Sunday, April 3, 2011

Purge #4

Final edition of the 2011 challenge.
Last time, I made it 75% to my goal, but if you remember, I didn't know where else I was going to find the remaining items to get rid of.  Well, it turns out, it was all just a matter of where to look.  Because, my friends, as soon as I looked under the bathroom sink, I hit the hoarder mother lode.  take a look for yourself.  (Note:  All products were living under the bathroom sink, so whereas normally I would count empty bottles as trash, these are considered possessions. Second note:  In my defense, some of them weren't completely empty, just no longer needed.  I feel better.)
And now for the breakdown:
  • 2 empty bottles of baby powder
  • 1 half empty curl spritzer
  • 1 empty bottle of saline solution
  • Half empty lotions and cremes, including 1 Nair (yuck!), 1 tanning lotion, 1 suntan lotion, and 1 facial moisturizer
  • 1 (gross) shower basket
  • 5 various applicators and utensils
  • 1 bottle of nail adhesive
  • 1 conference pin (yes, found under the sink as well)
  • 9 empty makeup containers
  • 1 old flat iron
  • 1 plastic toiletry bag
And there it is.  And there it went.  As soon as I snapped the picture, it all went into the trash.  I'm going to clean up the straightener and donate it to Goodwill, and I am going to take the empty makeup cases back to Mac to be recycled, but everything else bit the dust in a matter of seconds.
This purge is the most embarrassing, by far.  I essentially was storing trash in my living space.  First lesson for today - do not do this again.  Ever.  The total for today is 27, bringing my GRAND total to 102 items.  I surpassed the 100, and it didn't kill me.  In fact, if I can be honest here, I found most of these items a few days ago and was just waiting to photograph them, and in the past few days could have probably added about a dozen more items.  I was just too impatient and wanted to get them out of the house.  Immediately.
So in conclusion...just kidding.  I do want to say that I found this "cleansing" process extremely valuable, and would like to repeat it every year.  Will that happen?  Can't say for sure.  But it would be awesome.
I can't remember if I said this before or not, so at the risk of sounding like either a broken record or a crazy person, I definitely learned that storing junk that I don't need actually COSTS me space in my house.  I would have previously told you that all our junk that was out of sight was out of mind, but now I realize that's not entirely true.  One thing is for sure though - I hope this new mind set sticks with me for awhile!

Purge #1
Purge #2
Purge #3

1 comment:

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

Isn't it crazy the amount of junk we all accumulate? I'm trying to make it a habit to drop by the Goodwill donation center at least once a month - we'll see how that goes. :)