Friday, March 17, 2017

My 6 Year Decluttering Journey

This past January marks 6 years of my project of purging unneeded possessions from my home in a larger volume. We’ve lived in our home 15 yrs. and raised/homeschooled 4 children. Our home was very organized and didn’t look cluttered. We still had way too much stuff. I’ve completely redecorated over these years, painted, and redid wood flooring too. I’ve completed many projects around the house. The stuff that left wasn’t from rebuying and reaccumulating stuff. I personally went on a spending/buying freeze for those years and bought less than 10 things each year over the 6 yrs. Once you decide to embark on the task to declutter it becomes a change of mindset and you use whatever program helps you to move along in your journey.

I don’t like the idea of cutting down any program/book that helps people get uncluttered or get their lives together. Every program may not be for you, but that doesn’t mean that someone doesn’t benefit or that people can’t take a few ideas or things of value to use for themselves. I started with purging 7 things per day for multiple months, moved onto multiple rounds of 40 bags in 40 days for a couple years, played the minimalist game for 2 years, and purged 2015 items in 2015 and 2016 items in 2016. My goal this year is to purge 365 things by the end of the year. I don't have as much stuff anymore, 365 items feels like it will be a challenge for me at this point in my rational minimalist journey.

I’m on my second round of KonMari which I started last July. I wasn’t sure if KonMari could help this far into my journey but I decided to give it a try anyway. I’m using the program to refine/advance my categories. I’ve discarded about 900 things since I started KonMari and the majorities of items were not while doing a specific category. I got uncluttered with my own persistence and by motivating myself over the 6 yrs. I used bits and pieces of organizing advice and any program that I thought would move me onto my next step of decluttering. The different programs and challenges have helped kept me motivated. I don’t think one program would have worked for me. The Life Changing Magic has happened for me, but it wasn’t KonMari that got me there. I’m thankful for all the organizing/purging/uncluttering authors/programs that have benefited my journey. I’m thankful to God for laying this project on my heart. And most of all I'm proud of myself because I did the work.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Chicken and Dumplings

1 (32 ounce) container chicken broth
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cubed, or more as needed
1 onion, chopped
1/2 (16 ounce) package baby carrots
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 bay leaf
 salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 1/4 cups baking mix (such as Bisquick)
2/3 cup milk

1. Combine chicken broth, chicken breast cubes, onion, carrots, celery, bay leaf, salt, and pepper in a large pot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover pot, and simmer until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the vegetables are tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

2. Mix baking mix and milk in a bowl until dough is sticky; drop golf ball-sized pieces of dough into the soup. Cover pot and cook until dumplings are cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February 2017 Reading List

The Discovery Saga Collection by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Goodbye to Yesterday
The Silence of Winter
The Hope of Spring
The Pieces of Summer
A Revelation in Autumn
A Vow for Always

The American Dream Romance Collection
Carving a Future by Carla Olson Gade
Trading Hearts by Amber Stockton
Over a Barrel by Laurie Alice Eakes
Impressed by Love by Lisa Karon Richardson
When the Shadow Falls by DiAnn Mills
New Garden's Hope by Jennifer Hudson Taylor
New Garden's Crossroads by Ann E. Shrock
Free Indeed by Kristy Dykes
A Mother's Cry by Jane Kirkpatrick

Friday, February 24, 2017

Clutter Busting Challenge February 2017

I'm behind on my goal of 365 Items in 365 Days Challenge. I'm purging 24 items this month which bring my total for the years to 52 items. That is good though that I have done so well over the last 6 years that I'm having trouble finding things that can go. The blessing of having less stuff.

My purge pile: 




Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Turkey or Chicken Divan

6 slices cooked turkey or chicken

2 (10oz.) pkgs. frozen broccoli spears

¼ c. mayonnaise

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 (10oz.) c. condensed cream of chicken soup

½ c. dry bread crumbs

1 T. butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350. Cook broccoli in a greased 12X8 baking dish. Layer turkey slices on top. In small bowl combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, and soup; pour over turkey. Combine bread crumbs and butter, sprinkle over top. Bake uncovered 25-30 min. or until heated through. Serves 4-6.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Baked Chicken and Stuffing

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

4 sliced Swiss cheese

1 (10 oz.) can of chicken soup

2 c. stuffing mix

¼ c. butter

½ c. hot water

Preheat oven to 325. Grease an 11x7 baking pan. Layer chicken breasts, then cheese, and then soup. Melt butter: stir in water and stuffing. Sprinkle stuffing over soup. Bake covered for 45 min. Uncover and bake 15 min. longer to brown top. Serves 4

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Salisbury Steak

1 (10 ¾ oz.) can golden mushroom soup, divided

1 ½ lb. ground beef

½ c. dry bread crumbs

½ tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

1 onion, finely chopped

1 egg, slightly beaten

½ c. water

Preheat oven to 350. Combine half the soup with next six ingredients and mix well; shape into oval-shaped patties. Arrange patties in 9X13 baking pan and bake uncovered for 30 min. Skim off fat. In small bowl combine remaining soup and water and spoon over patties. Return to oven and bake 10 more min. Serves 6