As you may know already, we are considering a move from our 4 bedroom 3 bath house to a 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment. What you can probably guess, is our house is full of stuff. We have accumulated ten years of stuff from this house, plus the humongous Uhaul of stuff that was brought over from our apartment prior to moving into the house. Every closet is full, dressers are full, kitchen and bathroom cabinets are full, the attic is full, and the garage is full.
Actually in some of these cases I can now say, “was full.” We’ve already begun to purge unused and unneeded things from our home and from our lives. More on that in a minute.
A Desire to Downsize
In order to make a move from a house to an apartment, we need to downsize our cache of belongings. We know we have to purge a lot of stuff before we can even consider making a move. The Big Purge is phase one of our plan. We need to make sure we can live with less. We need to make sure we can compress our belongings to fit into a 2 bedroom apartment.
We don’t want to cram stuff in either. We want everything to fit nicely, and hopefully have some space left over. So, phase one is to purge everything we can to see if we can reduce our “baggage” to a size that will fit into the apartment.
Starting the Purge
We decided to start the purge in our closets. Dream had already done a mini purge before we discuss a move. But now, armed with a grander goal, we made another go at it. I had just read Sell Your Crap by Adam Baker. This eBook had a ton of great info on purging and on selling the crap you purge on eBay.
We put this new information to use right away beginning with the purge. The plan was to pull everything out of the closet and only put back what we wanted to keep. This great because it shift your mindset from “can I part with this” to “do I really need to keep this.” That small shift in thinking can do wonders during a purge.
So, I pulled everything out and stacked it in another room. Wow! I could not believe how much stuff I had in my closet. This stuff covered the dining room table and the entire floor. I mean “Wow” like I could absolutely not believe how much stuff I had in my closet.
Here is what I ended up keeping: Seven polo shirts, five khakis, four jeans, two button down shirts, two dress slacks, a tie, a belt, and a pair of black shoes.
We also store our bathroom towels in my closet since we don’t have a linen closet in the master bathroom. We reduced that huge stack of mismatched towels to three matching towels, two washcloths, two hand towels, and two general use towels. This allows us to have one load in the wash and a fresh set out for use.
We also keep our travel bags in my closet. We ended one suitcase, two duffle bags, a backpack, and two beach bags.
The real kicker is some of the things we ended up purging. I had four Halloween costumes from years gone by. Two sets of roller blades and all the associated pads. We used these a lot before Faith was born, and continued to use them while she was still a good size for the stroller. She’s more independent now, and we tend to ride bicycles with her instead of roller blading. I had a wetsuit that I held onto for about 15 years, just in case I might need it. I had a 12 year old business suit, that I didn’t even bother trying on, as I’m sure I have long since outgrown it. I also purged a ton of clothes that I never wore, and a bunch more that I rarely wore.
So much better!
It’s funny after the purge. The closet doesn’t look anything like a typical American closet. I’m only using a very small portion of the closet, and really don’t have any need for the “walk-in” feature. I could easily fit all my closet items in a much smaller space.
This purge happened about three weeks ago, so I’m still working on getting the blog caught up to current day. I’ll have some more background purge over the coming days. I’ll be talking about the purge and how we are going about actually getting rid of these items once they are identified as purgable.