Thursday, January 26, 2017

Downsized

If you didn't know 2017 is The Year of Less for me. Less stress, less clutter, less procrastination, less spending... less everything. Unless it makes me happy and lights me up, then it's full speed ahead. 

I've been loving all the posts I'm seeing lately about you're all doing to add minimalism and efficiency to your lives. How you're planning on taking charge in 2017 and being better to yourselves. It makes my heart smile. 

Here are the things I've done to get myself on the right track.



Destashing

If you're not a planner this may not mean anything to you, then again, it could. In any event, at the beginning of the month I posted in one of my planner groups that I was looking to destash and RAK stuff that I wasn't using. I received lots of responses and mailed out 14 little packages of stickers and planner supplies. I then came up with another small collection to give to a planner friend who has turned her 3rd grade students on to planning. 

30 for 30

After seeing it posted by The Steph's I decided to hop on this decluttering bandwagon. They were making a point to rid themselves of 30 bags within 30 days. I was already off to a great start having donated 5-6 boxes to the Veteran's group. I handed off most of my moving boxes to Alyssa and recycled the rest and also donated another 7 boxes to a different Vet group.  My favorite "bag" went to Stuffed Animals for Emergencies, a non-profit  organization that collects various items to benefit children during emergency situations. I've kept all these stuffed animals because I couldn't bear to throw them away. I'm really glad I was able to find a charity that would put them to good use and find them new homes. 

Consolidation

It's no secret that I'm a fan of Google products. They truly make my life easier. Unfortunately, in trying to stay organized I ended up creating more. I have 5 gmail addresses. Granted, I only use 3 {2 are former blog emails} it's still a lot of back and forth. After Alyssa posted about how she uses Google calendar to plan, I decided to streamline my calendars into one color-coded masterpiece. I go back and forth about iCal so I'm using Google exclusively but have it synced to iCal so I don't miss anything. Alexa also works off Google so if I want her to keep me up to date, I needed to blend.



Shopping my closet
My upcoming Stitch Fix will be the last one I receive for a while. Though I love getting that box in the mail, it's time to stop adding to the clothes I have and start taking a real look about what I do/do not wear. I donated a lot of clothes in my purge process, but there's always more I don't need. I've spent the past few weeks trying on all of my clothes and being honest about the way things fit me and how I feel in them. That shirt I had to have? Not so much.

Do I need it?

This is a question I've been asking lately (kind of) but plan to keep asking throughout the year. I'm a huge victim of the 'it's on sale' trap. Just because it's on sale doesn't mean I need to buy it. If it was already on my radar, that's one thing, but solely because the sign says 40-60% off doesn't justify a thing. Take for instance this shirt. It's funny. I like it.


I was in JCP looking for gym leggings and I saw this. It was on sale for $9.99. My first thought was 'awesome, it's on sale. $10 isn't bad' then I checked myself and reminded myself I didn't need it. I paid for my pants (on sale, $10 JCP reward, and a store credit) and was leaving when I realized I still had money left in credit. I decided to get the shirt and pay the difference. It ended up being $0.52. For literal change, I'm not going to harp on buying this but it's the process I draw attention to. I didn't need the shirt. As of typing this I haven't even worn the shirt, or the pants for that matter (EDIT: I wore both last night at the gym). The point is I need to stop and think before I jump at buying... or ordering out... or ubering....


Overall, January has been incredibly successful as far as purging and being honest with myself about what I truly need, I've made so much physical space that my actual life feels more open too. I know there are still many months to go but I feel really good about this year's word and plan and am excited to see how they work for me.


6 comments :

  1. decluttering and organizing are my jam. i always ask myself: do i REALLY need this?! and 99% of the time, it's NO so i don't bother. i also use a little trick for things i REALLY want but don't need: i won't buy it for about 2wks and if it's still there, I buy it; if not, it wasn't meant to be so I let it go/forget about it.

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  2. I started making some progress on the decluttering front, but I still struggle with the crafting supplies! I'm doing a fairly good job of using up my stash but now that I've switched to Project Life I need to get a better handle on the 12x12 papers I have. I did one semi-big clothes clean out before Christmas but I need to do another one!

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  3. I love this :) That stuffed animal charity is such a great idea. I think a lot of people have trouble getting rid of their stuffed animals, so that's a perfect way to go. I'm still working on my 30 bags because I don't want to count trash, just recycle and donations. I'm not quite there yet but I think I might make it in the next couple of days. And I have a lot to get rid of when the weather warms up! I have a couple shirts I just do not like on me anymore, but it's still cold here so I need them because I don't want to buy anything right now. The minute it warms up, out they go and I'll shop sales/thrift for replacements.

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  4. Looooooove, love, love this. So glad the Google Calendar post helped you out! I'm also working on a post about the decluttering rules I follow and ones I added for this move. Sometimes "Do I need it?" isn't a compelling enough argument to shut down the "No, but I WANT IT!" voice, but there are other ways you can be really brutally honest with yourself about whether a thing deserves space in your home. Like you said with the stuffed animals, I always think it's easier to part with something I once treasured when I know it's going to a new, happy home.

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  5. You're doing great! I really need to declutter, especially my closet. I DO need new clothes, as in work clothes, but I need to get rid of a bunch of the stuff I never wear first. I figure I'm moving in 2 weeks & that'll be a good time to start.

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  6. I use google calander synced with my iPhone and I have Mike on it too. I love it!

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