Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Purging Your Possessions

I am not a pack rat. I like to only have what I need. I live and travel light. This is why I own a nook (thank you barnes and noble) with 1000 plus books on it rather than the 500 plus books I use to cart around each move. This is why I rock my netbook and have a laptop as a primary computer. This is why I get hand me down or thrift store furniture, just give them a face lift and they look brand new! I make my own cleaning supplies, try to cook all my food from scratch and I shop locally!

Enough about me. I don't like clutter and I'm going to give some tips as to how I personally keep clutter away. If you are ready scroll down!

How to PURGE your Possessions!

Pick a room!  You've got to pick a starting point, be it a bathroom, bedroom, or a closet. Then start taking everything out and lay it out so that you can see it. I always tend to start with my clothing first, and then I move on the room at large. Here are some of the questions I ask myself as I move along:

  • When was the last time I used this/wore this?
  • Does it fit/work?
  • What condition is it in?
- If you can't remember the last time you used or wore an item, it's safe to say it's time to let it go. Stop holding on to items you aren't using. Space is finite and why not free it up for something you may actually wear/use?

- Did you gain some weight? Are you holding on to your skinny clothes (Don't feel bad I'm guilty of this)?
Let them go. Someone else can use them. You can always lose the weight and get new clothes. Let it go. All those vhs movies from childhood? Let them go - you know you don't have a vcr - put your big girl pants on and go get them on DVD!

- Is there a consignment shop in your area? Find out! The one in my area rocks! They take gently used clothing and give you 60 days to sell it. After 60 days it becomes their stuff to store, but they split it 50/50 with you. I usually do a clothing purge at the beginning of each season and I tend to make at least 30$ though occasionally more!

- I think I might be a hold out, but I've also had luck selling things I no longer wanted in the communities there. I've never had much luck on craigslist or ebay though so I can't really help you there!

- You could also have a swap with friends! Get some wine, invite some friends over and tell them to bring over anything they don't want. Swap away and whatever is left over goes off to the Goodwill!

- Donate it!

I don't like clutter and I like to live lightly. These suggestions are how I decide whether something stays or goes in my household. How do you decide to get rid of things? Tell me in the comments!

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  1. I hate clutter, too, and regularly do purges - especially of clothing. It's easy to do it seasonally as you take things out of storage/put them away.

    I use a local consignment store that gives you shop credit only - but I like this as I can count on getting a little clothing shopping fix even when I don't actually have the cash for it. I also send nicer stuff to It's basically the same idea but you can also get a cash option. Facebook now has a lot of local sale groups, too. I've had pretty good luck selling on there.

  2. i haven't heard of, i'll have to check it though! I prefer the nomad non clutter lifestyle! I have also never tried selling on Facebook, another thing to look into! Thanks!