The Great Purge of 2018 (Part 3)

Well, I’ve really been at it and have successfully wowed myself with the amount of stuff I’ve been able to bid adieu. So far, I’ve let go of 89 items and have plans to part with another 14 in the near future. I’m sure these numbers will continue to rise as I move along.

Goodbye,

  • (3) Steel Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons on a Ring
  • Large Soup Pot
  • Casserole Pan
  • Bread Pan
  • (3) Mugs
  • Steak knife
  • (3) Butter Knives
  • (2) Forks
  • (2) Spoons
  • Serving Spoon
  • Potato Masher
  • (2) Plates
  • (2) Bowls
  • Wooden Bowl
  • (2) Mini-Tupperware w/ Lids
  • Cleaning Supplies Basket
  • Cleaning Supplies Bag
  • (2) Hot Pads
  • (2) Vases
  • Scrubbie
  • Pencil
  • (2) Pens
  • Coffee Jar
  • (5) Hangers
  • (3) Pairs of Socks
  • Scarf
  • (2) Journals
  • Book
  • Skirt
  • (6) Bits & Bobs
  • Lamp
  • Photo Album
  • Broom w/ Dust Pan
  • Drying Rack
  • Exercise Band
  • Wrist Brace
  • Board Game
  • Anne of Green Gables DVD Boxset
  • Screwdriver
  • Large Bathroom Bag for Travel
  • Laptop Sleeve
  • Wooden Chest
  • Diploma Case
  • Bible
  • Pocketwatch
  • Envelope of Paper Memories
  • Blanket
  • Easter Drama DVD Recording
  • Shipping Supplies
  • Extra Nokia Smart Watch Band
  • (2) ACE Bandages
  • Thermometer
  • Snow Brush
  • Ice Scraper
  • (2) Storage Bins
  • (2) Reusable Grocery Bags
  • (2) Sunglasses

I can’t say that I’ll miss ya.

The other fourteen things I plan to let go of are sticking around until I use up what’s in ’em, or purchase the thing(s) that will let me downsize them.

  • 2 Lamps and a Coffee Table in my living room will be replaced with 2 Lamps w/ Built in Shelves = 1 item purged
  • Spice Rack needs emptied/eaten up = 1 item purged
  • Mason Jars and one recycled Pickle Jar that hold food/cleaning/hygiene stuff in them (which I never use) will either be intentionally used or emptied and donated by 9/31 = 4 items purged
  • 1 Lamp and a Charging Station Table will be replaced with 1 Lamp w/ Built in Shelves = 1 item purged
  • Books that will be read by 9/31 or parted with = 3 items purged
  • Scale will bid adieu after my monthly passes and I get a final weigh-in (then I will force myself to stop obsessing and just build healthier habits in general) = 1 item purged
  • Extra new toothbrushes that will be in use and/or given to someone else by 9/31 = 2 items purged
  • Shower curtain and liner will be replaced with a mildew-resistant curtain that can act as both = 1 item purged

So what’s left?

I’ve decided to start and maintain a page on my blog that lists out everything I own (you can check it out here). This may seem a bit “extra” (okay it’s a lot extra, but whatever, it’s my life), but I think the hassle of having to add stuff will easily conquer any urges to rebuild the hoard.

That said, going through everything I own again has also showed me something very important: a lot of my stuff is fairly worn out and needs replaced, and there are some gaps that I should probably get around to filling.

So I’ve started an “Approved Shopping List” of items that I need to get to help with the above downsizing, and to help fill the gaps. You’ll see what I mean when you read it.

STATS SO FAR
ORIGINAL COUNT: 756
ITEMS CURRENTLY STAYING: 285
ITEMS PURGED: 474
PERCENTAGE PURGED: 62.3%

The Great Purge of 2018 (Part 3)

The Great Purge of 2018 (Part 2)

I know I told you I would share the results of the purge on a genre basis, but meh. I’ve never been much for follow-through on this blog – why start now?

On the bright side, I did take inventory of my belongings again. To be precise, it was on the second day of my officially WiFi-less world. I awoke at a dark and early 5:00 AM and jumped out of bed, ready to.. well.. be bored until I came up with something.

That something turned out to be a crazed rushing around my apartment, scribbling of notes like a mad scientist, moving furniture around to make sure nothing was missed, breaking a sweat and remembering how severely out of shape I am, the quick jaunt of showering and prepping for the day, and finally, scurrying off to work and transferring all my lunatic scribbles to the gorgeous OCD beauty of excel spreadsheets.

See the gorgeousness??

My fresh inventory revealed that I have passed my goal of purging 50% of my belongings. To be specific…

STATS SO FAR
ORIGINAL COUNT: 756
ITEMS STAYING: 371
ITEMS PURGED: 385
PERCENTAGE PURGED: 50.93%

But it also revealed my lack of contentedness with this number. 371 still feels a bit.. extra.

I know, I know.

371 belongings isn’t really that much. This is especially true in comparison to the 300,000 estimated for the average American household.

But.

It still feels claustrophobic.

And each one of those 371 items feels like a weight on my feet, something tethering me to the earth and restraining me from reaching potential. Any potential. All potential.

So, since I suddenly have all this free time from lack of WiFi and I’ve always been a bit dramatic (okay, a lot dramatic), I’ve decided to really analyze every single belonging, and purge until I get that number below the 300 mark.

It’s likely that when I hit this number, I’ll still feel like I have too much and want to downsize again. I recognize that I have a problem.

I just think it’s a good problem to have.

And as of now, 300 seems like a good number to work towards.

So here’s what I want to do: for the next five days, I will tackle a room or my beloved Ronnie (my Toyota RAV4, if you’re new around these parts).

Let’s see if I can get that number down by 71 items… starting:

NOW.

Er, tonight..

I’m at work right now.

Speaking of, I better get back to that.

The Great Purge of 2018 (Part 2)

We’re created to be significantly invisible.

I went to space on Saturday, and it has given me some clarity.

Yes. You read that right. SPACE.

Okay, not literally. But I grabbed hold of the door handle on Apollo 11. You know, the thing that took homo sapiens to the moon.

So yeah, I’ve basically been to space.

Anyway, here’s the clarity:

We live in a teeny tiny existence that feels like a universe. We’re so small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things. This is both terrifying and liberating.

Think about it: we’re a microscopic speck on the page of a book in an atom’s library. To this invisible thing, we are too small to see.

Yep.

We are naturally that insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

But here’s the beautiful thing:

God chooses to make us visible.

And He lets us decide how we want to be seen.

As a friend, an acquaintance, a stranger in passing…

As a constant blessing, a giver and taker, a relationship parasite…

As a lover, a mediator, a hater…

As proclaimed Christians, we bear the responsibility of this truth: how we choose to be seen is a direct reflection on His image, whether an accurate portrayal of His character or not.

And this makes us not just visible, but significant.

When we make our faith known to the world, every single action becomes a statement and every word a contractual obligation.

So when we choose to lay our lives down before Jesus, we must not just accept Him as our Savior. We must accept Him as our Lord, Guide, Chief Navigator, Disciplinarian, Father, and Lover of our soul. Forever. Not for a moment. For. Ever.

Because it’s not about us.

It’s never been about us.

And even as our significance increases, it decreases.

Because when we’re doing it right, when we’re living right, in all the radiant visibility we are granted by God, we become once more invisible and only Christ can be seen in, on, and around us.

Just as it should be.


Moment of full honesty: I was thinking about this before I “went to space.” I just couldn’t bypass an opportunity to tell you that I TOUCHED THE FREAKING DOOR HANDLE OF APOLLO 11!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We’re created to be significantly invisible.