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The Purge Begins


When we moved out of our home into the 900 square foot apartment, we underwent a major purge. Then when we moved into the camper, we purged even more. Last year, our stuff fit into a small 6’x4′ cube for moving.  And honestly, other than buying furniture when we moved into our new rental house last April we haven’t really gotten back into stuff.


We each got a new bed, we each have a inherited chest of drawers and we each got a new desk (Princess’ was given to us.) I purchased a used table and chairs from an estate sale ($200) and my uncle gave us a antique dishes holder (not really sure what to call it.)  That’s it. We don’t have any living room furniture at all.


Princess and Gymnast continue to out grow clothes every season. (Although I think we are coming to the end of that with Princess.) With that being said, although they have all gotten new clothes over the 10 months we have been here, we have continued to donate items as new ones were brought in. (Remember when we did the 25 clothing items?)

The Purge

So what am I talking about when I say the purge begins…books. As you know, we have homeschooled for the past 9 years, since Princess was kindergarten age.  I have curriculum for every subject beginning with lower middle school through high school. Now that the twins are out of high school (Sea Cadet graduates this year,) and the younger two are in public school…the books are gathering dust.

I’m going to keep select high school items, but otherwise, it is time to say good-bye to that chapter of my life. Typing this, I think to myself, that I sound so flippant about it. But reality is, my stomach still clenches in dread at never homeschooling again. Reality is, Gymnast LOVES the social aspect so much, he would be miserable coming home again. And Princess is just one year from being able to enroll full time at the local community college. (When all was said and done, she had enough high school credits to go in as a sophomore in high school. We just have to wait for her to turn 15 to be able to dual enroll.)

Therefore, my goal over the next week is twofold:

  • Sort through my bookshelves and pull out all of those books that can go
  • Find a place to sell them (where I can make the most money and encounter the least hassle)

I don’t know how much money I will recover off this endeavor, but something about these mass purges calms my soul. We are definitely minimalist even today. Some of us (me) more than others, but in general, we have far less “stuff” then most anyone I know. And I love it.

I’ll keep you posted on how this purge translates into money!

Book Club: Beginning Tracking


I completed my first read thru of Your Money or Your Life and am so excited for our book club discussion in a few weeks. With that being said, I have decided to start my work on the varying steps. Therefore tomorrow, I will start tracking EVERY penny in and EVERY penny out. I decided that the first of the month was the ideal time to do that…and it’s key to moving forward with the steps.

The Book

I read a chapter a night, and after the first chapter have not had any more reservations about the process. The concepts around Enough, Purpose and Values that are stress throughout the book really speak to me. I’m trying now to reveal too much. But needless to say, the theories presented in this book really speak to the heart of the matter for me. My relationship with money.

Book Club

My thoughts for our discussions is that we tackle a chapter a week. Is that too slow? I will post a synopsis and my opinion every Monday (beginning March 5th) and then we can use that for discussion for the week. I’ve never done an online book club, if you have suggestions I’d love to hear them.

With that being said, I am going to begin my tracking so that by the end of March I’m ready to do a full month’s analysis. I’m sure it’s going to be pretty funky since I essentially have no steady income, but I’ve got to start somewhere, right?

While this downtime is a bit stressful, I’m fully utilizing it to get my head on straight and focus on some things I really need to master. For those of you who have read this particular book, do you have any other books you would recommend? I am excited to move through this journey of changing my money mindset and relationship.