Minimalist Challenge : Day 15

  1. Bathroom drawers and cabinets
  2. Books
  3. Decorations in my home
  4. Mugs
  5. Dresser drawers
  6. Craft supplies
  7. Meditate for 20 minutes
  8. Pantry
  9. Refrigerator
  10. Movies
  11. Pet supplies
  12. Shoes
  13. Storage space
  14. Meditate for 20 minutes
  15. Voicemail

Is there anybody else out there like me? I don’t like Continue reading “Minimalist Challenge : Day 15”

Advertisements

Minimalist Challenge : Day 12

  1. Bathroom drawers and cabinets
  2. Books
  3. Decorations in my home
  4. Mugs
  5. Dresser drawers
  6. Craft supplies
  7. Meditate for 20 minutes
  8. Pantry
  9. Refrigerator
  10. Movies
  11. Pet supplies
  12. Shoes

 

Here’s the big one. Here’s the one nobody wants to Continue reading “Minimalist Challenge : Day 12”

Minimalist Challenge : Day 9

  1. Bathroom drawers and cabinets
  2. Books
  3. Decorations in my home
  4. Mugs
  5. Dresser drawers
  6. Craft supplies
  7. Meditate for 20 minutes
  8. Pantry
  9. Refrigerator

So glad this one is behind me. I thought I had surprises waiting for me in my pantry, the fridge definitely gave that a run for it’s money. Oldest thing: Dr. Pepper pulled pork that I think I made in October or November… Also some liquid that I have no memory of what it is. It’s all gone now (nobody open the dumpster for a couple days). And the shelves are clean and clear!

If you would like, you can read more about how I feel about minimal living and also check out the entire 30 Day Challenge list.

 

Minimalist Challenge : Day 8

Read more about how I feel about minimal living and also find the 30 Day Challenge list.

  1. Bathroom drawers and cabinets
  2. Books
  3. Decorations in my home
  4. Mugs
  5. Dresser drawers
  6. Craft supplies
  7. Meditate for 20 minutes
  8. Pantry

You would probably be surprised at how minimal my pantry is already. I do not keep a lot of things on hand. That being said, somehow I still have a decent amount of things that have been pushed to the back and are in need of a trip to the dumpster. Not to mention, I didn’t realize before but, it was high time to wipe down those shelves.

This was a perfect thing for the weekend for me, as we are working on a lot of wedding things this weekend. This was a quick and easy 15 minute project. Between this, clearing out my mug collection, and tackling the refrigerator tomorrow, my kitchen is almost excess free and feeling fresh!

 

Minimalist Challenge : Day 5

Find more about how I feel about minimal living and the entire 30 Day Challenge list.

  1. Bathroom drawers and cabinets
  2. Books
  3. Decorations in my home
  4. Mugs
  5. Dresser drawers

Whew. Dresser drawers. DONE! Does anybody else out there have enough t-shirts to wear a new one every day for a month (maybe two…)? I hold on to so many of them because they are from events or organizations that hold a memory for me. But you know, I still have the memory without the item. But they have been greatly minimized.


I actually clean out my dressers drawers about every other month. So, while there was not a whole lot to begin with, I haven’t done it with this mindset before. I clean them out and get rid of what I don’t want, but make room for things I don’t need. So this time I asked myself the “want” and the “need” question, and the result is more space and a smaller number of items, but they are all items I really like.

 

Minimalist Challenge : Day 4

  1. Bathroom drawers and cabinets
  2. Books
  3. Decorations in my home
  4. Mugs

Mugs are one of those things that just accumulate and I don’t know how! Between gifts and souvenirs and them growing legs and walking into your life without you realizing it… They show up in excess!

I use mugs regularly, but the fact of the matter is, I only use one at a time. So while I do have more than one that I really like, I have a lot that I don’t need.

It is really gratifying to see how the pile of things to leave the house is growing already! And the dumpster is filling up also. I know the pile is going to grow even more when I tackle my dresser drawers tomorrow!

While I am donating a lot of the things that are leaving my life, but I need to say something about that. I am being conscious not to donate junk. Many of these places are run with volunteers (I know some of from the local stores personally) and they receive so, so, so much stuff. I am working to do my part in being respectful of their time and only donating things that are worth re-selling. I am not taking them a box of near garbage for someone else to sort through. I want to recycles and reuse as much as possible, but at the same time, the whole purpose of this is to be free from things. And I think that mindset can extend to the places these things are going.

Read more about how I feel about minimal living and also find the 30 Day Challenge list.

Minimalist Challenge : Day 2

  1. Bathroom drawers and cabinets
  2. Books

I want to have read every book I own. My rule for today was, if I don’t really want to read it, let it go. And if I keep it and haven’t read it, I have to read it, and soon (time to get on Les Miserables).

Read more about how I feel about minimal living and also find the 30 Day Challenge list.

Before and after.

All the magazines are in the recycle bin and now only the books I really enjoyed or the books I really want to read are siting on my shelf (along with a few seasons of The Office). Did anybody else love Nancy Drew mysteries as a kid? I have a collection of those that are on their way out the door.

Books have always been a point of exception in my family. For some reason books can stick around. Books are always the things that don’t get cleaned out. So it was extra therapeutic to get ride of a pretty substantial pile of them. Out. Out. Out. Also, a lot of these were hidden in the spare room, but now that I only own the ones I love and the others are out of the way, I can have those favorites out on the shelf.

Also, while we’re at it, can I say a quick thing about how great Kindles are? I mean, so, so many books in your hand at all times. You can read whatever genre you feel like at any time. And it fits in your back pocket. All that in your pocket! Not to mention the battery lasts forever. Seriously, weeks at a time. The minimalist-lover-of-books dream come true. And I know what everyone says, and I did think I would miss the turning of pages, but I really don’t. All the benefits far outweigh the lack of turning pages. In fact, reading in bed and getting comfortable to read for long periods of time is not even an issue anymore.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions and photos are my own.