Purging my stuff… Part 1

yarn closet

Not me anymore…

I’ve been putting it off for awhile now, but I finally got up off my rump and did it, well started to anyway.  For years, they have been languishing in the spare bedroom, just waiting for me to “do something” with them.  Seven or so totes of yarn and supplies for knitting and crocheting. Just… waiting.  And while I’ve roamed in there from time to time, I didn’t have a plan for any of them. So today, dear reader, I went through them, kept about one and half a totes, and gave away the rest. Yep, five totes out the door. I threw a way a lot of stuff too. Half finished projects with no patterns and too little yarn to do anything with… little, tiny balls of yarn that were too small for anything… patterns missing parts… stuff like that. So yeah, I’m feeling a little better now.

Next I’ll go through all of the fabric I have sitting in the same room and do the same. And then I’ll give that room a thorough cleaning. It may take me a few days, but I’m gonna do it!

total box

Five of these totes… gone.

As anyone who’s followed me for any amount of time may know, I’m not a big fan of stuff. I never have been. Before I met and married the love of my life (Doug), everything I owned could fit into the back of my car. Since marrying him, I’ve acquired a lot of… junk. And that, dear reader, drives me nuts.  I haven’t purged my home in quite a while — I used to purge at least once a year — because my one and only is the opposite of me.  He’s a collector. He collects things.  And he keeps the things he collects forever and ever. We’ve been together for about seven years now, and we’re still trying to find common ground with this. Believe me, it’s not easy. For example, it dawned on me that I was keeping things because I thought that he would be upset if I got rid of them. Nope, he doesn’t care what  do with my stuff, so long as I don’t toss out anything of his.

So… let the purge begin! Because you know what, dear reader? I can’t have all of this… sh-tuff around me. It just… stresses me out. And I’m totally not going to try and sell it like we did last time. No, we sold anything of value in the last purge. It’s all going onto the onto the “free to anyone who wants it” site.  Or we’ll take it down to the nearest thrift store. Because it’s just got to go. Worry not, dear reader, I’m not preparing for anything drastic.  I honestly don’t like having all of these… possessions hanging about. I just. don’t. like. it. It’s really as simple as that. But phase two may have to wait awhile, because even though I took it, like, incredibly slow today (because I’m still coughing), I totally hurt my back and now I can’t move. So the next part might not happen for a few days. >_<

10 thoughts on “Purging my stuff… Part 1

  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    Congratulations. I’m doing that with my clothing and shoes. Stuff that fits but I never wear or is so hopelessly old fashioned, I’d never wear it anyway. I hope someone else can make use of it, so unless it’s really tatty, it all gets donated.

    I can ALMOST find the rest of my clothing.

    I purged my extra bedroom that was my office about a year ago. It has filled up again, but that’s because I can’t climb the ladder to the attic. Stuff I used to store up there is now in that room. It’s not junk. It’s just stuff that’s used seasonally rather than all the time.

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    1. Willow Post author

      That’s awesome! I purged my clothes a few months ago but didn’t blog about it (I’m pretty sure) because I go through my clothes every year and it ain’t no thing. Though I have to admit, I skipped a year because I hoped that my thyroid would behave and I’d be able to lose some weight, but no deal. I’m in a holding pattern there it seems. So, off they went. I only have five pairs of shoes… and I really should throw my sandals away, but I hate shopping for shoes.

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  2. Sadje

    I feel so much better and light after one of my clean up and give away sessions. Take care of yourself. Hope you get it all done. I am going to follow your lead and start mine “soon”!

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    1. Willow Post author

      Tomorrow is that mystical place where everything gets done. 🙂 I read that somewhere.

      It does feel like a huge weight has been lifted when one relieves themselves of a lot of junk, doesn’t it? I still have quite a lot of stuff to give (or throw) away, but the burden is much lighter.

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  3. Melanie B Cee

    You might be in pain, but look what you’ve accomplished! Now you wanna come ‘organize’ my garage for me? 😉 Heh. I USED to be pretty good about purging (well the things that I didn’t really want in the first place – and books? I’m a collector. Just how it is). I noticed when I moved up here that there was a lightness of being that I hadn’t experienced for a very long time (I was in my last home 22 years and a bit). I LOVED that feeling, but old habits die hard and it’s much easier to fall back into bad habits than it is to work. I have one room, my garage and three closets that need attention…oh not to mention all those drawers. It’s easy to just stuff things in the drawer and forget them. Here’s best wishes that you accomplish all you want to…within the limits of your health. If you mess with THAT, well you know. But Wow!

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    1. Willow Post author

      I’m a collector of stuff too, which is how I ended up with so much yarn — we won’t even talk about my pencil collection… ^_^ But I think the difference is that I don’t become attached to very many things. Everything in the world is temporary, and I’ve come to terms with that. Yes, there are many things I’d rather not lose, but I most likely will at one time or another. They’ll either break, be misplaced, get stolen, or whatever! So why not enjoy things while I can, then let them go when it’s time? And if something has been sitting in a box for over a year… it’s time to let it go, no matter when or how I acquired it.

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