Well, y’all I do believe spring has finally sprung! Hopefully the blizzards are behind us & Mother Nature has figured out how she’s supposed to act.
With Easter just around the corner our week of purging has begun. Like most of y’all I love purging in the spring. There’s something about being able to fling open the windows & letting all that fresh air in, that makes me want to get rid of stuff.
For some reason I seem to get disgusted with myself around this time of year too, or at least with the amount of stuff I have allowed myself to collect over the year. I think this “disgust” is what drives me to this annual cleaning spree, so I guess a little disgust can be a good thing.
For instance, today was kitchen & bath day. I had 3 jars of cayenne pepper…3 JARS! Y’all, how does that happen? I also added about 4 dozen applesauce cups to my gardening shed (more about my applesauce cup obsession later). I also have thrown out nearly 3 garbage bags of outdated condiments, medicine, & toiletries.
The amount of useless stuff we seem to hang onto amazes me. What’s more amazing…Is how we fit so much stuff into 750 square feet.
Tomorrow will be master bedroom day. I dread this day the most…I’m a girl…I love shoes, & bags, & clothes…&…need I say more. It’s also the “catch all” room in our house. None the less it’s a room that is seriously over crowded, especially since it’s the office too.
To keep me motivated, I’m rewarding myself for completing this room with a new quilt & matching shams. Which may also lead to new sheets & a monogrammed throw pillow.
But what do you do once that disgust sets in & you realize that you don’t have a “free” week to purge your whole house? Don’t fret, Bliss can still be in your near future.
First things first though. You need to come up with your “purge” rules. Then, you must make a commitment to yourself to keep your guidelines.
There is a lot of information out there guiding to through this process. But, to be honest most everything you’ll read boils down to ONE thing…& that is, that you really need to be brutally honest with yourself on WHY you are keeping the things you’re keeping.
For me this almost impossible. Let me explain. My general rules for KEEP are…
#1 It must fit (me or our style) & have a home
#2 I have to like/love it or it has to make me happy/bring joy
#3 I actually have to use it or have a use for it.
Now, because I generally will not buy something that doesn’t fit my purge rules I often find myself between a rock & a hard place trying to decide which one I like more…the (literal) rock or the hard place.
Anyway…Once you’ve come up with your purging rules, the only thing left to do is…Well, git ‘er done! Here are a couple easy tricks, & a really cool idea I recently come across to help the process seem less daunting.
Set a Timer
This one is tried & true, we’ve all heard it a million times & probably used it at some point. So, what are you waiting for? Set it! Do you have 30, 20, or even 10 minutes to spare? I’m sure you do…somewhere. Just pick ONE area, like the junk drawer, a load of laundry that’s been sitting in the dryer for three days, the kitchen island it doesn’t matter where or what…Just do it already.
40 in 40
Sometimes you find really cool ideas on Facebook & that’s where this little gem came from. It’s a new take on the idea of getting rid of 1 item everyday for 30 days, but instead it’s kinda sorta based around Lent. The idea is, that instead of giving up a “bad” habit for 40 days why not get rid of 1 “clutter” item a day for 40 days. At the end of the 40 days you donate your 40 items to the needy. Now you’ve not only cleaned out your closet (purge), but you’ve also done something kind (bliss) for the less fortunate.
My point here folks is, that it all doesn’t have to be done all at once. Actually, putting that kind of pressure on ourselves can sometimes cause us to dread, avoid, & procrastinate not only cleaning & organizing, but also the things we enjoy.
This is what what I call a cycle of gloom. Y’all know what I’m talking about…You see the load of laundry, you don’t feel like doing it, so you play on social media, you see it again, but now you’re tired, so you take a nap…And before you know it the load is an overwhelming pile that now needs to be sorted, washed, dried, ironed, hung, & put away.
Unfortunately, the easiest way to break the cycle of gloom…Is to just get up & do it! It’s that easy! Just decide that the disgust of it not being done is not worth your peace of mind…your joy…your bliss.
I’d love to hear how you convert disgust to bliss.