Folding Socks, Sorting Mail, and Making Progress

An update with the Minimalist Project!

So what is Minimalism? I know some people think it is living in a house with hardly anything in it. But, I love, nay Adoooooreeee objects. The whole point of taking on this minimalism project is to get rid of the excess and the unnecessary so that time and attention can truly be given to the things that matter.

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Today is Day 5 of the Minimalist Game my friend Tatiana and I are doing. Technically it’s for 30 days, but we’re going to 15 then we will evaluate where we’re at. I sort of cheated.

Ok, no not really. Again, I want to make things more efficient.

So I did the math last time and I needed to get rid of 120 things by Day 15. So on the first day I got rid of 15 which covers me until today, Day 5. See, work smarter not harder!

Speaking of working…do you know what it takes to run an online vintage shop? And a vintage booth at an antique mall AND help out with your husband’s shop AND maintain a house?

It takes A LOT. Like a whole DAMN lot!

So for me, this journey isn’t about just getting rid of things, it is an attempt at lining up my priorities, streamlining the processes so I can auto pilot through the boring things (doing laundry, sorting mail, business accounting…and so on) and truly enjoy the outings with friends, walks in the park with my husband, spontaneous trips to small towns to go antique shopping.

Before, cleaning and putting away things was just shifting around the energy. But actually PURGING and GETTING RID of things that are no longer important or hold significance for me is like saying BYE FELICIA to that old tired energy. (Get rid of her, you don’t got time for that!)

Ok… now some LIST-Y things for those of you who are like me and love you some lists!

A list of MINIMALIST Accomplishments (well, I accomplished them anyway)

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ONE. The mail basket is no longer stuffed full of mail! Ever since our Snowed In day when my husband and I spent over an hour going through 3 months worth of mail, it has been an easier process to maintain.

TWO. All clothes (not just socks) are now folded using the Koni Mari method and you guys, O M G this method WORKS! I was so skeptical! I was like how does folding your clothes and stacking them SIDE BY SIDE instead of top of each other make more room?! But it does!! *side note* I have been folding my socks like this for over a month and trust me, once you do it, it is super easy to maintain. AND every time I open up my dresser I get all warm and fuzzy.

THREE. Have an ongoing donation pile in the sunroom for the Minimalist Game Challenge. Once it’s in the sunroom it doesn’t come back in the house (also the sunroom is freezing right now, so I don’t even want to be in there anyway). So far it’s about 50% fashion/vintage related books and the other half are clothes.

P.S. I know I said I would take daily photos of the things I am getting rid of, but that takes up too much time. Maybe I’ll do a big LUMP photo or something. Not making promises!

P.P.S. If you want to follow along the Minimalist Game, you can join in right now! Go get rid of 15 things and then you’ll be in the same place we’re at. Doing math for next 5 days. (Day 6, 7 ,8, 9, 10… 40 THINGS!!)

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