As we are preparing for a major overseas move in the next six weeks, we're quickly coming to terms with the fact that we have a lot of stuff. A LOT.
Some will go with us to London.
Some will stay here, stored in our basement.
And the rest is headed out of our lives.
Anyone looking for a old clothes of the Brown family? We just sent a Subaru-full to Goodwill this past weekend. At least 10 garbage bags full. It's obscene, especially since we have lots of clothes remaining in our closets and drawers. And we have yet to go through baby clothes, books, luggage, toys, or linens. We're expecting to take at least two more full-car runs.
How in the WORLD do we accumulate so much stuff?
It's sobering. And a little disgusting.
And yet purging? Feels great. Like shedding a few pounds.
We COULD use a little help, however, Internet friends...
1. What are your favorite purging secrets/methods/techniques/tips? We're all ears.
For the most part, we're trying to think through A) have we used it in the last year, or B) do we really love it and hope to use it again? If both can be answered in the negative, we're basically letting it go. But I'm sure y'all have some more thoughts on this matter.
2. For our Columbus friends: Are there any good charities/shelters/crisis pregnancy centers/etc. where we should donate? Specifically some of the baby stuff we're not taking? I'm happy with Goodwill and what they're up to, but if there are other organizations collecting, say, toys for the under-three-year-old set, we'd be happy to send some things their way.
3. How, once you purge, do you resist temptation to fill your life with stuff again? While ideally I love the concept of a simplified lifestyle, in reality new stuff always seems to make its way into our lives.