It’s Really Not “Just Stuff”

I’ve been an aspiring minimalist for the last several years.

I say aspiring, because, well, I still think we have a lot of “excess” in our home and I would love to pare down more.

But in the past few months, I’ve been making the switch to living more Earth minded and have been thinking more and more about the impact I have on the planet.

And some things about the minimalist lifestyle as it’s portrayed today don’t quite sit well with me.

Specifically, there is a mindset circling in the minimalist community to purge your belongings ruthlessly if it doesn’t serve your needs or add value to your life.

While initially, this isn’t an issue, the deeper message of “It’s just stuff” is where I think we are telling ourselves a huge lie.

The fact of the matter is, this “stuff” doesn’t just disappear into thin air once you get it out of your house. It ends up in the dump. In ends up in our oceans. It has a footprint.

So, no, it’s not “just stuff”, but it has a tangible impact on this planet and I fear that our flippant attitude towards our physical belongings is doing more harm in the long run.

Minimalism has a reputation for creating peace in the homes of many individuals and families. Getting rid of that clutter frees the mind and increases focus. But what good is that peace if just outside your window, the planet is dying?

We can either sit in our peaceful houses and ignore this problem, or we can try to address it for the sake and peace of future generations.

How we address it starts with some mind shifts and habit changes.

We need to stop ruthlessly purging our belongings and start ruthlessly filtering what comes into our homes.

We need to stop seeing things as disposable, and start reusing, repurposing, and recycling.

We need to stop spreading the lie that it’s “just stuff” as our inspiration to get rid of clutter and to simplify life.

We need to stop seeing things as easily replaced, and start investing in products and items that will last us longer.

It’s not just stuff. We may not value it, but if we don’t deal with it responsibly, what we are really showing is that we don’t value the planet. We don’t value our home.

I LOVE minimalism. I love the peacefulness it’s brought to my home. I love the mental clarity I’ve received from having less distractions and more focus on the things that matter the most to me.

This planet matters to me. My kids being able to play outside in nature and enjoy its fruits matters to me.

I can’t ignore the impact of my actions anymore.

And I can’t ignore how little thought is put into both the acquisition and the elimination of STUFF.

It’s not just stuff.

A Minimal Footprint

I have always felt strongly that we are stewards of this planet and that we should be taking better care of it.

But I found the idea of changing all my ways and habits so overwhelming that I just kind of gave up on it.

Minimalism has taught me to make small changes where I can little by little, and starting now I’m trying to make small changes where I can.

I want to teach my kids to value and care for this planet God created for us. I want to teach them responsibility, accountability and that what we do effects other living things now and in the future.

I don’t think everybody needs to be perfect at living eco-friendly or zero-waste. But I think a lot of people making a few habit changes and shopping more consciously CAN make an impact.

Take a look at the list here. What things are you already doing or what can you swap out to make a little impact?

To the Parents Who Don’t Have it all Figured Out…

Mom guilt sneaks up on me just like every other mom.

Some days, I think I’m doing awesome. I can get my kids to eat healthy food, play happily without asking for any screen time, get them in the car without a fight and basically live out my super mom dreams.

And then there are days like today where tantrums are thrown over breakfast, over getting hair washed during bathtime, over crackers in the car while I’m trying to keep my cool and practice safe driving.

Days where my patience is wearing dangerously thin and the idea of getting a job sounds like a vacation.

Days where I couldn’t care less if chicken nuggets aren’t nutritious and screen time should be limited to only 2 hours per day.

But always, in the back of my mind, that guilt is there nagging me of all the coulda, woulda, shoulda’s and incessant questioning of my every decision as a parent and its long term effects. “Is this time out really effective?” “Maybe we shouldn’t be spending so much time inside?” “Am I hovering too much?” “I could have used that as a teaching moment” “How bad is it for my kids to drink so much apple juice? Are their teeth going to rot?” “How come my kids are the only ones losing their minds every Sunday in church?” “Am I being too strict?” “Am I being to lenient?” ” Am I on my phone too much?” “Will my kids have enough social skills since we don’t get out a lot?” “Should he be farther ahead in his language development?” “They should be potty trained by now.” Sometimes I feel like my mom brain is going to give me whiplash.

Sometimes on social media, it looks like other moms have it all figured out. But most of us don’t. And the things that we may preach and share about are never perfectly done in the home.

I’m just like you and I yell at my kids and feed them McDonald’s and crackers for meals. I let my kids watch more than the recommended daily amount of TV because sometimes I just need some time when somebody is not hanging on me or asking me for snacks or getting into things they shouldn’t be.

