Simplifying… With Multiples

It would seem that having multiples would completely defeat the purpose of living with less…

But for me it. Helps. So. Much.

I bought two pair of church shoes when I was engaged. They were identical except one pair was brown and the other was black. I have worn those shoes ever since. These puppies have walked me through countless verses of Just As I am and have been around long enough to see many a popular praise song go from hit to vintage… Maybe not vintage… but out of fashion. ;-)

Shoes look fine

I still love them, but…

Melted Heel

It was time for them to go. Besides the one melted (?!?!?) heel on the brown pair, the fake leather was peeling off of the black pair. I loved them so much that I bought a back up pair of black flats at Target years ago when my beloved flats started showing serious wear. The idea was to wear the “backup pair” as often as possible when I needed a black pair and save the “good ones” for when I needed a “nicer” pair… Yes it was silly… And because it was Target… They had an identical purple pair for cheap that I couldn’t refuse…

Where am I going with this?

Oh, I bought three pair of dress shoes.

Yes it totally helps simplify life.

My feet just don’t fit most flats. They’re usually too tight at the top of my foot or too long. So when I found a comfy pair that fit… I bought black, brown, and navy.

Shoes in multiples

They are plain enough to go with anything, but cute enough that I love them. Also having the same exact pair in more than one color makes my shoe selection easier. If flats are what I should be wearing, then all I have to do is choose a color. Bam. No mental energy wasted on

Should I wear the moccasins or the ballet flats?
Would the ones with rhinestones look better or the flats with the metal spikes?
Orange suede?
Purple faux croc?

Now, I am NOT saying you can’t have any fun shoes. Of course you can!!! But for ME in THIS STAGE of my life… I just don’t have time for it. I realized that when I forced myself to wear the purple pair of Target flats recently… and realized that I had worn them maybe twice… So the back up flats were donated, the broken down loved flats were trashed and I feel lighter.

Four pair of shoes were traded for three. :-) Not only did I downsize by a pair, I downsized a choice.

Boom. Fewer Decisions = Simpler Life.

Now I have more mental energy to make more important decisions, like Curious George, Thomas the Train, or Veggie Tales when Daddy works late. ;-)

Simplifying Clothing- Part 2

In college I found the most perfect of all hair rubber bands. They came in a 5 pack (or something) and they were larger than normal, they stuck in your hair better than any I had found and were thicker than most bands. They. were. perfect. I have very thick hair. I have never ever seen anything like these rubber bands since… I actually still have two of them. They’re still awesome.

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Behold.

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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. :-)

 

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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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After 31 Days

For me, right now life is nursing, diapers, dishes, and breaking up preschooler fights.

Swings, trains, crayons, and Duplos get a big chunk of our days.

{Photo Courtesy: The Geeky Place}

I have only participated in the 31 days challenge twice. I started my blog with it last year and I gave it the Ol’ college try this year. I made no promises about writing after my baby came. ;-) Each year when the challenge is over I am a little burned out.

1) I’m just not used to writing that frequently

2) Being a mom (especially of such Little ones…) is hard enough. Blogging is a hobby, and I love it (sometimes ;-) but it takes TIME. Something I don’t have much of.

3) I just don’t have that much to say… Each year I have walked away KNOWING some of my posts were lame, but also knowing I had committed to posting daily. I had the positive feeling that comes with accomplishment, but I also knew that with the pressure to post daily not all of my stuff was super fantastic…

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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 :-)

The song that doesn’t end…

Do you remember The song that doesn’t end?

Lamb Chop's playalongClick here to hear the song :-) Lamb Chop

I used to love watching Lamb Chop re-runs growing up. I know it’s cheesy, but I wasn’t allowed to watch much as a kid… Anyways. I think that is my theme song for the Big Purge. Every time I make progress, I find yet another area or drawers or whatever that contains a nonsensical amount of stuff.

It started as a mission to organize homeschool/ kid craft supplies…

Chaos

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