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This morning, I opened up my brand new, fresh, clean planner to the first page.  I pulled out my new B3 Aviator multifunction pen (AKA best pen ever) and sat, almost giddy (but not actually giddy because I don’t do that), at the newness of the everything, as if the change from last night to this morning truly reset and cleansed everything.

Because it did, people. Everybody knows that.

January 1, 2017 my theme for the year was run. I had gotten a new pair of running shoes and a Fitbit for Christmas and my goal was to run more regularly instead of in the fits and spurts of past years. Honestly though, what I was really doing was trying to run away from 2016.

2016 was my hardest year. 2016 flipped me upside down, dangled me off the side of a very tall building, and generally just kicked my arse. I learned a lot in 2016 but it was incredibly painful and all I wanted was for it to be over and to never do that again. Then, in 2017, God healed me. Yes, it was a wild ride of a year but it was a really, really good year for me. For us. The best year in possibly ever so, honestly, I don’t really want or need a clean slate.

But a brand new planner…  I do love a brand new planner. Even though I realized that I have nothing to write in it yet.

This year my word is minimalism. It was going to be sanity but I think we can all agree that would have ended in complete failure.

I use to be good at tossing everything but sometime in the last 4 years that changed and I feel like I am wading through junk every single day. And it doesn’t just clog my physical space, it also clogs my mind and I can’t think and I can’t plan. I was talking to Rabbit about it the other night and I think I stopped tossing things because I realized that my older children didn’t necessarily appreciate me giving everything away. Like the cheap drawstring bag one of them got from football camp. Or the toaster.

It’s a difficult line to walk, teaching my children that an abundance of things tends to depreciate everything, while at the same time, appreciating that they are their own people and may value things differently than I.

This year I am going to figure it out. I’m going to worry less about the repercussions of tossing the half broken waffle maker.  I’m going to hang more artwork and pictures on the walls. Try to go on more outings together as a family. Try to read more to my kids.
And can somebody please convince my husband that we don’t need to keep a broken TV?

It’s 2018, people. Let’s get this year started.

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I found one of these Huggies designer wipes cases at my local Walgreens a while back.

KIMBERLY-CLARK HUGGIES

 

I needed a travel case and even though it was a little bigger than I would have liked, I bought the blue one because it was pretty and function didn’t seem as important as design.  It’s a baby wipe container, I know.  I don’t know what’s wrong with me but it just listen up because as it turns out I bought it because I was having a great idea that I didn’t even know I was having at the time.

This one case actually holds baby wipes AND diapers when you do like I did. I love a multipurpose tool, y’all.

I took these pictures for your viewing pleasure.

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The side of the container pops off and what I did was wrap two diapers in a ziploc bag and I slid them in behind some baby wipes, then I put the cap back on the side of the container.  There was no fuss in doing this.  Everything slid in nice and easy and there is still plenty of room for another diaper or more baby wipes too. A small tube of diaper cream would even fit inside.

I find this to be super easy and the whole thing makes changing while we’re out and about more organized.  Plus, it helps keep the diaper bag less chaotic.  It might seem like a simple thing but chaos seems to rule my life sometimes. Any little bit helps.

So go forth and make your diaper bag neat and orderly.  You can send me flowers and cards and gifts of appreciation if you feel it necessary.

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I don’t like alliteration but I can’t find another way to say that I’m setting aside Monday for my minimalist whims without it sounding alliterated (can I say that?)

I know, Mondays are supposed to be Pinterest days but my computer only likes me about thismuch (I’m holding my fingers VERY close together) and a lot of my posts are now being written from my phone. This is also why I didn’t post my weekly wrap up on Saturday. Too many links to try to thumble through.  Thumble, because I type with my thumbs on my phone, get it?
I kill myself.
And while I AM typing this on my computer right now, I’m trying to create habits I can actually keep, not habits dependent upon my computer’s online temper. Or the temperature outside, where my laptop seems most happy.

Anyway, whatever.

I’ve been eating a more minimalist fare lately. It fits me and my desire to make everything simple. 

And let’s just not talk about how I ate two donuts at church yesterday.
But can I just tell you that they were SO VERY GOOD? At least until I got home and realized that I have taught my tummy to detest sugary, processed foods. This is a good thing, I guess, except that I have a carton of Heath Bar ice cream in the freezer that NEEDS me.