I don’t have it all figured out. I don’t know how to get my kids eating all the right food. I haven’t figured out the best way to discipline my kids. I don’t know where I stand on certain decisions as a parent- homeschool or public school? Vaccines? Don’t ask me about them or I’ll just run away screaming.

Parenting is just all guesswork and I doubt myself ALL. THE. TIME.

But it’s not the end of the world if you still question all your decisions.

And chicken nuggets and TV will likely not destroy your children… I mean, I think most of us who grew up like this turned out pretty decent.

If you’re trying you’re best, you’re already winning.

It’s really ok to not have it all figured out. 🖤

Minimalist Christmas Gift Ideas

Ok, Thanksgiving is over, today was Black Friday and everyone is in Christmas mode now right?!🎄

We’ve been listening to Christmas music all week and have had our tree up for weeks, but I’m SO excited that it’s officially time to start counting down!🗓2️⃣5️⃣❄

While on the topic of Christmas, here’s a question you might have wondered:

“What do you do for minimalist gifts???”🎁

The answer: Whatever you want!😁

But in case you’re concerned about receiving or giving gifts that create more clutter, here are some ideas of gifts that will sure to be appreciated!

Gift Ideas for Minimalists

  • Experiences. They hold so much more value than things. Concerts, a trip to a favorite city, going skydiving…Memories to be made for sure. You can even pay for them to take a class they are interested in.
  • Donate to your loved one’s favorite charity for a cause they care deeply about.
  • Favorite treats or baked goods are always a good thing to receive and put a smile on someone’s face
  • You can pay for a month or year subscription to their favorite podcast, xbox membership, gym membership, or cable/streaming service.
  • Things like flowers, handmade cards, and yummy smelling candles are always a good choice if you’re at a loss.

Our family tries to focus on spending time together during this time of year more than gifts. Instead of having a long wish list for Christmas, we like having experiences together and maybe treating each other to dinner or going out for a treat.

Receiving gifts is fun, but sometimes the meaning of this time of year can get lost when we get caught up in gifts giving and receiving. It can even be quite stressful.

I encourage you to be more intentional with the gifts you give this year. You might find you enjoy this time of year even more!

Now tell me what you’re hoping for the most for Christmas this year!

Self Care Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

July was terrible.

Truly just a terrible month for me mental health wise.

Things are better this month, but I thought it would be appropriate to share some ways that we can all take better care of our mental health.

Sound good? Good!

It’s no secret that more people today are dealing with mental health issues.

Our busy and demanding world can wreak havoc on our mental wellness if we don’t take time to care for ourselves.

You’ve probably read a lot about how we should all take time for self care.

But let’s recap.

Self care is just what it sounds like. It is taking time to care for yourself and giving yourself a mental break from the daily grind.

There are a lot of ways you can practice self care and this won’t look the same for everyone.

Maybe self care for you is taking a vacation or treating yourself to a spa day. Maybe it’s signing up for a gym membership or having a weekly meet up or brunch with your friends.

These are great ways to practice self care and give yourself permission to relax and take time for yourself.

But if you find yourself on a tight budget, some of these ideas might not feel very realistic to you.

Here are some ways you can practice self care on a low budget.

All these ideas fall under the categories of being low cost or requiring zero spending.

Low Cost or Free Self Care Ideas

  • Exercise at home or outside-You don’t need a gym to take care of your body. Get outside and get moving. Biking, yoga, dancing, swimming, walking, hiking. Chances are you can find one of these options and not have to spend a dime. You can also find workout videos on the Youtube or elsewhere on the internet that are completely free.
  • Take a relaxing bath
  • Listen to some uplifting music
  • Take a nap
  • Talk to a friend
  • Journal
  • Light a favorite candle or diffuse some of your favorite essential oils to relax.
  • Get some fresh air
  • Read an uplifting book
  • Drink water
  • Unplug from technology for a few hours
  • Grab some lotion or oil and give yourself a foot massage (note: do NOT do this if you are pregnant)
  • DIY mani/pedi
  • Make a facial mask or hot oil treatment using ingredients you already have at home and have a spa night at home
  • Watch your favorite movie or TV show
  • Take time to work on a hobby you might not usually have time for
  • Take your vitamins- Maybe this seems silly, but it IS self care and one that I sometimes forget to do
  • Look at photo albums and take some time to reflect on happy memories
  • Do a small act of service for someone– This might seem like the opposite of self care, but serving others actually makes you feel good too.
  • Pray/worship/have a devotional/meditate-whether you are religious or not, find a way to get connected with a higher power or to find the beauty in just “being” for a bit.

