Minimalism

I don’t think of myself as a materialistic person.  I carry the same purse everyday.  It’s basic black and goes with everything.  I don’t have a problem with buying shoes from Payless (they fit my wide feet comfortably and I practically live in my Sanuk flip flops anyway, so whats the point in spending tons of money on shoes I rarely wear?).   Minimalism seems like a no-brainer for me.

My husband, on the other hand, loves his stuff.  He insists that we keep the Keurig AND our old drip coffee pot for when company comes over.  This would make sense if we had lots of people over on a regular basis, but we rarely have company over (less that 5 times a year), and usually only one or two people want coffee when asked.  He is guilty of buying multiple tubes of the same chapstick because he misplaces them in jacket pockets, drawers, or the car.  Needless to say, he is not a minimalist.

Much to my surprise, a few weeks ago he said he heard about a minimalism documentary on a podcast he was listening to and thought we could watch it together.  Of course I had already seen the documentary he was referring to (twice!), but I jumped at the chance to watch it again with him 🙂  The documentary made many valid points, but I think the one that stuck out for him most was that we are trained to always want more.  We live in a consumer culture and we are groomed to want the latest and greatest items at any given moment.  This doesn’t stop at traditional advertisements.  Social media is also to blame.  We see celebrities posting their latest purchases on Instagram, influencing us to buy the newest tech items, skincare products, or fancy clothes.

How can we possibly be happy living with less?
It is possible to live a simple, happy life.  For starters, you need to define happiness and what it means to you.  What makes you truly happy?  For me, it is spending time with my husband, traveling, hiking, and cuddling with my cats.  ❤

How do I get started?
Start small if the idea of decluttering overwhelms you.  I feel invigorated when I get rid of clutter.  I can go through our entire bonus room in one sitting, creating piles of stuff to be sorted or discarded.   My husband is the opposite.  He would prefer to do one thing at a time, and that’s ok.

What do I do with all of the excess?
I would recommend selling valuable items you no longer need on Craigslist or eBay.  You can also have a yard sale, but I have not had much luck with them myself.  I usually give myself a month or so to keep the “for sale” items around, and if they don’t sell in 30 days, I donate them to charity.  Another awesome tip for things like books and movies is the Amazon trade-in program.  Not all items are eligible, but if you have an item that is a trade-in item, you can send it to Amazon and they will send you back a gift card.  Did I mention Amazon pays the shipping too?!

Since watching the documentary, my husband has willingly donated or sold a large chunk of items he no longer needs 🙂  He is more comfortable with the idea of owning less, and just keeping what he truly loves.  (Glad he is keeping me!  Haha)  Owning less means less upkeep, less money spent on things, and more time to do what we love.  And that makes me happy 🙂

Until next time….

Cheers 😉

Goals for April!

April is fast approaching, and I have a lot on my to-do list 🙂  Here’s what I would like to tackle in the next few weeks:

  • Tidy up our front yard (landscaping, mulching, planting)
  • Paint the front porch
  • Paint the patio doors
  • Finish ALL painting inside (touch ups add up!)

I always seem to put off those little finishing touches, but they really do make all the difference.  Most of the projects I have for the house are complete, except for the ones where we would need to hire professionals.  Installing new floors and building a screened in deck are a bit out of my comfort zone.

I have some big projects that we are planning on completing ourselves, but I want to get all of the little things out of the way before we start something big.  I would like to have built-ins in my bonus room.  I would like to remove the carpet from my stairs to reveal the wood underneath (painting the stair risers and staining the steps included).  I would like to  paint my banister and replace my stair spindles.  These are all costly and time consuming projects, so right now I’m happy to do the remaining smaller projects until we make our way to the big stuff 🙂

I’m estimating that we can have all of the small things done by May.  We still need to replace the damaged window screens (there are several).  I want to paint the mailbox and stain our mailbox post.  I’d like to replace the doorbell button (it seems silly, but I really don’t like ours).  Our garage could use a fresh coat of paint too.  The people who owned our house before decided to paint a weird blue and white design all over the walls, so it would be so much nicer to see just one color.

Anyway, we are getting there.  We have lived in our house for almost 2 years now (our house-iversary is in July!) and it doesn’t even look like the same house we moved into.  That, my friends, is a success ❤

Until next time….cheers 😉

Goals for March!

Okay, so it is 7 days into March so I am a little late posting this.

Last month we were able to complete our closet project 🙂 I have been shopping around for wall art and a comforter for the guest room, but I have not found anything I like in my price range. We also are not 100% finished with the third bedroom I started working on in February.

Due to that reason, my goals for March are pretty simple:

– Finish 3rd bedroom

– Lose 5 more pounds

– Fireplace project

The only things left to complete the third bedroom are pretty small: touch up paint, put up wall art, buy a lamp or two, etc.

The fireplace project has been on my mind for a while and we are finally getting that done! Right now we have a cream colored marble stone all around the fireplace, which doesn’t really fit our decor. We are replacing the marble with airstone, which is a lightweight stone material that is proving fairly easy to use:) I hope to be finished with that this weekend!

February turned out to be a busy month for us; we traveled to Chicago for my husband’s paternal grandfather’s funeral. We also celebrated his maternal grandmother’s 80th birthday. Between spending time with family and driving through multiple states, we didn’t have a lot of free time 🙂 Hopefully March will be less hectic so we can get our projects finished! 

Until next time….

Cheers,

Pause

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything.  I have been (slowly) working on painting my kitchen and finishing up my guest room.  We had some family issues come up and I had to put my projects on hold for a little while to help out.  Thankfully everything worked out and things are getting back to normal 🙂  I should have the guest room AND kitchen finished in the next few days, so expect a big post soon!