A minimalist diet doesn’t include things like ice cream, however. At least not on a regular basis. A minimalist diet, for me at least, includes single ingredient foods, fewer seasonings, and lots of onion.  I’m not kidding. I eat 1 two 2 onions a day, people. I don’t know what it is about them but they are so good to me lately.

Here is my favorite minimalist breakfast right now. And sometimes lunch – everything I add is as fresh as I can get it where we live and on our budget.

1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped zucchini
1 whole onion – chopped
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped (I admit to buying these already peeled)
olive oil
salt
1 slice of cheese (medium cheddar is my favorite right now)
1egg

On medium heat, in small pan, sautee the peppers, zucchini, onion, and garlic in a few teaspoons of olive oil until the onion is transparent. Add your salt, then your cheese, and after your cheese is melted toss your egg in there and make like you’re scrambling it. A minute or so later you have this:

It isn’t pretty, I know. But it’s basic and healthy and very, very good.
Besides, pretty food usually tastes like mildly flavored art.

Next week I’ll be writing about generosity with a minimalistic approach. I’m finding that deep down I’m still a greedy grinch. Gonna break this one wide open for you guys.

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I thought the kitchen would take me several days.  I thought it would be a more difficult undertaking.  However, I found myself finishing cupboard after cupboard in little time.  So, I got almost the entire kitchen done today in just a couple of hours. 

This is what my kitchen is supposed to look like when the boys finish doing the dishes after each meal.  They’re getting better at it but Kait and I usually have to go behind them and finish up.
It is usually clean to my liking at least once a day.

I started with the coffee mug cupboard.  I was sure it would be the worst one to do because it was in serious disarray and I do love my coffee mugs. 
As it turned out, it wasn’t all that difficult to make those serious what-to-keep decisions.  I think I could have gotten rid of all of it, actually.  But what would I drink my coffee in?

Kait has her favorite mugs and I just wasn’t going to throw them out.  Plus, she collects tea cups and saucers and has built up quite the cute collection.  My great grandmother gave me her collection to save for Kait about 10 years ago.  And my mom-in-law buys them for her here and there.  I love that Kait actually uses them.  So, the top shelf is Kait’s for her to add to her collection.

We also keep our loose teas, coffee, sugar bowl, etc… in this cupboard.

Next I moved onto the dish cupboard. 

I CLRed all the glasses because our water is gross and leaves a disgusting film on our glassware no matter how we wash them, or how we rinse them.  I have to CLR them every few weeks or they get uber gross looking.

I also prefer glass to plastic.  We have a few plastic cups for the kids to use in there rooms on occasion, but for the most part everybody but Jesse uses glass.  We’re also phasing out our other plastic dishware.  I’m in the market for all clear glass bowls and plates – just waiting for an awesome deal.

And the appliance cupboard.

Had to get rid of a few things, and managed to get my awesome mixer to fit down there.  Now all my small appliances are in one place, except my giant roaster – which only fits in the garage.

And that left me with an empty cupboard.  My mixer used to take up this space, but now it’s empty.

I heart empty cupboards.

The cupboard under the sink looked pretty bad, but really only took about 10 minutes to clean out.

We have a tall, skinny cupboard with cookie sheets and such in it.  That didn’t really need any work.

And the pots and pans cupboard just needed a little touch up.

I really like my German pots.  A lady who had lived in Germany for a while like 30 years ago purchased them there.  She decided she had too many pots and pans and gave them to me.

I think they’re totally sweet.

I prefer my pots and pans cupboard to not require any stacking.  This cupboard is nice and big and fits everything very well.

I also got through the mixing bowls, pie plates, cooking utensils, etc…  I’ll post about them tomorrow though.  Forgot before pictures, too.  Bummer.

So that’s what I got through today.  Quite a bit, but it didn’t take much effort.  I’m kinda on a roll – it’s getting easier and easier to make quick decisions on what not to keep.
I only have 2 cupboards left – the plastic containers and the cookbooks.  Oh, and the drawer under the range.  Will update tomorrow!

Man, my garage sale pile is totally taking over my husbands favorite place.  I better hurry up and finish up my minimizing project and have my garage sale so he can have his man-space back.

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I was going to start in the kitchen if I had the chance today but the laundry room was calling me.  Quite loudly. I had gotten really good at ignoring all the stuff in there.  The thought of going through it all was just a bit much for me.

It was bad.

We had a junk box, an emergency box that had become a second junk box.  We keep all our meds up on a shelf in there, as well as our cleaning supplies.  And behind and beside the hamper we had stuffed the broom, mop, and vacuum.

The whole place was an unbelievably disorganized mess.

