Minimalism Game Days 22-30

Day 22 – 22 bracelets

Day 23 – 23 bracelets (Goodness Gracious! She had so many bracelets & never wears any of them.)

Day 24 – 1 hair tie, 14 bracelets, 8 rings, & 1 lip gloss

Day 25 – A toy elephant that goes with the blocks, 21 blocks, 2 rings, and a bracelet

Day 26 – 9 magazines, car guide-book for a car we no longer own, 3 bracelets, a necklace, post it’s that didn’t stick well, a Halloween decoration, a huge stack of expired coupons, 2 dresses, a costume, leggings, 3 shirts, and 2 pieces of wood that we have no idea where they came from

Day 27 – Swimsuit top (Super cute but didn’t fit right), 3 books, a dress, 4 shirts, 5 bibs, some old mail, a toy, 2 bracelets, 3 necklaces, a ring, 2 pairs of earrings, a single earring (missing the other one), a dog statue, an owl statue

Day 28 – Olaf cup from Disney World, wet-wipe bag, 3 bibs, a cute hat, a map, paint samples, 3 balloon weight clips, a toy, scissors, part of a deck of cards, 2 sets of hair chopsticks with bags, a pin, 2 skirts, tights, 3 shirts, jeans, leggings, dress pants, and 2 pairs of tennis shoes

Day 29 – A set of curlers that have been on a shelf for so long that they are covered in dust, 2 bibs, 2 shirts, a sweater, a pin, 3 key chains, a bracelet, a badge clip, a name badge from an old job, 2 pot holders, 2 pens, and 12 markers

Day 30 – Huge amount of mail and credit card offers that we had just sitting in a bin because we never took the time to sort them. I stopped counting at 100!

We made it through all 30 days of the minimalism challenge. This was really hard at the end. It helped to jumpstart our journey into minimalism and was worth the effort. The whole family chipped in and we are enjoying the small difference it made in our home. Now that it has been over for a couple of days, I find myself looking around for things to get rid of next. It has made us think more about what is in our surroundings. I’m very proud of us for making it through all 30 days and not quitting when it got hard. It did get hard especially to find the time. I’m not sure if we will do it again but I think it was the start we needed.¬†We will continue to simplify and get rid of the excess in our lives.

February Goals 2018

February Goals

  • Pay off the second credit card on our list
  • Pay part of the third credit card on our list
  • Spend more time with friends and family
  • Read “The Joy of Less”
  • Have a clean laundry room

Our February Plan

The second credit card on our list currently has 0% interest and we want to make sure we pay it off before time runs out and the interest is added. We currently owe $475 on it. We will be focusing everything we have on clearing this debt. We are going to avoid buying anything but groceries. We are going to try to avoid going out to eat this month. We are eating the cheapest dinner options that I can come up with that are still reasonably healthy for our family. I will be taking the kids to the library a couple of times so that we can get out of the house together but not spend anything.

The third credit card on our list has a current balance of $464.89. We didn’t think we would be able to completely pay off both but we wanted to at least start working on it. I would like to pay $100 of it this month. It is actually the credit card with the lowest balance. We will be paying them in order of lowest to highest balance starting with this card. The first two were higher on the list for other reasons.

We have been so busy with work, sick kids, and developing our goals/plans that we did not get to spend much time with anybody outside of our immediate family in January. We wanted to make friends and family a priority in February. We already have four days over the next week planned to visit with people. Two are with family and two are with friends.

I have been attempting to read “The Joy of Less” since I bought it in December. I am making it one of my goals this month to finish it. I want to read through it and then go back through it to implement the teachings in it into our life/home. I plan to dedicate at least ten minutes a day until I finish it. I used to read a lot and I miss it.

Our laundry room has become the bane of my existence. I hate even going in there and I have to walk through it to get to the garage every day, sometimes multiple times a day. I will be working on cleaning it out. We had a ton of extra laundry in January because of the girls being sick multiple times. We are now behind on it. We are going to spend the first weekend of February catching up on laundry and getting it put away. We bought a hanging rack for our broom, mop, and things. We will be putting that up. We are also considering putting a shelf in our laundry room for detergent and stuff. There is a closet in there that we use to store art supplies and games. I am trying to decide if these items make sense in this area and where else we could possibly store them. Maybe we could get rid of some of the stuff in that closet too.

Are you working on anything in February? I’d love to hear about it! I’ll do an update at the end of the month. Wish us luck!

Update on January 2018 Goals

January Goals:

  • Pay off my Capital One card
  • Do not go out for dinner more than 3 times
  • Pack our lunches for work
  • Continue to Simplify/Declutter/Minimize Our Home & Possessions

We have done extremely well on our January goals! We have worked very hard and sacrificed a lot but it has paid off. The first goal on the list was to pay off one of our credit cards. We started the month with $745.01 on my capital one credit card and we have paid it off completely. This was just the first of many but it is a success and we will celebrate every one of them, no matter how small.

