will purge for food

There’s something a little off about that title, but I hate to use up precious energy thinking up a new one.

Hello, my name is Marla, and I LOVE TO PURGE.

I got up this morning while there was still a 6 in the hours place on my alarm clock (first time since May, I think). All went smoothly (give or take some basic grouchiness), and after a sweet (give or take some grouchiness) family prayer on the porch, we all walked Livi down to the bus stop. Thanks so much for your prayers (see yesterday’s post). I was definitely at peace, but I still felt pretty glum.

On the walk back home, my spirits lifted considerably when my friend and neighbor, Christy, pointed to the huge pile of trash on the curb in front of her house. “I paid for bulk pick-up today. You’re welcome to throw anything you want on my pile.”

Well, I don’t mind if I do.

I talked my newbie homeschooler (and her not-yet-in-kindergarten sister) into making four (five?) trips with me from our shed/garage down to Christy’s, hauling all manner of broken plastic child-sized Adirondack chairs, a rusted tiki torch, old blinds we replaced years ago, random pieces of wood and shelving, nasty garden ornaments, a blow-up swimming pool with a hole in it, busted hula hoops.

“Do you have any idea how happy this makes me?” I told my little laborers.

“We know, we know,” they said, rolling their eyes.

Then we organized and rearranged things, and I made a pile of stuff we can do without. I sold some more books on Facebook (my friend Megan is flabbergasted that people keep buying them–go, people!).

Now I have all my books about justice/loving the poor/missions on the top shelf of my little bookcase with a picture of a sweet, darling teenage orphan from Cambodia beside it.

I want to just sit on the floor and stare at it all day.

I dismantled several photo albums that were filled with random photos from 1950 to 2005ish, put the photos in a memory box, and kissed the outdated albums good-bye.

The girls had a marathon trying-on-clothes session last night, and we got rid of anything that isn’t something they love. And they still have a TON of clothes, 99.8% of which came from the thrift store or got handed down from someone awesome.

I went to the post office and mailed a billion packages of books (the mailman calls me his homegirl). I want my boxes of Blushing Bride and One Diaper at a Time OUT OF MY CLOSET. I’m down to my last SIX which may seem like a lot until I tell you that I started out with FIFTY-TWO boxes of Blushing Bride a few years ago.

They’re yours for the taking for $1.50 each (+shipping). E-mail me before it’s really-too-late-this-time.

Nina has to get her staples out of her head (oh, I’m going to be sick) and Livi has soccer practice, but other than that, I’ll be purging and selling stuff on Facebook and Twitter. You should join the party!

I can’t tell you how many people have looked at me dreamily (over the internet) lately and said, “Oh, I wish you could come to my house and help me purge!” You and me both, sister. Seriously. I can’t tell you how happy that would make me. Purging is one of my spiritual gifts.

In fact, if you live close to me, and want to rent me for a couple of hours for a donation to the Cambodia Fund, let me know.

And now let’s all do something a little CRAZY.

Find something (or 68 somethings) in your house to GET RID OF. And if it’s something that might be a treasure to someone else, give it to them (or sell it and give the $ to your favorite ministry that helps the poor).

And if you want to make me giddy, tell me what you’re purging. I’m excited for you already!

20 thoughts on “will purge for food

  1. J

    We had a garage sale at our house today – got rid of an old lay-z-boy, closet shelving, frames, books, some clothes, and other random things. Hoping the bathroom vanity and closet doors go tomorrow AM!

  2. Jen Hanson

    How about preemptive strike purging? Meaning: While I know there will be a whole load of stuff coming into our apartment for the babies (taking up all the extra space I purged last year – oh well), I’m trying to radically limit what stuff we’ll keep/accept/bring into our home. I’m drastically limiting the number of toys, books and baby “equipment” (bouncers, jumpers, play mats, etc.) I have one small basket for books (anything that doesn’t fit, doesn’t stay) and two medium-sizes baskets for toys/stuffed animals (again – doesn’t fit, doesn’t stay).

    I would love to purge some more of our own stuff, but it is hard while trying to also organize all the new baby stuff.

    Someday… I will purge again!! (looking forward to it!)

