Thursday, June 19, 2014

Purging

I have been feeling overwhelmed by an abundance of stuff for the past few months. It seemed that everywhere I looked I was bombarded by things I needed to take care of.   I have so many ideas floating around in my head, so many things I want to accomplish, so many projects I'm in the middle of that I haven't taken the time lately to make sure our home is staying simple and clutter-free.

After reading Clutterfree with Kids last week, I was inspired to finally tackle the purging that needed to be done.  We don't have many storage areas in our home (no storage room, no coat/linen/hall closets), so the majority of our storage is kept on shelves Jason built an area of the garage that will one day be turned into an actual storage room.  I went through every bin and box in our storage area and got rid of 60% of the stuff we had been storing.  Some of it was stuff we needed to return to people and things that were just out of place.  But the majority was made up of things we just don't need.

Before:

After:


I had bins full of baby clothes in many sizes.  As I went through the clothes, I realized that letting them go could be seen as something symbolic in my life.  We have had bins full of baby and toddler clothes in our basement or garage for years.  We kept them on hand because, as a foster family, you never know when you're going to get a call.  At any moment we could be caring for a sweet little one who would come with basically nothing but the (usually disgusting) clothes on their backs.  I wanted to be prepared so I kept clothes for every possible situation.

One particular box I had been avoiding for nearly a year because of the pain and heartbreak I was worried it would stir up in me.  It was full of tiny girl clothes, intended for the baby we lost last year.   They had been packed away hastily, through my tears, when we returned home empty-handed.  In the end,  it wasn't as painful as I had anticipated.  And now I am passing that clothing on to someone who will use it.

 It's been a very liberating experience. This sounds cheesy, but not only was I purging the physical stuff we don't need, but I felt like a ton of emotional baggage was also thrown out.

 Before:

After:

I feel so much lighter after getting rid of two van-loads and many garbage bags full of stuff. And I've got my eye on a few more places in the house that are in need of purging. Playroom...here I come!

Are you hanging onto "stuff" because of fear, pain or worry?  

4 comments:

  1. I need to do that! We just finished a quick move and our garage is full of boxes that I am certain we don't need!

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    1. It feels so great to get rid of that stuff! Especially when you have a new home to enjoy. Congratulations on your new home!

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  2. I am feeling the same desire to purge! Great before and after photos!

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    1. Thanks! I smile every time I walk through that area now. Which is much better than what I was doing before :)

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