May 31, 2011

I am a purging master

I've been inspired lately to live a simpler life - not just to live for the moment, but to live with less. The mister and I have been talking about what that means for us in the near future (more on that later), but in the meantime, that meant some big changes for the "now" as well. 

It started with me thinking about what I'd grab if our apartment caught on fire...and my answer surprised me.

I would take our file with important papers (social security cards, birth certificates, marriage license, etc), and pictures of my grandparents. That's it.

I have the rest of our pictures digitally, we have renter's insurance to replace anything that gets ruined, and's just stuff. Not having our wedding album wouldn't make Ben and I any less married, not having certain books wouldn't mean I hadn't read them, and not having a dining room table wouldn't negate the conversations held there. (And you know how much I love that table!)

So I spent my three day weekend purging. I'm not really a hold-onto-it-just-for-sentimental-value type person to begin with (ahem, see I wouldn't save my wedding album), but this was almost a little insane. If we hadn't used it, I got rid of it. If we were on the fence about it, I got rid of it. If it wasn't adding value to our everyday lives, I got rid of it. (For the record, Ben was good with all of this - I didn't get rid of anything without checking with him!)

I'm talking everything. Dishes, jewelry, nail polish, makeup, movies, clothes, books, furniture, you name it, we probably got rid of it. (I'm even hoping to donate my wedding dress in the next week or so).

Want a little bit of proof?

All the books I donated...
I had two different people ask me if I was okay because of the amount of books I was purging!

...the only makeup I kept.
Maybe it's because no one was pushing me to do this, or because I knew I wasn't just getting rid of stuff to replace it with more things, but all weekend, I couldn't get over how good it felt!

Do you ever purge stuff from your house? Does it last or is it more of a "spring cleaning" kind of thing? What would be the items you save if your house caught on fire? (Besides people and pets!) Did your answer surprise you?


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Oh my gosh, I could not part with that many books!! I am not a materialistic person at all, but I love being surrounded by books!

But I do understand the need to purge. Esp when you live in a smaller space. I am going room by room and doing this in preparation for my move. I started with my closet and got rid of a whole lot of stuff that i will either sell or donate. Felt good to do that and my closet looks so much better!

Katie said...

We have been in purging mode for a few months thanks to our attempts to sell our house. It does feel good and I feel much calmer in our house without all our junk!

Jess said...

I'm a total purger.

It drives my husband nuts because I throw out his stuff all the time, and he's all "but I maybe could have used that, sometime".

It's so cathartic.

Amber said...

I completely get the need to purge. I hate, hate, HATE clutter! Drives me nuts. Every once in awhile I go on a big purging binge too and I love the way it makes me feel!

Mandy said...

You know how me making dishes without a recipe gives you anxiety? Thats how I feel about purging. I would be ok if someone came into the house and did it for me, but me doing it myself isn't going to happen. It really does need to though. You've seen my grandpap's garage, I get it honestly.

I really need to take a deep breath and purge some things.

Nora said...

I'm all about purging now. I did so much before the move, I helped Knight a ton when we got here and OMG it feels good. I donated several bags of goods before I left and now that I'm here we have an entire backseat full of other things to donate. Happy to make someone else's day and even more happy to have a cleaner house!

Stevie said...

I go through phases where I purge everything, but somehow I still manage to have a lot of clutter in my house. I did get rid of a lot of books recently, which felt SO good. I love my books, too, but I just saw no reason to hang on to them.

Erin said...

Stumbled on your blog today as we read many of th same ones :) LOVE this post!!! VERY, VERY, much!!!! I'm looking forward to reading more of your thoughts :)

Suburban Sweetheart said...

I've moved so much in the past few years that I'm a master of purging, too. The less I take with me, the better! Even AFTER I moved in February, when I unpacked, I decided I didn't want a bunch of things - and gave away two giant, heavy trashbags full! It's a good feeling.

Yellow Elm said...

I have been better after moving into the one-bedroom apartment, but I'm a total pack-rat for sentimental or craft reasons...I either keep it because it has memories attached or because "I might use that scrap in something one day" (especially paper & fabric scraps!) I have tried really hard to get over that because clutter makes me crazy too. usually my "clutter-clearing" comes in waves so I try to take advantage of those moments.

you are doing really well!! I could never get rid of my wedding dress! I left it at my mom's house in her guest room closet so it wouldn't take up my own space hehe

Annie said...

I heart organizing, purging and cleaning. That's one of the MANY reasons I love being married to an engineer. He is equally as anal about organization and order. SCORE!

What'd yo do with your nail polishes :(

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