Monday, November 30, 2009

Year-end Possession Purge Contest

Entering a new year is a good time to take stock; that's why many of us make New Year's resolutions. If yours includes clearing up your clutter I have a quote to guide you. Adopted from a speech by Plato, I found it in A Grateful Heart edited by M. J. Ryan.

"O beloved Pan, and all the other deities of this place, grant that I may become beautiful in my soul within, and that all my external possessions may be in harmony with my inner self."

I have a challenge for you. Clear out possessions that are not in harmony with your inner self and send me "before" and "after" photos by tax day, April 15, 2010.  I'll post your inspirational photos on this blog and the person with the most impressive possession purge wins an embroidered rePURPOSE: What to Trash, What to Treasure apron. Its pouch pockets, waist ties and adjustable neck strap make it a perfect to wear when you clean or possession purge. Email photos to

Ready to release excess possessions? Imagine how good you'll feel when you're done.


  1. Pan help me, I'm going to take this challenge for my closet! I already purged a bagful of t-shirts. (I wear the same 10 favorites again and again, and keep passing over the others--don't we all? So the others are finding new homes.)

    I don't know how good a photo I can get of the inside of my closet, but I'll do my best.

  2. Me again. I don´t have any photos, but I cleared out my closet--had to, subletters were moving in--and in the process, I got rid of about 75 pounds of old clothes. Just thought you´d want to know.

    Living on one suitcase´s worth of stuff for six months has taught me: (1) I can get rid of a lot more when I get back. All those things I thought I ought to give one more try? I may as well face that I´m not going to wear them, and someone else can enjoy them. (2) While I miss a couple of favorite items, it´s really satisfying to have all my clothes in four small drawers. It´s easy to keep track of them, it´s easy to put them away, and I wear them all in the course of three weeks.