I started with the bottom shelf.  It didn’t take but about a half hour to go through it all.  Most of it was trash.  How on earth I still had medicines that expired in 2005 is beyond me.  I clean the meds basket out often.  Not sure how I always miss so much.

The junk box was full of junk.  So was the emergency box.  I managed to get both pared down enough to fit in two small, cute baskets my neighbor gave me.  Much of the other stuff went in the garage sale pile or the trash.

Then there was the dish set that came with the house.  Not sure what I should do with that stuff – it isn’t high quality china or anything.  I put it all in a box and stuck in the garage.  I’m going to have to think on where it should go because we are already storing a plethora of things for the landlord – something we didn’t agree to when we moved in – and I just don’t have a place for any more of their stuff.  Maybe I could keep some of it in the dryer or broken washer we’re storing for them in the garage?

Can I charge them a storage fee?

Anyway, I pared down the cleaning supplies.  We had way more up there than I use on a regular basis, and made a place for the extra dish towels we normally just toss up there wherever they fit.

Then there was the deep fryer we’d had forever but never use.  I asked Ryan if we had to keep it and he said absolutely not.  So, in the garage sale pile it went.
The red box has extra kitchen utensils in it.  Utensils we do use, but not that often.
And the tackle box in the picture is our Geo Caching box.  I opened it up to do inventory and toss anything that needed trashing and found a travel bug.  A travel bug we’vd found in a cache about 5 years ago.
If you know anything about Geo Caching you’re probably aware that you aren’t supposed to forget to re-plant travel bugs.  That’s a big no-no.

We’re going to take care of that error in the next day or two.

I cleaned the floor, wiped down the washer and dryer, and made nice the area beside the washer that you can’t see well in the pictures. 

The place looks pretty good now.  Much less stuff and more space.

And I thought it was going to be a two day job.

I’m super glad the laundry room is done and am almost excited to get started decluttering the kitchen on Monday. 
I’m almost ready to have a garage sale!  I’m thinking next Saturday I should be more than ready.

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I was very tempted to pick up my living room this morning before I took my before pictures. But, I decided to just give you a picture of the real Culbertson living room.  The little guys had already spread their cars around, pillows were in disarray from movie night last night and, well, it has just been very lived in.  

So there ya go.  We’re actual people around here. 

I took the pictures while standing in my still clean reading nook.
First, I called the boys in to clean up the floor and vacuum.  They did a better than average job on the floor pick up, not so much on the vacuuming.  Then I dusted, cleared, fluffed, re-vacuumed, etc…  

The night after I decluttered the reading nook I had a little spurt and ended up cleaning out underneath the coffee table.  It wasn’t planned and I am kinda disappointed that I didn’t get before and after pictures so I could impress you with my stellar decluttering skills.  However, I did managed to completely empty it, trashing much and putting everything else in their rightful places.  

So it sat here all yesterday empty.  But that wasn’t enough for me.  I didn’t want a useless piece of furniture just hanging around my house.  So, Ryan moved it out into the garage for me, where it now sits waiting to be sold.  He cleaned off the kids’ wooden picnic table, which isn’t used much at all, and set it up as a temporary coffee table for me until the boys get the one I want made.  

[thank you, honey, for catering to my every whim!]  

I really, really like the picnic table in here right now.  It’s really cute.  

 

The couch isn’t very minimalist friendly, but I’m working on that.  I’ll probably be storing most of the back cushions since everybody tosses them on the floor instead of using them anyway.  
The cat tree is going soon, too.  It’s sole purpose is to hold the cat food up off the ground so the dogs and the baby don’t steal it.  As soon as I figure out something else to do with the food, the cat tree will be added to the ever growing garage sale pile.

And the stuff on the coffee table?  Well, there is nothing much I can do about that.

Because of this: 

I would be extremely happy to just give this entire area, electronic things and all, to the highest bidder.  However, I am the only one living in this 9 person household who feels passionate about saying goodbye to our entertainment center. 
So, it stays. 

We don’t have cable.  We don’t have any channels.  We don’t have an antenna.  This giant TV screen is used for movies, the occasional gaming, and acts as our computer monitor.

I call it the wall-o-clutter.

And it’s why I have a wireless keyboard, mouse, and remote control on my coffee table.

It would be so much more minimalist to have a very small desk or table for a laptop and printer.  It would eliminate all those needless blinking lights.

