit to truly getting rid of the items I don't wear during this time??

    1. that's what i plan on doing - i know i'll be too busy to get to it every day, so i'm more committing to purging 31 X 2 items.

      as for the hanger thing - i think that's a great idea. size fluctations aside, if you don't wear it ALL season, you {I} need to get rid of it.

  4. How cool! I need to do those first two REALLY bad...