I want you to approach this with the same hostility seen in the Purge movies — you’ve got one chance so show no mercy! You’re not just doing this for you to transition into a new season; this is about revamping for the holidays, for your guests, and for the New Year. Last thing you want is to be caught the day before the big Christmas dinner trying to handle a massive cleaning. Ask yourself: if you were moving, would you want to take this? Yes? Keep. No? Purge!
The word is right there in the definition of purging. And we’re not talking the weekly tidying up that you do because you have company dropping by; but to truly cleanse is to make something thoroughly clean. As you toss things, wipe, due, and scrub. Then we ORGANIZE what’s left.
When you realize you only have one box of tree lights that can be salvaged versus the seven you thought you had, scrub that nook out then put the good lights aside. Now you can make an accurate shopping list of what you really need to decorate.
Not a single complete dining set in your whole apartment? That’s ok. Clean out wherever you keep your dishes, then designate an area for everyday dining — pieces you’re keeping even though they’re incomplete because only you will know — and another area for occasional use and guests. You can decide if you need to add dinnerware to your shopping list.
You’re going to do this for everything you purged — decorations, serve ware, bedding, clothes — and by the time your done, you’ll realize you have less junk & more space. As you go through this process, put together your shopping list, where necessary.
This Week's Assignment
Purge without the intent of shopping. Not everything we dispose of needs to be replaced; sometimes just getting rid of it is just the improvement we needed.