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A Purge By Any Other Name

Is it possible to get organized without purging first? Not really. In a healthy household, old stuff must circulate out as easily as new stuff circulates in.  Circulation prevents accumulation.  When it’s as natural as breathing, it’s easy to stay organized. “Purge” means not only toss, but donate, sell, gift, or simply reassign.  Nonetheless, many of my clients just don’t like the word.  “Purge” carries connotations of political executions and vomiting.  So here are some alternatives my clients have come up with. I once worked with a doctor who initially told me that he wasn’t ready to work with me until he had done some “gutting” first. Much more pleasant than purging.  I guess this wouldn’t have bothered me so much if this was a butcher or even a surgeon, but this was a pediatrician. Another client, a psychiatrist, spoke of “debriding” his papers. Debridement is the removal of damaged tissue or foreign objects from a wound.  Charming. One alternative I do like is “pruning.”  I like the analogy of removing dead leaves to strengthen the healthy ones. People always […]

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