Monday, January 08, 2007

Binge and Purge

Happy New Year! I'm having a "Binge and Purge" Party and my sister (you know the one) told me to make sure and give everyone plenty of notice, because this is an event you need to prepare for!

Unfortunate name for a party, but a descriptive one nonetheless. It's time to get together and have treats (binge) and rid our homes of unneeded stuff (purge). Nothing feels quite like that feeling of getting rid of junk: stuff you don't need, stuff you think you'll someday need but never use, stuff you've been given and feel guilty about getting rid of, stuff that takes up space and reminds you it's "still there. . ", and stuff that you just don't like.

Bring the good junk, the stuff you feel guilty about giving away to "whoever," and give it a home to ease where it will be loved and have space to run around and play with junk just like it. If it doesn't find a home, we'll take it to the DI where it will be put out of its misery once and for all.

No money will exchange hands, no worry for even trades. Remember, you're just trying to get rid of the stuff. If it makes someone happy, then good fuzzy feelings for you.

Here are some helpful questions to go through your head as you go through your house, room by room, closet by closet, free of charge, to give you a jump-start (because I'm nothing, if not helpful):
1. When was the last time I wore this? (over a year, give it away--UNLESS you've been pregnant, in that case, 2 years)
2. When was the last time I used this?
3. Is this my style? (you might have a great antique or piece, but it doesn't "go" with anything in your house--get rid of it)
4. Do I NEED it?

When in DOUBT, might I suggest putting "it" in a box or trash-bag and leaving it in a corner/closet/garage for a week. Reevaluate. Also, think, well, if I really need "it," could I buy it or is it "irreplaceable?" When in doubt after that, get rid of it.

Is it contradictory to get rid of junk and then go to a party and bring more junk home? We'll talk about that conundrum while we eat treats.

If you are interested in going to an event like this (no hard feelings if this isn't your thing), email me.

17 comments:

Bek said...

It is good to go to a party where you send junk away instead to bring some more junk home b/c just thinking about that walk to the car w/ all the new junk is enough to make you feel very selective. :-)

What is the date? I wanna come? Can I bring furniture? :-)

Design Mom said...

Oh. Man. This sounds good to me.

compulsive writer said...

I'm sorry. I thought you said it was going to be a "Bend and Snap" party!

Haley said...

I'm right around the corner and I'm in!

lisa v. clark said...

Sweet!

I actually have a blue couch I'm trying to get rid of (no room). It has sentimental value, otherwise I would have DI'd it long ago. If I knew it was going to a good home, I could finally get rid of it.

How much would I LOVE designmom's "junk"?!

AzĂșcar said...

I can't wait! I told a friend who has some great MCM stuff she needs to toss--better to give it to people who really want/need it! It includes a in-great-shape chrome diner table and vintage playpen.

Bek said...

Hello!! I have some really great furniture too... I will drive out (seriously, please have it on a Saturday and I will drive out...). I have some side chairs, some great side tables and three or four sets of great dishes that I have picked up all over the world and need to ditch. ALso, one million toys.

How about it Design Mom...we will fight for your junk. It is only a 4 day drive....

Emily said...

Someday I'll be in Utah when one of you puts out your invitation-to-the-world parties, and I will come. It will be so fun.

nie nie said...

i'm flying up for the party

petie said...

I volunteer to take anything off of Rebecca's hands. Especially dishes. Count me in!

Lorien said...

hmmm. my interest is peaked. i'll start trying to find the junk around here. it just hides so well! but the critical question: will there be food? I'll volunteer to be on the food committee.

c jane said...

Do I want my Frida Naked Woman picture or not? I will start thinking...

wendysue said...

Hey! I SO want to be at the binge and purge! (Mostly for the binge part, since I got the purging out of my system at my garage sale!)


And hey, did you see you WON the fabulouso folio from Darlybird at Blog Con Queso!! I wish it was mine but it really is SO YOU! Congrats!

christopher clark said...

I have an awesome pair of glasses that I never use AND an old retainer. Once this party happens I will truly be bringing sexy back.

Lyle said...

Is this just a ploy to stock up for a swap meet?

Happy binging and purging. I'd bring you my old washer if you weren't so far away.

Tina the sistah said...

I am so there! Yeah, when I got married forest green and burgundy were "it". Erbecca, I want all your stuff! I'm super strong, so I can help you unload the trailer--right into my car!

Geo said...

I LOVE the name.

When my husband and I were first married we organized some annual swaps like this on a ward level and they were AMAZING. Think of an entire cultural hall brimming over, a free department store! Oh, bliss!

I hope I can get in on your next Binge and Purge.