Self care is a term we use a lot these days. It’s good to do these things that make us feel good and give us a break, but the part of self care I think we don’t talk about enough is the unglamorous side of it. Self care is not always fun, pleasurable, or relaxing.

Below is a list of things you should definitely be doing for yourself.

You can do all the things listed above, but if you aren’t doing these basics, it won’t be enough.

Basic Self Care- The Not So Fun Stuff

  • Take care of your body– This might come easy to some people, but I think the majority of us struggle here. Finding the motivation to eat healthy, excercise, and keep up with our medical appointments and treatment plans can be exhausting and stressful sometimes. But it’s a necessity and we should definitely make it a priority.
  • Take care of your mental health– No amount of face masks is going to fix the underlying issues of depression anxiety, healing from traumas, etc. Seek professional help when needed. There is absolutely no shame in seeing a therapist. I wish everyone would because it’s so beneficial and important to address our problems and find healthy ways to cope and heal.
  • Say no– If you are feeling overwhelmed and like you are spreading yourself thin, then give yourself permission to say “No” to things. Do not take on more responsibilities than you need to. Burnout is real and it can be avoided.
  • Ask for help– Many times when we are struggling in life, we shy away from asking others for help. We feel we must take care of things ourselves. But sometimes it’s perfectly okay to ask for help. There are most likely many people in your life who would be more than happy to give you some relief.
  • Foster and nuture healthy relationships-Relationships are hard and messy. They have a huge effect on our overall happiness and mental health. Make sure your relationships are free of any forms of abuse and toxicity or they will be a huge detriment to your overall wellness. If your relationships need help, seek counseling or therapy. Try talking things out respectfully and civilly. Share your feelings and be honest and fair to those you have close relationships with.
  • Take care of the basics– I won’t hesitate to say it: kind of sucks to be an adult. Bills, work, appointments, paying speeding tickets, taxes, voting, doing laundry, getting appliances fixed, etc. It all makes me say “Eww” and want to curl up into a ball. But it’s gotta get done. Self care is not about being self indulgent all the time and procrastinating our responsibilities. We still need to take care of them and a big part of self care is taking the time to be responsible and take care of our shiz.

I hope you feel more comfortable finding ways to practice self care, no matter what your budget is, and that you also recognize that it’s not just a trendy excuse to have and do whatever the heck you want to.

(That doesn’t mean I’ll get on your case about all that chocolate you’re eating. I do it too. Shhh!)

How do you practice self care? What are some things you struggle with? Please leave your thoughts in the comments!

How to Resist the Urge to Spend

Even as I’ve pared down my belongings, the hardest part of my minimalism journey is resisting the urge to buy things. Whether it’s clothing, a cute pair of earrings, makeup, or cute baskets and bins to aid me in my next organizing project.

And this is a problem because this urge, this overwhelming need for instant gratification, is exactly how I ended up with too much stuff in the first place.

Not only that, but for many of us, this is how we end up in debt or unable to save money.

At the risk of sounding preachy (but trust me, I’m in the same boat as you), I’m going to share some ideas for how you can resist the urge to spend if that’s something you are struggling with.

Keep the Bigger Picture in Mind

What is your goal?

Are you trying to keep your house uncluttered? Save up for a house? Get out of debt? Have enough money for traveling?

What is most important for you to be able to do in life?

If buying spending money on a certain something is not supporting your goals and values, then maybe it’s better to leave it behind. Trust me, if it doesn’t fit in your vision, you won’t miss it.

On the other hand, if this thing you are buying helps you achieve a goal you have, then maybe the investment is worth it.

But before you reach for your wallet, move on to the next part, because maybe it’s something that can wait.

Is the need Real or Imagined?

Maybe spending money on this thing does align with your goals and the kind of life you want.

But ask yourself this, “can I achieve my goal/live the life I want to live without this thing”?

If the answer is yes, then consider not spending your money on whatever it is.

Sometimes we convince ourselves that we need to have certain things in order to get where we want to be or have the life we envision. But sometimes that “need” is actually just “optional”.

And since it’s optional, you totally have the option of spending your money on it if it’s still something you both feel holds true value and you really want.

Is the Urgency of Buying it now Real or Imagined?

If you determine that you really do need or want something, is it absolutely necessary to have it now?

Is it something that you can wait for? Save up for? Research some more and find the best quality and price of?

