Purgeday Thursday: It’s About Progress, Not Perfection (How Motivational Am I?)


If you’re sticking to our plan, you’ve evicted at least thirty five items from your life this week. If you haven’t started yet, that’s okay. Everyone gets an A for effort in this program.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about let me bring you up to speed: in an effort to spring clean in a way that doesn’t take over our entire lives, we’re picking five items a day in our homes to either toss, recycle, pass down, or sell. Five items a day for ninety days (eighty three as of today) totaling a whopping 450 pieces of crap you don’t need cut from your life. Hashtag? #CutYourCrap.

[Aside: I’ve gotten a lot of questions about what qualifies as “five items”. The answer is, anything you want. Five books, five boxes that have been sitting in your garage, whatever you want to call five things that day – whatever you have energy for, just keep purging. This is a marathon, not a sprint, friends and lurkers.]

Okay, progress report time. My daily purging went swimmingly and was damn near effortless. I’ve become addicted to selling stuff on Instagram. I’ve been able to part with things for small sums of cash that I swore I’d hang on to forever for the sentimental value. Weird how we’re hard wired that way, huh?

But I also dropped four bags at the Goodwill yesterday (our second trip in two weeks thankyouverymuch — the first one taking place unfortunately before I discovered the fabulous world of Instagram sales, but I ain’t mad ‘atcha SCOTT) and gave a box of board books to some local kiddos who were psyched to have them, so some of my purging has gone to better causes than my wallet (which, by the way is a pretty damn good cause, as far as I am concerned).

How’d you do? Five items a day? Three items a day? Link ’em if you got ’em or just leave your progress in the comments, so we can all cheer each other on.

Feed Me Seymour