Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Purge: 2017

Here we are folks, 8th day of 2017. My son's 7 month anniversary from his birth day and I'm here to report back on the first week of living my life differently. This week I focused on purging items that I no longer needed. The items that I felt NO joy whatsoever when I looked at them and I feel great. I was able to sell a juicer we've toted around to 3 houses, last used in the first week of 2012 and then never heard from again. When I sold that I felt SO good! I've been trying off and on to sell it for several years now, but no one ever seems interested. Anyhow, it finally sold and it was funny the literal relief I felt getting rid of it. On to a new home. I also sold another piece I had picked up to decorate my VERY FIRST house with but quickly grew tired of it but continued to tote it around for 6 years!

I went through my closet and bagged anything I, again, didn't feel joy from or knew I hated or knew had a stain or tear or something. I ended up with a huge (reusable) tote filled to overflowing with gently used clothes for the thrift store. Also from my closet, two large boxes of bags, scarves, hats, decorations... WHATEVER ready to take to the second hand store as well.
Look, I had to kill an animal to hang all my crap on! Hah, JK. The antlers were from my grandpa. I love them!

Don't have TOO many perfumes (to me) anymore but my loose jewelry is crazy outta control.

Shelving stuffed with stuff!

Got all my clothes hangers turned around!

All the stuff!!!!!

All in all I felt overwhelmed when I first started mostly because I felt like I had to do it ALL right then and there and secondly because I didn't have a damn box to even start! Too funny. I finally got my hands on three boxes and quickly went to work and  purged my entire kitchen. A whole set of dishes (bowls and salad plates included!) gone, extra glasses I haven't used since before I was a mommy (you just don't use glass anymore when there are kids running around everywhere!), extra cooking utensils, pots, just STUFF, literally, two larges boxes of kitchen stuff and then the third box was a quick rummage of my crafting stuff. I let the boxes sit for two days and then I carted them off to the thrift store this weekend. It feels great. I need more boxes to now get rid of the other stuff.

I will be honest... I get fearful that maybe I got rid of stuff and then 6 months down the line I'll miss is (whatever IT may be?!) and kick myself for getting rid of one I had so I'm trying not to get all insane about getting rid of stuff. Just donating the items I haven't used in lord knows how long and it's just hanging around eating up space.

I also tried my hand at zero waste shopping. The first week I went I had no idea what I was doing, I was at a store I've ever been in to maybe 5 times MAX in my lifetime and was just out of my element but I did bring my reusable shopping bags and one empty couscous bin I needed to refill and I'd see what I needed after that. Well, I noted I needed a LOT of produce bags. I came right home and searched the net to find something easy peasy and I did.... leftover tulle sewn into a simple bag with a simple ribbon around the top as a closure. I had all that stuff and set to work. I made approximately 4 or 5 bags and they turned out pretty dang cute if I may say so. Totally simple and I used items I'd been hoarding anyway.

Well, today was their debut and the cashier commented on how cute they were! I was totally excited. That made my day! I did find that I needed way more of them though. I need some sturdier ones, while the tulle ones are adorable I want a fabric that is a little more sturdy. I again Googled ideas and found these adorable lace ones and thought to myself "I have SO MUCH LACE!!!". The townhouse we're living in right now had floor to ceiling track curtains. One was cotton and one was a lace. Well, after the renters had moved out and we moved in and remodeled the place we only had one set and I have just stuffed them into a drawer. Since we're not going to use them anymore I'm going to cut them up and use. I can't wait!

Our eating habits have been good too. I cooked vegan (actually- ovo-lacto vegan since we ate eggs) and we only went out once- I had a gift card to Olive Garden and was on that side of town during lunch hours once so I invited my husband out and it was worth it. I haven't been struggling to get to bed on time and I've enjoyed using my daily list to make goals for the day and set a schedule for myself with to do items. I recreated one I saw online to fit my own needs and it works like a gem.

My husband is most likely sick of this new hopefully-not-trend trend I'm experimenting with but he sure is a trooper. I'm sure he's silently rolling his eyes at me but he lets me play my games :) I look forward to making more produce/bulk bin bags this week to use in the future and to also look into how to replace kitchen and bath products for organic DIY items (think body lotion and body wash or kitchen/bathroom disinfectant). I'll check back in next week and I'll try to take some photos this time.

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