If you’re struggling with asking yourself if you should buy something, chances are it’s not an immediate need. Most things that are an immediate need are not things we spend time mulling over. We just go out and get it! Maybe we mull over the options but we know we have to make a decision NOW because it’s a true immediate need. (Eg. When I run out of diapers for the boys, that’s an immediate need. I may sit in the aisle for 5 minutes trying to figure out if Huggies or Pampers or Honest diapers are the best options, but I know in the end, I still have to walk out of the store with diapers)

If it’s not a true immediate need, do yourself a favor and come back to it later. You can make a plan to save up for it or do a little more searching. Sometimes you’ll find a better option. Sometimes the urge will disappear completely.

Can’t tell you how many times I’ve saved items in my cart online and then a week later, came back and deleted all of it. Try it out. There are very little things that are gonna dissapear completely.

The whole idea that you won’t be able to buy it later or find it somewhere else is a marketing tactic that all stores and companies use so that they can get the sale.

Just remember YOU are in control as the consumer. Don’t be bullied by sales tactics.

A few other things you can do to determine if you should spend or not:

Follow Canadian illustrator, Sarah Lazarovic’s “Buyerarchy of Needs”, modeled after Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (those of you who have taken
psychology classes)

photo credit: Sarah Lazarovic

This pyramid shows us that buying something should really be our last resort. In most cases, we already own what we need, or we can borrow it or find it used, or make it ourselves.

Consumerism has taught us that buying is at the bottom of the pyramid. If we have a need, then just go out and buy it and buy a LOT of it, and buy it on sale because this offer won’t last! And then you go to the store the very next week and see that it’s now 70% off and you could have paid less and congratulations, now you have buyer’s remorse!!!

When it comes down to it, there is nothing wrong with buying things. But the urge to buy things NOW comes from a society that has conditioned us into believing that we will be happier, better off, and more successful if we buy everything that catches our eye.

It’s addicting.

And it leads many of us into destructive habits that actually lead us into being less able to enjoy a good quality of life.

Who can relax when they are in debt? Or when the clutter has taken over the house and they can’t keep up with cleaning it?

We already know this, but having more stuff doesn’t equal happiness. Many people who have a lot feel empty, and I think it’s because while they are acquiring a great deal of nice stuff, it’s not fulfilling our need for things of true value.

What are the things that make YOU truly happy?

I’ll tell you what mine are.

Fun experiences like traveling, visiting a park or the beach, attending a music concert, or playing a fun game with others.

Getting lost in a good book.

Eating a delicious meal.

Making art or crafting.

Going on walks

Quality time with the people I love

How many of those things are free? A few of them require money to do, but for the most part, they don’t require a lot of money.

I encourage you to go make a list for yourself of the things that bring you the most satisfaction and joy. See how many of them have to do with “things”

Have you ever heard it said that the happiest people on Earth are often those that don’t have much? Travel the world and there are many groups of people who live very simply, just having their basic needs met, and they are some of the happiest people.

(Please note: I’m not talking about people who live in extreme poverty, because living in poverty brings lots of struggle and suffering to those living in situations where their basic needs are not being met.)

Guys, I’m not saying consumerism is the enemy or that buying stuff will make you miserable. I’m just saying that the reasons we buy things can make a world of difference in our overall happiness.

I don’t advocate a strict minimalist lifestyle for everyone. But I do believe that a more minimal approach to life is something we all can adopt to some extent.

People who practice living minimally or simply have reported feeling less burdened, having more financial freedom, having more time to do the things they enjoy, and feeling generally more happy than they did before making changes to the way they consumed things.

Minimalism has no real rules. It’s just a mindset of not letting things control you and eliminating the pressure to buy or have things we don’t need.

I hope you found this post helpful. If you read through all of this and felt empowered to not give in to urge to spend money on something superfluous, I count that as a win!

Before writing this, I myself had an urge to buy some cute clothes that I knew were not in my budget, and writing this out helped me talk myself out of it. (My husband will surely be grateful for that!)

It can be hard to resist. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for indulging once in awhile and I love to use the phrase “Treat yoself!” from my favorite Parks and Rec characters. But I think this mentality has become too much of a norm and for how often we use it as validation, it’s just not a sustainable or smart way to spend. Those are my thoughts at least. * stepping off soap box and hoping I didn’t make anyone angry *

Please leave a comment with your thoughts or ideas. I love hearing everyone’s take on these topics!

