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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Organization Wednesday – Motivation

Becky

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As I continue the massive purge and try to fight my hoarding tendencies, I also have trouble getting myself over to the Salvation Army on the west side of town to do the dropoff. If I’m not done purging, I tend to let it pile up really high so I don’t have to make more than one trip. This is dumb, because I’ll never be done. Frequent trips must coincide with cleanouts.

Usually my motivation there is a reward trip to Bungalow Classic or Forsyth Fabrics, but acquiring more stuff is rather counter-productive. If I keep the giveaway stuff in the guest room to pile up, it doesn’t bother me, because I can just shut the door. So my advice is to put it somewhere really inconvenient where the mess will get on your nerves. For me, the dining room is the one room I can consistently keep looking picked-up and nice, and it’s open to my living room, staircase and kitchen. Even though I can barely pick up this television set, it won’t be sitting here for long, because it is getting on my nerves big time. Another trick is to put it right into your car trunk immediately.

P.S. You may recognize those IKEA sconces from my D.I.Y. disaster. I finally got some cute, still in the packaging replacements at Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store for $2/apeice.

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the "Editorial Director" here on Hatch, you can find me spewing lots of design opinions and tips over at Houzz. Make me happy -- leave a comment!

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  1. Emily says:

    May 5th, 2010 at 1:39 pm (#)

    How’s the purge going? What have you gotten rid of? What have you decided to keep? Are you feeling good about it?

    (I ask all of these prodding questions because I’m in the middle of the same thing, loading up my trunk all of the time. It’s nice to check in, sometimes.)

    I’m getting more serious this week, since I’m moving this month.

  2. Becky says:

    May 5th, 2010 at 1:51 pm (#)

    Emily, moving is the best way to get rid of stuff, because when it comes down to it, if you don’t want it, you don’t want to pack it or carry it.

    Big Things I Purged:

    A lot from my Shabby Chic phase of 10-15 years ago. Some pieces were simply painted and repurposed with semi-gloss, NOT peeling paint, others needed to leave.

    Books. If I’m not referencing it for inspiration or reading it again, it was out of here. I love to pass on books to friends, and I also donated a lot of them. Once I’m done with a book now, I just pass it along – if I loved it, I want my friends to read it so we can talk about it!

    Clothes. I’m a clotheshorse. I discovered I had like 11 almost identical black V-neck sweaters from Banana Republic in various shades of fading and decay! Apparently, I buy the same clothes every year!

    My biggest weakness is the “oh, I can get about $20 for these on eBay.” You know what? If I haven’t taken the time to photograph and measure and list it in the last five years, it ain’t happenin’. It still kills me to give away stuff I think I can make some bucks on, but I’d already moved it from one house to the next without taking any action (I’ve been in this house for four years!)

    Another weakness I have NOT conquered is magazines. I have every issue of Domino, Cottage LIving, and almost every issue of Wallpaper* (that subscription is so damn expensive I can’t stand to pass them on). I’m not going to beat myself up over this too much yet. It is time to purge the Dwell magazines and just enjoy flashbacks on Unhappy Hipsters ;)

    Good luck with your move! I hate moving, but it is such a great opportunity to shed some belongings!

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