How to take the struggle out of purging.

Now that we are all settled back into our regular routines after the holidays, it is time to look at the things we no longer need, but are finding it hard to part with. We all have those items that we have just become blind to because they are always there. I am here to give you some advice on how to take the struggle out of purging.

How to take the struggle out of purging

We have all said the phrase:

Well what if that days never comes for that certain items, then it is just taking up premium real estate in your home.
Purging is the hardest part of getting organized, here are some ways to deal with different items you might have a struggle parting with.

Clothes
When deciding on whether or not to keep and item of clothing, consider;

  • Does is still fit? (too big or too small)
  • Does it make me feel good when I wear it?
  • Do you have business clothes, but are now retired?
  • Are they not your style anymore?
  • Do they have parts that are hard to handle as you age? (like tiny buttons, or items that do up in the back)
  • Clothes that are worn out?

If you are ready to part with these items, you could;

  • Donate
  • Sell/consign
  • Recycle
  • Exchange with friends

Electronics
Do you have;

  • Multiple old cell phones?
  • Broken or out of date TV’s?
  • VCR machines when all you have are DVD’s?
  • Old desk top computers when all you use are laptops or tablets?

The easiest way to part with them is to take them to a recycle centre or any check with your local computers stores to ask about there recycling programs. You could try to sell/donate them through local FB groups, those are very popular.

Plastic Containers/Jars

I don’t mean Tupperware or sets of containers, I mean;

  • Old margarine tubs
  • Sour cream containers
  • Different size mason jars

These are extremely common in nearly everyone’s homes. We start off with keeping just a few for when the family gets together for meals and celebrations, a cheap way to send loved ones home with left overs.
The problem arises when you have a cupboard FULL of containers and mason jars that you haven’t touched or used in over 5 years.
It is time to recycle them. Donating them to churches or similar establishments won’t work, because they already have their own stock pile

I have given you just a few examples of hundreds of items that you could probably purge from your home.  Start with one section of your home at a time, this way you will not be overwhelmed. One week do clothes, the next electronics and so on.
The rules for purging are;

  • It’s no longer used
  • It is broken
  • It is out of date/obsolete
  • Multiples of the same thing
  • It no longer fits
  • Doesn’t suit your present life style

Join the conversation and let us know the items you are struggling to let go of.

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16 thoughts on “How to take the struggle out of purging.

  1. I have a bad habit of hanging on to cords that I don’t know what they belong to. This year, unless it is a micro USB, I’m getting rid of all cords that I can’t find the electronic counterpart. Thanks for a list of great questions to ask yourself.

  2. My new mantra for clothing – Dress for the body you have, not the body you want! Due to health issues I put on more weight last year than I like to admit. While trying to shove new clothes in larger sizes into my closet I decided it was time to purge. I kept only the things that fit me now, or were one size smaller. Everything else went to the donate bag. Would I love to be 3 or 4 sizes smaller, of course! But at this time is it realistic?

    I believe we hang on to things that give us hope – hope to lose weight, hope to finish that project, hope to redecorate that room, hope to use that next Christmas – because reality can be overwhelming. But by letting go we are making room in our lives to breathe, to refocus on our priorities, and to achieve our goals. Thank you so much for this post! I love your questions because they help focus your thoughts on what is actually important!
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    • I love your new mantra April, and your new attitude. You are right, we hold onto things because we don’t want to lose the good intention we associated with it. Keep up the good work :)

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