Our Version of Simple | 31 Days 2014

Welcome those who have wandered in via The Nesting Place. :-)

This is my third year to participate in 31 days… and I almost didn’t. The first year most of my posts were nonsense. Just trying to write for 31 days and stay on topic was so hard… my rookie year gets a “needs improvement.” Last year was better, but I was pregnant… With an October Due Date… When our sweet chubs made his arrival during the series I stopped writing because… newborn!

So here we are. With my sketchy list of Meh 31 Days posts trailing behind me I almost bailed this year. I mean, I just like to do things well and so far… I haven’t. That being said, I think the point of this challenge is to make you write something. So, I  had the brilliant idea to write about what I write about already.

Sneaky right???

Our family is on a journey to PURGE like it’s nobody’s business and live simply. I am currently a secret fan girl of several minimalist blogs. Right now the idea of people living in teeny houses or only owning a handful of things is really interesting to me. The stories are so fascinating, but that lifestyle just doesn’t fit my family. Instead, our goal is to live simply. Have the things we need, need the things we have and cut out the excess. Well, most of the excess. So if like us you want to purge the nonsense but own more than one towel per person, then please join us as I catalog what living simply looks like for our family of 5. :-)

 

31 Days 2014-7

The Beat Goes On…

Every time I think that there can’t possibly be anything left to purge… I find out I’m wrong.

Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.- William Morris

That is my mantra when looking over my stuff. I’m tired of All. The. Things. I’m ready for a functional and simple home that is welcoming and lived in. We can’t do that while we are crowded by over-sized furniture and unnecessary duplicates.

chest, baskets, high chair

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D -2 | Distractions?

Mama’s Log: Due Date -2 Days

Last night I realized something…

White Throw PillowsThese throw pillows annoy me…

I mean they really annoy me.

These are the very pillows I was attempting to make crochet covers for. Why? These pillows are not comfortable. They are too flat, but also firm. It’s a weird combination. When laying down on the couch or floor or… wherever I never think to myself “hey grab those awful white pillows”. Because to me, they’re awful. I don’t love the way they look nor do I love the way they feel. I have been keeping them just because I have them… and that’s dumb. So I gave them away. While I was at it I also purged the closet of several shirts my husband never ever wears. I realize this may seem like another distraction… and not directly related to the baby we are expecting, but anything we can do to simplify our lives BEFORE he gets here is a big win in my book. :-)

Now if he would only decide to come!!!

Our family is learning to live more simply. You can check out all the posts about the Big Purge we’ve been chugging along with here.

Today is Day 20 of 31 Days :-)

Why we are downsizing

I’m kind of  a hermit…

Having moved 6 times in 7 years of marriage we never stayed in one place long enough to find a real church home, much less make friends. That left all of our social interaction for the office… which means we had very little to none really. Add to that two precious cuties and me deciding to become a stay at home mom… that put my social interaction meter to zero…

I have happily lived in my own cocoon for so long that I had forgotten what it was like to talk to other people for more than 30 seconds.  I have read my favorite simple living/ minimalist blogs while spending precious time with my babes and doing everything I can to survive this awesome but hectic phase of life. So when I interact with people who are not on a purging journey, then I feel completely out of place. I have surrounded myself with like minded simplicity loving voices for so long that it is completely awkward to talk to normal folks. Thankfully we have finally found a congregation where we belong and for the first time in… years I’m making friends. Which has completely highlighted how socially awkward I’ve become. :-)

Awkward

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Towel Mountain

Until recently I have been a big fan of more. More office supplies, clothes, kitchen items, or just stuff in general.

Surely more would make my life easier and more comfortable!

As we have realized how ineffective that lifestyle is, we have been pressing on in The Big Purge. We have ruthlessly pruned in most areas of our lives, but somehow towels have been completely overlooked.

During my “More = More” phase I thought that owning more towels would = less laundry. I despised doing laundry. I didn’t care what kind of towel it was or what color, any addition to our hoard (many were gifts) was good because it obviously meant I would have less laundry to do.

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Furniture as Clutter

We have kicked it into high gear lately.

We have had several changes with our rental company. We have a new property manager and she’s AWESOME. We’ve also had zero success finding a place of our own… So, we decided to stay here another year. With that decision we redoubled our efforts to make this place our home. I hung pictures!!! The previous property manager was awful about hanging things. This one is much much better. Plus I also found the wall paint in the garage. That was a huge score! Even if that paint is no good by now, we still have the name of the paint color so we can fix any nicks or holes before we leave. :-) That gave us the freedom to get to work.

As I’ve worked to make this place look nicer there was one particular eyesore that I just couldn’t deal with any longer:

Armoire

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