Hi friends! Hope you’ve been having an awesome day. Sorry about the blog downtime this morning! Apparently the blog couldn’t handle the excitement of banana flour, and she fainted. (<— the server crashed.) Thankfully all has been resolved (WP Site Care maintains my blog and always helps when things like this happen) and we’re back in action over here.
Hello from Purgeland… where unnecessary mementos, stacks of random paper, and unworn clothes go to die.
The Pilot and I went into a major nesting/cleaning mode this weekend, getting everything ready, and finally sorting through the unintended items that made the trip to San Diego with us. Right before we moved, things were so crazy and we were scrambling to find a place to live. We didn’t have the opportunity to really sort through everything that was being packed. Since movers packed us -which was awesome, but a few major items were broken- they packed everything in the house, and we had boxes upon boxes with random contents. Finally, this past weekend, we sorted through everything in storage and also went through everything in the house. You know, after we’ve lived here for over a year. <—logical haha
During our sorting and cleaning, we came across some awesome finds:
our wedding photos (!)
an entire box of Christmas ornaments we thought were lost,
random books/albums, tons of baby gear, clothes,
a scrapbook I made for the Pilot before one of his first long trips,
and lots of decor stuff.
(Guilty of burning pumpkin candles already and THEY SMELL AMAZING.)
I got the idea for this epic clean-out after talking to my friends about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
I have not read the book -just got the Cliff’s note version from friends, which was good enough for me- but basically the premise is to eliminate clutter by getting rid of the items that no longer serve you. You’re supposed to go through each item in your house, by sections, and empty everything onto the floor. When you pick each item up to put away, you’re supposed to ask yourself if it “sparks joy in you.” If it doesn’t, it’s gone. I think that many of us have habits of holding onto things that once brought us joy for the sake of memories, or keeping items that were gifts. According to the author, keeping a gift forever isn’t part of receiving the gift. You can be thankful for the joy it brought you in that moment, and then let it bring joy to someone else.
We did this with a lot of items in the house, particularly in our closet
cabinets, pantry, and nightstands/books. One of the things that was interesting to me was that I’ve held on to a LOT of my undergrad textbooks. Why?! Am I going to read them again and decide I suddenly want to be good at financial derivatives and statistics again? Uhhh, probably not. So, I donated them. (I think there are resources to sell them online, but these are very old editions. Also, aren’t kids fancypants and have electronic versions of textbooks now? #old)
As far as clothes go, it’s a two-step process:
1) I separate them into two piles: donate and sell. The donation pile goes straight to Goodwill while the sell pile (higher quality, condition, and better brands) goes to Buffalo Exchange.
2) Whatever Buffalo Exchange doesn’t keep, I send to Thred Up. (<— referral link.) I really like the convenience of Thred Up: they send you a free clean-out bag, you fill it with your stuff and pop it in the mail, they sort through it, and credit your account for the items they can sell. Whatever they don’t sell, you can pay $12.95 to have sent back to you, or you can let them donate the goods. While it’s very easy to use, I find that the payout is pretty low. Buffalo Exchange pays much better for the items, and I figure it’s always better to make $5-10 off something that was far more expensive, but already loved and worn quite a few times. Sometimes with the clothes I sell, I’ll put the funds towards my capsule-ish wardrobe, but since I haven’t been able to do that much this year (things seem to fit differently each week!). I’m definitely hoping to get one set up for the late fall/winter season.
Anyone else doing a fall cleaning blitz? Where are your favorite places to upcycle or resell clothes?
Hope you have a wonderful morning!!
Today’s #SQUATEMBER challenge: this barre booty burner! Let me know how it goes. 🙂