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Purging

I’ve been in a major purging mood lately.

Ideally, I would be able to sell some of the things that I no longer need or want and get some cash for them, but realistically, I’d prefer to just get them out of my space. This is probably mostly inspired by a decent amount of fear that I could one day be on Hoarders (in reality I am not like those people, promise) and a friend who has mentioned a few times before that she’s a minimalist. I didn’t really think too much of it until visiting her and really seeing that she doesn’t have things all over her desk or anything like that.

I like the little things that I have around, but sometimes they are more bothersome than they are enjoyable, and few of them are items to which I’m particularly attached. So even If I get rid of most things and then end up feeling like something is missing, I can find/make new things!

I asked twitter about some things to donate on Thursday and I decided that if it isn’t good enough to offer to a friend, it’s not good enough to donate and I can go ahead and throw it out. This puts a lot of things that I have in the donate pile, but I also totally ran out of steam in the purging process. Things like this happen when an 8-month-old niece shows up. It doesn’t hurt that I’ve spent so much time accumulating these things either though.

I kind of understand the people on Hoarders when they say that their things like them. Fortunately for me, I also understand the ridiculousness of that idea. Plus, the way that it goes through my head is much more of a, I’m sure I’ll need that one day, I don’t want to throw it out now and have to buy it again! Well, that’s changing. For now I want the space, and then I will only buy what I need, not things in bulk!

The process is slow going, but I now have boxes ready for donation and bags ready for trash for any time that the mood strikes. Let’s hope that’s often and soon!

Have you been doing any purging lately? Or are you perhaps in a hoarding phase at the moment?

Lovely Locks

I have awesome hair. Like really. I got really lucky with my locks. I did pretty much nothing to them for the first 23 years of my life, at which point I met one of the most important people in my life. My hair stylist. This was the first time that I had a real style to my hair. Courtney added layers and eventually got me to try bangs and I have never looked back! Since then I have had highlights, and continue to try to get Courtney to take me shorter two or three times a year. It’s kind of awesome and Courtney and I have actually crossed paths socially, which is really awesome except when…

I dye my hair green and I don’t want her to know about it!

Ok, so actually that first paragraph is a little misleading. I dyed my hair a few times in junior high and high school, but considering the lavish amount of conditioner that I use and the low frequency of the dying, it didn’t leave any lasting damage. This is why I had no hesitation when I wanted to be an “army girl” for Halloween of 2009 and decided to do the hair green too!

I’ve also done some drastic cuts before, doing a bob at my chin from cutting off about 11 inches and donating it to Locks of Love.

It’s been more than a year now since Courtney and I have been dying over and trimming off the green and it’s finally gone!

That means that I’m back to a place in which I can donate my hair if I wanted to. Supposedly it’s not supposed to be dyed, but lots of people tell me that they don’t believe that my hair currently has highlights, which is just dumb of them.

I don’t have the length to donate my hair right now, but that isn’t the only way that I can do some good with my hair. Especially with St. Baldrick’s Day coming up. For those who are unfamiliar and too lazy busy to click through, St. Baldrick’s is an annual event in support of finding a cure for children’s cancers. Participants in the event shave their head for donations and the proceeds go toward research that will hopefully find cures in the near future!

Don’t worry, I don’t plan on participating by shaving my head this year. It’s something I’ve thought about though and will probably do at some point. I’ve always wanted to try a short hair style anyway, I might as well go all out and style it as it’s growing back in, right?

One thing that seems a little odd is that I’m not seeing anything about donations of longer hair, just about the money coming in from shaving. I would definitely want to donate what I could to Locks of Love, so I hope that they do suggest that to the participants with longer hair!

How about you? Ever thought about a drastic change? Would you go as far as shaving your head?