It’s day nine of this years first 21 day declutter challenge.
Over the last three or four years I’ve been chipping away at my closet.. and I’m finally making some headway (according to where I want my closet to be).
Now, mind you! My closet have never been particular huge. How can I say this? Well, every time I have found myself looking at what my friends have in their closets, mine has been positively “minimal” (sort off).
Even so, ever since I returned from Houston (where I had amassed a brand new wardrobe in addition to the one I had in Norway) I’ve felt the need to downsize my closet.
I’ve been reducing clothing and shoes as I’ve moved along this minimalist journey, and I am slowly getting to where I think I will be happy to leave my closet alone.. the only “problem”… my level of minimalism seem to change as I move further along on my minimalist path 😉
I think this is something a lot of you are familiar with, as we declutter the spaces around us (physically and mentally), we seem to shift the levels of where we would like to get to.
Now, I do not aspire to become a minimalist with less than a 100 things (well secretly I might be 😉 ), but I do aspire to get to a level, where there is a good flow of energy around me, where I could easily move house without getting totally stressed, where I could just pack a bag and never look back, because I would have the most important things with me and the things that didn’t fit in a bag, could easily be taken care off by someone else.
But I digress, lets get back to my latest wardrobe purge, a purge that have now brought my wardrobe down to a total of 263 items, which includes everything clothing and shoe related (even things like flip-flops, caps, buffs, bike and golf gloves, garden attire, etc).
I know.. still quite a bit, and I can see another purge in the horizon.. but for right now… hey I’m below 300 pieces, and that was a goal in itself 😉
And what’s leaving the house? Let’s see now…
2 long sleeved t-shirts
1 pair of flip-flops
1 pair of gym shorts
3 pairs of socks
1 bikini top
1 bikini bottom
3 long armed shirts
1 pair of dress pants
1 outdoor jacket
That’s 43 items out-the-door!
Which brings me to the grand total of = 613 so far this year.
PS. I just tallied up all the clothing and shoes I have gotten rid off since I started my “official” deluttering in 2015, and guess what, including this purge, I have more than halved my wardrobe (all of 315 items of clothing and 19 pairs of shoes, have left these premises) 🙂
We’re at day 14 of my 21 day declutter challenge.
It’s not easy to stay with item topics on this decluttering spree, and I thought I had to write up another random items post (they will come). That was until I found out that my wardrobe cleanup from a few days ago, magically consisted of 14 items out-the-door.. which is perfect for today’s post 🙂
Funny how things work out 😉
And here we are… 14 pieces of clothing going out-the-door!
1 pair of pants
3 fleece tops
1 knitted jacket
1 pair of thick socks
1 swim bottom
1 swim top
I’m being joined in this challenge by:
– Barb, at Decluttering The Stuff, joined for 14 days, her last day, before leaving on a trip. Her total count? 146 🙂
– Melinda, at PurpleSlobinRecovery, check out her declutterathon, day two, three and four
– Grace, at The CFO MOM Blog, getting her groove on, decluttering a few more bags.
– Jen, at The Hidden Hoarder, check out her day 13, part 1 and part 2, she is working like a whirlwind 🙂
It’s time to get the 2015 stuff out of the way, and first installment in that, is me letting you know how the month of December went!
December was a busy month, as it was filled with treatments, pre Christmas dinners, trip to UK and Christmas off course.
Oh yeah, and my blog turned two on December 16th 🙂 I can’t believe it’s been two years already. The cool thing is that a few of my fellow bloggers started their blogs just around the same time as me, and we are still in touch 😉
OK, now back to the monthly sum-up!
Activities and exercise
I didn’t do much better in December than in November 😦 The first half of December I was still smack in the middle of way too many treatments, until I decided (or rather my body did) that I had enough, and I stopped just about everything a few days before I went to UK. I desperately needed a “time out”! There is actually such a thing as too much!
With the exceptions of a few walks here and there, the normal hustle before Christmas, and dog walking in UK, I didn’t do much.
I’m happy to say that on the declutter front, something did happen 🙂 I never got rid of my Dark Angel series as planned, but a bunch of other stuff went out during my version of the Minsgame.
Only buying necessities
Eating out – As I told you last month, I have given up! We are way too good at the eating out game! Christmas hustle + a trip to UK, did not help.
I’m curious to see how we did overall, compared to last year… but that’s next posts problem.