Tidy Tuesday-How to Get Motivated to Tidy When You’re in a Rut

My kids have been sick off and on the past few weeks, which landed us stuck in the house pretty much all through the month of March and most of the beginning of April.

As a textbook introvert, I’m usually pretty stoked to stay at home, but I definitely reached my limit. I found myself multiples times in a mental space where I just did not care about cleaning. The kids were just gonna mess it all up anyway, what was the point?

But at some point, we ran out of clean dishes and laundry and ants started crawling inside from our front door looking for the graham cracker crumbs my toddler generously left for them.

So I put on my big girl pants (or leggings, whatever) and cleaned the dang house anyway.

If you’ve found yourself in this kind of rut before where you are just DONE and can’t find the energy to clean but need to, first, solidarity my friend.

Second, I’ll tell you what I do to get over myself to get myself into cleaning mode.

Here’s some of my quick tips to get motivated to tidy when you REALLY don’t feel like it.

aka how to make yourself do crap when you just wanna lay in bed

  • Take one room at a time. If you try to take on your entire house all at once , 1) you’ll be overwhelmed, and 2) you’ll probably get distracted from what you’re doing and nothing will get done. So aim to clean one room at a time, focusing on clearing surfaces and putting things back in their place. Then move on to the next room.
  • Make a to-do list. List everything that you need to do. Then do each item and check it off. Works great if you’re like me and get ultimate satisfaction from crossing off to-do lists or checking boxes! Bam! Done!
  • Set a timer for 5 min. Try to see how much you can get done in a span of 5 minutes. You might be surprised that the mess you were giving the evil eye all day long was just a few things that needed to be cleared away.
  • Put some tunes on. This is my favorite thing to do when I’m not in the mood to do dishes or clean my kitchen or bathroom. Which is pretty much every time they need to be cleaned. Your favorite music makes everything more enjoyable. Playing air guitar with your broom like Mrs. Doubtfire never gets old.
  • Burn a favorite candle or diffuse some essential oils. The house will smell nice and might motivate you to want to get it looking nice too.
  • Use a reward system. I know we’re not in grade school here, but sometimes, the promise of a chocolate bar is enough to get me off my butt.
  • Just do it! This is the most eye-rolling, unglamorous solution I can give you, but Nike said it first, and it’s 100% true. Even if you complain about it the whole way through, it’s still getting done, and I can give you about a 75% guarantee that you’ll feel good about it afterwards.

Those are my top tips for getting motivated when you’re…well, when you’re unmotivated. They may work for you, they may not! But it’s how I’m able to get stuff done when I really would rather do literally anything else than clean.

If you find you need a few more ideas, here are a few extra ones I’ll throw in.

  • Watch an episode of hoarders or Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Hoarders will disgust you and make you want to clean everything in sight. Marie Kondo will make you want to fold all your laundry in cute little color-coordinated bundles. CAUTION: both might also make you want to throw out everything in your house.
  • Get in an argument with someone. I don’t know about you, but I always end up cleaning when I’m angry at my husband. I’m kidding…Don’t do this just for the sake of cleaning. That’s dumb.
  • Hire someone else to do it. Maybe you have loads of excessive income to put towards a house cleaner. I don’t know your life

If you enjoyed this post, leave a like or comment below letting me know! I love getting your feedback! I’ll be here every Tuesday sharing more tidying tips with you!

Non Toxic Cleaning Solutions

Spring has cleaning on my mind, so I thought it was time for a post on some easy, cheap solutions you can use in your home. The best part is, they are non-toxic!

Minimalism has made me more intentional about the things I bring into my home. And one of those things is the products I use.

I’ve been trying to cut out toxins in our home for awhile. It’s been a slow process. It’s important to me that our home is a haven from all the harmful things we are exposed to. I used to think I had to make all the changes all at once. Clean products, clean eating, healthy habits. But I’ve learned baby steps are better than nothing.

I started with switching out things that were easy, my shampoos, deodorant, toothpaste, makeup (you can read about some of my favorites here).

Most recently, I’ve been working on switching out cleaning products. These are actually fairly easy to switch out because you can make many of these yourself.

There are millions of bloggers out there with their favorite clean brands and recipes for cleaning solutions.

It’s so easy to get overwhelmed. In fact, that’s why I put this off for so long. And while it’s much easier to buy brands that are non-toxic, it’s more expensive.

I thought I’d share some simple recipes you can use that don’t require you going out and buying a bunch of ingredients.

They are simple, but effective.

