Less Stuff, More Life

For the last month and a half I’ve been on a mission that I have dubbed: The Great Purge of 2014.

When the new year dawned it was like something woke up inside me and I realized just how much stuff I have! How did I accumulate this? And, more importantly, why am I keeping it?

I wish I had a better reason for starting this purge but honestly, it all hit me after I started reading a few travel blogs. It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I love travelling (the fact that I haven’t been out of the province for a year and a half is driving me nuts!).

So how does reading travel blogs result in purging? I am so glad you asked! I have no idea if frequent travelling will ever be a part of my life but let’s pretend just for a moment that it will be. My two thoughts are: 1) the less stuff you have, the easier travelling is and 2) the less stuff you buy, the more money you have for travelling.

I fully admit that I am a packrat. A trait that has been passed down to me by both of my Grandmothers (I love those ladies). My Mother on the other hand is the.exact.opposite. When I was a teenager there were many a Saturday where my Mom would show up at my bedroom door with a black garbage day. I hated those days. Purging days.

There are two reasons I find it hard to get rid of stuff:

  1. I place sentimental value on everything. That cute little school photo of my brother when he was in grade 4 (?) with the cute little note that he wrote to me on the back promising me he was going to score a goal for me in hockey that year? Yeah, I still carry that around in my wallet.
  2. I always worry that I will need it in the future. Why would I get rid of my fabric scraps? What if I come across some project in the future that calls for the equivalent of a shipping container full of fabric scraps? If I get rid of them whatever will I do? Craziness I know.

But at the dawn of the new year things changed for me, I had the desire to let go of stuff, I’ve been going around the house from one room to the next, in each closet, going through each drawer . . .

My goal is to reduce my personal possessions by 50-75% and I think I’m pretty close to the 50% mark now (it’s all an estimate, I have no way of actually measuring).

We also did this with Raeca’s toys a few weeks ago, kids accumulate so much, and many of the things didn’t even get played with. Fortunately for her, she seems to take after my Mom, she doesn’t have much problem getting rid of her stuff (minus her special things of course, we wouldn’t ask her to get rid of those).

At this point I’ve gone through almost everything and gotten rid of the things that were easy to pick out (like that empty container of powder foundation in my bathroom drawer, why did I even still have that?) and I even got rid of a few things that I liked or used but for whatever reason decided I could do without.

Now I’m at the hard place. I’ve gotten rid of the easier stuff and now it’s time to purge till it hurts. I’m going to go through my fabric stash again, through my art supplies, through my closet and see what else I can let go of.

I would love it if you would help hold me accountable through this! It’s my goal to be done with the purging by the end of this month and hopefully post an update in the first week of March, if I don’t update, you have full rights to ask me how it’s going and if I’m done!

Are any of you good purgers? I would love to hear some tips and tricks to help me through the rest of my stuff. And if you are a fellow packrat, please raise your hand and make me feel like I’m not the only one.

** I finished typing this out with the biggest head cold ever so hopefully this post makes sense and I didn’t write something crazy in my foggy brained state.

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