Travel Essentials for Summer
Travel is a big part of summer, and it’s a big part of my blog! Some of my travel posts are doing quite well on Pinterest right now, and I’d like share some more tips with you. Today I am going to be talking about travel essentials. When it comes to travel, I try to stick to a minimalist packing list. I don’t like carrying a lot of stuff with me.
30 Day Minimalism Challenge
You may have heard of The Minimalists, they have a popular blog and podcast. I will admit that I am definitely not a minimalist, but I do look to simplify and declutter whenever I possibly can. Maybe someday I will be a real minimalist, like when my kids are grown. 🙂 I will be posting one a week over the next 4 weeks with my progress. I will also be posting daily on Instagram, so make sure to follow me and check that out. If you’re looking for a fun 30 day minimalism challenge, keep reading!
A Minimal Wardrobe | The KonMari Way
If you haven’t read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Mari Kondo, I strongly suggest that you grab a copy! I am working on another blog post about The Konmari method – with kids, so keep an eye out for that too. The Konmari method is fairly simple, you purge the unnecessary and only keep what “sparks joy.” I consider it minimalism with a purpose.
I recently went through my closet, several times, and weeded out the all of the things that I didn’t love, or didn’t wear. I was looking for a minimal wardrobe, the KonMari way. Honestly, the results were pretty shocking.
This is the very first post in what I intend to be a huge part of this blog; the decluttering series. I am on a journey to declutter down to the necessities, organize the rest, and live a more minimalist lifestyle. There is another (big) reason for this series, but I am not going to share what that is yet. 🙂 Now, we don’t have an overwhelming amount of stuff. If you compare us to minimalists, then yes, we have a lot of stuff. If you compare us to the average American family of our size, we probably have less. That being said, I believe that more stuff = more stress = more cleaning. I would rather have less, stress less, and clean less. I have been working on slowly decluttering since I read “The Life changing Magic of Tidying Up.” If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend that you check it out! The basic overall idea of the KonMari method is to keep things that bring you joy, and that’s it!
I have probably bagged up and donated about 12 large trash bags full of stuff. I have probably discarded almost as much. I lost my steam around Christmas, and of course more was brought back into our house around that time. Now I am starting again, and I want to share my journey with you! I love reading blogs and watching videos about decluttering and organizing. I plan to try to do some vlogs during my decluttering journey too. A word of warning, I am super duper weird in front of a camera, hopefully I get used to it!
Okay back to the series! I started yesterday with my kitchen. I was having trouble opening the drawer where I keep my kitchen utensils. I would say that is a pretty good sign that there is too much stuff in the drawer. Rather than taking up space in two drawers, I decided to go through and only keep the items that we actually use. During that process, I also noticed that the utensils were on the opposite side of the kitchen as the stove/over. The spices were also a mess sitting in a cabinet on the other side of the kitchen. Obviously I use my spices and utensils when I cook, so I decided to relocate them. If you’re looking at the photo thinking that it really isn’t that much stuff, it isn’t. I had already gone through the utensils once. However, after a second sweep, I realized that we had several duplicates as well as a few things that we really don’t use. I got rid of one set of measuring cups, most of the stainless utensils (I prefer the bamboo,) an old whisk, a meat injector, one of the graters, the cake decorating stuff (I didn’t even know we had this) and one of the two pizza cutters.
This one was pretty simple. As I mentioned before, I have already gone through our kitchen on more than one occasion. I also went through storage containers and got rid of any mismatched lids, and I reorganized a few other cabinets. I need to tackle the dining room next. The dining room has a lot of craft supplies, homeschool supplies from when I was homeschooling and other odds and ends that I need to go through. We have several cabinets in our dining room and very little storage elsewhere. Unfortunately it’s become an area that is collecting junk. I plan to dive in to that area next!