How Purging Can Lead To A Meaningful Life Of Fabulousness

Simplicity Is The Spice Of Life

03-20160913_143508Earlier this year one of the first goals I set was to K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Steph). I was so excited at the prospect of the simpler life, for the first time ever I created a mood board and even set it up as the background on my computer.

One would think with the measures I put in place it would be easy to follow a “simple” plan of attack right? WRONG!

It began innocently enough by developing a few goals for the year. Once this was done I broke down each goal and assigned tasks to allow me to accomplish the goal. Then I periodically reviewed and updated my goals to ensure I was on target. Sounds like a reasonable plan, yes?

Now I freely admit to being somewhat of a perfectionist and while friends would disagree, I possess a little OCD trait. I mean what’s the big deal in needing order and following consistent routines?

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. ~Confucius

The issues as I see them are:

  1. When unforeseen circumstances arise, and they will, with  a minimum amount of wiggle room, the plan will go off kilter.
  2. There is an overabundance of everything; from cable TV, goods & services, computer systems, to information, etc.
  3. The aging process has put a minor kink in the plan.


So what’s the solution to said issues? Going back to the beginning which in this case is K.I.S.S. then purge and revamp.

My mother’s illness did not fit into my plan. Knowing I need to spend quite a bit of time at the nursing home to make sure all her needs are met, the last thing I want to worry about is my appearance. Keeping it simple is a major timesaver when preparing to visit my mom.


Granted while summer’s apparel is lighter than other seasons, by swapping out and adding a few pieces, the same formula can be used for fall and winter. On most days I wear jeans, top and flats however on those real humid days  I could be seen wearing shorts or a skirt.

With the exception of three pairs of H&M sneakers, I did not buy anything new for this past summer. Also donating last year’s capris left me capriless (a new word I made up all by my lonesome) I improvised by rolling skinny jeans midway up my calf.


Since part of my purging process was getting rid of things (including clothing) I do not use, I was thrilled to find two tees from last year, with the tags still on them. In today’s pictures I am wearing:

  • Scoop-neck pink tee with tiny yellow specks
  • Skinny jeans cuffed at the ankle
  • Long “Warriors in Pink” decorative pink scarf tied at the neck. This was free from the Race for the Cure Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.
  • Brownish heels accented with a bow (these are ancient but oh so comfy)
  • Earrings, bracelet and blue glass ring

Another time-saver I take advantage of in the summer, is minimizing my makeup to only include, brows, eyeliner, mascara and lip color. After cleansing, exfoliating and using an SPF moisturizer on days when I’m just bumming around, I forego all makeup, throw on sunglasses and a pair of earrings then I’m ready to head out the door.

The power to choose is a marvelous thing, however at this stage in my life I don’t want or need a lot of extras. Giving away all but those things that I use, will help to simplify my life, save money, allow me to be content and restore my sanity. As I continue purging then finding an intern to assist me with time-intensive tasks I’m confident of clearing the cobwebs of my mind.

Have a wonderful day!! Oh and don’t forget to “like” my Facebook page in the sidebar and connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. ~Steph



  1. Hi Jacque’ it’s a pleasure to meet you! Thank you so much for your very kind comment. It’s remarks like these that keep me going. 🙂

  2. The wife and I really love this blog and appreciate the useful information you provide. We would like to encourage you to keep writing and never abandon this blog. I appreciate the hard work you have put into this blog and wish you all future success in business and in life.

    Thank you for your time, it is the most precious thing we all possess.

  3. Hi Peta, I hope you are doing well. The purging is helping to clear the cobwebs in my mind and I believe it will make life so much more enjoyable. Thanks for stopping through.

  4. Love your look. You definitely wear clothes well, with style.

    It really is a feeling of freedom to get down to bare necessities and essentials. I try not to keep any clothing that I do not wear often and or do not really like. If a new piece comes in, an older one goes out….its a great system. Never thought of it as “purging” but hey, it works!

    Good post!


  5. You look beautiful as usual Stephanae! I recently wrote something similar, called “My Number 9 Year.” It’s all about releasing/letting go and moving on, something that’s always necessary.

  6. It’s comforting talking with people who are familiar with the behaviors and thought processes of people with alzheimer’s. Thank you for sharing a glimpse of what you went through with your mom.

  7. Thanks! It took us a while to figure out that she didn’t need to hear the “truth.” To her, that trip back to England was necessary and comforting.

  8. Hey Steph,

    I think it’s time for me to finish my downsizing.

    Smiles and hugs, Sherri

  9. I agree with you 100%. Each of the condo units where I live have storage space and I really want to get to the point where I don’t need it except for maybe holiday decorations.

  10. Sounds like we’re going through the same thing! I’m dreading the garage and the storage room (a house should never have a storage room…too much crap that just sits there). I’m looking forward to downsizing within the next few years and feeling less encumbered with stuff.

  11. Thank you Brigid! 😊I can hardly wait to dive deep into this purge b/c it includes among other things, files & folders on my computer, cutting cable TV, some of my grandson’s toys (he didn’t even notice them missing). This is gonna be a complete overhaul.

  12. I should follow your example and do another clothes purge. I do them a little at a time. Your outfit looks great on you – I love the colours and comfy shoes are a must.

  13. Nice imagery of your mom being so carefree in heaven. Thank you so much for this. A representative of the Dept. of Aging made this recommendation but what you’re saying here makes much more sense.

  14. Thank you Caroline!! The scarf went so well with the tee and earrings I couldn’t resist putting them together. And to think the just sat in my drawer for over 1 year with the tags still on it. 🙂 In years past I would clean out closets twice a year but this time I’m going whole hog and giving away china, a couple pieces of furniture, cds/dvds and other misc. stuff. Sounds a little extreme but I’m tired of feeling bogged down with stuff.

  15. See, I can do that! Thank you! A tip that my sister and I learned when our mother was agitated: agree with her, don’t try to convince her of anything, and look for an opening to change topics. We agreed to all manner of things and even discussed her plans with her as though she could carry them out. It made her feel calm right away and then she forgot all about it, temporarily and finally, forever. Now she’s dancing in heaven and probably laughs at it!.

  16. I just got two drawers full of camis and tees down to one. I’m so happy!! I’ll be talking more on this topic because there’s quite a few areas that I needed to address. Cable is one of them and I can’t wait to see how it pans out. Mom has her good and bad days. I’ve not had much time to look at National Alzheimer’s site in depth but it’s one of the things on my to do list. I hope to learn some calming techniques when interacting with her when she’s agitated. Thank you for wishing her well. 💖

  17. Simplicity! I need more of that in my life..Thanks for the tips! I always feel better when I de-clutter, organize the areas in my life but I need to do it regularly.

  18. I’ve read a little about decluttering on other blogs. From what they say, it can really make a big difference in streamlining people’s lives. 🙂

  19. I need to purge! Yesterday! I’m going to try a little each day. Thanks for the encouragement. Hope your mom is doing well.

  20. Oh my goodness yes it Bun!! When we had to clean out my mother’s apt. there was so much stuff that I knew almost immediately I would not want my kids to have to do the same for me. Plus while I do like things I have quite a bit of things I kept around for “just in case” and I’m making a conscious decision to rid myself of these items.

  21. I know you’ve had a lot going on recently, Steph. Being able to keep things simple when necessary and save a bit of time must come in very handy, I’ll bet.

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