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Purging 101

Saturday, April 16, 2011

So for the past few months I've been working on purging the extra 'stuff' in my house that I no longer use or love. Its been a difficult but rewarding (and FREEing!) challenge. Having grown up in a rather poor household, I seem to have an 'I might need it later' attitude. I decided to push through that and JUST DO IT!! To give away those things I wasn't using to someone who COULD use them - NOW, not at some unspecified time in the future.

For example, I had two hand mixers, so I decided it would be a good thing to give one away. And wouldn't you know it, a couple of months later my hand mixer quit working. So? I went out and bought a new one for under $20. Yes, it would have been nice to have had the one I gave away, but you know what? The one I was using could easily have worked for another 10 years, and for that 10 years the extra one would have been taking up space - and space is very limited in my kitchen! Having that happen was really a good thing for me - it showed me that THINGS are replaceable!!

I can't tell you how good it feels to free my life of those extra things - and the bonus is that now I can find the things that are left!! emoticon
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  • DIANNEMT
    This is on my "to do" list in the fall. Need to get daughters' off to school and then begin the "load lightening". Glad to know 1) I am not unique in this area and 2) it IS possible!
    3715 days ago
  • CARLAH528
    Good job! I call it "simplifying my life" thanks to a show I watched years ago on Oprah. I too have a tendency to "hang on" to things. But simplifying is a great feeling. I just wish I could get my husband to simplify. emoticon
    3717 days ago
  • JTK131
    Awesome job!! I have been putting off doing the same around my house, what a great reminder that I need to stop procrastinating it because there is someone out there who needs those things more than I do!
    3717 days ago
  • JULIE2719
    I need to do this ~ thank you for writing about this - it gives me another nudge to get it done.
    3717 days ago
  • JUSFOLK
    Whew...I'm glad that's the kind of purging you are talking about!
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    I've read elsewhere that getting rid of excess pounds often spurs one to garner control in other area of life as well (such as excess cluteer). Go ahead, make me feel guilty enough to do it myself...I need to!
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    3717 days ago
  • IRISHGIRL01
    That's awesome! My basement needs some "purging". Just sayin'...
    3717 days ago
  • BUTRFNGRZ
    emoticon We did this when moving across the country recently. We've come to find that we could have used some of the things we got rid of, but overall it was a positive experience!
    3718 days ago
  • PAULALALALA
    This is a tough one for me as well. My parents were raised during the depression, and hoarding is a family ritual. My added challenge is that so many things have future life as a craft. You can imagine the closets full that I would feel much lighter and freer without having contents spill out when I open the doors....LOL!
    3718 days ago
  • SKUTRGAL
    I did this last year and you're right. Not only was it very freeing, but I got the joy of seeing others I loved using things that had just taken up space in my life.

    I had a Feng Shui experrt tell me one time that everything we own is tied to us by an invisible thread. As we get rid of each of those things the threads are broken and we become lighter. That's why we gain energy as we purge our lives of extra stuff. Sounded pretty airy-fairy to me at the time, but I found it to be true in my life!

    Glad it's working for you!

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    3718 days ago
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