Time to purge (Day 16 of 31 Days of Organizing)

Time to purge (Day 16 of 31 Days of Organizing)

This month I have talked to so many people who want to clear out their clutter. “It’s time to get rid of stuff,” they say.

As my hubby and I are in the middle of our own very big purge (we’re downsizing again from 900 sq. ft. to becoming minimalists living in a tiny house), the question we keep asking is, “How do we have so much stuff?!?!”

Folks, it’s time to purge.

Part of my upcoming “Make Some Room 8-week Challenge” will include helping you do a big PURGE.

And purging isn’t just for stuff, although that’s a big piece of it. Purging is also about letting go of the past, forgiving yourself, and even discarding thoughts which no longer serve you.

When you think about purging, think like this:

  • Wow! So many pictures. Do I need them all? Do I want them all? And more positively, which of these pictures brings me JOY?
  • Holy canoles, Batman – look at all these clothes! Do I wear them all? Do they fit? Am I saving them just in case?
  • Yowza – I find myself constantly berating myself for X. Perhaps now is the time to practice extreme gratitude and radical compassion for myself.
  • Dang it – I said YES again to something I honestly don’t want to do. I’m going to choose to spend five uncomfortable minutes now to un-entangle myself instead of regretting my YES for the next five months.
  • Zippity-do-da – look at all these office supplies. Have I used them? How old are they? For instance, if the sticky isn’t so sticky on your Post It Notes anymore, it’s time for them to go in the garbage!

Are you getting the picture?

Making time to purge is a hugely cathartic exercise in releasing what no longer serves.

Of course, the good feelings only come after the initial hyperventilation of actually beginning the purge, freaking out, and thinking, “I can’t do this!” (Angie’s Note: Yes, you actually CAN do this.)

Purging is a practice – and a good one when it is done thoughtfully, consciously, and from a mindset of love and abundance (I am enough, I have enough).

Go ahead, try your own mini-purge today:

What’s on your desk? Touch each thing. Does it bring you joy? Is it useful? Is it beautiful?

See if you can get rid of HALF of what’s sitting there (computer, printer, and other necessities excluded).

Do it and let me know how it feels when you’re done (or let me know why you started and never finished).

Here’s to healthy purging!

Make Some Room,


P.S. I’m serious about helping you make some room in your office space, on your calendar, and in your brain. When you are ready to up your game by getting organized, working and living with integrity, and focusing on your right work, I’ve got the answers. Details about the “Make Some Room 8-week Challenge” coming later this week!

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