Hey Fit Friends!
Today I want to talk to you about purging. Every six months or so I go through my closet, clean it out and get rid of things I’m no longer using. It feels incredible. A lot of times when I think about purging, I’m really only thinking about my closet. But what I’m finding now, is that there are so many other ways to purge and different ways to look at the concept de-cluttering.
Recently, I’ve been doing the Bible study by Jen Hatmaker called 7. It’s really been incredible. It’s pulling apart the different areas of my life, not just the clothes in my closet, but the rooms in my house. It’s forcing me to see with new eyes the things that are in each room, and how much I really have. It’s been forcing me to ask these really important questions: Do I really need this? Do I really use this?
I’ve really embraced this process because it’s forced me to shift my mindset a bit. For example, even if I look in my closet and think, “Yeah, I like that shirt.” The more important thing I’m asking myself now is, even if I like that shirt, if I consistently never pick it out of the closet to wear, why on Earth am I keeping it? Why not give that shirt to someone else who may desperately need it? Someone who doesn’t have the ability to go buy it. That is really the best thing about purging right there- the ability to give to those less fortunate. Who knows what the need is or why it exists, but the fact that it exists, and the fact that I’m able to love others through giving things that I have but no longer use, that’s a great feeling. To me, it’s really therapeutic to get extra things out of my house, but it’s also so incredible to know that the person receiving them is going to appreciate it so much. Also, just thinking about my unwanted extras bringing a smile to someone else’s face absolutely makes my day!
One of the things that comes along with purging can be a sense of overwhelm. I know for me, if I were to walk through my home and think of every single thing that needed to go, my mind would almost explode. I start to think about all of the closets, drawers and cabinets that need to be gone through and it all feels like a little too much. I feel like I can’t breathe if I see the house as a whole entity that needs to be purged. How am I going to get it all done? It’s very easy to feel that way and then not do anything because the overwhelming feeling paralyzed you. So, with that in mind, I want to share some tips with you. These are things I do to help make the purging process easier. Following these tips will help to make the process a more beneficial and therapeutic project that also runs efficiently.
- Take a deep breath. Literally. before you begin, just take a deep breath and focus on the task at hand without feeling like you have to do everything all at once.
- Start small. Choose one room at a time and don’t move on to the next room until you’ve finished with your first project. And then, even within the room, focus on one drawer, then the next drawer and so on. If you’re working on the closet, do the shirts first, then move on to pants, etc. Break it into smaller parts like that so you don’t feel overwhelmed and defeated from the get-go.
- Define the struggle. What I mean by this is, look inside yourself and identify why you’re resistant to letting go of the item. Sometimes it’s sentimental value, right? I still have my wedding shoes. I’m never going to wear them again, honestly. But, they have sentimental value to me, so I hang on to them. I understand that there are circumstances where you’ll want to hang on to those types of items, and that’s ok. But most of the time, we hold onto things thinking that we need them or that we will use them again, but we don’t. So, take time to really define why you’re struggling to let go of certain things and be honest with yourself. Is this really a necessary struggle, or do you just need to let go of it and move on?
- Decide where you’re going to donate. Are you giving your items to a shelter? A nursing home? The veterans association? There are countless places to donate unwanted things, and your items will do great things for so many other people. By deciding where you’re going to donate before you begin and then allow that to get you excited about paying it forward to other people.
- Embrace the positive. Sure, I won’t disagree with you, going through things and getting rid of stuff can be challenging. It’s not exactly fun and, as we’ve talked about, it can seem overwhelming. But if you choose to look at the situation a bit differently and instead see the positive impact you’ll have on the lives of others, it makes the process a whole lot easier. You have the power to brighten someone’s day and make their life a little easier. Allow the act of giving to others to fill your heart with joy. Let that feeling fuel you to continue the process of purging.
It’s springtime, so we’re all feeling the urge to purge. Just like spring cleaning, I don’t know about you, but I always want to purge in the springtime. That is exactly what’s happening in my house right now. We are sifting through closets that we haven’t touched in 5 years. I kid you not… 5 years. It’s been driving me a bit crazy for 5 years and I just can’t tell you how wonderful it feels to be diving into these closets and getting rid of the clutter! Saying goodbye to the stuff that we sincerely do not need or use.
Take a deep breath. If you’re in a season of purging, I’m challenging you to try this. Break it down piece-by-piece, room-by-room, drawer-by-drawer, and enjoy the process! Focus on loving others and giving to others. It will make the entire experience so much sweeter!
Y’all have a blessed day!