Which brings me to my tip.  Which is similar to what I said earlier when we did Kait’s room.
When I first decided to declutter and minimize it didn’t occur to me that not everybody would think it was a terrific idea.  And while most of my efforts have been applauded appreciated, or completely unnoticed by my family, there are certain things we just don’t agree is clutter.

I am the keeper of the home, yes, but I do realize that I am not the only one living in this home.  I really do want to keep it comfortable for my husband, create a place for him to relax, put his feet up, and feel at home. 
If that means having a giant 42″ TV on the wall, so be it.

It’s such a small compromise.

My living room is so comfortable right now. It feels fresh, clean and uncluttered.  I’m amazed at the difference the coffee table made.

Tomorrow is a new day, however.  I know the Hot Wheel cars will reappear, the pillows will end up back on the floor, and the carpet will need another good vacuuming…

The kitchen is next and it’s probably going to take a few days of careful cupboard exploration.  I may get part of it done in the morning but I’m having guests over for the weekend. So, if you don’t see a declutter post up for a few days it’s because I’m having a blast with a very much missed friend.

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I was going to just do the entire living room in one sweep, but decided today to just focus on the reading nook.  Bookshelves are something I think I will always have, even as we get rid of more and more.  However, I want to make sure we’re only keeping good, quality books instead of every old book that comes our way.
Plus, books are necessary homeschooling materials in our family.  I like to have a nice stock of books so my children always have something fresh to read.

Like I said, I had a lot of decisions to make about what books to keep.   The library area really needed my attention so I chose to not worry about the rest of the room.

It doesn’t matter how much I declutter, reorganize, and re-stack our bookshelves.  It only takes a minute for them to end up looking like this.

We don’t have a pool.  It’s a mural.  It’s the mural.  The one with the headless, naked people.  That part is covered up by one of the bookshelves.  Our original idea was to put both book shelves on the mural wall.  However, we learned quickly that our air conditioning doesn’t work well when the giant air intake is covered up.  It’s behind the beanbag. And it’s painted to match the wall.  Every Time I look over there I feel the need to clean something.  Even when everything is already clean.

The whole wall is weird. 

Back to the task at hand.
The little guys can’t seem to get the whole book shelf idea and the bigger guys can’t seem to remember how I told them to put things away.  So Kait or I are always having to put the book shelf back in order.  It’s okay though.  A bookshelf in disarray means people are using it. 

I got rid of a ton of books that I didn’t deem worthy of keeping; stuff we’d been hanging onto ‘just in case’, and books that looked cool but we’d never read again.  And the amount of empty DVD and game cases we were keeping is ridiculous. 

I need to go through it one more time.  There are just so many books…

Why is it that everytime I fix up the bookshelves and have them looking nice all of my boys suddenly want to get over there and go through all the books?
Why?

The cupboard underneath one book shelf holds our homeschooling text books, notebooks, and flashcard type stuff.  The other one is supposed to hold all our media junk – but was too full of unnecessary things to be used for that.  After my declutter spree there is more room for what should be in there. 
That makes me happy because all that media junk is stuffed in other drawers and cupboards.  It will be nice to have it all together in an easy to get to place.  I have dreams of emptying the junk out from the underneath cupboard in our coffee table and chucking it, I mean, putting it out in the garage sale pile. It’s a disorganized media and paper frenzy under there.  I want it gone and for the boys to make me a nice, small, minimalist coffee table.  I think it would be quite easy and it would be good for them to get a bit more skilled at wood working.
And then there would be one less place for us to stuff unnecessary things.

I’m kind of in a rambling mood today, I guess.

I have one simplifying tip for today and then I’ll stop yammerin’.

Simplifying doesn’t necessarily mean getting rid of everything.  My definition of simple isn’t going to be your definition of simple.  And it shouldn’t be.  You might feel that more than a handful of books in your home is unnecessary clutter.  That’s fine.  If that’s the way you feel you shouldn’t be storing away a hundred books.  Do what works for you, do what works right now.

Tomorrow I’ll get to the rest of the living area.  This blogging about my decluttering challenge is really motivating me to keep going.  Thanks, Heather, for getting me started.

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The hall closet has always irritated me.  That’s why I didn’t get the job done yesterday when I was supposed to.  I opened the door and then quickly shut it again.

Then I did that a few more times.

This closet is meant to hold linens, but I re-purposed it when we moved in because I needed a place to put the kids’ games.
What it became was a storage nook; the spot we kept all the kids games and puzzles, the craft closet, and the anything-else-we-can-squeeze-in-there closet.

