We've been back in our house just over eighteen months now and I am determined not to let things get out of control and pile up. It amazes me how quickly one can accumulate stuff. In no time at all it will start to take over.
I started purging a little bit last year, but I decided it was time to go through the entire house and clear out some clutter. I began in my bedroom by going through my closet and purging some of my clothing and shoes. Then I reorganized it and because I have used a lot of the items up that I was storing in there I was able to completely eliminate on entire plastic tote. I also have more space in there too, not to mention extra empty hangers.
Next was the downstairs powder room. My oldest daughter happily accepted all of my hair accessories so I eliminated another storage container from under the sink. Other than that not much else in there.
I purged a ton of paper from my tiny home office tucked in the corner of our living room. We seem to acquire a lot of it when school is in session. I also purged and re-organized all of my important papers and got them corralled into one binder complete with tabs - Home, Auto, Life & Personal. Our tax returns and supporting documents went into a big envelope and labeled. I eliminated a huge stack of paperwork from the top shelf of the hall closet and the corner of my desk.
I went through all the drawers and cabinets in the kitchen and got rid of a few things I wasn't using. I cleaned everything out as I went along as part of my spring cleaning endeavors. For the most part the kitchen was in great shape.
I talked to the girls and we decided to hold off purging their rooms until school is out. That is when we usually go through all of their clothes and do the hand me down and seasonal shuffle so it makes perfect sense to wait the six weeks and do it then.
I've been really careful about what we buy and bring into the house. I am just not interested in filling this house up with crap again. No, no, no. As a result I had a nice little pile of goodies to take to the thrift store and donate and our house still feels breathable.
Have you done any purging at your house lately?