4 Steps to a Quick and (Almost) Painless Purge

Posted June 14, 2017 by Prairie Wife - 1 comment

As I stated last week, I had big plans to purge my house over Summer break. My personal deadline was (and still is) this Friday. On Friday a local housecleaner is coming to deep clean my house…something I have NEVER had before. This will of course benefit our local readers 😉 as she’ll be giving away a free housecleaning! So, I decided to purge the house to prep for her. Not only was a good excuse to force me to do it but, it will make it easier for her if I eliminate some of the clutter.

Sorry for the sidetrack…I did promise you 4 steps to a quick and almost (because you know it’s going to hurt a little) painless purge!

Every year we do a purge of the kids’ rooms, and usually when I am nesting I go even deeper and tackle the closets as well. I think it’s safe to say we’ve got the system down. Both The Cowboy and CollegeBFF saw me in action this week, and they can tell you it gets pretty serious when it’s go time!

lists1. Plan

  • Make a list of the rooms that you want to purge.
  • Schedule days, times and a deadline.
  • Inform you family of your plan and include them in the process.
  • If some major re organization is involved purchase containers.


2. Gather Up Your Supplies

  • Trash bags for garbage.
  • Containers for giveaway.
  • New containers for organization (buckets, baskets, large ziplock bags etc.).
  • Gloves if it might get down and dirty!


3. Get Started

  • Pick your first room
  • Start in one spot and work your way around the room clockwise (no zig zagging).
  • Touch everything and immediately put it in its correct space.


clohes on hangersHaving Trouble?
Time to Ask Yourself Some Questions

  • Can I remember the last time someone used this?
  • Does it bring me (or a family member) joy?
  • Will someone else get more use from this?
  • Am I keeping it out of guilt?


4. Finish Strong

  • Don’t stop until you’ve met your goal.
  • Follow through on donating and throwing away items (don’t let them sit in your garage).
  • Reward yourself and your family when you are finished!


family cleaningTips For Including the Kids

  • Let them see you purge and talk them through the process.
  • Keep containers clearly labeled (black bags for trash, white bags or boxes for donations).
  • Keep your goals small, like two rooms a day, so they have time to take a break.
  • Reward them at the end for all their help.
  • Include everyone in the family by assigning age appropriate tasks.


Did I miss anything?!

Are you ready to PURGE?!



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  1. Bennie says:

    Thank you for these ideas. Since I am selling my condo (and looking for a new one) I started packing some things this past weekend and purging. I went through my entertainment center and found exercise DVDs, TV show and movie DVDs I never watch (forgot I had them), candles, books, some holiday decorations I never use anymore and started bagging them for Good Will. I took two bags over the weekend.

    I made up a new Pinterest board and started pinning moving ideas to it. So far I’ve gathered saran wrap, garbage bags and have been taking home empty boxes from work.

    Next up is making a list of things to stop like my cable, newspaper, mail and change to home insurance, etc.

    My head is spinning a little with to-do lists, couldn’t fall asleep last night for awhile. I’m going to be purging for the next month and a half – wish me luck! Move out date is 7/25.

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