I’ve done a LOT of purging over the past 3 years, but it’s amazing how much stuff one person can accumulate.
Deciding what to keep and what to give away or sell can be tough. I wanted to share with you my technique for purging.
- Is this item useful?
- Who gave it to me?
- Can this thing be easily replaced, if needed?
- Why do I like this item so much? (If I can’t seem to shake my desire to keep it after the first 3 questions.)
Christmas is already a time when I start to sift through my possessions. Being a stingy hoarder is something I guard against vigilantly. This kind of attitude smacks of fear and ungratefulness and the highest level of selfishness.
Add to Christmas time my upcoming move (it’s a month away) and I’m about in full blown purge mode.
I only have one rule when moving: Everything must fit in my car.
I realize having a family will change this rule. The day will come soon enough, though, when another vehicle–maybe a trailer or truck–will be needed to move me. So, for now, I am sticking to my guns on this…
My bend toward minimalism is another big factor in keeping my stash of possessions at a manageable level.
We need to question what we own. It’s a telling picture of what matters most to us in life.
I’m not one of those people who rants and raves about the woes of capitalism and consumerism and how the two are intricately linked (which they really are, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing).
I just know that my value system in regards to possessions is being radically changed because of the gospel.
I also know that most people have never stopped and ask themselves critical questions on the subject either.
In light of all these things, I’ll leave you with two questions to think on:
What are the guidelines you use when purging?
What questions do you ask yourself when making a purchase?