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Purge, Purge, Purge


Everyone seems to have added “reduce/purge clutter” to their new years resolutions.

I didn’t.

But after reading just one post on it (thanks, Steph!), I decided it was time to do some purging of my own. Josey had mentioned a “30 bags in 30 days” challenge that she took part in one year, and I figured that was a good goal. I had no idea what all could be put out to pasture in our house, but I knew we had a lot.

I upped the bag count goal to 31 bags since January has 31 days. I’m not taking part in other purge challenges because, well, I was already on quite the roll before the challenges started and there are no before pictures of what we’ve already done. AND – that’s just too much pressure for me.

So far, I have taken 7 full garbage bags of clothes to the Goo.dwi.ll, tossed out 7 bags of garbage (our trash bin has never been so full), given away 2 garbage bags full of clothes, and loaded up another 2 bags of clothes to take to Goo.dwi.ll later this week or next week (when I have even more to take!). The itemized list of donated clothing is ridiculous and a little embarrassing, as is the LOAD of fitness clothes I’m sending to my sister and also donating in the next round of donations. I hope to never fill closets again like I did a few years ago.

B hasn’t even TOUCHED his tubs of clothes and I suspect we’ll have around 4 bags of clothes to donate once he’s done.

So far, we have purged and completely organized the following spaces:

  • Linen closet
  • Matthew’s closet
  • Food pantry
  • Deep freezer
  • Regular freezer
  • Craft cupboards (2 of them)
  • Bryson’s dresser
  • Rearranged the living room, opening it up a ton!
  • Moved Matthew’s toys into his room (from the living room)

The following spaces are half-done:

  • My side of the closet
  • Bryson’s closet
  • Store room full of tubs, and tubs, and tubs, and tubs, and…
  • Mud room

Here is what remains:

  • The remaining side of my closet (drawers… ugh!)
  • B’s side of the closet (his job)
  • B’s tubs of clothes in the store room (his job)
  • Our walk-in pantry (OMG that is going to be a chore for us both)
  • The spare room in our basement that stores baby crap
  • The filing cabinet
  • The craft closet (sigh)
  • The cabinet in Bryson’s dresser (double sigh)
  • The garage (his job)
  • Finish mud room organizing

So a lot has gotten done, but holy hell, a lot remains to be done.  One day at a time… one day at a time.  I already feel so much better about the state of the boys’ closets in particular.  It is amazing how freeing it is to finally tackle something that’s been hanging over your head.

Now, I must go rescue my baby who is crying for some reason… he hasn’t woken up this early in weeks.  Damn!

Author: Courtney

Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do. I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!

6 thoughts on “Purge, Purge, Purge

  1. Wow! I am IMPRESSED! And inspired. I’m wondering if I could manage the same thing. I’ll have to think about it.

  2. I am so impressed with how much you have already done and purged!! It sounds like you are on a roll. It does feel like A LOT but if you keep the list and work through at your own pace, I am sure you will do just fine and it will feel sooo good when it is all finished. I always feel so good when everything is in a clean organized place. I just wish it would stay that way all the time! 🙂

    Good luck with the rest of your organizing and purging! You got this!

  3. Wow, for not having this as one of your resolutions originally, you have done a fantastic job knocking things off your list!! I should have kept track of what I got rid of. I know most places I’ve cleaned so far I’ve ended up with one full bag of trash each. We’ve made three separate trips to Goodwill and I’ve sold/gotten rid of a few things on Craigslist and a FB swap and shop forum. Man does it feel good!! You got it right though, one day at a time. And in reply to your comment on my blog, I’m running out of areas that I control too – the ones that are left on the list are heavily cluttered with JJ’s stuff so he will need to help or do it all himself. I hope I can pass on my motivation to him! 🙂

  4. Isn’t this such a great feeling?! I’m glad I did a few of my problem areas before Harvey arrived. I’m hoping to get back at the project in another week or two here. I just feel so much better when I’m not surrounded by so much STUFF. I’m impressed with how many bags you’ve done already!

  5. damn, well done! everyone is doing this and I’m a bit scared to get started. There are way too many toys and clothes. I am kind of stuck on my clothes because i’m still in the shrinking phase and hope to get back into my old jeans and shirts shortly. But it’s not coming easily this time around!

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