And the DIY, budget, use what you’ve got house redo continues. Finished painting the living room. Mantle “staged” with favorite things…bird plates, old books, bird candle holders…
He says choose 10 things to declutter. I think I’ll print the list and do one each day until I’ve gone through the list.
So here I am with another week started and no post on Monday. Sorry, y’all. I must be running out of things to say. (Ha!) Seriously, though, I have just had a couple of weeks where I’ve lacked motivation. You ever have those? Surely I’m not the only one. Anywho…
My daughter has decided that we need to have a full-house purging and a giant yard sale. I believe I am in agreement with her. I’m sitting here right now looking at my rather dusty bookshelf and knowing that half of the stuff on it could – and should – go. Hasta la vista, baby. Bye-bye. And, if we have a yard sale the Saturday before our spring break, we’ll all have some spending money to take with us. And, as luck would have it, I won’t be here on that Saturday so I can leave the hubby and daughter to it. (I really like going TO yard sales. I really don’t like HAVING yard sales.) I think this makes the purging plan an even better idea.
So then the question arises: where to start? I’m thinking that a room-by-room, closet-by-closet purge is in order. We have 24 days – 3 1/2 weeks – to make this happen. I’m going to get my yard sale supplies together and get to it. (Tomorrow, though. Not today.) My yard sale supplies include sharpies and colored dots for pricing. We seem to do better with yard sales when everything has a price. Then as I/we go through the rooms on the great purge, we can price items as we go and sort them as well. We’ll use the dining room as our staging/storage area. Anything that doesn’t sell gets donated. That’s always the rule. If we wanted it gone, it needs to be gone. Period. There shall be no reconsideration!
One of my favorite blogs is “Becoming Minimalist.” You can go to http://www.becomingminimalist.com or follow the Facebook page. While I’m not sure I’ll ever actually BE a minimalist completely, the idea of that lifestyle is very appealing. The older I get, the fewer things I want around. I mean, I hate to dust so why am I keeping things that require dusting? Why? If the minimalist lifestyle appeals to you or you just want to simplify your life to some degree, he writes some great posts.
To get us motivated on this purging plan (or to get myself motivated), here are some of my favorite quotes about living a simple life. Enjoy!
“When things aren’t adding up in your life, start subtracting.” – Anonymous
“Simplicity. Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.” – Leo Babauta
“Someone else is happy with less than what you have.”
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris
Have you ever thought about what it would be like to have no electricity? To wash your clothes by hand? Sometimes when I start whining about all I have to do around the house, I start thinking about how hard it must have been for mothers “back in the day.” I get that a lot of them didn’t work full time outside the home like a lot of us do today, but they all had gardens, cooked everything from scratch and – for goodness sake! – sewed their own clothes. (Me and a sewing machine don’t get along very well!)
It made me think of my grandmother who did all of the above and never once in all her life did I hear her complain. Life was hard for her, I have no doubt, but I have never seen a more content person in my life. This is why I think people were more content than we are now.
One reason people were more content was because there were not so many things to distract them from what was important. There was no social media, no TV and they didn’t have children in five different activities. They only had to focus on what was important.
Another reason people were more content was because they only had the necessities. You know where I am going with this, don’t you? The more stuff you have around, you the more discontent you will feel. Spend time in a part of your house this week that has no clutter and you will find yourself being drawn back to that place because it brings contentment. Try it. If you find this to be true, I encourage you to start de-cluttering the rest of your house so you can have complete peace.
I also think that they were more physically active – which we all know makes us feel better. 🙂 A lot of people at that time walked places. They farmed or worked in their garden. Really, every activity at that time was physical. Funny how things have changed. Stop right now and think about how many daily activities require you to move longer than five minutes…that will not take long. 🙂 We live in a convenience world. The easier the better. But here is the thing. We are the most discontented we have ever been.
Just wondering why it is so hard for us to slow down and enjoy life and be thankful. Have you ever wondered how it was back then? What are your thoughts? Please share them!
Lets start this thing with a little something so you know what I’m all about shall we?
My name is Christina and I run a business called Life of Haiti. I grew up in a Haitian household, and last year I had the opportunity to mix my passion for missions + my love for Haiti. I was lucky enough to share my amazing experience with my mom, and boyfriend James (You might know him from a few posts he wrote earlier this year – “Keychains and Pinterest”)
After coming back home from our mission trip, I had Haiti on my mind ALL THE TIME! There was this pull inside me to help make immediate change happen down there. Something that would be more than just a week of my summer vacation each year.
After lots of tossing and turning, I decided to partner up with James and publish an illustrated magazine – Life of Haiti – This magazine would tell the personal stories of the Haitian people. The best part is aside from business costs, the money would go to support organizations in Haiti who are making change happen in the little country that I love so much.
So that right there is a quick summary behind Life of Haiti. OH, I forgot to mention, there is a lot of design when it comes to Designing a Magazine. Design was something I knew absolutely NOTHING about – I had to learn it from scratch.
This is where it gets good and I tell you guys how I learned to simplify my life in order to keep myself sane + massively productive.
What did I do to make this happen you ask? I Minimalized my Life.
What does that do? – You ask amazing questions! In my case, Minimalizing my Life was as simple as organizing/cleaning up the area where I planned on being most productive. (i.e. my computer’s desktop.) By doing this, I could focus on getting to the task at hand instead of getting stressed by the clutter. I minimalized my desktop by having a simple background and maybe 2 folders (the ones I would be working out of the most.) Doing that made my work time more streamlined, productive, and it minimalized the stress I had while I went through the stressful process of learning how to design a magazine in a month. (I only had a month to do it because that was how long my winter break was and I couldn’t focus on Life of Haiti AND school)
My KEY POINT in this is to make life simpler for you and the people around you by minimalizing your life.
So here is some Homework for you – it’s not going to be that bad I promise.
I want you to take sometime and minimalize your work space/creative area BEFORE you get to your task. The key word here is BEFORE – this won’t work if you do it after.
What does this look like for you? For my mom, it is the kitchen sink. There CAN NOT be dishes in the sink if she is cooking, or while she is cooking. For me, it is keeping my desktop clear. For you, it might be having tons of folders on it, but you know where everything is.
When you minimalize your life, the best part is that it is unique to you and no one else, because no one ticks the same way you do. So lets hear it! How do you minimalize your life?