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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Seeking My Inner Minimalist, Part Deux!

What is minimalism? If we had to sum it up in a single sentence, we would say, Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom. (from The Minimalists.com)

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Ever since I read the Magical Art of Tidying Up book it has put a bug in my ear. Then my friend Tatiana mentioned the website called The Minimalists a few weeks ago. About a week ago I blogged about “seeking my inner minimalist” and also some “minimizing” I’ve done in my own home when we got snowed in for a few days. A few days ago I discovered The Minimalists podcast. Yesterday I met up with my friend Rebekah and we chatted about 2016 just being the year where we focus on home and family and less about the grind and production and work.

The Universe is telling me something and I’m like “Huh? What? Come again?

A difficult thing to do for a woman who is in many ways a workaholic/perfectionist/can’t sit idle for more than 2 minutes. (We’re talking about me here and probably you too *wink*.)

All right, so how does a vintage seller/collector/*hoarder become a minimalist? Oh jeez, I DON’T KNOW! That’s why I’m writing about this journey about my path to minimalism because truth be told, this is really DAMN challenging!

But I CAN do it! I WILL do it!

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Tatiana and I are playing the 30 Day Minimalism Game. Except we’re not going to be THAT ambitious because we don’t want to set ourselves up for failure. We are instead playing for 15 days.

Here’s how it works! Day 1 you get rid of 1 thing. Day 2 you get rid of 2 things and so on… so on the 15th day we get rid of 15 things.

Hang tight. Going to do the math on that real quick.

*insert elevator music*

15 Days is ONLY 120 things. OMG that seems so easy. As a vintage seller/collector/hoarder (oh I just hate calling myself that…) I can easily get rid of 120 things in 15 days! Well, I think I can anyway. You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out!

I will be posting what things I am getting rid of DAILY (maybe here, maybe on instagram, I don’t know, haven’t decided which social media outlet will be best for this)

Oh just for fun, I decided to do the math if we played the game for 30 days.

OMFG 465!!! 

Yeah, I don’t know about that… but 120 sounds good! Realistic! Ok, here we go!

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In Which I Seek My Inner Minimalist

When I was younger, the concept of minimalism was an odd idea. It seemed so cold, so austere. And in some ways it still is IF you do not actually DESIRE for it.

The past couple of weeks leading up to the New Year I have made small acts towards becoming more of a minimalist in my life. While part of the process has been decluttering areas of my home, there has been a freeing sensation when a once cluttered corner is now free of stale energy. Suddenly the energy can flow again. 

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For me minimalism isn’t about just the absence of objects. It is the absence of objects and ideas that I no longer want to give energy to or does not energize me. When this new energy is flowing, the processes of life become streamlined. The daily “I must do, I have to do” is given a smaller amount of my energy.

Instead I am more aware and more focused on life itself. The process will be ongoing, this I know. I am human and I have a tendency to gather clutter, to let things go a little here and a little there, to make a mess.

I will not create a to-do list or a schedule for myself for this process of achieving minimalism. The reason is because I know I will not stick to the schedule or the list. If I don’t stick to the schedule I will berate myself for it and it’s a waste of time to be so hard on oneself.

So, HOW will I achieve this minimalism? 

By intentionally clearing and cleaning. Taking a few cues from the Magical Art of Tidying Book… asking myself “Does this object bring me joy? Does it spark happiness? Is it still useful?”

And of course referring to images of a life I desire to cultivate for our home, for my business, and for myself. Mister Rogers always looked for ways to improve himself. That is my purpose. To be a better version of myself today than I was yesterday. This is NOT about achieving perfection (perfection is a MYTH!), but rather to become more truly and fully who I know I am at my core.

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