It was never that I was a shopaholic. Just over time, I bought stuff that made me happy at the moment but I didn’t use it afterwards very much and then it was stuffed in a drawer or closet. Do you relate? Do you also not know what is in the hidden black hole areas of your home (aka cupboards, drawers, closets?) 🤔😊
My example is purses. I LOVE PURSES. Seems everyone has a weakness where a particular item calls your name. Purses talking: “Marla, this is the purse section of the store/estate sale/yard sale, and we beg you to come see us and take us home.”
In reality, I use my same nylon “no specific brand” purse daily. I’ve used it for a whole year.
But, I have purses from when I was 5 so that’s 50 plus years ago. My closet was full, 57 purses stuffed at the bottom of this dresser!
So my question today is how do YOU purge things you love and have a weakness for?
My solutions came as I pulled the purses from the closet:
-Group similar items on the floor. Small, medium, large, leather, nylon purses. Wallets. Totes. Fanny packs.
-Pick each one up. Be honest…”If I change to a new purse this moment, would I pick this one?” Just this question helped me decide to purge quite a few. Why have things taking up valuable living space when I don’t view them as things I love? Purses that remain should be easy to pull out of the dresser, not stuffed so full that I abhor getting in there. Any item left after purging should bring joy.
-Ask yourself “Is there anyone I know who loves this item as much as me?” I immediately thought of a friend who enjoys purses and has all girl grandchildren, plus her sister in law who loves them. This made it easier, knowing my purging will bring other’s joy.
-Final question “What does God say about possessions?” Matthew 6:19-21
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
End result…smaller amount of purses kept.
A future topic will be revisiting an area that can be purged more. I think it’s important to not be brutal with yourself or you may quit purging altogether. Be kind to others, and yourself!