Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Purge

The great purge of 2008 is in full swing. My house is a mess, I don't know where to turn to where there isn't a box, garbage bag or a bag of stuff going to charity. I can't believe how much stuff we have, and by stuff I mean garbage. My mom was a big time pack rat and so is Shawn.

My mom was the truly a product of her generation. You don't throw anything out if it was still usable because you might need it, one day, maybe in twenty years from now. Mom was born just prior to the start of the Spanish Civil War then grew up in a fascist regime that did not favour those that didn't have a lot of money. Shew grew up not having a lot and having to scrimp and save when there was something "big" that she wanted to purchase, like a radio. My mom's room was stuffed to the brim. I didn't know it was possible to put so much stuff in one room. She kept everything well hidden from me in her huge furniture. It took me three days just to get everything cleaned out. It wasn't as bad cleaning it out as I thought it would be. I think I built it up in my head that it would be worse than it actually was. There were some things I found that made me stop and have to catch my breath, her nightgown from that night, her glasses and her wedding gloves. I didn't realize that she still had them. I wish I'd known, I would've worn them on my own wedding day.

Shawn isn't too much better. His parents were pack rats and they passed that down to him. He's now learned, from having to go through all his wires, spare computer parts, papers and other knick knacks, that he doesn't need any of it. We spent the day yesterday in our computer room and purged the whole room, old bills are gone, ready to be shredded, a ton of stuff is going to charity, recycling or the dump.

We've taken an oath from this point on. If we don't really need it, haven't used it or it's taking up space, it's going out the door or better yet, not in at all.

Now, I need to get back to my packing.


krj said...

Clean sweep! You'll feel so much lighter purging. I need to do this myself!

Lisa said...

Wow good for you. Craig is a pack rat too. I can't wait until I'm home all day and then I'll be dejunking the house.

So when is that you're leaving? I really hope we can get together once at least before you go.

i-Con said...

Ewwww....good luck. I don't envy you that task!

Doris & Dan said...

I get a little woody when I purge crap from the house. It hurts but hurts so good!

Good luck!

Keep smilin!

Janet said...

I am SO not a pack rat. In fact, I will get rid of things and then wish I hadn't! :-)

Good luck with it all!

Michele said...

You will feel so much bette for not having all that useless stuff cramming up your place any longer. Open space is very calming.


jaj said...

Good for you! My basement is full of junk and I realized the other day that I don't want my kids growing up to think that this is okay, so we're purging too.

kerri said...

We too having been cleaning and tossing, the front closet got a complete makeover!
It is mainly our craft closet, I tend to throw things in and close it in a hurry, Hubby organized it. :)
I no longer open it and take two steps backward to avoid injury from falling debris.
Yes, purging feels liberating, LOL.

The luckiest mommy in the world said...

Ohhhh, I am sooo dying to do a purge. It's the best feeling EVER!

Tracey & Mike said...

Oooh, lots of purging going on here too! The toughest part is the kids' stuff. There's sooooo much of it and they don't like to let it go!

redmaryjanes said...

We really need to purge too. I have clothes in my closet that I am NEVER going to wear again. Good luck to you guys!

Two Kayaks said...

Purging is so very cathartic and so good for the soul. Keep packing and purging!