Buying non essentials – Well, it was Christmas time after all, and even through I tried really hard to only get the stuff I needed for gifts, I ended up with some of leftover pieces, like a couple of cups I ended up not using for gifts after all and a couple of Christmas cards I was going to bring with me to UK that I forgot
Beside little things like that, the only thing other thing was a HDMI cable for my computer, which makes it possible to connect it to a TV. I needed it to show my mum a video I had come across, a video from when she was in her late teens. So I guess it really was a necessity after all 😉
I bought some plants for decorations, 3 amaryllis, not the normal ones, but double ones and a new type I had never seen before.. really cool… I’m hoping I can make the bulbs survive for next year, they were that cool 🙂
Oh yeah, and I got 3 books! I bought a e-book for my trip, and on my way back from UK, I found a good deal on two books from one of my favourite authors, that I just couldn’t pass up 😉
I mentioned last month, that I never really got to pack up my garden due to poor weather. It never cleared up enough for me to dry off my garden furniture, so the solution was to bring the furniture inside. Which is where they are still residing, waiting for me to get my act together. The weather forecast this week is cold and clear, so hopefully I can bring them back outside and get them all covered up nicely.
Sad thing! I never got my tulip bulbs into the ground before I left for UK, and now the ground is too cold 😦 Maybe I should find a big pot or something, so that at least I might have a chance for tulips come spring… we’ll see.
Well, that’s it for my December sum-up!
Next? Well, that would probably be how I did overall on my 2015 goals, so stay tuned 😉
Christmas this year was a quiet affair, just mum, B and me. For some reason we ended up with a casual approach to it all, not the typical dress up versions we normally have. I have to admit, I like the casual approach much better. Had I known in advance, I could have packed half of what I brought, clothing wise that is 😉
I’ve been home for about a day from my UK trip, and I’m all unpacked, the washing is done, I’ve finished the book I got for Christmas, and it’s time to get back into the declutter game 😉
You might remember, my plan was to shed 210 items this month. I didn’t quite get there before I left on my trip. I did have a few things that was all ready to go, but since I never got around to writing about them….
So I figured, this is as good a time as any to catch up on those items, and while I’m at it, why don’t’ I just throw a couple of more items into the mix to see if I actually might make it to my 210?
Here we go – 80 items out-the-door:
- 28 DVD’s (18 movies and 1 DVD series) – part of my “Watch a movie program“
- 7 books – part of my “Read myself out of a book shelf” program
- 1 worn out CD case
- 4 flower pots
- 3 flower pot trays
- 1 T-shirt
- 1 long sleeved top
- 1 pair of socks
- 21 items of miscellaneous stuff
- 13 used notebooks and user guides
I believe this will be my last purge for 2015, considering new years is just around the corner 😉
Did I manage my 210 for the month of December? Well, why don’t you check this out;
I’d call that a PASS, wouldn’t you?
…finally going out-the-door! Long overdue, I know 😉
About a week ago, I mentioned that Heather over at Simply Save was inspiring me, to get back into decluttering with her minsgame. Now, my original plan wasn’t really playing the minsgame, I just wanted to get back into decluttering. To finish off my goal of 365 item out-the-door for 2015.
But I was thinking today, that maybe it could be fun to play part of the minsgame anyways, kind of a minsgame light 😉
As we all know Christmas is a big part of this month, and that holiday is a time to spend with family and friends (not decluttering), so come Christmas time I won’t be around the house much.
My plan is to play the minsgame until and including December 20th. After that, my holiday starts with me leaving for a few days to hang out with family.
That means (if my calculations are correct) that 210 items should be leaving the house this month. Now, I know a lot of people that play the minsgame, get rid of the number of items that follow the date. Something that Moving Forward is doing, right now. But me! I’ve never been good at following rules 😉 so I figure that as long as 210 items leave the house before the 20th, it doesn’t matter if it’s 1 or 77 at a time.
So here it is, my first installment of 69 items out-the-door!
