My definition of purge

I often mention ‘purging clutter‘ in my cleaning and decluttering tasks.  To me purge has many meanings.

The Organised Housewife Definition of Purge

When I refer to purge I mean for you to do one of the following with the item you are ready to part with:


This item still needs to be fully functional, clean and in good condition.  I have a basket in my wardrobe where I keep items to donate and when it is full I then take it to our local charity, which conveniently is on the way to pick up the kids from school.  Charity bins can be found at refuge stations, shopping centre and at the back of charity shops.


Sell your items through online sites like Gumtree or Ebay, local facebook buy and sell groups, garage sale, car boot sales etc.  This is a good way to get some money back on items of value.  Read my garage sale tips here.

Garage Sale Printable Pack


Similar to donate, give to a specific person such as a friend, neighbour, childcare centre etc.  Somebody you know that needs the item you are purging.


Store item out of the way in tops of wardrobes/cupboards, such as clothes or toys that your younger children may use in the future, or you can give to family or friends when they have kids.

Throw away

All broken, out of date, nonfunctional items that do not fall into any of the above categories.


image credit: Susan Branch

I’ve had a few garage sales over the years, selling most of the kids baby clothes, toys and furniture items, as my friends and brothers were not at the baby stage then.  I now sell bigger items on my suburbs local buy and sell page on facebook, I sold an outdoor setting at Christmas time within 5 minutes, they picked it up 30 minutes later… how cool is that!  These days I ask friends if they would like items I am purging if not I will donate homewares, toys, clothes etc to our local charity.

 What is your preferred way to purge?

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Erin March 13, 2015 - 9:00 AM

I like to donate on my local Pay it Forward facebook page. That way I know it’s going to someone who needs it.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 16, 2015 - 9:22 AM

Love this idea, Erin!Good on you.:)

Kody March 13, 2015 - 2:34 PM

I just cleaned my bathroom as per my weekly cleaning checklist and decided it was time to declutter and get rid of my wrought iron towel holders. Advertised on a local fb buy, swap, sell and the sold 1 minute late and were gone within the hour.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 16, 2015 - 9:18 AM

WOW That is fantastic Kody! Good on you, a good clean out and making extra money at the same time!.:)

Julie March 14, 2015 - 7:54 AM

Can you publish instructions on how to sell on the local facebook page please?

Jeanette O'Meara-Corral March 19, 2015 - 8:46 PM

Hi. …the image with the little house and the quote looks to be by an author called Susan Branch

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 19, 2015 - 9:19 PM

You are wonderful thank you Jeanette, I am updating the post now!!

Gwendalyn Long June 5, 2017 - 9:35 AM

I really think that todays to do job is the best as housework is ongoing, so decluttering is ongoing. It is so easy to keep stuff, and it builds up over time, so by you giving me permission to get rid of it, and a kind instruction to deal with it really helps this lazy lady to do just that, thanks heaps, Kat, I need this today!

Becky September 11, 2018 - 7:53 AM

Could you please tell me what to use to clean tiles and grout
Love all the cleaning tips

Carole R. July 12, 2019 - 10:15 PM

When you declutter your t-drawer don’t forget your family mechanic can always use old t-towels for handwipes & dipstick wipes. If you’re cleaning out any old bath towels, so long as they’re freshly laundered, take them to your family vet for the bottom of cages for post procedure comfort.

SUE HARRIS March 9, 2020 - 7:45 AM

My 2 girls and I spent the day in the kitchen decluttering everything, box full of goodies for our childcare centre to use in their outdoor kitchen, a lot of out of date food went in the bin I don’t think use by 2016 is very good in 2020. found all of the lids that were missing and discovered the missing scissors had been hiding in a container right up the back of the tallest shelf, now we have labels everywhere which is also great for the girls reading skills.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 9, 2020 - 1:48 PM

Sue how fabulous! I know I always feel so much lighter after a purge like that, and how wonderful that your girls got in to help you too. Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

Delilah Ekeberg March 8, 2021 - 6:22 AM

You can use nail polish to touch up your car, on little marks and also on boats. It really works and you can also use it on keys and keyrings to let you know what key that you need

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 11, 2021 - 11:20 AM

That’s a great suggestion thanks!

Sandy Norris September 6, 2021 - 7:45 AM

When the kids were little, we would keep the packaging/boxes folded flat behind a freestanding cupboard. At Christmas time the items in good condition & they no longer or never played with, we would clean & put back into packaging & give to local charity to give to another child…
Also often after birthdays/ Christmas, we choose together & put half of their presents away for a couple of months, then swap them over ….it would b like Christmas/birthdays all over again…


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