Natural Cleaning Solutions You Can Make Today

Many of these solutions require essential oils. These are easy to find and as long as you’re not using them topically or ingesting them, I wouldn’t worry too much about the quality (I know I might get flak from loyal oilies for that. Feel free to research on what kind of oils to buy, purity, sourcing, etc. I’m not an expert on all that and I think most essential oils you get are effective.) If you do want recommendations, here are a few of my favorite brands.

Rocky Mountain Essential Oils

Now Foods Essential Oils

Eden Gardens Essential Oils

Recipes

All-Purpose Cleaner (EO)

1 cup distilled vinega

1 cup water

15 drops lemon essential oil

10 drops lavender essential oil

Faux Bleach

1 cup water

1 cup hydrogen peroxide

20 drops lemon essential oil

Baking Soda Scrub

A mixture of baking soda and warm water will get gunk off of your stove top and tub.

Just add some water to baking soda until it forms a paste and scrub, scrub, scrub!

Dryer Sheet Alternative

This isn’t a recipe, but I believe it’s worth mentioning.

Instead of using dryer sheets, which are chock full of harmful chemicals, get some wool balls like these that can go in with your laundry. They will prevent static cling and help your clothes dry faster. You can even add a few drops of essential oil for a nicer smell. I add lavender to mine.

These are just a few ideas I’ve tried personally and as I test out more, I’ll share them with you. I only want to share things that have really worked for me. If you have suggestions, feel free to comment or message me!

If you truly would rather buy already made products, here are some that are non-toxic that I have personally tried and loved .

Ecos– They have a variety of products. I’ve tried dish soap and laundry detergent.

Ecover– I’ve used the dishwasher tablets but they also have laundry products

Biokleen– They have an amazing product called BacOut that removes tough stains and odors from your laundry.

Dr. Bronner’s– Well known for castile soap which can be used in a variety of DIY recipes!!! (Just don’t mix with vinegar!!! Trust me, it’ll be gross!)

I have also tried a handful of products from brands that market themselves as natural or green, but upon really researching the ingredients, some of them still contain toxic chemicals.

That’s why I’m a huge advocate of doing research yourself. Just because something sounds natural and had a label that says it is, doesn’t mean it’s safe.

To be fair, there are some products I just haven’t been able to replace yet with something all-natural because the products are not as effective in performance. Pick your battles, I say. Even if a product isn’t 100% natural or clean, sometimes it’s still better than the commercial alternatives.

Have you tried swapping out chemicals in your home? What are some things you have tried or have wanted to try?

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned.

Tidy Tuesday- When in Doubt, Roll it Out

We live in a small space, so we don’t have room for dressers. If we did, I would utilize Marie Kondo’s super cute and effective folding technique.

Instead we use these cheap fabric organizers I found on amazon. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K5NBQFA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_MT5nCbNJFH9NP

Here’s our closet. It’s not Pinterest cute, but this is real life y’all!!! You’re welcome for keeping it real!!!

To save space, we roll our clothes or if they are too big to roll, we fold it flat.

I’ve found the easiest way to store underwear and socks is to put it in an empty shoebox or similar sized box and roll or fold them.

You can also roll towels and put them in a basket or box to maximize space.

Now everytime you go grab your clothes, they will look like cute little sushi rolls! Very little things bring me more joy than sushi.

Hope this little tip was helpful! Til’ next week!

Happy Tidying!

Tidy Tuesday- It Doesn’t All Have to “Spark Joy”

If you haven’t read Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, then maybe you’ve seen her talk about this on her Netflix show.

The KonMari method encourages you to only hold onto things that “spark joy”. While I love this concept of surrounding ourselves with things we love, it’s not very practical.

My Toaster Doesn’t Spark Joy, Marie

I’m fairly certain if I followed this advice to a T, then my belongings would consist of my bed, cozy pajamas, books, music, and a variety of European chocolate. That’s pretty much it. One can survive on that right?

Unless you’re going for that type of extremism, here’s a more practical way to approach sorting through your things.

Especially if you’re having trouble identifying what really “sparks joy” for you. To her credit, I’m certain Marie doesn’t expect you to get rid of all your kitchen utensils just because they aren’t really hitting that happy spot on the barometer.

Simply ask, “Can I let this go?”

Because really, that’s what decluttering is really about. It’s identifying what we are ready to let go in exchange for, hopefully, a greater sense of peace in our homes and freedom from the excess of belongings.

So that’s my take on it. If you’re ready to let it go and feel like you can live without it, then thank it for serving it’s purpose and let it go…Or you know, just toss it if you feel weird about thanking your belongings.

You do you, boo.