I decided I was not going to procrastinate for another day and just started emptying it out a few hours ago. 

Oh my goodness I can’t believe I just posted that picture.

Do you see how much stuff we managed to fit in that tiny space?  I immediately regretted starting the project.  It was overwhelming and felt impossible to accomplish.  I should have taken a picture of the pile of stuff I got out of that closet.

We have like…  I don’t know… A bazillion games.  With a gazillion game pieces.  A gazillion game pieces that were all mixed up, in the wrong games, all over the floor, etc…

Yeah.  It was way fun to clean all that up.

I also had been hanging onto a black bag of scrapbooking papers.  I don’t scrapbook.  And the bag had broken zippers.
And there were two empty boxes just taking up space.  And a bag of rogue puzzle pieces that no longer had puzzles to go with.  And a tub of game pieces that didn’t go with any games we’ve ever owned.

There was a Candy Land board and a LEGO game board.  Neither had any pieces or cards.  Just the boards.

Why was I keeping this stuff? 

I went through everything piece by piece.  I took care to make sure all the pieces were in all the games.  I’m quite amazed that we did, in fact, have every piece for about 95% of the games.  They just needed to be hunted down and put back in their correct boxes.

We ended up putting about half of the games in the garage sale pile.  I love having tons of board games around but we really only have a handful that we like to play often.  It’s kind of silly to have 20 games that we might only play once a year or less.

And, after many hours of tedious work, here is the finished closet.

We now only have two shelves of games and puzzles, instead of four.  I’m thinking I can pare that down even more before our garage sale, too.  I have all the craft stuff now on one shelf, whereas before it was spread out all over the place.
And I now have one shelf that’s completely empty.  It’s going to stay that way, I think.

I read that the best way to achieve maximum declutter results is to not just move the junk to another location.  I made 3 piles.  Garage sale, trash, keep.  As I moved through my mess I made a decision to choose right then and there what should go into what pile.  

I didn’t move anything to another place in the house, except for the numerous LEGO pieces I found, which were put away.  But for the most part what didn’t make the closet cut didn’t get kept. 

I think sometimes finding better places for things is good and helps with the decluttering process, but for the most part relocation negates the purpose of minimizing.  Since my goal is to actually get rid of stuff, and not just reorganize everything I have better, I think it’s very important that I avoid finding new homes for things unless those new homes are in some other family’s closet.   

Tomorrow is Sunday.  I don’t usually do chores on Sunday unless I feel like it.  I don’t usually feel like it.

So Monday I’ll be going through the living room.  This room should be easy.  I’ve been working at keeping the living area clutter free for about a year now.  Moving a few months ago really helped, too.  However, I’m sure I can find something to get rid of.

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Kait and I are different.  She likes displays.  I like everything clear.  She’s sentimental over things like candy wrappers.  As much as I like candy, I could never find a good reason to keep an empty wrapper. She likes post-it notes.  Everywhere.  I don’t like paper at all, no matter it’s stickiness.

We have different decorating styles and our definitions of declutter differ because our definition of clutter is different. 

So, we’ve come to an agreement.  
She must house keep daily.  That means, make her bed, pick up her floor, and keep things in order.  
If she keeps this up, I won’t clear her room for her. 

It works well because I rarely have to remind her to clean the place up.  Kait likes her stuff, but she certainly doesn’t find comfort in chaos.   

It’s the mirror.  One whole wall is mirrors.  The house came that way.  As neat as that is, it does make any mess in her room look twice as bad.  Her room just wasn’t as messy as it looks in the picture.

Her biggest job today was her closet.  Closets in my house seem to get out of control quickly.  Kait decided that her closet needed a good makeover and she spent most of her time going through everything in it.  She sent out a large bag of garage sale stuff, and a smaller box of stuff to store.

I’m happy with her progress today.  She worked hard and her room looks very good for it.

She’s a good kid.  A real good kid.

We have to remember, when we live in the same house as other people we have to show each other a little courtesy.  Obviously I’m not the kind of mom who’s cool with her children tossing their stuff everywhere.  However, I do listen to them.  I think this is important when parents go from one extreme – keeping everything, to the other extreme – getting rid of everything.

Many mothers go from clutterer to declutterer in marathon style. If you’re finding yourself suddenly passionate about minimizing, remember your family might need a little more time.  Don’t be a pushover, but do be balanced. 

What I’m saying is, consider them.

