Year of the Purge

My 2019 New Year’s resolution was to PURGE the house of all the stuff we have accumulated over the years but rarely (or never) use. This is part of the concept of Simplifying-My-Life, a topic I have been reading about and yearning for, for years.a

Now I am finally starting.

My list 02-17-19


I’ve been happily tearing through closets and shelves, and even have a huge list on my kitchen wall of how much we have thrown out or given away.

I am a regular at Goodwill, have saved some things for the Restore store (Habitat for Humanity), and discovered Dress for Success where low income women entering the job market are given business clothes. I’ve got some coats for the Hope Center (men’s homeless center) and even am trying to sell a few things on craigslist and Facebook Marketplace.  And whenever possible, I give things to friends and family if they might use them.

So far, in 2019, we have purged ourselves of 355 items.

Just a dent in what we have, but a good start.

Each day (unless I am out of town) I vow to get rid of at least one thing.  If it’s 10pm at night and I haven’t had a chance to clean out a closet or drawer yet, I go to my huge stack of books and pick one that I have read and can go to the Friends of the Library.  Then at least I have gotten rid of ONE thing that day.

If you are doing the same, let me know your tips and techniques, and experiences.

For myself, I am beginning to feel incredibly light as all these possessions get scattered to the winds. AND  (This may surprise those of you who know me well) I have sold one of our three horses, and have someone looking to lease another one.

Now onto my clean-out task of the day: The Purse Collection!

Purses 02-17-19

3 thoughts on “Year of the Purge

  1. I’ve heard a lot about Project 33 and want to try it too! But I’m not going to start until I have everything thrown out that I can.. top to bottom. If you do it , let me know how you did it, any tips etc. and how it is going!


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