Clothing – 44
- 1 windproof fleece jacket
- 6 t-shirts
- 1 pair of sweatpants
- 1 nike nylon sports pants
- 2 thin fleece tops
- 1 medium thick sweater
- 1 thin cotton long sleeved top
- 1 knitted jacket
- 1 high neck sweater
- 1 pair of jogging shoes
- 5 pair of jeans
- 1 pair of office pants
- 6 bras
- 15 undies
- 1 bicycle shirts
Other stuff – 25
- 2 drinking bottles
- 4 egg holders
- 2 “Pc covers”
- 1 exercise ball
- 1 exercise ball DVD
- 1 pc backpack
- 2 flower pots
- 1 cup
- 7 small plastic containe
- 1 network cable
- 2 CD disk cases
- 1 pc cover
After my experience of “lost” luggage on my trip to US last year (it took them 4 days to find it), I’ve decided to try a more minimalistic approach to my packing.
I’ve come across a lot of ultralight packing sites lately, where they travel with 20-32 litres bags, for months at a time. Now, there is no way I’ll ever be on their level of “small” luggage, but I should be able to travel for a week with hand luggage only, wouldn’t you think?
Here is the plan, one carry on and a purse of some sort! Now that can’t be too bad, I am after all only going to be gone for a week, so shouldn’t really need all that much stuff… right?
It all sounded fine, until I got mums shopping list, for Norwegian jam and mayonnaise, and then there is the chocolate I need to bring, a book or two for my mum… What it boils down to, is that since the jam jar are bigger than the allowed 100 ml carry on bottles, the luggage have to go into the belly of the plane. As I’m travelling with a friend of mine (B), we’ve decided to send one of our carry ons as regular luggage and bring the other into the cabin. With only one carry on each, we still get to practice packing a “lighter” load.
So what am I bringing?
Well.. let’s see.
Beside all the goodies for my mum and my brother, this is pretty much my packing list for a week in England:
- 1 blue jeans (wearing on the plane)
- 1 white jeans (for dressing up)
- 1 blue top (for dressing up)
- 4 t-shirts (1 for the plane)
- 1 thin long sleeved shirt
- 1 tank tops
- 1 hooded top (wearing)
- 1 very thin sweater (for dressing up)
- 1 short
- 1 belt for shorts
- 1 belt for jeans (wearing)
- flip plops
- jogging shoes (wearing)
- thin rain jacket
- thin down packable jacked (wearing)
- 2 sleep shorts
- 1 lounge pant
- 3 pair of socks (wearing 1)
- thin neck scarf (to protect me from getting cold on the plane)
- toiletries – the regular stuff like toothbrush/paste, face and body oil, shampoo, contact lenses, medication ++
- 2 iPads + chargers (my mini, and mums Christmas present (yes, the one she hasn’t gotten yet))
- small camera
- phone + charger + ear buds
- book to read on the trip
- passport, money and e-ticket
- regular glasses for the evenings
- travel adapter
- 1 box of Nescafe Cafe au Chocolate – gotta have my choca mocha fix, you know;-)
My gosh.. that is one awful long list of things.. doesn’t seem very minimalistic now, does it?
I’m sure I’ve packed more than I’ll need, but never mind. It’s not like I’ll be trekking this luggage all over the world now, is it? It’s only a quick trip to hang out with family. Still, it’s a good way to test how little I can get away with for a weeks trip.
So is all this stuff going to fit into my small carry on?
Well… take a look, and see for yourself 🙂
It all fit!
Thankfully, half of the stuff is not coming back home with me. Which means, when it comes down to it, I packed with space to spare 😉
So, off I go, tomorrow morning… See you in London!
Here we go again! Another month just flew by!
I thought February was a busy month, but it was nothing compared to March… I sure hope April will bring a little more relaxation… well I can hope, can’t I? 🙂
My step-mums move is finally over, and I believe that the things she needs me for is mostly done. Pictures are hung, office is installed, machines are connected, curtain rods are up, furniture in place, TV and internet – check.. the only thing I know I have left to do is to fix up her entrance door, but that has to wait for warmer weather as it involves paint and oil.
Spring seems to finally be on it’s way, I think.. maybe! Plants are thinking about popping out of the ground, but there are still the occasional waking up to a bit of white outside, so I’m not quite sure 😉 The weather right now is beautiful Easter weather and I’m hoping this is a sign of how the spring season will go, as that would mean a lot of days outside.
But, let’s get back to how I’m doing with some of my goals.
March in a nutshell!
