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Scenes from the Purge

Let me sum up my Saturday in one photo.


I have been putting off a massive purge for months and it’s finally happening this weekend. My guest bedroom has been one of those, “keep the door closed and pretend like it’s not a disaster in there” kind of situations that was really hanging over me. Lately, I’ve really wanted to feel more organized…both at home and personally. I have some big goals for the next couple of weeks involving everything from purging/cleaning to IRA stuff to creating an LLC to new car and much more. It’s time to get shit done!

On a lighter note, here are scenes from the great 2014 purge.


This would be a dress that I bought for my senior prom…in 2001…that I never wore. It’s moved with me no fewer than five times and still has tags on it. It’s finally making it’s way to Goodwill where it will hopefully be enjoyed this prom season.


Who wants to go golfing? Yes, I have had golf shoes and this lovely knee-length skirt with shorts built in taking up space in my closet for upwards of 10 years now. Have y’all ever known me to play golf? I took it for PE my senior year of college and that was the extent of my golf career.


Ready to hike the Appalachian Trail.  I have two pairs of these shorts (which come all the way up to my waist and sag in the butt) since I took a big trip out west hiking/camping when I graduated for college. The headband still had tags on it but I decided to keep it because it’s soft and cozy and will be nice for walking the pup.


Monkey socks with no-slip grip on the soles. I still have them on now. 😉 (But they will be going to the trash!)

Photos that didn’t make this post…some very attractive knee-length bike shorts with a huge diaper-like butt/crotch pad built in, Nike tempo shorts that looked like I was going to play a college basketball game and some really horrendous long johns. I have two black trash bags of stuff to take to Goodwill and one bag of trash. Feels good!

Stay tuned for Scenes from the Purge Part 2 as I tackle my master closet tomorrow!

Do you hang on to things or are you good about purging? I seriously want to join the camp of less is more. Stat. Although I have to say that it’s simply not in me to organize/label/freakishly clean everything. Just looking for a happy medium!

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  • 1
    Christian February 1, 2014, 7:27 pm

    Love this! I just stood and looked into my closet today and decided I need to give it a good purge before Spring rolls around. Who doesn’t love a little early Spring cleaning? Thanks for the motivation 🙂

  • 2
    Amanda Bee February 1, 2014, 7:29 pm

    I’m such a purge-er, I actually love it more than I love buying things sometimes. I used to be really big on hanging on to everything, but then about 3 years ago I moved multiple times in a 6 month period and finally landed in a <400 sq. ft. studio with very little storage, where I lived for 2 years. Moving a lot and living somewhere really tiny for a period of time will make a purge-er out of anyone! Not that I'm recommending it, haha.

  • 3
    Linda February 1, 2014, 7:51 pm

    Purge, purge, purge! My favorite thing to do. Less is more! Enjoy!

  • 4
    Cecilia February 1, 2014, 8:06 pm

    but wait…those monkey socks would be perfect for a barre class with their non-slip bottoms 😉 I’ve been needing to do a closet clean-out for months now, this is good motivation!

  • 5
    Mary February 1, 2014, 8:13 pm

    Instead of Goodwill, would you please consider donating your clothes to Crisis Assistance Ministry on Spratt Street (not far from NC Music Factory)? They collect clothes and household items for their free store open to low income area residents. So similar to Goodwill but shoppers don’t pay, which I like.

    I also used thredUP recently to consign some more stylish clothing…very cool concept!

    • 6
      Jen February 1, 2014, 8:15 pm

      yes, of course. thank you for the head’s up!

    • 7
      miki February 1, 2014, 9:01 pm

      Thanks for this information , Mary. I also live in Charlotte and have been purging. My husband and I have several boxes of clothing that I will take to Crisis Assistance ministry.

  • 8
    Rachel February 1, 2014, 9:12 pm

    Who takes all the pictures of you??

  • 9
    Pamela February 1, 2014, 9:27 pm

    Purge. But then I move all the time. It’s a process. Accumulate and then dial it back. I love knowing that all my clothes are in one closet (minus dresses and winter coats).

