A Simple Guide on how to Purge Your House
Last year was monumental for us as a family. I got pregnant and miscarried in the spring, my father-in-law suffered a massive heart attack, we lost weight, and I got pregnant again.
Before I knew I was pregnant for the second time, we had a serious “come to Jesus” moment with our things. We had so much stuff (and stuff is the nice word for it!). There were boxes in the closet of our spare bedrooms that hadn’t been opened but had been moved three times. We had clothes overflowing from our closet and we had run out of actual hangers. We had so much useless stuff that we were going crazy.
We watched The Minimalists’ documentary on Netflix and we were hooked. We don’t live a minimalist lifestyle like they do – we still have plenty of things – but it encouraged us to look at how we were living. We were holding onto things that we thought made us happy or we thought that we would use.
Then the purge came.
We had boxes and bags that could have easily filled a small U-Haul trailer. Our house still looked full! We set up a garage sale and made $1500. This was the second sale that we had that year. There were no big items (I think the most we sold an item for was $25) and we still ended up donating a SUV sized load to the mission down the street.
See? Just junk to us. I was so tired of trying to make it fit into our house and into our lives. We just didn’t need it any more.
We had one more good clean out before the end of the year (we still had so much stuff) and we then settled into organizing Little Guy’s room. It is now June, Little Guy is two months old, and I am doing another purge – just less extreme this time. Most of the items in our house we regularly use or get heavily used when in season (coats, boots, shorts, etc).
Each time we have purged our home of the unnecessary things, we ask ourselves a few simple questions in each room that we sort through. These questions serve as guidelines for just about every space. I start with our kitchen and work my way to the closets, bedrooms, office, bathroom, and then the living room.
Is it broken or damaged?
The rooms this most applies to are the kitchen, kids’ rooms, and living room. If a piece of electronic equipment hasn’t wo