Minimalist Challenge : The Recap

Thirty days later and I own a lot less stuff then I did a month ago.


Stand firm and walk free. 


When I talked about what I expected, I mentioned that I wanted this mindset to bleed over to my wedding planning as well. I have seen how the last month I have been more confident with decisions we make and honestly, I wish I had been this way from the start. I am learning a lot about planning a wedding, and making decisions and it is really eye-opening. You start to see what’s actually important to you and the people who really care about you. It’s a really beautiful thing, but it can be a really hard thing as well. Having a minimalist mindset toward wedding planning means I am focusing on what the two of us want rather than what other people want. I am making decisions according to what we want for the day and the weekend.

I also made a point to organize everything that stayed in my life. Every area that I evaluated each day, has been minimized and organized.


Top Day: Decorations in my home

Honestly, this day is my favorite because it was a breakthrough. I didn’t realize how I was just comfortable in what I had around me, but it was no longer things that I enjoyed. It was so freeing to get rid of so, so much of what has been in my home the last 2 years and clean the slate so to speak. Seriously, it is pretty bare right now, and I could not be happier about it!


Least Favorite Day: Shoes

I said this in the shoe post, but I still don’t feel like I completed this day. I was not able to get rid of as much as I thought I would and I still have so many shoes! Even though I got rid of almost every pair of winter boots I owned (because I just didn’t really like any of them anymore/they were worn out), I still think I could have done better. And it is a little disheartening because I have actually bought shoes since then, and I know I will need to replace those boots for the Fall (maybe not all of them, but I quality pair of leather boots is on the to buy list).


Overall, I think the biggest way my thinking towards minimalism has changed is that it is a bit more difficult than I expected in that, it was sometimes hard to stay on track with my list. But as it goes for making it a lifestyle, it’s not actually that hard. If you want it, you can do it. If you don’t truly want it, it will be hard because you are warring against yourself as part of you wants to simplify your life and part of you wants things. I believe you have to commit, and figure out what you want. Doing that before you start helps SO much. Defining what success looks like at the first step helps the other to clarify the next steps of the journey.

Thank you to every one of you who followed along and joined it! I hope it’s been a great month for you also! 

 

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Minimalist Challenge : Day 30

 

  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
  16. Jewelry
  17. Papers/files
  18. Bedside table
  19. Car
  20. Computer documents
  21. Holiday decorations
  22. Medicine cabinet
  23. Bags/purses
  24. Linens
  25. Journal for 20 minutes, uninterrupted
  26. Closet
  27. Be outside for 1 hour
  28. Email (clear inbox and block spam emails)
  29. Set up bill payments
  30. Office supplies

I have an incredible amount of pens and notebooks and notes and little page tabs and so much more that is scattered between about 4 different places in my house. If you’re like me, you enjoy a good pen. This also tends to mean that you have a bunch of pens and use the one or two that really write well. So, instead of keeping them for some unknown reason. I’ve gone through and got rid of so many! Also, organizing and just keeping what I need in the office supply department. A few sticky notes, some notebook paper, etc.

For those of you who have been reading since day one, you know I love a new, empty notebook. But I have a collection that I have had for a while now that are untouched. So I have really asked myself if I need these taking up space, if I am going to use them. So a few are headed out the door, and even though I love a good notebook, it feels even better to have a more free space and to know I only own things I truly enjoy.

LAST DAY of the the 30 Day Challenge. We made it y’all! Stay tuned for a wrap up post of the whole challenge and see if I feel the same about minimal living as I did when I started this a month ago!

Minimalist Challenge : Day 29

  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
  16. Jewelry
  17. Papers/files
  18. Bedside table
  19. Car
  20. Computer documents
  21. Holiday decorations
  22. Medicine cabinet
  23. Bags/purses
  24. Linens
  25. Journal for 20 minutes, uninterrupted
  26. Closet
  27. Be outside for 1 hour
  28. Email (clear inbox and block spam emails)
  29. Set up bill payments

This is something I have put off for a while, and I’m Continue reading “Minimalist Challenge : Day 29”

Minimalist Challenge : Day 28

  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
  16. Jewelry
  17. Papers/files
  18. Bedside table
  19. Car
  20. Computer documents
  21. Holiday decorations
  22. Medicine cabinet
  23. Bags/purses
  24. Linens
  25. Journal for 20 minutes, uninterrupted
  26. Closet
  27. Be outside for 1 hour
  28. Email (clear inbox and block spam emails)

I think (I know) most of my email time is spent Continue reading “Minimalist Challenge : Day 28”

Minimal Living

A while back I packed up my Honda CR-V and headed for North Carolina. And while I did leave some things behind with my parents (thanks, Mom and Dad!), I was amazed that I was able to fit everything I needed in my car (and I didn’t even use all that I brought). After coming back to Texas, I ended up throwing away virtually all of the stuff I had left in Texas and got rid of all that stuff in my car that I had not used. It went to second hand stores and (mostly) the garbage can.

It was incredibly freeing. After living for three and a half months with only what could fit in the back of my car, I didn’t want the burden and weight of possessions. It was a weird point of pride that I could fit everything I own into my car and be on my way in a day if the road called me.

Now, after living in the same place for two and a half years (too long if you ask me), things have accumulated. And I kind of hate it! SO! I am going to do something about it.I know the freedom that comes from not having so many material possessions. I have realized the weight of things and know what it feels like to be rid of them. And so to that end, I am going to challenge myself to get back there! Not only do I not like owning so much stuff, I will also be getting a jump on being ready for moving in with my forever roommate come this Fall!


The challenge:


For the month of April, I am going to minimize one aspect of my life each day. I have looked at a lot of different lists because, I know, this is no new idea. But ultimately, I am making a list that covers the areas that I want to see change as well as taking days for time to reflect, be still and process change and growth. (Also, a lot of lists I’ve found include the play room and kids toys, and you know, that’s just not a concern here.) And throughout the process, I will post here regularly about my progress.

My list is mostly done, but I am still thinking through and changing a few things while I compile 30 days worth of change/reflection/stillness/giving up/living free. So that will be coming soon! But in the meantime, I want to hear from YOU! Have you done anything similar to this before? Do you have any recommendations for things to go on the list? Want to do this minimalism challenge with me? What are things you can or want to minimize in your life?