Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Great December Purge

I love Christmas! The lights, the smells, the parties, family, friends, Greeting cards - the whole crazy, chaotic shebang!  What I don't love is the overwhelming feeling I get when I think of what my living room floor is going to look like after the kids finish opening all of their presents.  You see, while we try to limit the number of presents each child receives, they still get their four presents, plus Santa gifts and then, after you pile in all the presents from friends and relatives for four kids, we are buried under mounds of stuff!  I have tried telling our relatives that we don't need anything, that the kids would love "experience" gifts, that they could contribute to their college funds and savings accounts, or that they could just get one big thing for all of them - which all usually fall on deaf ears.  So, this year, I've decided to be proactive!  Won't you join me for the Great December Purge?

What is The Great December Purge?

This is my challenge to find 5 things every single day of December to get out of your house.  Each morning, I will post our challenge location - the place where I will be finding my 5 things for that day.  Then, I will come back that afternoon/evening to share a picture with you of the things I found.  This is not a cleaning challenge!  There may be some challenges that will lead themselves to wiping down and straightening up, but I am not trying to get you to scrub your house before Christmas.  I just want us to be able to breathe easier on Christmas morning and to make time and space for the people and things that are really important!

Why 5 Things?

It is easy to get overwhelmed with decluttering challenges and try to attack everything in one day.  I only want you to find 5 things because, like you, I'm busy.  There will be days when I'm attempting these challenges during naptime, or snack time, or while entertaining a house full of kids.  I know that you don't have hours to sort through toy boxes, cabinets, and closets.  I want everyone to feel successful and like they accomplished something at the end of the day!

Where Will the Challenges Be?

I have created a closed Facebook group where I will post the challenges and photos each day.  Why a closed group?  I want everyone to feel free to share their thoughts and pictures without worrying that Grandma, their mother, mother-in-law, sister, or anyone else might see what they are choosing to get rid of.  I'm including myself in this, too!  I love my mother, sister, mother-in-law, and all the wonderful people in our lives that love to shower my children with gifts and attention, but I know they might not understand my need to reduce the clutter and I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings.

What Do I Do Now?

If you're ready to get started with the challenge, go ahead and join our Facebook group.  Even if it's not December 1st, you can jump in  at any time!  Pin this post or Share it on your Facebook page so your friends can join in, too!  It's always more fun to tackle a job with friends!  And, leave a comment here to let me know what area you're looking forward to attacking in this challenge.  I'm so excited about this!

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  1. I just did something similar in November and will be posting how my kids and I used the things we purged to help others =) I am enjoying the simplified space and our newly organized toy library!

  2. I LOVE to purge stuff from our house. It definitely feels liberating.

  3. I think that regularly de-cluttering is a great idea as it creates a lot more space, whether or not you're about to receive a load of new stuff. We try to keep an eye on things and donate old clothes or books and DVDs that we're finished with to charity shops where they're sold to help raise money for various good causes.