Friday, January 30, 2015

Clutter Busting Challenge January 2015 Part 2

I counted 231 purge items this month but not the 4 crates worth of recycled homeschool papers. They were a big emotional drain and stress every time I thought of needing to deal with them. My husband and I spend a solid 4 hours one evening going through everything to purge, donate, and recycle. I'm super thankful for my husband's help. We spent 2 hours on an afternoon organizing our albums and photos into totes so that we could donate the bench.  One big step closer to maintenance.

My purge pile:

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Clutter Busting Challenge January 2015 Part 1

Thursday, January 29, 2015

January 2015 Reading List

An Amish Second Christmas
When Christmas Comes Again by Beth Wiseman
Her Christmas Pen Pal by Ruth Reid
A Gift for Anne Marie by Kathleen Fuller
The Christmas Aprons by Tricia Goyer

A Patchwork Christmas Collection
Seams like Love By Judith Miller
A Patchwork Love by Stephanie Grace Whitson
The Bridal Quilt by Nancy Moser

Friday, January 16, 2015

Clutter Busting Challenge January 2015 Part 1

In 2014 I purged 200 Bags of stuff in 85 Days. I did 6 months of the Minimalist Game with a couple months doubling or tripling the games goal. I purged 100-200 items on the months that I wasn’t doing a Challenge. I'm happy with my progress and thankful for challenges that motivate me to dig deeper. I'm excited to see what I can do in 2015. I'm purging 114 items so far this month.

My purge pile:

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My Minimalist Journey

Friday, January 2, 2015

My Minimalist Journey

 January makes 4 yrs. I'll have been on this journey of Less. I'm ready to go to the next level in the New Year. I've finished my home, garage, shed, and most of my basement. I'm still working on the basement and my cookbooks/notebooks. I consider myself a rational minimalist as described by Joshua Becker. I don't feel I have arrived at the ideal of the ultimate vision I have for my home yet. I have a few more layers to peel away before I will be completely be content. 

I have the warm, cozy, welcoming home and not the bare home of a true minimalists. I want my things to be pared down and limited to what I love. I may have a few too many of the things I love but I'm OK with that. I like books and craft supplies. 

I need to do some maintenance projects on the inside of my home. I'm working on a list to get things started. The first up is to paint the bathroom. Once Spring gets here I'll continue to work on my Outdoor Space

I'll be excited to arrive at my comfort zone as to what minimalism means to me. Although, I'm wondering if anyone truly ever feels like they have completely "arrived". I get the feeling that their is always more to do even in maintenance. I'm looking forward to what 2015 has in store for me on my minimalist journey.