Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Great Purge Of 2011

Things here are messy.

How we got here, I don't know. Actually, I do know. Increased hours at work for me = less of me to go around. I've been focusing on parenting Malone and connecting with my husband. Together, we've managed to keep up on the laundry, the dishes, and putting food on the table.

I think we've done an excellent job given the circumstances.

Our "mess" is part of a larger problem. We have too many things and everywhere you look the clutter is creeping. It is time to purge and pass things on to others who can use it.

I've got several questions currently running through my head as I prepare for The Great Purge Of 2011.

Maybe you can help me answer them.

What should a toddler's (who goes to daycare) wardrobe look like? I love clothes and dressing Malone. I am the queen of the second hand store and his fall wardrobe is huge. I need to prune it.

I have a whole pile of novels to read. Some of these were purchased from my pre-Malone days. Should I keep a few and pass on the rest? At the rate I'm going, they are all not getting read anytime soon.

How many pairs of shoes does a full time work at home mom need?

Stay tuned for the answers as I work through this. And, if you have any tips or suggestions on decluttering, PLEASE leave them in the comments.


  1. My criteria:
    1. If it doesn't fit and hasn't in awhile, donate.
    2. Ripped, torn, indelibly stained, ditch it.
    3. Put the books on, and check them out of the library later if you want to read one of them.
    4. Put a basket by the door on Sunday. At the end of each day, whatever shoes you wore, store them in there for the week. The following Sunday, take a look at whatever shoes are not in the basket. Those are the shoes you never wear. Make an exception for special occasion shoes and seasonal footwear. Store those in a closet, get rid of the rest.
    5. Do the same thing with Malone's clothes...I find the girls tend to wear the same things over and over again.
    Good luck!!!

  2. stopping by way of Shell of Things I Can't Say (and FB)

    Honestly, as far as the books are concerned...I think you should keep 4 or 5 you really really want to read, and pass on the rest.

    For his clothes, I would keep a few spare "nice" outfits for anything like church or special outings. Then maybe enough clothes to last him 2 weeks (we all know that sometimes laundry gets away from us).