Simplify Sunday- Minimizing the Apartment 

gorgeous kuma For some reason, I’ve been feeling a little more anxiety lately. When I saw this picture of Kuma the Shiba, I instantly felt more calm. He’s just so fluffy, happy, and relaxed. He’s literally laying in a field! What’s more relaxing than that?

A weird thing that calms me down is purging my stuff. I read a post this week by Anne this week that really resonated with me. She touched on how getting rid of physical things can help clear emotional space. That is so true for me. I think some of it probably is based on my anxiety, because I get over the top and sit around thinking about things like “there are too many unorganized pictures in my photo albums. They need to be in order. I’m sure there are even duplicates.”

I know these thoughts are a bit irrational (maybe “a bit” is generous?). However, there is definitely truth to the idea that physical things can hold me back. I love to know exactly what I have and where it is. If I need something, I have it instantly because I know how to find it. If I need to move, I can do so pretty easily because I don’t have a lot of stuff holding me back. I love that concept, I don’t know why. I just know that it gives me peace.

All of this to say- I went through most of my stuff last night. I did everything except my pictures (and, of course, that’s why they’re mentioned above. I’m still thinking about it.) and my one under the bed storage box that I allow myself for sentimental things. Cards, journals, the corsage my great grandmother made me for my prom- that’s all in there.

I found four bags of things to donate. Some highlights include extra throw pillows that are always on the floor instead of my bed and seriously who needs that?!, clothes that will never ever fit again, a tennis racquet I’ve literally used once (and I was so bad that my partner almost strangled me), and a record that I have never heard of and don’t even remember owning. I have a bag of papers to shred from my safe, and threw away a few things.

What’s amazing to me is that I always find clutter that I don’t need. How does it find its way in, and why is it so hard to let go? I’ve talked myself out of getting rid of that d*mn tennis racquet so many times, thinking I might play again. Really?! It’s not.going.to.happen. I love sitting on the couch, and I have the hand eye coordination and attention span of a drunk, blind, one armed squirrel.

I tend to make goals for far longer amounts of time then are manageable. For me, for this week, my goal is to feel peaceful- whatever that may require.

❤ Jillian 

Sinplify Sunday- Packing Party

 sunshine and my princessAnne is having a packing party, and I’m kind of jealous. I don’t really want to go to all the trouble, but I love getting rid of things! 

So, instead… What would I do if I were completely starting over? What things would I actually need? Here’s what I got rid of:

  • Two pairs of tights 
  • Three pairs of socks
  • One shirt
  • A Packers foam finger that is just always in the way (sorry, Packers, I still love you very much!)
  • Two pairs of too small leggings
  • Three books
  • An old messenger bag 
  • Small decorative dish 

That’s it. I lost steam. Still, I think that’s pretty good (for someone that recently went through the entire house, and has been doing constant stalking of anything that might be useless!). 

On a related note, while thinking about starting over- how much do we really need, space wise? We are two people and two dogs, and we live in a four bedroom house. Kind of crazy, right? 

A few years ago I lived in a studio, and I loved it. Everything was super organized, and I hardly had to buy anything. Sure, I would have loved to have a closet (there wasn’t even one) for storage, but it made life feel so simple. I know that’s extreme and not for everyone, but it’s something to think about. How much do I really need? How much is just excess? How much good could these things I don’t even use be doing for someone in need? 

Just more of my ramblings 🙂 Happy Sunday, friends!

Jillian  

Simplify Sunday- a Solution For Storage Containers

before and afterI asked everyone for ideas last week on how to organize my storage containers (Tupperware, Pyrex, random metal containers- all different shapes and sizes). I got almost everything in order, but this cabinet is always killing me! General consensus seemed to be that the best idea was to stick to the same shapes (too late for that) and store the lids separately. Here is my before and after! I know it’s not drastically different, but I’m pretty excited about the new look.

I didn’t really want to buy anything new, so I created this little box from things we had. I’m only a little ashamed to say that I pulled a cardboard box out of the recycling.

lidsI bent it to fit the space we had, then cut it so that I had sides and folded in the ends. I taped it all together with packing tape. At this point, it looked terrible. I decided to wrap it in wrapping paper. Then I went over it again with clear contact paper, to attempt to make it easy to clean and more waterproof (let’s face it, the lids are not always completely dry when they get put away). I lined the bottom with plastic shelf liner (which I also taped to the bottom with packing tape, thinking that it would be really annoying if it was always falling out with the lids). Now we can store all of the lids on the side, and easily pull them out.

I’m hoping this helps, and I’m super excited that I was able to make something entirely with things I already had.

In other news of the minimal, I pulled out a coat that I hadn’t worn in a long time. It’s wool, and I’m allergic to wool. I buy the dumbest things. Anyway, I wore it and it was a nightmare. I was able to convince myself that this beautiful coat must be donated, then went through the upstairs again (I am addicted, I can’t stop!). I found several more things to donate, and some items in the bathroom that were trash. Donation total for the week: $32. I feel so good about how everything is shaping up!

What do y’all think of my container? My husband thinks it’s kind of ridiculous, but he seems happy that the cupboard isn’t shooting plastic out at us every time we open it.

Jillian

A Glimpse Into My Kitchen

I mentioned in passing that I might post some pictures of my kitchen, post minimalism coming through (though to be fair, not much has changed). A few people wanted to see, and I LOVE looking at kitchens!

We just got our house in summer 2014, after looking for quite a while. We really wanted an open floor plan and an island. J was lusting after quartz counters. We found it all! My favorite part is that the quartz has silver sparkles in it- it feels like a party.

table and chairs– Crate and Barrel

sideboard (bar)– Dania

stools– Dania

rug– Amazon (affiliate link- if you buy this I will get a small percentage of the sale)

What’s your favorite part about your kitchen?

Jillian

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