Inspired by this pin of 40 days of organization, I created my own list, 30 days of organization. I started at the end of November and I hope to finish the list before hubby returns from his underway. Lots to do!
I began by going through the living room closet, which was stacked full of boxes that had yet to be unpacked. We’ve lived here for over 7 months now. Do I really need to hang on to everything that’s been in boxes for that long?
Compared to a lot of people I know, I generally consider myself to be a minimalist. I grew up around pack rats, was probably one myself at one point in time but moving around A LOT during my college years made me want to not have a lot of things. My belongings fit into just a few boxes…and that’s where most of them tend to stay…
Until now! It’s time to purge!
There’s been items sitting in the storage closet since we moved that I’ve been meaning to sell. Can’t wait to dig them all out and see what I can get for them!
While it’s generally easy for me to get rid of things I don’t use, there are just some things I’m sure a lot of people have a hard time deciding whether to keep or get rid of.
Why is it so hard to get rid of things that have sentimental value yet go unused and hidden in boxes for years?
I have only a small collection of books and DVDs. Most of them consist of my favorite movies and old textbooks I don’t want to part with. I have the entire Gilmore Girls DVD collection. I used to watch the whole season every year but it’s been over three years since I’ve watched it. I love the show, but do I really need it? How much money could I make from selling it? It’s not available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or at my public library so it’s a little hard for me to let it go.
I also have a small I Spy book collection that I just can’t seem to part with. I loved these books as a kid. Same with some other childhood favorites I just can’t seem to let go of. They sit in a plastic storage bin with my yearbooks and get zero use. So why do I keep them?
Have you ever thrown out your yearbooks?
I’m contemplating this because they never get used. Do I really need to hang on to books filled with hundreds of pictures of people I don’t know?
MIGHT USE IT
We have about 4 different fans. There’s one for sure I want to sell but there’s a window fan that I have a hard time parting with because of the “just in case” factor. We’ve never used it. Will we ever?
I started going through the storage closet and went through my box of winter/Christmas stuff. I have two pairs of snow pants. Why do I need two pairs of snow pants when I live somewhere that only gets a light dusting of snow during the winter? Sure, I’d love to keep them for when I visit my family or somehow manage to afford to go skiing again, but do I really need two pairs? One are just pants, great for skiing. The other pair are overalls, great for playing in the snow.
Then I have 5 winter hats that I can’t seem to part with. Three are kind of too big but two of those are Packer hats. I don’t own a lot of Packer memorabilia and I’m not parting with those. The other hat is one of those floppy ear hats and matches a scarf I have.
Why is it so hard to get rid of things you might use…someday?
Do you have any tips for purging? Any items you can’t ever seem to part with?