Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January Purge

I think it happens every Winter, the need to purge stuff.   It seems we spend years collecting stuff, holding on to stuff, only to find later that we don't want it around.   Jackets, sweatshirts, shoes, appliances, miscellaneous kitchen items, jeans that may or may not fit, t-shirts that have seen much better days, something purchased but never really liked or used.   Our generation has been one of consumer-ism, no question about it.   Make money, spend it, buy things, get more things, collect things.   Seemed important at the time, but not anymore.   I want things that I need, things that I will definitely use.   I think more about what I'm buying, not just spending money because maybe I'm bored or for some other silly reason.

So anyway....I cleaned out closets and drawers and boxes and totes and took a bunch of stuff to the donation site.   Yesterday was cold and post-rain, so it was perfect to sort through papers that seem to have no place to go.   Piles of old papers.   Something I needed to keep but then didn't need it anymore.   It all feels good.   

Then there's the garage.   Somehow old tools keep showing up, long since placed on a shelf and stayed there for lack of use.   I sold old chainsaws and I'm working on a few more items.   Hey, even if someone wants to pay me $10, it's better than nothing, right?   And I like the idea that others can use items that would otherwise end up in the landfill.   There's more, but progress is ongoing.  

My brain also gets cluttered and there are times I need to clear it out.   Usually riding my horse helps a ton, but we actually had some rain this week (yay!) and riding was out.   A trip to the coast?   Yes!




In my opinion, Winter is the best time for photographs at the coast.   I would like to go back today but I have a hair appointment and probably won't make it.   I hear the surf is high, also fun to shoot.   

I hope everyone is the path of the polar express is doing okay and starting to warm up.   Our neighbors down in Santa Barbara County got through the largest wildfire in California history, only to be dealt a monster rainstorm that is causing mudslides.   Floods, fires, mudslides, freezing cold temperatures.   Stay safe, friends.   And thanks for stopping by.


7 comments:

Tabor said...

Still freezing our A...s off here. Tomorrow will be the first warmer weather and I am so looking forward to getting out!

C-ingspots said...

Hoping for relief from the weather for a lot of folks. SoCal has seen its' share of disaster. So sad. I probably complain about our weather much more than I should, usually too much rain. However, we're really quite blessed here, very temperate climate and yes, we get rain, but it comes much more gradually.

Oh yes! I'm in total agreement about the purging of stuff. It does feel so good clearing out what we don't need, and realizing just how much space we really do have in our homes. Good for you Denise! Love your beach pics too!

Missy George said...

Lovely pictures, Denise..I was in the Polar Express (I heard the term"Cyclone" mentioned..Almost 60 today..Crazy..back in the 20's for the weekend and next week..More normal..California is getting a lot of bad stuff..Hope you are OK..
I updated all my phone lists,Medical history and dog and kitty care instructions..am thinking about tweaking my will..SAw a great way to organize your sock drawer on Rachael Ray this AM..Did that....What is winter for anyway?? Hope you are having a good week..

Lynne said...

Oh my . . .
Sounds familiar to the “action”around here . .
I have a looooong way to go.
My concentration is a drawer, closet, collection a day . . .
Throwalways, giveaways, recycleables . . . and some sellables too . . .
I need to keep at it . . . feels good though!

I have thought of you often . . . and think, “hope you are safe!”
Weather, fire, rain, mud slides . . . you’ve had it . . .
And the tragedies that come with it all . . .

I love your photographs . . .
Hope you’ve enjoyed some time away . . .
Happy NEW YEAR . . .

HotFlashHomestead said...

I do this too, but in summer when it's too hot to be outside! My closets never look better and more organized than they do in August.

Daryl said...

i am inspired .. i have been thinking i need to weed out my closet of those things i dont wear and know i wont be wearing .. donating is the best way .. then its a win win ...

Hilary said...

I love your pictures of the coast.......I am so envious.

January Purge

I think it happens every Winter, the need to purge stuff.   It seems we spend years collecting stuff, holding on to stuff, only to find late...