And remember not to push your husband in any measure.  Sure, tell him what you’re up to.  Ask if he minds if you get rid of his such-n-such.  But don’t toss anything unless you’re sure he’s cool with it. 
And by no means should you invade his garage.  Just close the door.  Pretend it doesn’t exist. Whatever you have to do.  For many men a well stocked garage is like a dream come true.  It’s comparable to a woman’s dream of her perfect wedding day.
Just leave it alone.

Tomorrow I think I’m going to tear apart the hall closet.  The closet with all the games and craft stuff.  It’s not going to be the easiest task, but it has tons of potential for improvement.

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Yiyiyi! – the bunk room.

This particular room is my biggest pet peave.  The room with the most people living in it.  The room with the LEGOs.

The room my 4 oldest boys share. 12, 10, 7, & 5.

I had the 2 younger boys go clean up this room this morning.  So, this is what they think of when they imagine ‘clean’.  I’d be embarrassed to even post the before pictures but, even though the before room was bad, it wasn’t near how bad it used to be after they ‘cleaned’ it before I started minimizing.

So, here it is.

4 boys means a lot of clothes – And I’m against dressers for my own odd personal reasons so their clothes are not stored in the dresser in the picture.  It’s all toys, LEGO magazines, papers, rock collections, dress up superhero stuff, nerf guns, etc…  Just about all their toys except for the LEGOs reside in the dresser drawers.  The rule is they can keep anything they want as long as they can store it neatly.  This allows them the freedom to keep things I would deem junk, but also allows me to tear through there tossing stuff when the thing gets unruly.

It’s working out well for both the boys and me.  I went through them today and trashed a lot, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as what I usually need to do, and only took about 1/4 the time it usually takes for me to go through their toys.

Their clothes are actually stored in plastic bins.  We went to this system about 2 years ago and I love it.  However, they still get a bit unruly, as you can see from the picture. 

There was a lot of work to be done – and a lot of stuff to get rid of.

Two plastic bins of garage sale stuff later (most of it came out of the closet):

Since we’re now hanging our shirts out to dry on hangers, then just bringing them in and putting them directly into the closet that way, I noticed that the bins we were using were way too big for just their shorts and pants.  So, I got rid of 4 big bins and went with 2 smaller bins we already had.  The 2 oldest share one and the two youngest share the other.  Then there is a smaller bin for belts, socks, and underwear.

I went through all the clothing and bedding and discarded anything ripped, and put stuff we don’t wear or use in the garage sale pile.

There is a lot more stuff in the garage sale pile now.  Seriously.

My daughter said, “Mom, didn’t you just go through all the boys’ clothes just a few weeks ago?”

I had.  But I guess I missed a lot.  I also get better every time I de-clutter.

Here is final after vacuum view.

The rule with the LEGOs is that current projects must stay on the LEGO table.  Not on the floor, not on the dresser.  The blue bucket is also filled with LEGO pieces.  They actually do pretty good with this rule because one time I went in and tossed every last LEGO piece into the blue bucket.  It was a consequence they didn’t think I’d follow through with.  But they took me much more serious after that.  LEGO pieces are hard to find when they’re mixed in with 10,000 other LEGO pieces.

The top of the dresser houses Esther, Joe’s spotted lepard gecko, and the alarm clock.  Which is useless.  They set it for the wrong time – like 2am, then never wake up to it when it goes off.

And I hate the mismatched bedding.  Hate it.  My goal is to buy them all the same colored sheets with different colored, but same style comforters or quilts.  I’ve had this same goal for almost 2 years now though.  It just isn’t high enough on my list of spending priorities, I guess.

My oldest boy, Joe, loves it when I go in and get rid of junk.  He is my minimalist in the making with an appreciation for clear spaces.  I think if he had his own room it would be perfectly kept.  My 7 year old likes his room spotless, too, but I just don’t see him accomplishing that on a regular basis.  He’ll just need to marry a good woman, I guess.

I’m really happy with the finished bunk room. I think it looks pretty good for being shared by 4 young kids.

Tomorrow it’ll be Kait’s room.  She’ll be taking care of that on her own but I already warned her about before and after pictures. I’m sure it’ll be spotless by the morning.  She is no minimalist but she always keeps her stuff neat.  Rarely do I have to ask her twice to get her room picked up. 
It’ll be a good, “how to live a minimalist lifestyle when not everybody in your house is on board” post.

Maybe I’ll do the kids’ bathroom tomorrow instead of taking the day off. 
Shared by 7 people with just a small cupboard – this is where real minimalism kicks into high gear.

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