As most of you know, I’m in the middle of a pseudo packing party, so far I’ve done my bathroom and bedroom, and I’m currently working on my living-room. I’m sure you all wonder if this little project it’s wielding anything out-the-door! Well, yes it is, a black bag full of stuff went out-the-door yesterday, and I will tell you all about what the stuff was. I just need to sit my butt down, sort through all the pictures I took and actually write the post 😉
But as you all gathered by now, unfortunately it’s not counting as March out-the-door, as yesterday was April 🙂
Activity and exercise
Hmm, sport wise I did pretty shitty during March, but I sure was active… between cutting and trimming fruit trees in my step-mums allotment garden, hanging curtain-rods and pictures, lifting heavy boxes, moving furniture, working in my own garden and actually getting the occupational walk in, I averaged 3 times a week. Still not quite according to plan, I’ve gotta do better, hopefully now that the weather is perking up…
Only buying necessities
I’m on schedule. But what about my allowances?
- Books – none
- Eating out – we are still doing pretty poorly, like I mentioned before, with all this “working for someone else” it’s hard. Now that this moving business is out of the way, hopefully we can do better…
- Flowers and plants – no purchases
- Buying a non essentials – yes, one purchase, I got myself a new casual top, a thin cotton hoddie, to replace a couple of ragged tops I had
Other financial goals
Mortgage: After my one time lump sum payment, I won’t be doing anything on my mortgage other than pay the monthly interest. But, on a happy note, with my extra payments the last few months (I had a lump sum payment last year as well) my monthly interest payment is now half of what it was 7 months ago 🙂
Other activities/projects this year
Hmmm, now that the move is over… I have nothing 🙂 But I’m sure that won’t last long.. so stay tuned 😉
Well, that it for now, see you around in April!
I can’t believe I’ve almost forgot to post February’s summary!
I’ve been a bit on the busy side, it’s getting down to the wire when it comes to my step-mums move. They are working like crazy to finish her new bathroom, and we’ve been working on putting up lamps, painting and putting in storage shelves. This weekend we just finished putting in new bookshelves, today we are putting up blinds in the bedrooms, cleaning up the new place and packing the last bits and pieces, as the movers are coming tomorrow.. oh yeah, and I have a dishwasher and a washing machine to disconnect….
Since I will be occupied with the move and sorting things out for a few more day (ok, probably more than just a few), I figured I would give you a quick summary!
So here it is – my February in a nutshell!
Activity and exercise
My activity plan really didn’t happen much in February. Between work, treatments, running around sorting things for my step-mum and not to forget the rain, that blasted rain, I averaged only 2 times a week 😦
Only buying necessities
I’m on schedule. But what about my allowances?
- Books – none
- Eating out – not doing to well in February either, like I mentioned in January, when we have been working at someone’s house, I sometimes just need food “now”, or we are to tired to bother about making food and we eat out. So it racks up! Hopefully when this moving business is out of the way, we can do better…
- Flowers and plants – no purchases
- Buying a non essentials – yes, one purchase, I finally found something I have been looking for, for the last couple of years, I’ll tell you about it in a separate post!
Other financial goals
Mortgage: Due to how the interest rates are doing, I made a one time lump sum payment, which I told you about a few days back… I’m really chuffed that I’m now down to about a third left of my mortgage 🙂
Other activities/projects this year
As I mentioned above, the focus is getting my step-mum into her new house…
Oh, yeah, and I did a plastic trash challenge in February. I have to admit, it was an eye opener…
I guess that’s it for now, I told you it would be quick 😉
The last few weeks, I’ve been chipping at my closet again.
One of our fellow bloggers, Becoming a minimalist is impressing the heck out of me. She has her closet under iron control, being down to a couple of shoes (shucks, I have about 24 pairs if I count all including flip-flops) and about 30? items of clothing. She follows a rule of three! 3 pair of pants, 3 cardigans, 3 t-shirts, 3 jackets and so on.
In my heart, I wish I could be on her level, but in my head, I realise that it’s not going to happen 🙂 It’s also not really practical, considering how I do my laundry.
