I really am tired of that one last post taking up my whole front page so here goes me trying to push it off. So, I have a question and it's a serious question for you moms out there who say "I can't purge" or "I don't know how to purge". I get that some people don't like to purge. I have to admit, purging and cleaning out is something that comes very naturally for me... so much so that I get the urge to purge regularly about 2 to 3x's a year. But it didn't always come so naturally! I'll wait for my mom to stop laughing now... I was a packrat when I lived at home! (I'm so sorry, Mom!) And I HATED cleaning my room! But I only had one brother and almost always had a room to myself so about the time I got to college and I had to share a teeny tiny little dorm room with a girl who ended up being even messier than me, all of my mother's teachings about taking care of my space and cleaning and organizing and getting rid of excess kicked into overdrive. (Thanks, Mom!)
So, I really am serious when I ask... what do you mean when you say you "can't" or "don't know how" to purge? Is it a problem with Analysis Paralysis? Do you start to clean out and then find yourself in a vortex of "but it's missing a piece and I know the piece is here somewhere and the thing is practically useless without that piece so we can't get rid of it until we find that PIECE"? Or do you think it's an emotional attachment? The memories that come flooding when you pick up that little doohickey that your oldest child loved so much keeps it rooted to the spot you found it in. Or is it maybe that you know that someone would really love it but you just haven't found that person yet? Or maybe it's a case of "well, we don't use this much now, but we might in the future"? Inquiring minds want to know!
And for those of you who love to purge or maybe don't love it but make yourselves do it anyway... do you have any advice or thoughts you'd like to share? Maybe... how you were first motivated to lump it and dump it?