pressing purging questions {day 26 of 31}

I would love to finish strong with this purging series, but I’m running out of ideas. And I’m afraid there were at least 2-3 things that I said I’d address that I haven’t yet (and now I forget what they were!).

So, if you have some pressing purging questions, let me know, and I’ll try to answer some of them in the five days we have left. Four actually, because Day 31 doubles as my birthday (okay, triples as Halloween), and I think we should have a PAR-TAY.

Speaking of Halloween, here’s a really good post about fair trade alternatives for trick-or-treat. May your pumpkin bucket overflow with Mike & Ike’s.

So, tell me what you want to know, and I’ll see what I can come up with (or steal from someone more brilliant than me). Oh! I just remembered one of your questions: what do I do if my spouse isn’t on board with the whole purging thing? I’ll answer that one tomorrow.

What else ya got?

6 thoughts on “pressing purging questions {day 26 of 31}

  1. Kelly S

    I know you’ve already talked about this some, but the issue I’m struggling with at the moment is dealing with getting rid of things that my parents gave me in childhood. There are many things I’ve been hoping to get rid of (and many of them, hoping to sell and donate the money), but my mom is giving me a hard time about it, saying that she wants those things back if I’m not going to keep them, or that she’ll just hold on to them for “safekeeping” until I want them again (a burden I don’t really want to deal with – her having a bunch of my stuff at their house). Beyond all that, I really don’t want this to turn into an emotional or tension-filled situation where she is hurt that I’m getting rid of those things or anything like that. Any thoughts? 🙂

    1. Bethany Peters

      I would definitely be in prayer for this, asking God for His wisdom (James 1:5). My husband won’t let me get rid of the giant stuffed ladybug he gave me when we were dating (giant as in 3ft. in diameter) or the 10 glass bottles of pop were took from our room on our honeymoon. I know moms are different than husbands. You don’t want to ruin relationships for the sake of de-cluttering. I would pray for wisdom for yourself and also that God would work in your mom’s heart–that she wouldn’t take offense at you not wanting to hold onto objects and that she would know you love HER, not her things.

      I am thinking of making a quilt for my daughter (she’s almost 3) and if at any point she wanted to get rid of it, I’d want her to give it back to me, not sell it. I took back a cookie jar I made my mom a few years ago because she never used it. I wasn’t offended, but I liked it and didn’t want it collecting dust in the cupboard. So maybe your mom won’t be as offended as you think–she just wants those things to remain in the family.

      I don’t know if this helps at all.

  2. Tonia

    I don’t really have a question, but wanted to point out that dedicated the month of Oct. To decluttering. So if anyone is looking for ideas, it’s another great resource.

    I guess I do have one question. If we have stuff that we want to donate, do you have any fav. Organizations for doing so? I’d love to know what is out there other than the Good Will, Salvation Army, and the VOA.

    1. valerie (in TX)

      Tonia, our local Women’s Protective Service accepts donations of all kinds. They give what they can to women who are coming out of their support home and starting a new life, and the rest they sell to raise money. We take all of our donations to them. You might check with the WPS in your city.

  3. Sharon W

    What do I do with old year books??? I struggle with wanting to keep them for the memories and maybe show them to my kids someday (though right now they are packed away in the basement). Should I just throw them out? Donate them and tear out the personal notes written in them?

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