Last October, my bloggy friend Marla hosted a “31 Days ofPurging” series. I didn’t actively participate last year, but have come to the point I realize I desperately need to. Our home is currently on the real estate market. My hope is that moving will be fairly easy and painless when our house goes in contract. I fear, however, the big move will be scattered and unnerving.
Add to that a control freak/perfectionist’s worst nightmare – not being able to find something in my house. I try to keep everything in perfect order. Even when everything isn’t tidy (Jay’s fault I promise!), there is still a place for everything and everything in its place.
Picture it – Tennessee, late September. A 30 something woman awakes on a rainy day to get ready for work. Much to her dismay, her one and only umbrella is at the office. Didn’t I buy a new one just a few weeks ago? She thinks to herself. Where did I put those sunglasses I got the same day? She wonders. In her search, she finds part of her sister’s birthday present in the closet. CRAP! I finished her pressie off the same day.
I have searched my house and have been unable to find the following: 1 brand new pair of sunglasses, 1 brand new umbrella, 1 brand new _______ (just in case she’s reading this). Sounds like an episode of hoarders if you ask me. I’ve got so much stuff, I can’t find what I need. Its honestly not that bad, but still unacceptable to me.
Lucky for me, we’re starting a new month today. For the month of October I pledge to:
· Purge 1 clothing item per day
· Purge 1 non-clothing item per day
· Sort through what I have and put what I’m keeping in working order
· Pack up seasonal items that won’t be needed until after we’ve moved into the cabin
· Re-evaluate my purchases. Spending is a big part of the “too much stuff” equation.
Care to join me?