One in, One out


I live in a small apartment in Philadelphia and lately I feel as though my “stuff” is going to devour me. It’s beginning to stress me out if I’m being honest. I have decided that if I buy something new, something old has to go. If I buy a lipstick, one has to go. And this applies to all things. No more trash picking furniture unless I’m willing to get rid of one of my many chests of drawers.

I firmly admit that I tend to hoard. I have a little voice in my head saying things like, “but what if I need 20 pairs of underwear that all have holes in them one day?” Or my pajama pants that only come halfway down my calf? How will I live without those!

I need to start cutting down on what I own. I am moving in with my fiancé (then to be husband) in June and I just need to get rid of a ton of my stuff. I have 5 months to do it, let’s see how this goes…

Items to which this does not apply:

Books – no matter what anyone says, you can NEVER have too many books. If people tell you otherwise, they’re wrong.

Cats – all the cats. Just kidding. I have a strict, no more cats policy. Two is two too many. Don’t worry they don’t read my blog, the bastards…



    • Ellen January 25, 2016 / 18:02

      Thanks Charlotte! I really need to do this with everything, I just collect so much stuff! Let me know how it goes for you!

  1. Shireen L. Platt January 25, 2016 / 10:40

    I have been going through the same phase and had a major beauty purge end of last year. I also put myself on a spending ban and will only purchase something that I don’t have for example I recently bought a powder highlighter because I noticed I only have cream and liquid highlighters. It’s been refreshing to shop my much smaller but practical makeup stash.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Ellen January 25, 2016 / 18:03

      I think it’s really easy to get caught up in the new releases. But then I forget about all of the great products I already own!

  2. Patricia January 25, 2016 / 12:09

    That was Ken’s policy also: get rid of one board game when he got a new one. Unfortunately he now has 3 empty bookshelves in the basement begging to host new games!!! And his birthday is approaching ….

    • Ellen January 25, 2016 / 18:01

      I’ll get him another game! It’s nice that we always know what to get for him.

  3. Becky January 26, 2016 / 12:16

    Those kitties seem a little nervous as you look at them with that speculating eye… “Who, ME?? I will be good I promise”

    Gosh they are cute

    • Ellen January 26, 2016 / 18:18

      Haha that’s how they get you! They’re like awe we are so cute we could never do anything wrong! Then you turn away and they’ve stolen your sunglasses.

    • Ellen January 26, 2016 / 18:19

      That’s a lot of books! I love books though, I can’t live without them! I’m going to need a library when I finally own a house!

  4. M x K January 27, 2016 / 05:58

    We have been trying to clean out our wardobe. There so many things we don’t wear. Like you, we have a tendency to hoard our pjs. We have way too many. Usually clothes we don’t wear out any more get shoved in our pj cupboard! hehe

    M x K

    • Ellen January 27, 2016 / 06:03

      Oh my gosh I do the same thing! All those free tshirts from university are just pj shirts now. I don’t need 20 of them but I keep them anyway!

  5. Wendee Isaacs January 27, 2016 / 07:15

    this is a very good idea. I’ll try that

    • Ellen January 27, 2016 / 07:16

      Thanks Wendee! Let me know how it works for you!

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