Saturday, May 31, 2014

May 2014 Reading List

The Simple Living Handbook by Lorilee Lippincott

The British Brides Collection
Woman of Valor by Jill Stengl
A Duplicitous Fa├žade by Tamala Hancock Murray 
Love’s Unmasking by Bonnie Blythe
A Treasure Worth Keeping by Kelly Eileen Hake
Apple of His Eye by Gayle Gaymer Martin
Moonlight Masquerade by Pamela Griffin
Fayre Rose by Tamala Hancock Murray
Fresh Highland Heir by Jill Stengl
English Tea and Bagpipes by Pamela Griffin

Friday, May 30, 2014

Clutter Busting Challenge May 2014 Part 4

I played the Minimalist Game @ The Minimalists for the month of May and purged 523 items. It was fun keeping track of what number I was at each day. I had to write it down and cross off to keep my count. I took pictures of everything I purged and sometimes had to look at my pictures to recount. I didn't want to over count or under count. LOL
I'm counting this as 40 bags since there were several large items. That is 40 bags in 6 Days, not counting Sundays, with a total of 160 bags in 74 Days.
My purge pile this week:

Spray Paint.


A book, a pillow, and a candle.


Garden Hanging Hooks. I gave both my girls a garden hanging hook.

Storage Containers. I sent the storage containers home with my girls.

Servers, and water storage containers.

Storage Containers.

Outdoor cushions, lanterns, basket, tarp, bag, and baby pool. I sent the baby pool home with my granddaughter to enjoy the summer.

A set of plastic chairs. I sent home the plastic chairs with one of my girls.

A Vera Bradley purse. I sold the purse.

Marshmallow roasting sticks.

Hanging tomato container, flower pots, dish set, and a draw pull.

Flower pots and pegboard hooks. I sent home the pots with one of my girls.

Hanging pots.

Wood container and a tomato cage.

A wood shelf curtain hanger.

Craft supplies, a planner, and mini photo albums.

Magazines, shirt, and cake toppers.

A paper sorter.

Velvet poster.

Garden supplies, dangle, and a magnet.

Glass platters.

Food and a glass.

Bowls, magnets, and a cd set.


Kitchen stuff.

Garden books and teeth whitener.

A office chair.

Math workbook and magnets.

Art supplies, and index card boxes.

Underwear and a pair of shoes.


You may be interested in:

Clutter Busting Challenge May 2014 Part 1

Clutter Busting Challenge May 2014 Part 2

Clutter Busting Challenge May 2014 Part 3

Monday, May 26, 2014

May Outside Projects

My husband and I spend most of May doing outside chores. We worked on it 3 days per week for about 3 hours each day. I'm enjoying spending time with my husband working in the yard. We have minimizing our possession in the barn and shed along with completing many projects. I'll post a picture of the barn after we are finished. It's almost empty or as empty as it can be for a family of 6 with a 3 car barn. We do have 2 cars parked in it.

We completed 35 outdoor projects this month. We were able to complete these projects with only spending $30 on flowers and $10 on spray paint. I planted fewer pots of flowers this year since I never seem to water and they die. I concentrated on our main setting area in the backyard, near the door that is used most often, and a couple pots on the front porch.

Our Completed Project List for May:
  • purge unneeded things from barn and shed (multiple days of work)
  • wash cars inside and out
  • sweep barn
  • weed the gardens (multiple days of work)
  • pickup sticks in the yard
  • rack leaves
  • clean out window wells
  • dig the compost pile
  • dig up mini trees that sprouted in front garden
  • line flower beds with decorative bricks to replace wood border (multiple days of work)
  • move the wood to border vegetable gardens
  • buy flowers and plant pots
  • deadhead flowers
  • replant a tree sprout in the backyard
  • mulch gardens
  • line bricks around fire pit
  • line bricks under grill and wood bin
  • spray paint 2 metal trellises
  • cut wood posts to hold up windows
  • wash plastic totes
  •  wash kiddy pool
  • wash outside toys
  • wash bikes
  • put kickstand/rack on my bike
  • wash and give both daughters one of my hanging flower hooks
  • give daughters totes, extra lawn chairs, and flower pots
  • redo wreaths and hang on outside doors
  • Get lawn furniture out of storage
  • clean lawn furniture
  • dispose of broken picnic table
  • wash out the indoor trash cans
  • clean the front porch furniture and floor
  • purge unneeded things from front porch
  • remove broken concrete from sidewalk
  • sweep sidewalks and side porch


Friday, May 23, 2014

Clutter Busting Challenge May 2014 Part 3

I realized today that I have purged 40 bags worth of stuff since Easter when the official 40 Bags in 40 Days ended. That is 40 bags in 28 Day, not counting Sundays, with a total of 120 bags in 68 Days.

To keep it entertaining to continue with purging stuff from my home I've been playing the Minimalist Game since May 1st @ The Minimalists. Every day, get rid of items according to what number day it is. Day 1, get rid of one thing. Day 2, get rid of two things. Day 15, get rid of fifteen things. And so on, until the end of the month. I'm actual ahead and am working on day 25. Sundays do count with this game.

My purge pile this week:

Mini cookbooks  and recipe folders.

Candles and candle holders.



Magnet, food item, nail polish, plastic container, bag, and 2 candy boxes.

Gardening Magazines.

Gardening Stuff.

Gardening Stuff.

Paint and computer stuff.


Volleyball net and balls.

Candle, fake flower, bird cage, dog leash, and candles.

You may be interested in:

Clutter Busting Challenge May 2014 Part 1

Clutter Busting Challenge May 2014 Part 2