As someone who considers herself frugal, it’s always been hard for me to get rid of stuff because “I might need this”. I’d rather hold on to something for forever and have it take up space in my closet than get rid of it and maybe have to buy it again someday because that would simply be a waste of money.
My biggest issue has always been my clothes. I wouldn’t say I have an overwhelming number of clothes, but the things I do have ALWAYS end up in the corner of my bedroom in a huge pile. For whatever reason, I can’t seem to get the shirt I just tried on, then decided not to wear, back on the hanger.
That is until now.
As of January 16th, 2016, I have successfully kept all of my clothes off the floor. That is one full month of me putting my things back where they belong. This is a huge feat for me!
So what finally clicked?
I read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and it, quite literally, changed my life.
Maybe this all sounds a bit dramatic, after all it’s only been a month, but I feel deep down that things are different.
In short, Marie Kondo’s book has one simple message: Only keep things that bring you joy.
I started with my clothes, as she suggested, gathered them all into one place and one by one, decided what brought me joy and what didn’t. I didn’t try anything on; I simply held each item in my hands and made my choice right then and there. At first it was hard; I even got a bit emotional, but once I got through everything, I felt an immediate sense of relief.
I continued on with my books, piles of papers, and miscellany.
The kitchen was my favorite thing to purge. You know that one Tupperware lid that doesn’t quite fit any of the containers, yet for some reason you still have it? I instantly threw that away. Next, I got rid of the ugly kitchen towels that were discolored and torn. When I told my 93-year-old grandma about this, her response was, “Didn’t you keep them for rags?”. In the past, I would have, but not now.
After awhile, Ty got in on the purging, too. We went through our desk, tossing out pens and markers that no longer worked. We went through our electronics bin, getting rid of the random cords and our digital cameras circa 2008. I finally sorted through my container of free samples, and combined all of our extra toothbrushes and toothpaste in one logical place in the bathroom.
In the end, we made 2 trips to the thrift store, 1 trip to a consignment store, and purged about 20 bags of stuff from our 750 square foot apartment.
There isn’t one thing I’ve missed. To be honest, I can’t even remember most of the stuff we got rid of.
How Purging My Apartment Changed My Life
1. I can keep things clean.
Since purging our apartment, a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I’ve never been good at keeping house. I thought it was one of my flaws. But now that we have less stuff, there’s less to keep clean and organized. Every night, I fold my clothes and put then back in my dresser. In the morning, I make the bed (something I’ve never ever done in my whole life). The kitchen table is free from stacks of papers. My shoes are always put away in the closet. Everything has a place. And because of this, it makes tidying a breeze.
2. I’m less stressed.
In conjunction with being able to easily keep our apartment tidy, I’m now less stressed. Our apartment environment is much calmer and I no longer have that looming thought of “I should be putting my clothes away”. I can come home at night and truly relax because everything is already as it should be.
3. I’ve saved more money.
In addition to being able to keep our place in order, purging our apartment has also helped us save money. We now keep all items that are the same in one place together. That means all the pens sit on the desk – not on the desk, in the bedroom, and on top of the fridge. Because of this, we always know how much of everything we have and aren’t accidentally buying more shampoo because we didn’t realize there was some in the back of the linen closet.
It’s also saved me money because I can invite friends over (which is much cheaper than going out) at a moment’s notice because our apartment always looks good!
4. I think harder before I buy.
Crafty Coin’s mission is to “live frugally without sacrificing quality”, but I feel like I now have a greater understanding of what this means to me since purging our apartement. When I was going through my clothes, I realized that most of the things I was getting rid of were items that I had bought during a really great sale or had gotten free as a hand-me-down. At the time, I loved that these things they were a good deal, but they weren’t necessarily items that I felt good in when wearing (which is also likely why they ended up on the floor so often). Now before I purchase something, I ask myself, “Does this truly bring me joy or am I buying it just because it’s a good deal?”.
Basically, having less stuff brings me more joy.
Have you ever done a massive purge of your space? How did it affect you?
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