Spring Cleaning And The Urge To Purge
Spring time, for many of us, means the deep clean of the house, the rebirth of the yard, and this year for me, the clean out of my closet. I did the big purge.
I fight two distinct sides of my personality as I am "thrifty" (and most around me say cheap) but I also believe in trying to avoid the trap of hoarding. I have a tendency to believe "I might need that again some day" or, even though I kept my weight down for two years, want to hold on to some of the larger clothes "just in case."
Having and 8 year-old has helped, since he grows out clothes regularly, and I have a passion for donating them to Goodwill, Idaho Youth Ranch, or similar charities. I decided to enforce a rule I've instituted with my more "hoarder-minded" relatives. "If you haven't used it (worn it) in over a year, you probably don't need it that much.
I was able to open up my closet and, hopefully, provide those in need of some nice clothes that no longer fit or were no longer used, a refreshed wardrobe at a great price.
It felt good to purge things and I even gave myself 5 "passes" where I could keep the item instead of donate. That system seemed successful.