The second goal was not to go out to eat more than three times. We can check this one off too. Ivy and I went out for sushi for her birthday. Michael got take-out on the way home from work one night. The little girls were sick and it made life easier. We all went out to a sandwich shop one night. I had to work that weekend and then we ran errands afterward so going out for dinner made sense. We tried to pick inexpensive places for the two nights that we went out unplanned.

We have done better at packing our lunches and having breakfast items available. We were a long way from perfect though. There is room for improvement but at least we tried. We managed to pack lunch about half of the time. We did much better with breakfast. We ate breakfast at home or took easy items with us most days.

We played the minimalism game and will finish with it in a couple of days. I’m proud of us for continuing with it. We are enjoying the small benefits of the items gone already. There is still a long way to go around here. The idea that we want to live out of suitcases or backpacks in a few years time is hilarious when staring at the amount of stuff in our house. We are only buying items that are necessary to our daily life and slowly editing the unnecessary items out of our home. We will save money by not buying excess stuff which will help with our other goals too. We will be continuing to work on this throughout 2018.

I will be posting our February goals and plan tomorrow. I hope that by sharing every step with you that we inspire others to make a plan toward their goals. Are you working on anything big or even just big to you this year? Have you found anything that helps keep you motivated? Drop me a comment. I’d love to hear about it!

The Minimalism Game – Week 3

We continued with the minimalism game for a third week. It was much harder to simply find the time to locate so many items to get rid of each day. Our lack of excess time is one of the reasons that we want to continue to embrace minimalism as a family. We are being extra boring because we are working on paying off our debt so we have a little more time than normal which helped us to keep up with the game.

Day 15 – Breast pump in a backpack, a bag of breast pads, a box of freezer bags, a bag of freezer bags, a bottle, a cooler, 2 cans of formula, & 7 packages of formula

Day 16 – 6 bottles, 6 storage bottles, 2 bottle rings, 2 bottle nipples

Day 17 – 14 bottle lids, 3 bottle caps, and 2 bonus breast pump parts I found

Day 18 – No pictures because I went through my underwear drawer. 6 bras, 11 pairs of underwear, and a sock with a hole in the toe

Day 19 – A long sleeve shirt, 2 dresses, 3 sweaters, 3 tanks, 4 shirts, a sweatshirt, a pair of jeans, a swimsuit top, a wallet, an almost full bottle of lotion that we didn’t like, and an old phone case

Day 20 – A wristlet, a pair of glasses, a small religious picture, a jewelry box, a mirror compact, 2 necklaces, a safety-pin, and 12 toys

Day 21 – A broken decoration, a packet of hair oil (Seriously? Why do I keep this crap & never use it?), a broken pair of goggles, 4 rings, 2 lipglosses, 2 necklaces, a broken necklace, 7 bracelets, and 2 pairs of children’s underwear that didn’t fit (unpictured)

I can’t honestly believe the amount of stuff we have. Every time I go to look for another days quota I am shocked again. It seems that we have an endless supply of things. I have not touched anything in our basement or garage either. All the items so far have been removed from our everyday living space. We felt like it would make the biggest impact to start with the areas we use every day. We have gotten rid of things in a number of ways including giving things away, throwing things in the trash, and we have a box of things that we have been working on selling. The rest of this game is going to be harder since the numbers have gotten so big but we are determined to finish through to day 30. We have also already discussed playing again in a couple of months.

 

The Minimalism Game – Week 2

We continued the minimalism game for the second week. This week was much harder and it took me ages to get it posted because the girls have been sick. We have been continuing with the game and taking daily pictures though.

Day 8 – Two American Girl catalogs that were on Isabella’s bookshelf, a little notebook, a frisbee, and four flooring samples

Day 9 – Book with a broken spine and eight old toys

Day 10 – Sweater, two pajama shirts, a shirt, pajama pants, two tanks, two pairs of shoes, and a baby toy

Day 11 – Old Toys

Day 12 – More Toys including a Busy Book set and an old glove missing its mate

Day 13 – Toys, two coloring books, two chapter books, pajama shirt, sweater, and three pairs of pajama pants

Day 14 – Pajama shirt, chapter book, a broken Christmas ornament (I thought about fixing it but honestly I think it’s just going to sit there for ages.), a toy, a deodorant, penlight, two single socks, a coupon, a hotel key card, and four empty cards

I am amazed at the amount of odd stuff we have sitting around that has no purpose. One of those empty gift cards had been sitting on top of my dresser for over a year. Why? Because I never stopped to consider throwing it out. There are so many things like that around our home. Things that are completely useless but we allow them to stay because we have become blind to their presence.