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There is something ever so delightful in purging. To rid our lives of ‘stuff’ that we no longer use or want seems to clean and tidy, not just our homes, but our heads.

A number of weeks ago I wrote about how I love Craigslist, having sold and purchased many items, just in the past two months.

This weekend was another of purging.

A well-loved, well-used trampoline from the back yard … with a sixteen inch rip down the middle. Every time I would look at that trampoline, covered in the tree needles and sticks that has fallen over the past three or four years, I had this ‘unfinished’ feeling. I knew that either had to spend the time and money to purchase a new trampoline top, or get rid of it. We decided to get rid of it. So, on the weekend, it got picked up by a young man who was planning to get it for his sister’s young kids (there were about a dozen responses to this free, ripped trampoline … maybe I should have asked for money for it). Now I look at the empty space it used to occupy … and smile. Another successful purging of the unneeded.

A container of ‘clear coat’ from the garage … never opened. Years ago, hubby and I decided to coat our concrete front stairs with a faux granite topping. I spent many, many, many hours slapping the granite onto the steps. It looked really nice, but we got busy and never got the clear coat onto the top to seal the ‘granite’ in place (and the way my hard work has chipped off would indicate how very important that clear coat is). So, just two days after posting it for sale, it was purchased and picked up. One less can to occupy the paint shelves in the garage.

Then an email late at night from a lady who is interested in the duvet cover and matching bed shirt. These used to cover our daughter’s bed, for a number of years, when she was switching from ‘little girl’ bedroom decor, to teen. Oh, I hope this lady will purchase them, and give me more space in my linen closet!

All of this purging reminds me of how many unused items occupy my (our) home(s). It also reminds me of how much more free of an existence a life with less can be.

Each time something leaves our home, I feel as though I breathe more easily, and I find myself looking around my home asking the question, “what else can we get rid of?” (this makes hubby feel rather uneasy).

Maybe it is a good question. Maybe it is a question that needs to be re-phrased, and asked with more pondering before we purchase it in the first place.

It reminds me of the following verse :

 “Do not store up riches for yourselves here on earth,
where moths and rust destroy, and robbers break in and steal.
Instead, store up riches for yourselves in heaven,
where moths and rust cannot destroy, and robbers cannot break in and steal.
For your heart will always be where your riches are.”
Matthew 6:19-21

So, maybe the question we need to ask is actually, where are your riches leading your heart?

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It all started with a desire to purge my house of ‘stuff’ we no longer use … and now it is an addiction.

We had this delightful dining table and four chairs. About twenty two years ago I had purchased it at a yard sale for $80. Although I loved it, it got rep20130617-215359.jpglaced, moved to our suite, painted four times, reupholstered twice, then moved to our living room for games and puzzles. I realized we simply were not using it, so off it went (within a day of being posted on Craigslist) to a new home … and I was $80 richer.

Then there were the two chairs that I had bought for $12, to go with that dining table. They were not a perfect match, but with matching paint and upholstery fabric they worked. The same person paid $10 more to take them too.

20130617-214319.jpgThen I sold our ten-year old sectional sofa. I loved its look, but the micro-fibre fabric was wearing very thin in many places, and looking so very ratty! So to Mr. Craigslist I returned, and in days it was gone and I had $100 in my pocket.

On the same weekend that the above items were sold I made a couple of great purchases via Mr. Craig; a leather sofa for $60 and a 7-foot Ikea desk for $60.

Now I am hooked!20130618-214516.jpg

To have gotten rid of the things we no longer wanted, and made money to purchase what we did want has motivated me to keep going (aka. the first part of this summer will be spent purging our household of what we do not need).

Not only do these purchases allow me to purchase desired or needed items at great prices, but the ‘income’ from the sales of our ‘unneeded’ items goes into my ‘summer renovation/home improvement’ savings.

This summer, with my renovation fund, I am hoping to replace flooring in a bedroom of one of our daughters, and redecorate it with board and batten, and a fresh coat of paint.

Actually I would love to replace the flooring in three bedrooms this summer … but Mr. Craig has not been that successful for me … yet!

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