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My Family

Friday, February 13, 2009

Purging

I made the decision early on in the moving process that I would carefully purge everything that we were moving.
I further vowed that not only would I purge as I packed, but also I would purge as I unpacked.

I've now been in my home for two weeks (hallelujah!), and there are still a myriad of boxes to be unpacked.
Yesterday, as I was moving the boxes in my bedroom for the 3rd time (once to organize them after the movers, once for painting, and again to the outer walls so we could walk easily into the room), I had the thought, "Why don't I rip all of these boxes open, dump everything into a pile and just be done "unpacking"?"
The thought was tempting.
It would be a great feeling to have every box unpacked.
However, I know that I would shuffle portions of that huge pile off into recessed corners, closet tops and hidden areas of my home, and I don't want to live in disorder again.

I have without hesitating, thrown away (or marked for give-away) 2 trash bags (and sometimes more) from each room that I have unpacked.
It feels so good to keep only what I love and what is special to me and my family.
It has already been a positive enough experience, that despite the fleeting thoughts, I am still committed to unpacking in a way that is orderly and measured, in a way that will result in the end result that I truly desire.

When I am finished, I want to be able to say, "I have 'organized myself; prepared every needful thing; and established a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God' (reference to D&C 88:119)"
It is a grand goal, and much of that goal will not be apparent today or tomorrow, or even in months to come.
However, without the goal, there will be no striving to better myself, and truly, I need to be bettered (as do we all).

Here's to unpacking...and here's to purging!

9 comments:

Jamie said...

I'm going through every room and trying to get things organized. It's taking a longer time than I though.

Shawna said...
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Shawna said...

You go girl! Dont' give up, it will happen. The big problem in my house is how to KEEP it that way.

Sandy said...

How exciting...new house, organized house. I've got an old house, semi-organized house. I keep telling myself that clutter is not my friend! Miss you guys...

LDSteenager said...

Good job! I'm sure you'll be able to go faster than the Incrediables who took two years to upack all thier boxes.

Shayla said...

I am so proud of you and your efforts in this. I find myself going through things and moving them somewhere else at times. I am working on becoming simplified in the amount of "things" we have in our house. Keep it up!

Jamie said...

Love the new sidebar pictures of the kids- Miss M's hair is adorable!!

Tiff said...

You moved!! Maybe, just maybe we might get to see you a little more often now, I hope. Good luck with getting boxes unpacked!!

Rachel said...

I am always trying to declutter my life. This is something hard to master! Hey will you send me your contact info please. You can either send it on FB or whatever. I know you moved so we would like your address, email and phone number please...thank yoU!
Glad you guys are settling in!``