the perpetual purge

I can’t stop purging (my house, not my bowels). And I can’t stop shaking my head at some of the stuff I’ve had forever and WHATEVER FOR?? Just tonight I got rid of:

–a bread pan. I got a set of 5 for our wedding. 1 big, 2 medium, 2 small. I’ve used the small ones once. I use the medium ones all the time. I’ve used the big one NEVER. It’s gone. (and the small ones might follow suit, but they’re just so cute)

–a crystal vase. I am so not a crystal girl. But when my sweet hubby buys me flowers, I need a place to display them. Tonight I realized that the cool, blue-ish Mason jar that belonged to my Grandma is PERFECT for holding flowers. And so much more my style. Vase gone.

–Zip disks/zip drive/zip disk holder. Do you even know a zip disk is? Bigger than a floppy disk (anyone remember those?) but just as outdated. Gabe used them in college, we used them for a few years after we were married, and why on earth do we still have them? We don’t now.

–T-shirts I keep thinking I’ll like but never do.

–A basket that held baby toys. And baby blankets. I don’t have any babies.

–A Dora house w/figurines and accessories. If you live close and want it, it’s yours for a $3 donation to the Cambodia Fund.

–A clarinet. Gently used. Okay, not-so-gently used for eight years by yours truly. Plastic. Yamaha. Cost a lot of $ back in 5th grade when my dad bought it for me. Name your price. Proceeds to the Cambodia Fund. (And yes, I’m sure I don’t want to save it for my children. Judge me if you will, but I’ve already made plans to subtly discourage my children from becoming band geeks.)

–More books.

–These big ol’ Japanese vocabulary word cards that I punched out with the little punchy machine, glued to paper, laminated, and stuck magnets on back in 1998 so my 5th and 6th graders could learn some Japanese. If you want them, they’re yours.

–A dressy scarf that I got for Christmas and wore once but will never wear again because I just can’t pull off the look (or don’t want to).

You get the point. Freeeeeeeeeeedom!!!

And thanks so much to all of you who have shared your cleaning/purging/de-cluttering stories with me recently. I love to hear them! And I’m so proud of you!

Purge On, Friends!!



17 thoughts on “the perpetual purge

  1. Rhonda

    My sweet girlies got me “Organized Simplicity” for mother’s day. I’ve just begun reading and can’t wait to start purging. I’m going to need the help of the book because I don’t even know where to begin the process. Thanks for sharing about the book.

  2. valerie (in TX)

    Being a band geek was a great gift in my life. It gave this quiet, shy, introverted girl an instant place to belong and ready-made group to hang out with all through school. Instant family when I moved 500 miles away from home to go to college. I will encourage my kids to be in band – knowing how to read and play music is such a gift in and of itself. 🙂

  3. Cheryl Pickett

    Awww, band geeks are cool :-). Married one, and all 3 kids were in band all through school and one at 25 still loves it just like his Dad. Don’t dissuade too much…

    1. Marla Taviano

      I was a cool band geek. And so were my sisters & brother. 🙂 I just don’t think it’s a fit for where God is taking our family in the future. We’ll see. I’m not going to squelch a God-given calling to play the clarinet. (I’ll just pray against it.) 😉

    1. Marla Taviano

      I got rid of all my other vases a long time ago too, but I kept holding on to that one. It drove me nuts, but I was afraid to not have it.

      Have you guys (okay, you, not Brian) been doing any more purging before sweet baby girl comes?

  4. Stephanie

    You’re getting rid of our clarinet?! I’m sure I would never use it again in my life either, but for some reason that makes me sad. 🙁

  5. Megan at SortaCrunchy

    Oh, crystal vases. Kyle and I got SO MANY of those when we got married. I hope people have stopped giving those as wedding gifts. We hauled those from apartment to apartment for YEARS before we gave ourselves permission to get rid of them.

    I don’t know if this makes you feel better or worse, but you know how we started a big ol’ purge in January? Yeah. Still getting rid of stuff. I think once you start, you just see EVERYTHING through new eyes and realize how little you really want/use/need.

    Here’s to LESS AND LESS!

    1. Marla Taviano

      Amen, sister! I can’t WAIT to stay with you again and see the difference in your home! And take a shower on my knees for all kinds of metaphoric reasons. 😉

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