The Art of Purging

Spring is coming!

When was your last purge party?

When I first stumbled upon the “organizing world” I kept seeing experts say you must be willing to let things go. At the same time, I was torn between holding on to old jeans and finding new ones to fit my body post baby.

A year later, those same jeans were still in my closet taking up space. I started to ponder why I was having such a hard time parting with the jeans. I mean, they were just jeans right? I finally got the courage to move them from hanging, to the donation pile on the floor.

During my first purge party, (pandora is a must) my husband walked by and said “Oh, I remember these, from our first date!” For the next hour we talked and laughed about how we first met, getting married, the diva (our daughter) and how next month it will be five years of marital bliss!

Time flies when you are having fun! It was then I realized the jeans represented one of the happiest moments of my life, starting a journey with my best friend. By seeing the jeans, “I thought” I was staying in touch with that moment, then I came across this:

You have to first let go of what you don’t
want to make space for what you do want
-M. RKologie

What I did want and have now is a space for things I use on a regular basis. After coming to terms with it was NOT the jeans, but the memories, I was finally able to let them go. Once I was able to make the connection between my things and that time of my life, purging became a seamless process. I read several ways to purge, found helpful hints, but I needed something to stick.

After several attempts I created the concept The ART of Purging

Active pieces
These pile usually consist of work clothes, weekend wear, and those comfy clothes around the house.

Rotational wear
The section contains items wore throughout the year, but for seasonal or special occasions like that Christmas skirt or dress, or suits for an interview.

Tyme 2 Go- donate, sell and drive away
It was a fun, but this relationship has come to an end. One of the three has happened:
1. You forgot about
2. You don’t love it anymore
3. You “think” you may need it someday

Whenever you decided to take the purge plunge, only two rules apply: Purge first, Think later. If you give yourself tyme to think about it, you will find a way to keep it!

                                            The first day of spring is March 20, 2015.  Ready to get started?

If you need to get everyone on board, make it a family affair. Grab the timer, bring out the trash bags, sharpie’s to label what is going where, add some iTunes, celebrate with good food when done!

If not, give it two weeks. If after two weeks, you need more time, start exploring the connections with items that may be keeping you stuck.

                                              T2O tip: Clutter keeps you stuck, Clarity makes things clear.

P.S. In the spirit of spring, this week’s blog came out today. See you next Thursday!

Let the purge party begin!
Abike.

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