My daughter told me she was purging. No, she wasn’t sick. She was purging her basement of stuff she no longer wanted or needed.
“Google” the definition. One meaning of “purge” is to get rid of whatever is impure or undesirable; to cleanse; purify.
Several years ago, I wrote a blog about spring cleaning. In Is it time for spring cleaning? I raised the question of cleaning or decluttering on a regular basis. After being left in charge of my parents’ home of fifty years, I realized the importance of keeping my own home decluttered.
Hoarding reality shows are popular on cable. I often wonder how those poor people can get into such a big miss. I think I’m not that bad. I have stuff, but not that much stuff.
On the opposite end of the scale, more people are becoming “minimalists.” In Minimalist Living Tips: 8 Essential Rules For Living With Less Paige Smith gives tips on how to begin to declutter.
“Start simple and get rid of any duplicate items you own. Next, get rid of everything you don’t use or see on a regular basis. The stack of magazines you never read? Toss them.”
Smith says to eliminate “not just the items you don’t use, but also the ones that don’t bring joy or meaning to your life.”
At some time, many of us will face the same problem I did when I put my parents’ house up for sale in 2005: too much stuff. What to do with it? What to keep? What to trash? What to donate?
I’ve come to believe purging is a process. We can’t do it all at one time, unless we have a house to sell or a move to make. Still, we hang on to stuff. We feel guilty about getting rid of it.
With clutter around, I feel out of control. As if getting a handle on the junk in my house will put me in control! We all know that there is very little we can control, but it makes us feel better if we think we can, doesn’t it?
So, we all agree purging, decluttering, and spring cleaning are good things to do. What do you think, should I purge my books? Here’s a little secret. I have purged them. But not enough, huh?
Remember! Purge periodically!