Preparing For The Purge

26 Nov

I realized something this week.  I have a lot of stuff.

I realized this after a) it took me the better part of an hour to clear off two tables so my office could double as a dining room, b) I found stuff on my desk that I’d forgotten that I had, and c) the idea of unpacking the boxes now that I have exclusive use of my office again is exhausting.

Today, I looked around my bedroom and realized that it too is full of stuff.  This is problematic because in just over a month, I will have to pack up all my stuff from around the house and move it to the next city.

That’s right- I am moving.  Last week, I put a deposit down on an apartment, and I move in January 1st.  (This means that somewhere, there’s a landlord who considers me a viable tenant.  My blog must not have shown up on the background check…)

Now I have 35 days to go through 21 hyears worth of stuff and decide what is worth keeping and what can be donated/recycled/trashed.  I’m actually looking forward to this project.  I’ve spent this past year cutting all of the extra stuff out of my budget, and it’s put me in the mood to streamline the rest of my life.

So starting tomorrow, I’m diving into the shelves, boxes, bins, and drawers of my stuff that are all around the house.  We’ll see how long my ambition for this project lasts.  I’m betting as long as it takes for me to reach the closet.  If I don’t show up here on Thursday, one of you may have to come dig me out.

In the meantime, please feel free to offer encouragement in the form of your successes in cleaning out all the clutter.  Tell me it’s all worth it, and that doing so will result in some grand epiphany (or the discovery of a hidden stash of cash).

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4 Responses to “Preparing For The Purge”

  1. kim November 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    I’m so excited for you and your new apartment! You asked for encouragement: Our house burned down in 2010 (that doesn’t sound very encouraging so far, but bear with me…) and the best lesson that I learned is that there is a strange freedom in having very few material possessions. We learned that we really only need one spatula instead of four; four plates are plenty; two towels are enough….all the crap stored in the desk drawers have not been missed.

    I’m not saying to get rid of your Doctor Who/Tardis bookends, though…..

  2. JT November 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    When we moved to Romania for an unspecified length of time we sold/gave away, trashed pretty much everything we owned. This is/was an incredibly freeing experience. I love living with the minimalist mindset! I am ready to go anytime, anywhere, without all the excess baggage of stuFF! Not to mention it is so much easier on the budget not having all kinds of things to maintain/replace/modify etc.

  3. sydneyaaliyah November 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    I can only share my recent purge. I am moving back to the states and seem to have acquired a lot of stuff in the last 6 years in China. I had to go through each item to determine what I could and couldn’t live without. It took a while. But, moving back to the other side of the world isn’t easy. Good luck on your move.

  4. Robyn Olson November 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    Good! You will love it. After 15 years of caretaking farms and ranches, living out of travel trailers, single-wides, storage units I now have a house. A big empty house. It is amazing how FAST it has filled up with stuff. My sweetheart just moved in and together we are going through our stuff and packing up a huge yard sale into boxes so in the spring it can explode all over the front lawn. And yes. When I moved my beautiful furniture out of storage to come home to The Tiny Farm I did find $300.00 under the drawer liner in one of the Hi Boy drawers. I have no idea when or at what location I had hidden it there. Good hunting 🙂

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