    1. Marla Taviano

      You are one wise woman. If I were having another baby (which I most absolutely definitely am not), I would do the same!! Livi had soooo much she didn’t need. A lot of it was from garage sales and hand-me-downs but still. I did get a lot smarter by the time Nina came around, thank goodness.

      Sooooo excited for your babies to come!!!

  3. Danielle

    Music to my heart girl! I’ve been purging our house of stuff for the last year, and this weekend was the last big push. We had a room of our house that still had boxes in it from when we moved in 3 years ago. We went through every single box and decided what we needed (most of it we don’t need if we haven’t seen it in 3 years,) could donate or sell, or should trash. We literally filled our trash and recycling bins to overflowing and then made a trip to the church dumpster on Sunday. My sweet husband even bravely slimmed down his wardrobe, a very difficult task for him. We now have all 3 bedrooms of our house functioning as bedrooms, and that is a good feeling. We made the rule that if we couldn’t find a place to put what we kept that it wasn’t worth keeping, or something else had to go in order to keep it. I’m pretty sure my friends were talking about all the text messages they were getting from me offering them stuff I thought they might want.

    The anticipation of bringing our daughter home really changed priorities in our minds. I swear we were nesting this weekend, and it felt so good.

    1. Marla Taviano

      I loooooooove that you’re nesting!! I’m sooooo excited for you guys, Danielle! And I’m already in love with your daughter and want to share your whole story here on my blog in a couple months (or whenever the time is right) if that’s okay. Praying for you!!

  4. Sharon W

    Ever since you posted about Tsh’s book, I’ve been purging! I’ve gotten rid of clothes (can we say 5 pairs of Juniors jeans that fit before pregnancy but will never ever fit again), duplicate kitchen stuff, jewelry I haven’t worn in years and basically anything I could get my husband to agree to part with. He is not at all excited about getting rid of anything that is his, so I’m getting rid as much of my stuff as possible. Thanks for the motivation!

    1. Marla Taviano

      You just made me very giddy. 🙂 Here’s my husband advice: keep doing what you’re doing, pray for hubby to have a change of heart, and pray for wisdom to approach him gently at just the right time about a little thing here or there.

  5. Shannon

    Sold a 2yr old leather sofa that just was a tad too big for our “kids’ den” to a friend last week for $100 toward our Ukraine trip (which is in TWO days! So excited!). It was a steal for her & gave us a last boost to the fund raising stash. You’ve encouraged me to purge more this past few months & it’s felt great & helped us reach our goal. Purge on, ladies!

    1. Marla Taviano

      Is it yours? If so, I’ll post a pic on facebook and see if anyone wants it. How much did you pay for it, and what do you think is a fair price? Your dress is sooooo gorgeous!!

      1. Bethany

        Yes, it is mine. I don’t want to have to ship it so it would have to be someone local–Columbus or Dayton area. I can’t remember if it was $300 or $400 at David’s Bridal. I’ll have to have Mom check the size. I will email you some pictures. As far as a fair price–$75? What do you think?

  6. Bethany

    We made $444 for our orphanage at our Luke 12:33 yard sale last week! And the Vets Connect man took everything else away the following morning on his huge truck!

    I already have another diaper box filled with items to sell next year!

  7. Ruth Chowdhury

    I feel like I’ve been in a constant state of purge lately. Lol. Some of the latest things have been toys, clothes, & various odds & ends that I’ve had for years and I was like, “Um, tell me again why I have this?” I think I need to go through my kitchen cupboards, bathroom closet, & definitely basement again. Oh, and the garage. I absolutely love purging now that I can bring myself to do it. I’ve come a long way since the beginning of my marriage 7 years & 3 kids ago where I kept everything “just in case” and “why not” and so as “not to offend who gave it to me”. Whew. So glad I’m past that stage! I’m thinking of giving you a list of things to sell on your twitter/Facebook to raise money for your fund. Would you do that? Email me if you want to talk about that. 🙂

    1. Marla Taviano

      I would LOVE to talk about that, Ruth. 🙂 And I’m sooooo with you on the “just in case” and “why not.” It really helps when I remember those who won’t even be alive tomorrow if someone doesn’t help them today.

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