Living on my own, it takes a bit of clothing to fill up my washing machine. As I separate my clothing into dark and light, my machine don’t run very often, since towels, and bedding is done separately from my everyday clothing. Now that I’m home a lot, I live in the same stuff all the time.. and the machine runs even more seldom than normal.. which means that I need enough underwear, socks, t-shirts and pants to last me at least a fortnight.. no rule of 3 for me.. no siree…
Like most people, I tend to use the same items of clothing over, and over again, and I’m your typical t-shirt and jeans kinda girl! Now, girl, might not be “politicly” correct as I just turned 50, but never mind, I’m sticking to my original statement, I’m your typical t-shirt and jeans kinda girl 😉
But even for me, there are occasions where I need to dress up a little better. A meeting at work with vendors, a birthday or Christmas… you know what I’m talking about. So there are a few staple items I have no choice but to keep in my closet – unless I want the wrath of my mothers (yes both mum’s) to fall on me – even at 50…. Hey, don’t laugh at me.. you all know how mothers can be 😉
So with that in mind, T-shirt and jeans for me, pretty clothing for those couple (or ten) occasions a year, and having enough to fill up my machines, I’ve been attacking my closet, weeding a few more items out of my pile…
Last year I got rid of around 100 pieces of clothing and about 14 pairs of shoes, you’d think there wouldn’t be anything left for me to find! But there is! Even with my goal in mind, I still end up with 7 pants, 10 shirts and enough t-shirts and undies to start my own store… not to mention the sweaters, tops, sports attire, sleepwear, socks, belts…. and shoes… those darn shoes…
There is obviously no hope for me as I still have ways to go 😦
But here at least, is my latest instalment of clothing out-the-door! 72 items
- 1 dress jacket
- 1 green dress
- 1 jacket for the green dress
- 1 long summer dress
- 5 shirts
- 1 thin sweater
- 1 thick jacket (my dads)
- 1 thick fleece (my dads)
- 2 shorts
- 4 decorative scarf
- 3 t-shirts
- 2 sweaters
- 1 fleece
- 3 tank tops
- 1 pink top
- 1 workout top
- 1 scarf (dads)
- 1 pair of gloves
- 1 pair of Welly warmers (which just didn’t ever work, as they came out with my feet when taking the boots off)
- 1 cap
- 1 rain jacket
- 6 hankies
- 1 pair of cosy socks/indoor “shoes”
- 2 golf gloves
- 2 belts
- 8 bras (which I will save you from – picture wise – together with the other unmentionables 😉 )
- 2 sleepwear shorts
- 12 undies (Some with tags on. I’m sure I still have enough for the next 30 years, so I really needed to get rid of some 😉 )
- 1 pair of flip flops
- 4 pairs of shoes – bicycle, everyday, dancing and office shoes
I can’t believe it’s almost the end of the month already. As we all know, December is the month of Christmas. With all the preparation and celebration, that entails, it doesn’t really leave much time for any other activities.
Since tomorrow is new years eve, I kinda figured I won’t be decluttering any significant stuff these last to days. So I decided to post Decembers tally early 😉
And here it is. DECEMBERS TALLY of things “out-the-door” = 108 items!
6 items – during My Christmas shed
- 2 shirts
- 1 cardigan
- 1 sweater
- 1 vest
- 1 painting
90 items – that I had been holding on for my neighbour to check first – In finally out of here
- 2 magazine holders
- 3 microwave items
- 1 ice cube tray
- 3 plastic boxes to store food in + a box of ziploc bags
- 1 serving tray
- 3 candle holders
- 1 pack of plastic spoons
- 1 pack of plastic straws (should be a hit with her kids)
- 2 wine openers
- 3 wine stoppers
- 1 huge sport drink reusable bottle
- 1 reusable lunch bag
- 1 small porcelain bowl
- 4 long stemmed wine glasses
- 1 tea box full of different teas
- 1 plastic box (the one with an X I’m keeping for now.. I have an idea and if it works I’ll post about it 🙂 )
- 1 cut board
- 1 decorative glass bowl
- 1 tiny shots glass
- Bunch of rubber band (bracelets) – count as 1
- 7 watches (she took a couple for her kids)
- 18 Christmas decoration items
- 1 box of decorative tiny apples (Christmas stuff)
- 3 bean babies
- 1 head light
- 1 big storage box (all the stuff she took with her fit in the box – it’s that big 🙂 )
- 1 pair of running shoes (another friend took earlier)
- 2 medium size storage boxes (perfect for her kids toys)
- 1 pair of jeans
- 6 bras
- 7 pantyhose
- 3 pairs of socks
- 2 short sleeved bicycle tops
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 pair of dress pants
- 1 t-shirt
- 1 sleep shorts
So there you have it – 108 items out-the-door for the month of December!
So does this bring me to the goal I set at the start of this year? Stay tuned and find out 😉