Simplify Sunday-Preparing for Moving Day

  As someone who hates having stuff around, it’s super hard for me (mentally) to pack up all of my belongings and move. I want to just get rid of all of it! Where did all of this crap come from and why do I still have it?

I actually love the related activity of going through all of my belongings and picking out things to give to charity. February’s purge is above (just the four bags in the front and the mirror. The tote, tire chains, yoga mat, and blanket live in my trunk). It makes me feel good to get things out of my space. A cluttered space, for me, equals a cluttered mind. 

Those bags went to Teen Challenge today. In their place, I hauled in a bunch of cardboard boxes. Soon those boxes will be filled with everything I own, and I will see how much I really have. There’s no way to deny it when nothing is put away or hidden out of sight. It will be interesting to see how much more I find that I just don’t feel I need any more. I truly feel that I just got rid of everything I wanted to… But I’m sure that will change. 

Does anyone else feel anxious about having too many belongings? Is this some sort of mental illness? I don’t feel it’s a bad thing to be neat, minimalistic, or organized. However, I do sometimes feel a little crazy because no one else except my sister understands this need that I have to constantly minimize. How do I know if I’m taking it too far? Maybe when I don’t have “enough” stuff left? I don’t know that such a thing is even possible. 

Jillian 

Simplify Sunday- Moving 

  

sleepy shibs Moving is very interesting when you’ve been operating as a minimalist. The last two times I’ve moved it has been pretty spur of the moment, but since I don’t have a lot of stuff; it has been fairly manageable. 

For my latest move, I literally called my sister at 11am and told her I was going to move and she should come help me. I had found seven boxes a few days earlier. I had those and some packing tape, nothing else and nothing packed. I started packing, using the boxes and any kind of container I already owned (luggage, storage totes, reusable shopping bags, drawers, laundry baskets, anything and everything!). 

I had borrowed a mini van, and I packed everything and took over the first load to my new place, which was about 25 minutes away. I unloaded the van, then went to buy a bed. About this time, my sister got to town and met me back at the old place. We easily loaded everything else into the mini van and her SUV. Most of the room in the van was filled with Riley’s kennel 🙂 

We drove back to the new place and unloaded. We were done at 4pm! Packed, loaded, unloaded, and bought a bed in five hours! 

I know it’s silly, but I’ve never loved minimalism more. I felt so proud of myself for getting it done so fast and easily! I also think that my efforts to get rid of everything unnecessary this year really paid off, because I have only found three items to give away in the last two months at the new place. 

Next week’s Simplify Sunday is going to be about how I furnished my apartment, and how much I worried about not buying too much stuff… I like how it turned out. Stayed tuned! 

Jillian 

How To Pack For Vacation- A Guest Post

twin bearThis is my very first guest blogger, “Twin Bear”. I am so excited to have her here, and I hope that you are too 🙂

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One night, I was having drinks with Jillian when a woman approached us and said, “Excuse me- I just wanted to tell you that I love your style, and the pattern and color of your dress. I could never wear that color!”

I replied, “There is a color spectrum for every woman. You just have to find the colors that work for you. You would look great in baby blue crop pants and a yellow skinny belt. Those colors are soft, yet bold enough for you to ease your way into the world of color.”

She smiled and said, “Really, you think? Thanks.”

Jillian whispered, “You should do a guest blog on fashion, because this happens waaaay too often.”

So, here I am- a colored girl who loves color. Color has always held a special place in my heart. Growing up, I could relate seriously with Punky Brewster, and not just because of her back story. PB had serious style. My back-to-school shopping trips were to the thrift store where clothes were purchased by the pound. I found the thrift store was the equivalent of being let loose in a dream world. I was an excitable child (WAS? She still is! ~Jillian), and I would run around touching fabrics, picking colors, and making perfect ensembles.

These days I have a style crush on the imaginary adult PB and Solange. When Jillian wrote her blog on fashion icons, I told her I would love a peep in their closets. So, Jillian walked into mine and pulled out a slew of amazing pieces. We all need a good friend to remind us of our own blessings! I am now, however, overwhelmed with my closet. As I was trying to decide what to pack for vacation, I thought about Jillian’s offer to write a post.

orange suitcases WARNING you may find this less of a fashion post, and more my asking you “What do you pack for vacation?” and “How should I pack my own suitcase (Jillian and I got ours from Amazon)?”

choices narrowing it down
I started by putting on a fashion show for my very own Superman, and snapped photos for Jillian (isn’t this how all women decide what to wear?). At the first dress, Superman looked up and replied “Are we supposed to be going somewhere?” (men!)

stripesI informed him that I was modeling outfits to decide what to take on vacation. His reply “Seriously?! Well, don’t pack more than three pairs of shoes and 10 outfits, and don’t forget a coat.”

Had he been reading up on packing? I did know that I had to be judicious in packing, since the airport luggage fees are killer, 10 outfits for seven days seemed fair (How many outfits do you take on vacation?), and I would need outerwear. I had to agree that he might be right.
 
 
 
 
 
 

blazer I decided I would build my vacation wardrobe around my Ann Taylor navy blue blazer (similar). The price was daunting, but I was won over by its clean lines and beautiful silk polka dot lining. It’s a piece I can dress up with dresses, or down with jeans (I believe 90% of your wardrobe should be able to do double duty; as space, time, and money are too precious for them not to). This blazer will be balancing my bold colors and prints.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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I definitely think that if you wear a bold color or print, you must turn the rest of the look down- “Less is more!”

However, that does not apply to shoes! How does one pick three pair of shoes for 10 outfits? Talk about cruel and unusual punishment! I told Superman just that, and his reply was “Well, you own one purse” (men!) I decided to not mention that I indeed definitely own more than one purse, this particular one is just my current favorite 🙂
 
 
 
 
 
 

shoesI went to my shoe closet, stared, and thought- okay, definitely a pair of sandals to show off my vacation pedicure, something comfortable (after all, I have a city to explore), and maybe something Carrie Bradshaw. What do you think?

❤ Twin Bear