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How do you know when you've purged enough?

I keep going through clothes and dishes and getting rid of more stuff. I feel like I'm drowning in stuff. And I haven't even started on the bathroom and art room...
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I think it's a life long process. Because more stuff will always be coming in, especially with kids. So you always have to be evaluating what's junk, what's getting used, etc.
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I think it's a life long process. Because more stuff will always be coming in, especially with kids. So you always have to be evaluating what's junk, what's getting used, etc.
I agree. I feel like I'm always evaluating what needs to stay/go.
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I think it's a life long process. Because more stuff will always be coming in, especially with kids. So you always have to be evaluating what's junk, what's getting used, etc.
I believe that. I won't let it get this out of control again.
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I think you just know. I have reached the point where I don't have much left to get rid of, but I have a permanent spot in my garage where goodwill things go and when something isn't being used, it goes. I am much more discriminating when it comes to bringing new things into my house or keeping things. When my kids get a "junk" toy from a friend or relative, I know that the initial excitement will wear off in a week or two and when I ask them if they have anything for Goodwill, they will inevitably hand it over. When it comes to hubby and I, we just don't bring things home anymore. We like our house the way it is and do not enjoy having to sort through clutter! If you feel like you still have too much stuff, you are probably not there yet. I have been on a minimizing kick for nearly three years and I am *just* finding the sweet spot.
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I think you just know. I have reached the point where I don't have much left to get rid of, but I have a permanent spot in my garage where goodwill things go and when something isn't being used, it goes. I am much more discriminating when it comes to bringing new things into my house or keeping things. When my kids get a "junk" toy from a friend or relative, I know that the initial excitement will wear off in a week or two and when I ask them if they have anything for Goodwill, they will inevitably hand it over. When it comes to hubby and I, we just don't bring things home anymore. We like our house the way it is and do not enjoy having to sort through clutter! If you feel like you still have too much stuff, you are probably not there yet. I have been on a minimizing kick for nearly three years and I am *just* finding the sweet spot.
Oh I'm nowhere near done! Lol. And I'm already finding myself being more picky about what I buy or bring in. I just try to remember those boxes that I just hauled out!
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I think you just know. I have reached the point where I don't have much left to get rid of, but I have a permanent spot in my garage where goodwill things go and when something isn't being used, it goes. I am much more discriminating when it comes to bringing new things into my house or keeping things. When my kids get a "junk" toy from a friend or relative, I know that the initial excitement will wear off in a week or two and when I ask them if they have anything for Goodwill, they will inevitably hand it over. When it comes to hubby and I, we just don't bring things home anymore. We like our house the way it is and do not enjoy having to sort through clutter! If you feel like you still have too much stuff, you are probably not there yet. I have been on a minimizing kick for nearly three years and I am *just* finding the sweet spot.
That's so great that you are finally there! I have been working at this for about a year and a half, some times more than others, of course. I can't wait to be there!

To answer the OP, for me w/ dishes I want to have exactly enough for 1 day. If I don't wash after breakfast and lunch everything should be dirty by the time we're done with dinner. EVERYTHING! I'd have no small appliances that we don't use at least once a month. No storage containers that aren't used weekly (or don't have a match). The goal would be so little that it all piled up by the sink doesn't intimidate me (as it currently does). I want so little that I have to wash dishes, no excuses. (Only 1 load in the dishwasher, if you have one. I don't sadly.) That's just me.

I'm getting there with clothes even though dishes are still a struggle. For me w/ clothes, even though I try to wash a load a day (per flaylady's advice), when we are running out of things to wear I should still be able to conquer the laundry monster within a day (~6 loads max. including towels but not sheets).
I have 3 pairs of jeans (what I wear most days) no sweat pants, 2 pairs of PJ bottoms, which I wear 2-3 days before washing. I have a lot more shirts for variety & 13 summer outfits since they take up less room.
DS wears wool exclusive w/ 2 night soakers, 6 pairs of PJs, 6 pairs of seasonal woolies w/ 2 shirts each (1 sweater each for winter). He has 24 diapers. Since he's a toddler that's okay because he pees like 8 times a day max, more often 4-5 times. I am notorious for getting behind on diaper laundry. At one point we had over 100 diapers & I went like 2 weeks b/w diaper washes. I have to have so few diapers to make myself wash them.
IMO DH has way too many clothes. ~10 pairs of pants, 10 pairs of shorts, 15 shirts, 10 jackets, 15 boxers, 40 pairs of socks, 20 undershirts. Anyone wanna come over & convince him to purge?
We have 6 bath towels, 10 kitchen towels, 14 unpaper towels, 1 set of sheets, but lots of blankets & pillows.

We also have very few toys. If DS takes everything out and spreads it throughout the house. (~600 sq. ft.) & it takes me more than 10-15 minutes to put everything in it's place that's too much.

For me what's "there" is what isn't overwhelming. Also consider if everything has a place, if not you probably still have too much. Obviously don't buy more shelving or anything, that negates the idea.
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I keep going through clothes and dishes and getting rid of more stuff. I feel like I'm drowning in stuff. And I haven't even started on the bathroom and art room...
I feel you Mama. I was on a quest to clean and declutter our entire 1080 SF home before the arrival of baby #3 in April. I need our home to work in my favor instead of against me with another little one and minimal space. Did too much and gave myself contractions and landed on bedrest . Now I am stuck looking at junk and depending on DH being the mom and dad, cook and bread-winner, cleaner, etc. No more decluttering is getting done until I can get back on my feet. Hopefully at 37 weeks I can bust my butt and finish the rooms that are left undone before Abel arrives. I can't stand all the crap laying around anymore!!
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I feel you Mama. I was on a quest to clean and declutter our entire 1080 SF home before the arrival of baby #3 in April. I need our home to work in my favor instead of against me with another little one and minimal space. Did too much and gave myself contractions and landed on bedrest . Now I am stuck looking at junk and depending on DH being the mom and dad, cook and bread-winner, cleaner, etc. No more decluttering is getting done until I can get back on my feet. Hopefully at 37 weeks I can bust my butt and finish the rooms that are left undone before Abel arrives. I can't stand all the crap laying around anymore!!
That stinks! I was out in bed rest at 36 weeks and only had a week before she was born and it was horrible! I kept looking at all of the stuff I wanted to do.
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I think you just know. I have reached the point where I don't have much left to get rid of, but I have a permanent spot in my garage where goodwill things go and when something isn't being used, it goes. I am much more discriminating when it comes to bringing new things into my house or keeping things. When my kids get a "junk" toy from a friend or relative, I know that the initial excitement will wear off in a week or two and when I ask them if they have anything for Goodwill, they will inevitably hand it over. When it comes to hubby and I, we just don't bring things home anymore. We like our house the way it is and do not enjoy having to sort through clutter! If you feel like you still have too much stuff, you are probably not there yet. I have been on a minimizing kick for nearly three years and I am *just* finding the sweet spot.
This^^^^

I started purging in 2011 & I am getting closer but only with my stuff, my 15 mo's stuff & my 5 yos stuff. The hardest part is getting my extended family on board.

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