  • 10
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun February 1, 2014, 11:49 pm

    I hang on to to things and like you I will randomly once or twice a year purge. I really need to start doing it as we are moving later this year and we have WAY TOO MUCH STUFF! It is crazy how quickly things accumulate!

  • 11
    Stacy February 2, 2014, 12:13 am

    I unfortunately tend to be one to hang on to every. last. thing. regardless of how annoyed I get every time I have to move it all! It definitely scatters my brain space thinking about it, so I’ve been slowly working through my closet the last couple weeks and hope to finally get it under control! I imagine I’ll feel so much more clear-headed when it’s done 🙂

  • 12
    Jenn@Mark My Mile February 2, 2014, 5:08 am

    This is going to be my next project on our next “snow day”. I can’t wait to hear about all the exciting things that are coming up for you!!!

  • 13
    Michelle February 2, 2014, 5:24 am

    This post had me laughing – love it! My house appears to be organized but my closets hide my hoarder tendencies. I purge every year and I can’t believe the stuff I accumulate over a year or just the stuff I haven’t thrown/given away yet. It’s amazing! Just a note on your prom dress (and other dresses you may be purging), in my community there is a group which collects old prom/wedding/evening dresses to distribute to girls who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford a dress for prom – there might be something similar in your community.

  • 14
    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen February 2, 2014, 7:59 am

    I bet you feel so great to get all of that done!! Yay for being productive!

  • 15
    Sarah February 2, 2014, 8:07 am

    Ah love the purge! Bring doing it on my office this weekend. But, keep those socks!!! They are awesome 🙂 and crisis assistance is great, I’ve volunteered there before.

  • 16
    Erin February 2, 2014, 8:32 am

    hysterical! love the photos! i’m doing the same thing today – time to get to the closet and get to work!

  • 17
    Lee February 2, 2014, 9:06 am

    I am all about the purge. My husband, on the other hand, keeps everything for sentimental reasons, which drives me insane!

  • 18
    Nicole February 2, 2014, 10:18 am

    I always love love love doing big clean-outs. They are so freeing

  • 19
    Nicole February 2, 2014, 10:37 am

    If those bike shorts aren’t itsy bitsy I will take them off your hands!

  • 20
    Laura February 2, 2014, 11:15 am

    These are hysterical. I’m sure you had a great day filled with laughter. I always crack up and the “what was I thinking?” mindset hits in! Love that you had your own personal photographer, AND You drank while you did it 🙂 that’s awesome! Who got to enjoy in your laughter? It reminds me of the sex and the city scene from the movie when they clean out carrie’s closet! Put on a show!!

  • 21
    Dana February 2, 2014, 11:23 am

    Love this!!!!

  • 22
    kristy February 2, 2014, 11:51 am

    i’m pretty good about purging. after wearing maternity clothes for a few months and having a limited wardrobe, i experienced how little you actually need. a few “key” pieces that can mix and match and you are pretty much good to go!

  • 23
    Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) February 2, 2014, 2:06 pm

    Hah! I love the photo shoot 😉 I just did a major house cleaning/purging and man does it feel good to clear out so much crap. Good job! 🙂

  • 24
    Tricia @ Balance In progress February 2, 2014, 3:45 pm

    I used to hold onto things with the idea that I might need it some day. Ever since buying a house I have been better at getting rid of things. I am definitely in need of a purge myself!

  • 25
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt February 3, 2014, 7:34 am

    Awesome! I am AWFUL with being a pack rat! I need to do a huge spring purge! This is great inspiration 🙂

  • 26
    Catie February 3, 2014, 11:08 am

    A friend introduced me to the 1 in-1 out rule. To keep down on excess accumulation, you get rid of a piece of clothing any time you “need” a new item. I’ve had limited luck holding myself that standard, but it’s been a fun challenge to keep from watching the mess build right back up within a year of a good purge. Enjoy the wonderful feeling of an organized closet!

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