I'm at 1,285 items purged from my home for the month of June. It's slowing down now that its getting close to the end of the month.I spend last week prepping and celebrating our youngest son Brandon's graduation from our homeschool.
My husband and I spend some of June doing outside chores.We got a late start on the vegetable garden this year and was not able to find some of the plants we wanted. We spent a little more this year than we normally would. We had to buy more single plants than we usually do instead of 6 packs. We'll not be putting it off next year and will do our traditional Mother's Day weekend planting. We decided not to plant our second garden plot this year since it has become a lot of work to do two. We completed 23 outdoor projects this month. All our projects were free except the vegetable garden which cost $50 to buy plants.
Our community opened up a food pantry this month which I think is a great thing for our small area. It will help many people that can't drive to the next town which is 30 minutes either direction. I plan to donate our extra produce from the garden to Community Blessings Ministries. At some point I'd like to volunteer in the panty or with the meals they serve on Wednesday evenings.
Our Completed Project List for June:
clean, put up a squirrel feeder, and fill with
clean bird feeder and fill with seed
clean bird bath and fill with water
clean cooler and drink coolers
clean up decorations and hooks on shed
chop and dispose of unneeded scrap wood
make minor repairs to roof on the house
set up and cleaned up from family bonfire
set up and cleaned up from Brandon’s B-day bonfire
set up and cleaned up from 2ndfamily bonfire
purge unneeded items from the shed and barn
(multiple days of work)
have been doing serious purging of my home for the last 3 ½ yrs. and with all
the challenges I have done such as 40 bags this past year I have purged more
than organized. I'm finding that with so much less stuff that I have way more
free time than I sometimes know what to do with. I’m spending so much time
purging that I have way less to organize and clean. I’m finishing up tons of
projects around the house and it looks so much better and fresher. My home was
clean, organized, and didn’t look cluttered to begin with but we still had TOO
My seasonal project list includes cleaning and decluttering
my home; in the winter the basement, spring is clean and declutter the main house,
summer the barn/garage, fall is cleaning and holiday prep. Ruthlessly purging all
the excess stuff has made it so much easier. I’m loading my car every week and
dropping stuff off for donation to a local charity. At this time my trunk and
backseat are full. I’ll still keep my seasonal project list but with purging so much it will be
easier to maintain and not such a large chore every year.
key is to OWN LESS STUFF!
I have made great progress. The main
house looks lighter and I’ve done some redecorating. I have empty space in the basement and it
looks 10X better than it has the last couple winters. My 3 car barn/garage is
almost empty at least as empty as it can be for 6 people and we have 2 cars
parked in it. It will be even emptier by the end of the summer when I finish
painting the furniture for my grandkids.
Instead of spending so much time cleaning and
organizing I am; DE-OWNING!
I encourage you to give it a try; instead of feeling
like your spinning your wheels and not getting anywhere fast. Go through your
house and purge about 80 percent of what you own. Most stuff in storage will never be used because you really don't need it. Your just delayed the decision to remove it from your home. Start with the most used areas of your home such as the kitchen, living room, family room, bathrooms and then move onto bedrooms, and eventually storage areas such as the basement, garage, and shed. Do one room at a time, one area at a time such as a cabinet or drawer. Do not take out more than you can put back in a few minutes time.
I’ve done it with a goal of
15 minutes each day and an additional 2 hours once per week. Once I start I
have sometimes spent way more time than my initial time allotment. It is challenging
and addictive once you start and see progress. It doesn’t have to be a marathon
session a little bit starts to add up. It will free up your time for what really matters in your life. The less stuff you own the less stuff
I'm playing the Minimalist Game @ The Minimalists this month. That's 465 items to purge from my home in a 30 day month. In 12 days I have purged 432 items from our home and with my husband's box of computer stuff we purged 500 additional items. I'm counting that as a bonus for the month. I plan to complete the game this next week with a total of 1,000 items purged from my home. I'll need to purge 68 items to make that goal.
That is 40 bags in 11 Days, not counting Sundays,
with a total of 200 bags in 85 Days.
I purging a little from my craft/office, barn, shed, living room, family room, and bedroom this week. You can really tell what our hobbies are this week by looking at all the pictures. LOL
My purge pile this week:
A bag of bags.
2 poles, and broken sunglasses.
More computer parts.
And more computer parts.
Empty movie cases.
Cup hooks, curtain holders, magazine, and a pillow.
My dad's shoes.
Sewing frame, metal brackets, toy and a eye patch.
Nobs, chain, clear CD cover, and fake worms.
Glue gun holder, sculpting tool, and small craft projects.