Today’s purge :)

Purging is something that is not done in one session, it is a process that continues throughout your life. I have personally found it helpful to have one box or bag that serves as a permanent “donation box”, that way whenever you decide to let something go, you have a place to put it immediately. If you have someplace designated for your donations, then it nixes that nasty habit of putting it in a random place “for now”, then just forgetting about it. I like to keep a donation bin in our front closet, right inside of our front door. Having it close to the door reminds me that when it is full I need to take it OUT said door, to the donation center.

I have done a few major purges already, so the bulk of my excess stuff is already gone, now it is just smaller things that catch my attention. As a rule for myself I make sure to scan all of my possessions once a week and cull anything that isn’t useful or beautiful, and sometimes even if it is beautiful it might be difficult to clean…those tend to get discarded as well simply because it is complicated to care for them.

Today is a scanning day, and I have found some things that I have reevaluated since my last purge, and I have decided to let them go.

So, in my donation box today is…..

WIN_20150723_0957011. 3 paper lanterns that I used to love and use daily, but haven’t been used in a few years.

2. A small box of unnecessary makeup, nail polish, and a manicure cuticle thingy that I have never used.

3. The 2 pairs of shoes that I blogged about yesterday….they have been used and loved, but are no longer useful to ME.

4. Two scarves that I used to wear a lot, but that no longer fit my style, or my wardrobe.


Baby-Step #14- Shoes, shoes, and more shoes

Alright ladies, it is time to fess up, how many shoes do you actually own?

If you are anything like me, then you probably have a ridiculous amount of shoes, and you probably only wear 2-3 pairs regularly. I had probably 15 pairs of heels before I started the de-cluttering process, and I am 5’11″….so in heels that makes me about 6’2. I don’t wear heels very often for that fact, it can be awkward when you are taller than 85% of the population 🙂

That being said, I had pairs that I haven’t worn since middle school, which was about 10 years ago. Safe to say it was time to let go. I originally had around 30-35 pairs of shoes before my first purge a few months ago. I went back this week and purged again because there were some pairs of shoes that I just knew I was never going to wear again, but was holding onto “just in case”.

That phrase “just in case” drives me crazy, especially when I hear myself say it. That is when I get tough with myself and say to myself “just in case is not a good reason to hold onto ANYTHING, except maybe your first aid kit, let it go!”

WIN_20150710_114542This is a picture of what I have left after this purge. I now have 12 pairs of shoes, which by the end of summer will probably be down to 10. I kept:

1. Winter boots (I live in a colder climate, these babies are unavoidable)

2. Workout shoes

3. Outdoor tennis-shoes for yard work

4. Beige flats

5.Brown flats

6. Black flats

7. High heel boots

8. White flip-flops

9. Gold flip-flops

10. brown heels

11. Gray heels

12. Black heels

I know that this might seem excessive to some, but I am slowly getting there. I have gotten rid of 60% of my shoes already, and by the end of summer the gold flops and the white tennis shoes will be done for. I am also thinking of donating the brown heels because I don’t really wear them.

Safe to say, I have a LOT more closet space now, and a lot less clutter. 🙂