Thursday, July 14, 2011

Preparing to PURGE

Ah, doesn't that sound good?
Purge, downsize, declutter, simplify, scale back, organize.
This is no "spring cleaning" I am attempting.
This is no "get some baskets and put things in file folders" cleaning attempt.
This is bottom to top, stem to stern, complete household overhaul.
Let me show you why...

Yes I have a good self esteem or I would not be posting this process. The house is definitely full of love, the problem is that it is full of ALOT of things...
And that's just one area.
Yes - I am going to post before and after pictures.

They will be revealing, vulnerable and very, very... well,messy.
Then I am going to blog about what needs to be done and my plan to do it.
I am sick of so much stuff. Stuff, stuff, stuff. (Jeffrey, my four yr old calls it "junk')
I have way more stuff than I could ever need, but more importantly, because I have so much of it, I can't maintain it all.

I'll never forget the book I read eons ago about organizing that said something about how we "buy boxes to store our stuff instead of just getting rid of it controls us and we aren't in control of it."
(Or something like that)

That's how I feel and I CAN change it.

I feel that God has blessed us with so much, but we are not being good stewards of it at all, and this bothers me very much.

I am assembling to grand plan right now. Both the boys will be in camp from 9-4 for 5 days next week and having free reign of the house should help a lot. I am asking my husband to take a day off to accomplish any heavy lifting ideas. I am researching creative ideas online and in books and I am reaching out to organized friends for advice. I am praying. Praying for energy and that mostly, after it's all over, that it WILL LAST!

So....this is only the beginning of the beginning. I will be posting regularly, and I hope you will come along with me on this journey! I am looking for creative ideas and anything practical will be considered!!



  1. Does this mean you get to use a label maker?! They're so fun for organizing!

  2. YES...I love my label maker. It makes me happy. :)

  3. Good for you Jenny!

    Also - I noticed Little Homestead in the City on your blog roll... Not sure if you knew of the controversy with Path to Freedom/Little Homestead in the City, but they are run by the Dervaes family who have trademarked the terms "urban homestead" and "urban homesteading." They have hurt lots of small businesses and others. You can see my blog post about it here: or visit the Take Back Urban Homesteading facebook page here: Just thought you'd like to know.

  4. Thanks Anisa. I had heard something....