◻️ Let’s talk about the mom I am. Or was, rather. I used to make the kids sleep on top of their made beds just so I wouldn’t have to make their bed in the morning. Yes, of course, they got an additional blanket to keep warm. But this strategy ensured that at least one element in each room was tidy, even if pandemonium was lurking behind every closet door and every drawer. Now...I literally don’t care. Make a tent with your fitted sheet for all I care. I can literally tidy every room to perfect mint condition every single morning in less than 5 minutes. Y’all. My life is changed. ◻️
◻️ I have 5 empty clothing baskets now, which I’m guessing is 4 too many for a #minimalist
🤔. Purge them? I kept my favorite colored hangars and ditched a bunch of junk. It’s pretty simple at this point—casually tossing things into the trash or “bye” pile is consistently getting easier. Also, I might have cleaned behind the dryer for the first time in 3 years. 😑◻️
The calmness of the Ocean.
◻️ Just over here reflecting on how this journey is changing me. I’m becoming a more efficient person- in work, as a mother, with household chores. I have less junk stifling my train of thought, creativity and determination. I’m in a really happy place regarding my home- and that’s coming from a woman who begs her house guests to light a match as they depart. I’ve spent 3 years hating this home instead of finding the things which bring me joy, and releasing those that don’t. I’m typing this from bed, feeling like I’m vacation in some luxurious condo because nothing is calling my focus away. ◻️
Beberapa manusia ingin menjadi sepertiku, terbang, bebas, berkelana diangkasa lepas tanpa harus menanggung beban di pundaknya.
Tetapi, aku sendiri pun terkadang berfikir bahwa menjadi manusia sangatlah menyenangkan. Mereka merasakan bahagia, sedih, marah, tertawa, mereka berbagi rasa cinta, mereka mampu menyimpan kenangan dalam potret yang di abadikan, yang akan membawanya melayang ke masa-masa yg Takan terulang, mereka beristirahat & bernaung dalam ruang yang nyaman, sederhana ataupun mewah. Menurutku, hidup mereka memiliki kesan yang lebih berarti.
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◻️I have a few vices: lattes, swearing and books. When I started down this path, I decided to stop one-click purchasing every book I wanted to buy. My minimalistic approach to book buying is two-fold. ◽️1: I subscribed to audible. It feels a lot like I’m cheating on books, but holy crap am I able to cover a LOT of material fast. And, when I’m done, it doesn’t clutter my home. ◽️2: I won’t order a book until I’ve checked out the public library (see cute child above donating books) AND searched the University Library. I feel a little awful inside knowing I spend unnecessary money on books that might have been available—FOR FREE—simply because I chose convenience. Don’t forget your local resources to save your mind, money and precious home space. 📚◻️
◽️ This hallway has been home to a lot of junk over the last 3 years (swipe to see). Aside from Jude’s toys, nothing on those shelves got touched...ever. The toys have been relocated and decluttered to completely fit in Jude’s room, and now just this empty hall remains. And guess what? I like it a lot. Other than books, I don’t remember what lived on those shelves, and so I miss none of it. One of the greatest things this journey has given me is awareness of everything I own. Frankly, it’s been pretty upsetting. But I’ll save all of that emotional stuff for another day. Make room for life, friends. ◽️
◽️ I know, Right? Looks like I’m just downloading photos from HGTV.com and photoshopping my greyhound in. Nah. This is real life. There’s next to nothing in my bedroom, and it has never been so beautiful. Get that: none of my extra stuff was making me happy. More progress to come. Onward. ◽️
◽️ I know you want before and afters of Jude’s room, and I promise you’ll get them. But right now, you get a succulent (I think), and I’ll tell you why. I’m finding that I don’t need candles (that I would rarely burn anyway) or figurines to clutter up my space. Plants truly make me happy, and not just because they’re visually beautiful. They also emit oxygen and absorb all of that CO2 you’re mouth breathing into your bedroom at night. AND- if that isn’t enough, here’s some other goodness: “Extensive research by NASA has revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87 per cent of air toxin in 24 hours. Studies have also proven that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity (by up to 15 percent!), reduce stress levels and boost your mood — making them perfect for not just your home but your work space, too.” You’re welcome. For this succulent. And the info. Now go dig up some plants from your neighbor’s garden and have a productive day. ◽️ www.nbcnews.com/better/amp/ncna781806
◽️ This is where my glasses belong. I don’t guess which room I left them in, because they have a home; it is here. Finding space for the items that matter is so liberating. I got tired of searching for the important things. Instead, I’m highlighting those items, giving them the spotlight, and enjoying a little less chaos. You set your poor brain free when you begin to let go of the material things that camouflage the essentials. 🤓◽️
◽️ Master Bedroom Before & Afters: Ahhhh, sweet #simplicity
. Finishing the master bedroom was everything I needed to continue onward. I love the amount of space in the bedroom. I love having ALL of my clothes in one spot. AND...I really can’t even remember which items I’ve discarded so far BECAUSE...they didn’t bring me joy; they were just taking up space. Minimalism doesn’t have to be ugly—I find my bedroom more #beautiful
than its ever been. It’s really quite freeing to know exactly what items I have in inventory, and for each item to have its own space. Ready to tackle the rest of the house 💪 ◽️
◽️ Before the switch, my bras used to take up an entire drawer. Now I fit bras, undies, socks, swimwear, hats and belt all in one. I started to get a little panicky when I listed our large dressers for sale, but I am loving the space in our bedroom and the limited amount of clothing I have to search through to get dressed. I can get used to this. PS- yes, I have more 🧦 than this...they are still in the dryer ◽️
◽️ I’m not saying my family averages 2.75 toothbrushes/person, but I’m not not saying it, either. WHY? It’s amazing how many of something you don’t realize you have until you start gathering like items and take inventory. It’s...embarrassing, but probably very “normal.” I’ve been using the #konmarimethod
to eliminate stuff. Read “The life-changing magic of tidying up.” You won’t regret it. (Title and author on my first post). How many toothbrushes do you have out and about “in-use” in your home? Am I the only one? Please say no. ◽️
◽️ You guys...this is a LOT of work. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very rewarding to see all of my efforts blossom into something organized and simple. But HOLY SHIT, I’ve been folding clothes for hours mastering these #konmariemethod
folds. My drawers look legit, but I am throwing in the towel for tonight. Tomorrow I finish the master bedroom. 😴◽️
◽️ Swipe through the before and afters! I finally did it! One whole room is complete, and it feels damn good. I’m sure I’ll continue to eliminate as life progresses, and as I notice more objects going unused. Over 60 items removed from my bathroom. Absurd. 60 items I spent money on, and didn’t even NEED. Onward. I’m over this old life. ✌🏻◽️
◽️Will I ban coffee shops forever? Nope, not a chance— but, the reason I took on minimalism was to cut out the excess in my life, to simplify, to evaluate needs and wants. I think it’s pretty clear by my calculations that buying lattes was becoming an excess habit in my life.
I’ll probably give it a good 30 days (that’s how long it takes to form a habit, right?), and then I’ll maybe allow myself one weekly latte. Or maybe not. I haven’t decided. And that’s the beauty— I decide.
What’s your vice? Do you have a friend that should mayyyybe take a gander at their coffee expenditures? Or Target? Or bar tabs? Tag them. Share the love. ◽️ #goingminimal