Discovering Minimalism

Living with less.

This may or may not be for you. I’m not here to twist your arm but to propose an alternative to living with lots of stuff.

Alternative – Live with less

Charity – Giving is good

Benefits – Peace of mind and freedom

SIMPLICITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dejunking VS Decluttering

happy faceI never meant to make her cry but that is what happened when I suggested to Amy that it was time to dejunk. She was ready to make some changes  but dejunking implied that she owned junk and she took offense to that term.

Instead, I should have used the word declutter. It’s less harsh. Lesson learned.

Owning junk can be a painful reminder of how we poorly spent our hard earned money. Owning perfectly good stuff often can show us the same thing.  Why did we buy it? If we could only go back in time and redo. Oh well,  the money is spent and now we go from here.

If calling it clutter makes you feel better then call it clutter.

Regardless of what you call it, you have it. In fact, you have lots of it. Now comes the realization that you don’t need, use or want.beautiful bags

These suitcase bags are the prettiest bags I’ve ever owned.

My problem;

I have never used these bags. For years I haven’t wanted to get rid of them because they are so pretty. It’s not like I haven’t traveled  but I never would chose these bags for trips.  At one point I thought I would try hard and use as a beach bag. After many trips to the beach and…….no. Didn’t happen.

The moment has come. My goodwill bag only needs a few more things to be full and this would do it.

So down they come from the closet and into the bag. Someone out there will enjoy these nice bags.

Moving closer towards minimalism is something I’m liking!

 

What To Do With Kids Sleeping Bags

kids sleeping bagsThe average family with kids at one point will need a sleeping bag. Church, school or family camping is when they are used the most.

These things can last a long time. They are washable and roll up neatly, where they stay on top of the closet year after year.

When was the last time you used a sleeping bag?

I didn’t have that many but there was this one that I had kept, because it was kind of fun.

It was never used on any camping trip but was used occasionally in the living room when making forts on Saturday mornings.

In an effort to simplify things around the house I am now looking at things like this sleeping bag and asking if this adds enough value to our lives to keep.

It’s clean, cute and does serve a purpose but truth be told it wasn’t worth keeping. Why? It was only used a couple times a year and that was because I felt obligated to use it.

Someone out there could make better use of it. What I learn from things like this is just because it’s a good deal in the store doesn’t mean it will make my life better or more meaningful.

Think of all of things in your house that you have purchased over the years that had a purpose. From kitchen gadgets that chopped things in record time to cute little sleeping bags. How often did you really use them?

Think twice before buying these things. Marketing people know how to make you think you can’t live without it.

Trust me. You can live without it!

 

 

 

Pretty Flowers, Be Patient

blooming sunflowerOrganizing your stuff is a process and if you want to be successful you will have to get rid of what you don’t wear or use or even need (which for most of us, is a lot of stuff)

Parting with expensive stuff is painfully hard. A harsh reminder of money not well spent. Ouch. Maybe the one good thing to come from parting with something expensive is next time around you won’t be lured into buying it in the first place.

Parting with sentimental stuff can be just as hard. There are ways to safely let go and at the same time keep the memory.

No matter what method you use you need to remember to be patient with yourself.

If you follow through and begin to declutter you will eventually see something pretty in the simplicity of life.

Be patient.

 

 

 

 

It’s A New Day Today

My year is up, now what? I took a year to really get organized. What I discovered is what I already knew. Being organized or at least feeling organized creates calmness. Makes you feel at peace. It is the opposite of chaos.

How does one get organized?

They get rid of what they don’t use, need or enjoy. For most of us, that is a lot of stuff. I’ve posted dozens of short stories on getting rid of things along with ideas that came from many of you.

Something else I discovered was I like being a minimalist. This is not to say that I don’t have stuff but less for me was best.

For now my stories will continue. There are other areas that I want to declutter. I’m always interested in your stories and any ideas you might have to help others get organized.

Get out a tissue we all have issues.

One more thing that has become clearer over this last year is that whatever your issues are, someone else has had it and worse.

It’s official. Hoarding is now a disease. You are in good company and no need to go it alone.

You need support and it’s out there.

Stay tuned for more!

What To Do With Gift Bags In 5 Steps

BagsPretty BagsWhether you got your bag at the yearly convention or whether it was a freebie with purchase, they are cluttered through out the house. Some are filled with stuff, not only hanging in the closet but on top of the closet. The rest of them are empty. I actually thought they were efficiently helping me organize. The opposite is true.

As my year of organizing progresses I realized they were just hoarding junk. It was time.

Step one. Gather all of the bags and put on bed.

Step two. Ask yourself, when was the last time I used this bag and the stuff in this bag?

Step three. Go through and get rid of stuff in bags that hasn’t been used in years.

Step four. Get rid of actual bag. Recycle or trash.

Step five. You can now relax. You are officially more organized!

As I got rid of the bags from all of those conventions I was flooded with great memories.  When it comes to the actual bag…be honest, THEY ARE JUST BAGS!

Proof I Was In Paris And Other Souvenirs

If there is one thing that all sophisticated world travelers have in common, it’s their affinity for buying mugs that say where they’ve been. Nothing says “Been there, done that,” like a mug that literally says where you’ve been, and what you did.

Don’t Judge a Cupboard by It’s Mugs

We have all bought souvenirs for others. It’s the thought that counts and it’s thoughtful while on a trip to buy a shirt, tiny spoon, mug, bowl, ashtray, magnets or a hat for that special someone. When it comes to buying for yourself, you might want to ask yourself, how many is too many? That is the question I asked myself this week.

Closet Gift Shop

We have a lot of souvenirs in the house, tucked away in closets as well as a bunch that are stored in the garage in a back pack. Souvenir is French and means a remembrance or a memory. The Paris mug pictured here, along with other mementos and keepsakes, come with a psychological connection and whether good or bad, there are emotions attached to our things.

There are dozens of stories, if not more about the trip we took to Paris. We have photographs and several of us share those same stories. So why hold onto the mug that is hardly used? For one thing, it can’t go in the microwave because of the metallic gold. We used if for awhile as a pen holder but then how many mugs full of pens do you need around the house?

souvenirsIt was time for the mug and other souvenirs to go and time for someone else to own them. Things from all over the world, taking up space and not being enjoyed by anyone for many years.  We kept a few but the rest went into the goodwill bag.

Next time you are on a trip, think twice before buying.

Save your money! When you declutter and get rid of what you don’t use or enjoy, your thinking will begin the change.

When your thinking changes, your buying habits will also change.

 

Why Did The Shoemakers Kids Never Have Shoes?

What is the origin of the phrase, the cobbler’s children have no shoes?

From Wiki.answers.com:

Origin unknown; however the essence of this phrase is used to describe the phenomenon where certain ‘professionals’ in any given area are so busy with work for their clients and their teams that they neglect using their professional skills to help themselves or those closest to them. For example – the painter & decorator who never decorates his own house, the web designer that hasn’t finished their website, or the accountant who is late in submitting his own tax return!

The reason I took this year to get organized is because I’ve been very busy over the years organizing other homes and businesses. If you were to drive by my house and the garage door was open, you would assume a hoarder lived there.

It reminded me of that saying that the shoemakers kids never had shoes…..

This is why I am taking a year to get organized. Before I even start I know the answer.

GET RID OF STUFF!

So here we go……..