Back At It

how to be a hoarderI have stacks and stacks of stuff. There is stuff practically pouring out our windows. The Christmas season was good to us but not good to our house.

I’m writing this from a bedroom that has one bed, a bed and a box spring propped on the wall, two bedside tables, a book shelving wall full of books, two desks and so, so many clothes.

The task of getting rid of stuff is daunting. I have to start small, I know. I’m going to start with our room. Tomorrow I’m going to ask my grandpa if he can move our mattress out.

I’m also going to start piling stuff up to give away. This blog is going to keep me accountable.

I don’t want to become a hoarder on A&E!

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The Minimalist Approach to Tasks and Word Productivity

I created this blog as part of Leo Babauta’s Sea Change program. This sounds corny and I don’t say things like this often, but, this program is changing my life for the better.

I’ve tried many different habit changing and forming programs and this one is sticking. I’m still not working out as much as I should but it’s on the agenda. I’m a world-class procrastinator too!  Continue reading

Minimalism and the Closet

I am struggling with minimalism lately. My house is becoming cluttered again and I can feel the stress creeping back in. Letting stuff go feels good and I need to set aside some time to do it again.

I gained 70 pounds during my last pregnancy. Ella is five months old now and I’ve lost 30 pounds which means I still have 40 to go. I struggle with body image and am used to being 120 pounds. I wouldn’t go as far as saying I was anorexic but I definitely had issues growing up and can become obsessive so I’m trying to be realistic. Anyways, back to the main point of this blog. I am in a weird place when it comes to my closet as I’m between maternity clothes and my pre-pregnancy clothes. I went to the store and bought 3 pairs of sweat pants, 3 sweatshirts and some t-shirts for summer. My other clothes weren’t fitting right and it was making me depressed. I’ve put all my pre-pregnancy clothes in storage so I can’t see them but is this really a good idea?  It takes a lot of energy to go to our storage locker and go through everything to see what fits but I don’t want to waste money either!

My plan is to lose 10 pounds and then go to storage to see what fits. Perhaps each time I lose 10, I’ll go there. That would mean 4 trips until I’m at my goal weight. As I get my “old” clothes back, I’m going to give away what can’t be combined into multiple outfits.

My job used to include lots of networking which meant I needed lots of outfits. Now, I work from home which mostly means sweatpants and t-shirts. I still want to be stylish but it’s not in the same way. Looking good always makes me feel a bit better as well – But, I have to get over my addiction to makeup and flatironing my hair – that’s a whole other story!

5 Truths About Minimalism

From a feeling of inner peace to being content in your surroundings, minimalism has gently taken precedence over my life.  My objects used to control my life. I always felt the need to clean up in every free moment I had. I’m not truly a minimalist yet, but I am slowly clearing the clutter. It feels good to give things away.  My consumer ways still rear their ugly heads once in awhile, but when I remember the practice of minimalism, I feel much better.  Continue reading

How Does a Minimalist Deal with Stress?

Becoming a minimalist can lesson the stress in your life. Less stuff means less stuff to clean up, less stuff to do, etc. Clutter stress me out more than the sound of a baby crying and that’s a lot coming from me! But what about the times when stressful event pop up out of no where? Can being a minimalist lesson the effects of stress? Here are my thoughts: Continue reading

Celebrating Holidays as a Minimalist

Today is Mother’s Day and I’m happy to report I had a great day. My daughter made me a lovely card with breakfast in bed. Jenna is in Grade 1 and they put a neat brown bag breakfast together that included an apple, a tea bag and a apple/cinnamon granola bar. It was very sweet. Today’s post is about how to celebrate occasions as a Minimalist. Continue reading

The Best Part of Becoming a Minimalist

The best part of becoming a minimalist is the lack of housework! The biggest chore we have, by far, is laundry. This is due to having three children in the house, especially a newborn. I’ve toyed with the idea of getting rid of baby clothes but we go through them so quickly, I’m not sure if it would be a good (or efficient) idea.

Gone are the days of constantly picking up around the living room and putting things back in their place. Everything seems so much more spacious. We still have a long way to go but I’m definitely impressed. Continue reading