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The Big Purge {2011 in 2011}

Posted: April 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: 2011 in 2011 | Tags: 2011 in 2011 | 2 Comments »

Saturday was the big day.  We’d pawned two of our three kids off on various grandparents so we could have fewer hands getting into all the stuff we were going to pull out of the “big” closet.  Our carrot at the end of the day was dinner at a Chinese buffet.  Lowbrow I know but I haven’t been to once since long before I had kids and I needed a fix really bad.  So that was our motivation.  get done, drop off at good will by 5pm and have dinner and time fore  neighborhood walk before bed.  Anything else was just icing on the cake.

We were up nice and early and Yogi Dad dropped Wyatt off at Grandpas while Judah and I stayed home to get ourselves in the purging groove by pulling everything out from under our bed.  I was actually a bit surprised, I thought there was a lot more under there than there was.  A few big Ziplock’s of bath towels ( I like to change my towel colors!) and some of Yogi Dad’s clothes. 

I sorted the towels into keep and donate piles and sorted the clothes into keep and too small/ donate piles.  Yogi Dad pulled some sweaters from the donate pile to motivate himself to lose a little weight by next winter and I added a few more hash marks to our weekly tally.

After that little project I was ready to go so I started pulling things out of the closet.  This is one of those closets that is under a staircase and it is tall and deep with 2 hanging rods.

We had various storage bins and wheeled carts with scrapbooking supplies and diaper boxes full of clothes that are either too small or too big depending on which boys you are talking about. 

And then there were Yogi Dad’s clothes.  He has a bit of a problem.

He’s never met a clearance rack he didn’t like.  Target clearance racks if we’re being specific.

So I just started sorting them.  If they were too small they went in the donate pile.  If they fit they went in the keep pile, again, he made the call on what stayed and what was donated, but there was no room for sentimental favorites from 10 years ago. 

I was very proud of him.  He was able to let go of things we’d been dragging around for years!  The final count of clothing items from his closet alone was 105.  Not bad.

Earlier in the week I’d culled our magazine bins in both  the bathroom and the  living room and had a ton of those to recycle.  I also cleaned out the storage until in the entryway, so those will go into this weeks tally as well.

Drum roll please…..

Donate: 206
Recycle: 131
Trash: 97
Gift: 8
Total: 442/ To Date: 769/ To go: 1242

So in about a month we’ve knocked out about a third of our goal.  Not bad.

And…..we are moving in about 8 weeks!  I’m super pumped that we won’t be dragging all of this with us and even more excited that we’ll have the space to go through anything that we haven’t already.  Hello ginormous basement!

How are you doing with your 2011 in 2011?  What do you count?  What do you keep even though you know you should get rid of  it?

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2 Comments on “The Big Purge {2011 in 2011}”

  1. 1 Janine said at 9:39 pm on April 3rd, 2011:

    Before moving is a great time to purge the closets! I am with your husband – Target clearance racks are one of the best things EVER.

  2. 2 erinclot said at 9:09 pm on April 5th, 2011:

    In moderation…yes, they are fantastic. I loved them even more when I worked for Target. Now? I see 15 years of clearance crap sitting in my house!

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