26 March 2011

Urge to Purge

For the past few weeks, I have been thinking to myself that I really need to get organized.  I think this to myself on a regular basis, and usually it leads to some kind of successful purging event.  Lately though, it's been a pretty serious "urge to purge."  So I've decided to follow that feeling while it's here, and tonight I started with some of my stash. 

I knew that if I tried to go through it all at one time, I'd get overwhelmed, as well as not putting as many things aside to destash.  So I decided that I'd do it in parts, and that turned out to be a good idea.  I finally bit the bullet with a few things that yes, are very nice/pretty/whatever, but that I have not used up to this point, and frankly, I'm pretty sure they would just always be sitting there, not getting used.  As of this post, they have all been pulled, photographed, and entered into Ravelry on my stash sale page.  (That always takes more time than I think it will, by the way.)  I do hope that I get some takers, since once I decide that I should get rid of something, I hate to have it still around for very long! 

In any event, this makes me feel like I made a good start on my urge to purge.  I am reminding myself not to get as carried away with things as I did a couple of years ago, when I was purging my closet.  It was the end of winter, and I was putting stuff away to get out my summer stuff.  I decided to be brutal, thinking I'd look for new/replacement things in the fall.  Except I forgot all about that.  So I went to get out my winter clothes, and I had one skirt, two pairs of nice slacks, a pair of corduroy pants, and three blouses.  Not that I am a fashion plate, but I also don't do laundry every single day, so I need a few more things to get through a week at work!

As you can imagine, Jetsam and Pip were excited to help me with my project.  And you can't get that kind of help anywhere else, that's for sure.  Apparently they were working a lot harder than I realized, since they are both completely zonked out asleep now. 

Which means that I am typing this post without anyone trying to sit on the keyboard or attack the cursor ... funny how that cuts down on the time it takes, you know?

9 comments:

Pam said...

This time as I was bringing out my spring clothes, I made 3 big piles to go to Goodwill, with kitty cat help of course. It feels good, doesn't it?

Channon said...

Go, you! Gretchen and I threw out some worn out shoes... does that count?

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

It does feel good to purge and eliminate some of the clutter but invariably as soon as I've toss something out I realize I actually finally have a need for it - LOL Perverse I know.

I hope you didn't destash your clapotis yarn ;)

Lynn said...

Good for you!!! Is this the beginnings of spring cleaning??

Carrie#K said...

I'm always torn between keeping and having room to breathe. Sounds like well occupied kittens!

mary said...

I have a small house which I share with a number of dogs and my perfect cat Percy. I adopted a philosophy a few years ago, if I buy something new, then something has to go. So buy a new t-shirt, destash an old one. New pair of jeans? Toss out or give away an older pair of jeans. But I am definitely going to check out your stash on Ravelry. I've been so good lately knitting from my stash, I deserve to add to my stash :)

Lorraine said...

Bridget-OOOOhhh- there's nothing I love more than a good purge!

I have fantasies of a large dumpster being delivered, and tossing things in it, with wild abandon.

knitseashore said...

Purging is wonderful, esp. the light feeling you have once the old things are gone. I'm especially bad with paper, and love to see the trash/recycling full, and my desk empty.

So glad to hear Pip is doing so well, and I hope your thumb is not causing too much pain.

joanchicago said...

Congratulations on effective purging. Too bad I didn't read your post earlier. I was online this morning buying new yarn even though I have two unfinished projects. I think maybe Mary's idea about clothes should apply to my stash: If I buy new yarn I have to destash one project's worth of old yarn.