I took one more week away from anything work related to get my house in order. The Monday after Christmas I started my mission…#purge2016. I grew up in a military family. Every 3 to 4 years, we had to clean out closets, pack boxes and move to a new town. The military gave my parents a weight limit for our household supplies, so a natural purge occurred. We each picked our favorite toys, donated outgrown clothes, discarded broken items…
Once Andy and I were married, we moved into our first home where we stayed for 5 years, moved to a rental for a year, moved to our 2nd home where we stayed 8 years, moved to a rental for a year, and then moved to our current home! Add it up….15 years with 5 moves. Again a natural purge! Our last move was to our “forever home”! We have been here for 16 years with no plans of ever moving! So…16 years worth of shopping and filling up closets. When the kids moved out, I even took over their closets!
From Monday to Friday, I cleaned out every closet, cabinet, drawer, box in the house! We took 4 truck loads to goodwill, 2 loads to the dump, and filled the trash cans. Andy tackled the basement while I did the house. Our basement, (2000 square feet!) has been the dropping ground for our extended family. Want to get rid of a couch but can’t bring yourself to give or throw it away….just store it at Kim’s! There must be 10 couches down there! We sent out a message to come tag your belongings or they were going to be donated to Goodwill. For the untagged items, I posted pictures on our family facebook page, putting the items up for grabs! Sisters arrived tagging and claiming some of theirs and picking up unclaimed items! (I have plans for that basement. )
So what did I learn about myself during purge2016?
1. I can’t purge the kitchen…I don’t cook!
2. You don’t have to save hotel shampoo and soap from every hotel.
3. Who knew we had so many pens!?
4. Goodwill takes almost anything!
5. The hardest two things to purge…school stuff and my closet!
We have a 3 car garage. When we moved in the house 16 years ago, I had Andy build a wall to divide the space into a 2 car bay and a 1 car bay. The 1 car bay became my school room. I spent the better part of a day cleaning there. I’m down to a few stacks of tubs, a pile of my dollar store “Hoard”, and piles of work samples. The rest is pretty much organized. (I’ll show a picture when the purge is complete!) So what’s my plan? School items are emotional. They represent years of hard work. They hold my identity. I AM A TEACHER! I have the hardest time letting go. My plan is a tub or a stack or a pile each week. That’s doable. It will give me time to look at things, pick out the ones I need to save for teacher training, pass on to my kids or grandkids the things they can use, and yes….trash the rest!
So here’s the plan…Megan told me about this 30 day closet purge that I’m going to try, but I reversed the order. Here’s how it works….On Jan 1-you get rid of one thing, on Jan 2-you get rid of 2 things, until Jan 31 you get rid of 31 things. But, I flipped it so that on Jan 1, I got rid of 31 things! Heads up…this closet has my winter clothes, summer clothes are upstairs! I will purge those in the spring…stage 2 of #purge2016!
Here’s the list of my purge:
Jan 1-31 pairs of socks (I still have a drawer full)
Jan 2-30 purses, totes, shoes
They say if you have a goal, make it public….So here it is…
1. I am thankful that I have a Savior that loves me no matter what! Even on my most terrible days, even when I don’t deserve it, even when I don’t ask for it….he loves and forgives me!
2. I have an incredibly patient, hardworking, hunk of a husband! Nearly 32 years of marriage and looking forward to 32+ more!