Thursday, April 30, 2015

Clutter Busting Challenge April 2015 Part 4

I purged 924 items this month with a total of 1541 items for the year. I'm so happy the house feels lighter everyday I am on this journey to simplify my home. It's a process that is worth the effort.

Its that time of year when people pack/unpack their seasonal clothing. I've never had to do the seasonal clothes switch. I've always had 2 drawers for warm weather clothes and a small closet for cold weather. I do have a lot less clothes and having 15 outfits works for me. This will be my last Spring spending hours purging junk from the house. I'll still do the ritual Spring Cleaning to spruce up the place and deep clean.

My purge pile:


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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April 2015 Reading List

The Bartered Bride Collection
Joie De Vivre by Lynette Sowell
Button String Bride by Cathy Marie Hake
The Wedding Wagon by Cathy Marie Hake
From Halter to Alter by  Cathy Marie Hake
From Carriage to Marriage by Janelle Burnham Schneider
From Pride to Bride by JoAnn A. Grote
From Alarming to Charming by Pamela Kaye Tracy
A Vow Unbroken by Amy Rognlie
Finishing Touches by Kelly Eileen Hake

An Amish Cradle
In His Father's Arms by Beth Wiseman
A Son for Always by Amy Clipston
A Heart of Love by Kathleen Fuller
An Unexpected Blessing by Vannetta Chapman

Monday, April 27, 2015

My April Outside Projects

We completed 10 outdoor projects this month while spending nothing but our time.

My Outside Space Project List for April: 
  • Purge unneeded things from barn and shed (multiple days of work)
  • Organize shed and barn (multiple days of work) 
  • Sweep barn of leaves and debris
  • Clean outdoor toys for grand-kids
  • Pick up trash in the yard
  • Enjoy the spring blooms and bring a bouquet indoors
  • Burn old wood in the firepit
  • Mow the lawn 
  • Moved wood from vegetable garden to scrap pile
  •  Replaced the wood for vegetable garden near compost pile

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My Outside Projects

Friday, April 24, 2015

Clutter Busting Challenge April 2015 Part 3

This weekend my husband and I worked on the shed. I was very disorganized after a long winter of dumping. It led to a good amount of stuff being donated. My project for the week was to organize and purge my little craft office. I purge a few kitchen items too.

My purge pile:

Yes, the whole bookshelf and all the books.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

My Outside Projects

We have been in our home for 13 yrs. and it didn't have much of a garden when we moved in. I've planted perennials in the flower beds over the years and I plant annuals in pots. I planted an herb garden about 7 yrs. ago but the last couple years it’s not been doing well. I plant a vegetable garden every year in a plot my husband plows for me. We did a second vegetable plot for a couple years but the last 2 yrs we haven't planted it. I guess I kind of fizzed out on the gardening once the kids started to grow up and not help anymore. I need to get back to enjoying it more instead of it being a chore.

 My husband and I spent a lot of time last year doing project in our outdoor space like purging unneeded stuff, power washing the house, fixing the concrete sidewalks, and painting the trim on the house. I started with a list with about 25 things but it grew as we added regular yard maintenance and improvement projects each month from May-October. I’ve add to the list we didn’t finish last year and plan to start work on it again.

Our shed after a long winter of dumping.

The side of the barn we store our bikes, gardening, and lawn furniture.


Our garden before prepping for vegetables.

If your interested I have a label for my Outdoor Space.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

What I Do...

My husband and youngest son went to a Comic Convention today. I packed them a breakfast and lunch.

I packed away my Easter decorations.

I cleaned the living room.

I cleaned the family room.

I took out the trash, picked up, and cleaned the laundry room.

I cleaned the kitchen including washing the  dishes.

I worked in my office to update my planner and make a shopping list.


I printed off a list called “One a Day: Throw These 116 Things Away. I was able to mark quit a bit off right away. I did add a few magazines to my purge pile.

I did 2 loads of laundry including washing, drying, folding, and putting away.

I refilled my vitamin box.

I cleaned the bathroom.

I set out a Spring tablescaspe.

My guys came home and we went out to dinner. We went back home to relax.