31 days of purging: day 1

It’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, right? Good, because I totally did a 180 tonight, just hours before the 31 Days Kick-Off. For the past couple weeks, I’ve had every intention of blogging for the whole month of October on 31 Days of Loving the Poor.

Perfect, right? It’s what God has laid on my heart lately, we’re 72 days out from spending a month in Cambodia, I’d love for us to share ways we can all love on the poor together.


Something wasn’t sitting well with me about it. I tried to write my first post. Then I sat here for almost TWO HOURS hemming and hawing about what to do. I really don’t want people to get burnt out on all this loving-the-poor stuff. And I’m going to be talking about it a lot in the days leading up to Cambodia.

And how am I going to fit it in with all my other writing and speaking and packing and trying to purge our house ONCE AND FOR ALL of all the STUFF I’m so sick of having??

And then it hit me. 31 Days of Purging.

Think of all the birds I’ll kill with one stone. 31 days of knowing what I’m going to blog about. The accountability nudge I need to keep purging until every last bit of SUPERFLUOUS STUFF is GONE. No more clutter to wade through every time I turn around.

And an added bonus: when I walk back in my house on January 13, 2012, after five weeks in a third world country, with my bleary eyes and my jet-lagged body and my messed-up mind and missing my Cambodian peeps, at least I won’t look around and be sickened by all my crap.

It sounds so great in theory, doesn’t it?

Purging is not a new game for me. And yes, it’s one of my favorite activities. And my husband (thank you, dude, for designing that button for me with absolutely zero notice when you wanted nothing more than to be asleep in your bed!) is already shaking his head (and shaking in his boots) at the thought of A WHOLE ENTIRE MONTH of my purging parties.

What will I do with all the stuff I’m going to purge, you ask. Good question. (And for those of you who know me well, yes, there is still stuff left in my house to purge. I’ll have pictures soon to prove it. ) I’ll either: 1.) throw it away. 2.) trade it for a donation to the Cambodia Fund or 3.) give it away for FREE here on the blog.

My heart is racing! Let the purging begin!

Day 2 {Sabbath Thoughts on Purging}
Day 3 {10 Whys of Purging}
Day 4 {10 Ideas to Jumpstart Your Purging}
Day 5 {James 5 + Purging}
Day 6 {My Purging Theme Song}
Day 7 {Confessions of a Struggling Purger}
Day 8 {Two Pipers Purging}
Day 9 {Sabbath Thoughts on Purging}
Day 10 {Purpose-Filled Purging}
Day 11 {Purging (or Tweaking) Your To-Do List}
Day 12 {The Purging Diaries}
Day 13 {Purging Pause}
Day 14 {Clutter Trouble Spots}
Day 15 {The Pack Attack}

52 thoughts on “31 days of purging: day 1

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  2. Amy

    I just found you….and I am going to follow you…I need to purge so bad it isn’t funny! Thanks for the inspiration to do it! You can visit me at dramaabounds.blogspot.com

  3. Annie

    I’m with you! I’ve had the feeling that I need to unload all this junk for months now. My issue is where to start. I look forward to joining you in this adventure!

  4. Elizabeth

    I re-checked out Consumer Detox yesterday because I never finished reading it the first time I checked it out. This is what I need! I am SICK of our stuff. We’ve been living in a teeny tiny place and we still have too much stuff. So next week when we move it and clean out and move a huge storage unit, I am going to do everything I can to not allow a single thing into our house that isn’t useful or beautiful to us. I wish you were here to help…

    1. Marla Taviano

      GIRL. I would give anything to be there. You can do this!! I’ll be praying!! And not a single day goes by when one of my girls isn’t wearing something of Isabelle’s. THANK YOU. Love you!!

  5. Deborah

    I just purged a mountain of stuff, had a garage sale, sent stuff to the salvation army and our local women’s shelter and I look around and still think, “were did all this stuff come from? I think it breeds at night while I am sleeping!” I will be following along.

    I to am participating in 31 days with 31 Days to Slash Your Budget Painlessly.

  6. Jen Hanson

    LOVE IT! Can’t wait. I imagine I won’t have much energy to purge anything in the next 31 days… but maybe towards the new year I’ll be able to purge again. I know I’ll desperately WANT to do some purging with all the extra stuff the Twins are bringing into our lives.

    “at least I won’t look around and be sickened by all my crap” – That is such a horrible feeling after coming home from a mission trip (well, it feels horrible, but is a great reality check and great motivation). That feeling is still with me even after being back from Uganda for months. I hate that I sometimes feel like, with the twins coming, we are so crammed and crowded in our 875 sqft apartment, when there were 6-9 kids sharing a room the size of the Twin’s room in Uganda.

    Looking forward to this series. It’s practical and can be but into action AND can be used to help/focus on the real needs of others. Good pick cousin!

  7. Shannon Wheeler

    Great idea! And so nice that your hubby made you a button πŸ™‚ I wish I knew how to make a “31 Days of Loving an Orphan” button, so I could link up, too! What a cool community blog project, and I admire your diligence in keeping “stuff” to a minimum.

    Can’t WAIT to hear about Cambodia! What a precious time that will be…

  8. Jeanine

    You go, girl! I’ll be cheering you on, and I know you will give me some much needed inspiration to do the same! Also, this is a day late and a dollar short, and I haven’t checked the comments from yesterday, but my thought for a name for your ebook would be Heaven Sent Friends by Way of Cyberspace:)

  9. Sharon W

    lol! When I saw your tweet I was like what???????? I thought Marla was writing on the poor. Your change of mind cracks me up because I said I was going to write on 31 days of (mostly frugal) date nights. Then later I was like, oh, I should write on 31 Days of thank you letters (much easier in my mind to do). But, in the end, I choose to stick with the date ideas and perhaps I’ll do the thank yous next month. Or next year.

    And, I can’t wait to read about your purging. You got me started on decluttering our house when you were going through Tsh’s book. And then I just finished reading FlyLady’s book. But I have yet to do a 27 fling boogie. If you haven’t read the book yet, you want to don’t you? Just to find out what that is!

    1. Marla Taviano

      Yeah, I decided to do something a little more light-hearted and not as important to me. Then, if I do get sick to death of writing about it after 31 days, it won’t be any big deal.

  10. ellen

    lets spend 31 days looking at the positive productive gifts God has placed in and given to us:) bet that’s almost as difficult as purging

  11. Krysten T

    I’ve been doing some purging too. This will be a great way to staty motivated. My reason for purging is a move that is comming up in the next year for me and I figure the less stuff I have the less I have to pack. πŸ™‚

  12. Mrs. M

    This is one of the greatest gifts you give to me. You KNOW how much I need to be nudged to do this! Yet another reason I love you.

  13. Charise

    This is weird…I came home from ACFW all set to reorganize my kitchen and plotting closets next…Bought myself a label maker with my birthday money and am ridiculously excited to use it. However, I did originally read this and worry you were becoming bulimic.

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