who’s ready to PURGE???

Friends. I am SO excited about this Enough Experiment. TWO MORE DAYS!! Again, there’s no pressure to commit to anything, but I think you’re going to find sooooo much JOY! and FREEDOM! and ROOM TO BREATHE! when you start de-cluttering your home and life.

Here’s a post from Tsh at The Art of Simple (about the powerful difference between de-cluttering and organizing) to get you excited (if you aren’t already). I AGREE 100%.

I have some posts running through my head but not nearly enough to get us from May 1 to May 31, so I’d love to hear from you.

What concerns do you have about de-cluttering?
What areas of your home do you think will give you the most trouble?
What kind of tips/advice/pep talk to you need most?

18 thoughts on “who’s ready to PURGE???

  1. Chris Stevens

    I think my family will join in on a month of purging. As a family we need to tackle our downstairs. As a couple, my husband and I need to tackle our bedroom.

    Hardest thing for us as a family will be finding the time as soccer season doesn’t finish till the weekend of May 17th with tryouts to follow for next year. For me it will be physically being able to purge since I battle my RA badly during very busy times like this one.

  2. Jill Foley

    I’ve been on a minimalist journey for about 5 years now. I have found that most people want to know what to do when they are the only one in the family who wants less, and also what to do about kids.

    If you are looking for ideas to write about, I wrote a 30 days series in October called Less is More and covered just about everything I could think of. Maybe perusing through my post topics would give you ideas.

    There are quite a few great minimalist bloggers out there – maybe one day you could just link to other people for further inspiration. I’m thinking of people like Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist (he has a unique take for a family), Courtney Carver at Be More With Less (she also has Project 333 which is great for clothing), Minimalist Mom and even The Minimalists.

    1. Marla Taviano Post author

      Thanks for this, Jill! I’ll definitely check out your blog. I have zero original ideas when it comes to de-cluttering. I just learn from others. I Love Becoming Minimalist and will look at the others you mentioned.

  3. Sarah

    Ok, friend. What if I need something I gave away later? I have been purging, but honestly, it’s the easy stuff. (Giving away my kids’ old clothes is a no brainer. Won’t need those again:). I’m trying to find the line between wisdom and excuses. Advice?

    1. Marla Taviano Post author

      Give me an example of something you’re thinking of giving away but might need later. How much does it cost? Could you borrow it from a friend? Find it at the thrift store? What circumstances would cause you to need it again?

      p.s. We’re planning to make a trip down your way soon to work on t-shirts with Jen. How about a little pro bono de-cluttering counseling session? xoxoxo

  4. Jen Hanson

    I think the need-to-declutter area that is currently giving me the most trouble is the amount of stuff we have stored for later in closets and attics. It’s stuff that we will PROBABLY need/want later (example: costumes, old photo albums, and outgrown clothes for hand-me-downs), but it all takes up SO much room. Where’s the balance with that kind of stuff?

    1. Marla Taviano Post author

      With the girls’ memory boxes, we chose a smallish size container and said whatever fits we can save. The rest goes. Helped us prioritize importance and gave us boundaries that made sense.

  5. Jen Hanson

    Tips on what to do when YOU want to simply and purge, but you have a generous, well-meaning family member whose love language is gift giving… and who is likely to look for/ask about the gifted items when over at your house. Yeah…

    1. Marla Taviano Post author

      This one is sooooo hard. We’ve had a couple chats with relatives about gifts. I understand that gift-giving is a love language, but giving gifts that aren’t practical/wanted by the recipient isn’t all that loving, in my book. And, as my darling sister Bethany told me once, “Always feel free to get rid of things I gave you (even things I made). People change, interests change. I don’t expect you to hold on to everything forever.” Such a loving, freeing gift to give someone.

  6. Allison

    I’ve done a ton of purging in the past ten years, and I’m down to the nitty-gritty, where I’m sorting through my boxes of Stuff saved from my childhood. Do I NEED to keep all those journals from middle and high school? What about all those snail mail letters that I exchanged with friends when we moved away? I don’t have any emotional attachment to them…. exactly…. and yet, part of me says I should keep those things. (Like, what if I do something hugely amazing and important in my life and someone wants to write a biography and wants to quote my brilliance from those childhood letters and journals? OK… now that I’ve put it that way I think maybe I could let go of most of it….hahahaha……!!!).

    Emotional attachment to the things is something a lot of people struggle with. That and the idea of “but I spent so much MONEY on those things! I can’t let them go for FREE!” It’s hard to see (and then to accept) that the money’s gone already, and you’ll never see it again. You could sell it, or you could toss it in the donation box and BE free of the weight of that thing 🙂

    1. Marla Taviano Post author

      The childhood letters/journals are a tough one. (I scanned a bunch once, thinking I’d just save them on my computer, but they ended up taking up too much space on my hard drive. Maybe there’s a better way?) I’ve been slowly weeding things out for a few years now. Notes from people I can barely remember? Or that don’t say anything that really matters? Gone.

      I love what you said about the money’s already gone. Be FREE of the weight of it!!

  7. Pammie Mae

    How to get kiddos on board–specifically a very sentimental 8 year old girl…with a grandma or 2 that love to give things away…especially to said daughter.

  8. Amy

    In general, I love to declutter. My house, other than clothes and books, is doing ok, but here is my thing about decluttering. I cannot handle all the decisions about what happens to it after I take it off the shelf/hanger. It feels so stressful to wonder if eBay or Amazon or a yard sale or giving it away (but who?) would be the best choice. It totally inhibits any decluttering and I end up deciding that it’s just not worth my time to even think about it so then it just stays on the shelf/hanger.

    Also, I think about how much money I paid for it and part of me would just rather keep it than sell it for $1.

    True dat. That’s all.

    1. Marla Taviano Post author

      I swore to Gabe that I’d never do a yard sale again for the rest of our lives. So that’s not an option for me. 🙂 My general rule: things that might have value to someone and are worth the $/energy for me to ship, I sell on Facebook. Everything else? Find someone who wants it or take a deep breath and send it all to the thrift store. The money has already been spent. Cut your losses and vow to do better next time. 🙂 The freedom you have when the clutter is gone is worth more money than you can imagine.

  9. brooke

    family members who acquire things free or “too cheap to pass up”!! yes I’m going to pin this all on him. I’m not getting rid of my 80 shoes, just to free up space in the closet for him to fill it up!

    1. Marla Taviano Post author

      Jay is going to be the death of me. 🙂 Sweet, wonderful Jay. I’m just going to keep praying he sees the light. I don’t know what else to tell you. If only he could get just a taste of the freedom of living light and letting go. xoxoxo

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