purge: to rid, clear, or FREE your home of whatever is unnecessary or undesirable.
That’s it. I’ve had it. THIS TIME I’m purging all the non-essentials ONCE AND FOR ALL.
I mean it.
Are you thinking about purging some junk but don’t know where to start? Here are some things I’ve gotten rid of lately, in case you’re at all interested.
DVDs— This one wasn’t hard for me. I don’t really like movies. Gabe loves them, but he doesn’t like watching the same ones more than once. Except for Top Gun which he’s seen upwards of 47 times. We got rid of cable a couple months ago, we have a $7.99/month Netflix subscription, and he’ll occasionally get $1 movies from red and blue kiosks around town.
Anyway. I have one movie on DVD. You’ve Got Mail. Gabe kept the Bourne trilogy, Top Gun, and his Brian Regan collection. The girls have 4 seasons of Full House, 2 seasons of Punky, 2 seasons of Little House, a few Strawberry Shortcakes, and some other random ones (probably 25 in all).
Do you really need all those DVDs? Life is too short to watch some of those ever again, wouldn’t you say?
Books— I already discussed some of my new criteria for keeping a book in this post. Some other books I got rid of after keeping them forever: 4 of my 7 Beth Moore Bible Study workbooks, books the girls will probably never read, and my blue book collection (my 20+ books are down to the 3-4 I really love).
It’s hard to explain, but I really love looking at my bookshelves more now that I know every single book is super-awesome. (and I’m going to go through them at least one more time)
Clothes— Let’s face it. I wear the same few items of clothing ALL. THE. TIME. I finally got rid of the only pair of dress pants I own. I haven’t worn them since 2007. I got rid of one of my two bathing suits. It just doesn’t work. (and I reeeeally need to get rid of the other one too, but that would require shopping for a new one. OH THE HORROR.) I got rid of my 2 pairs of size 8 jeans. I got them at the thrift store and fit into them briefly a year or so ago. I wear size 10, not 8. If I ever lose my baby gut and fit in a size 8 again, I will march my skinny(er) booty down to the thrift store and buy a new pair.
I’m DONE holding on to clothes for Someday, Maybe, and What If. What can YOU get rid of?
Random Decor— Some of the stuff I keep year after year is really pretty pointless. The white basket with the ivy on top of the bookshelf in my bedroom? WHY? Gone. The picture frames I really don’t even like? Gone. The baskets that just encourage me to keep more crap? Gone. The antique baby clothes? Not gone yet, but they will be. Anybody want them?
My new philosophy: Less is more. Don’t keep ANYTHING I don’t love with a PASSION.
I think that’ll do it for today.
So, tell me: What do you need to purge (or have you purged) lately? And what’s holding you back?
p.s. The girls are on Spring Break next week. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll blog regularly, pop in here and there, or take the week off. I’ll let you know.