If you follow the Facebook Fan Page then you may already know that that hubby and I were tentatively planning on having a yard sale on this fabulous 4th of July. We have so much stuff and so little space that it was time to let some of it go. Now we’re not like an episode of hoarders by any means, but we do end up with stuff that we really don’t need and ultimately don’t use all that much. So it was time to purge.
This purging of material things though, has evolved because of something a little more concerning, and that is our level of debt. We simply have too much debt because we have gotten things we just do not need…rather we wanted them at the time and instant gratification pushed common sense and practicality right out the door. We’re not at the point that we’re fearful of losing our house or anything of that nature, and we have a little bit saved up, for which we should be thankful, but should one of us lose our full-time job, then those are thing we would definitely need to be concerned with. I don’t like that thought lingering in the back of my head.
So we’re trying to save money to pay off the debt monster we have created, and I think we’ll do it if we stick together with our plan. Part of that plan is getting rid of all the stuff we don’t need and never use, thus the reason for the yard sale. The idea is that by getting rid of it all, and going back to basics with just the things we actually need or use regularly, we can start this process of becoming debt free with paying off some smaller bills with the yard sale proceeds, and physically living more comfortably in a less cluttered home.
I think physical comfort is a big factor in mental health and all these “things” we thought we needed have been driving me nuts-o because I always feel like I can’t decorate like I want or the house never feels “clean” enough because of all the “stuff”. I understand my real home will never look like my Pinterest home, but I can at least try! It’s amazing the difference that was made and how much more I liked one room of the house after I purged all the things from it that were to be sold in the yard sale. If that happens with every room of the house, it’s going to seem like a different home!
So this weekend we will be purging…purging things, purging debt, and purging stress that we don’t need in our lives (or we’ll at least be getting off to a good start). I fact I just watched my horse trailer pull out of the driveway with new owners a couple hours ago…and you know what? It didn’t hurt as bad as I thought it would after all. I guess Independence Day is as good a time as any to start moving onward and upward right?
What do you need to purge in your life? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!! Have a Happy & Safe 4th of July friends!
Leslie saysJuly 4, 2014 at 7:27 am
What a great idea! I need to go through my closet and purge that scary place. I wish you guys the best of luck. I’m trying to shave down my debts too, it’s a grueling task but someone has to do it. Good luck! Happy 4th!
Chelsea saysJuly 4, 2014 at 10:59 am
I am a clothes horse, but I’m also pretty good about purging it every now and then!
Karen saysJuly 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm
We did an ultimate purge in 2000, because we sold our house and everything we owned and bought an RV to live in, We lived on the road for 13 years, then bought a house. We had nothing at all to put in the house. Two years later we now have just the furniture that we need and try to keep the “stuff” to a minimum
Leelo R saysJuly 5, 2014 at 12:40 pm
From time to time I go through my closet and sell/give away items I don´t like or use any more. I would really like to get rid of my student loan.
Justina saysJuly 5, 2014 at 7:06 pm
Love the honesty of this post! I know you can do it! We have paid off over $80k in debt in the last 5 years. It has SUCKED but we are finally to the point where we have the “debt snowball” going and things are getting paid off so I can apply that money towards other bills. We still have a bit to go but I am so proud of how far we have come! I’ve written about this on my blog a few times too, I would recommend following Dave Ramsey and/or Suze Orman and reading their books- they changed my life! Good luck lady!
Alison saysJuly 5, 2014 at 10:25 pm
Thanks! I have read Dave Ramsey and that’s kind of the direction we’re heading — this purging of “stuff” is kind of an attempt to get the snowball going and build some momentum. I think we’ll be able to do it – we’re kind of working off a 5 year plan (or really 5 year goal) as well, it just seems like the beginning is so slow! lol I know we have to take the baby steps and get those small things out of the way though before start to see the big changes so we’ll get there! And great job on what you’ve been able to accomplish! That definitely gives me some inspiration!