9.24.2012

Simplify


Lately I have really felt the need to simplify. More specifically, our home. For me, a cluttered home equals a cluttered mind. I am the first to admit that we have far more "things" than we need. If you look in our shower right now, no joke, we have about 20 bottles of completely different soaps and shampoos...for two people! They are all full and used regularly. But what in the world, do we really need them? No. So I am trying to keep us from getting more stuff by just not buying more stuff (I know, right?). But I need some tips or references to books or articles of good ways to simplify a home. Any suggestions? I would love to hear your thoughts on it as well. Eventually I would like to share things I learn and successes I have with this process. But right now I need to take some action. Help?

23 comments:

  1. I go to university really far from my parents house and have been going through my things here trying to narrow down to the regulation 2 50lb suitcases before I graduate. It is so refreshing to get rid of the excess! You can do it! Check out Real Simple magazine or their website :)

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  2. cute outfit, as always! i love the color of the skirt you are wearing.
    there is a place a few towns away from me that is called the "give and get". people give away any unwanted items and you can take as you please. maybe find a place like that to give away unwanted and extra things around your house?

    lindsey louise

    hellomrrabbit.blogspot.com

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  3. Never really have done something like this... big, or anything. So I don't have any ideas...

    Love the pictures, as always!

    xoxo,
    Rachel Nicole @ Summer Breeze

    rachyracheshobbycorner.blogspot.com

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  4. I'd give you some tips but I'm the biggest clutter-head ever. I recently moved into my own place (From my parents' place) and tried to get rid of anything I could force myself to let go of. And I STILL have a ridiculous amount of 'stuff'.

    The only advice I can think of that works for me is that you have to be in the right mood for it to work, in a mindset that is ready to let go of stuff!!

    xo
    http://kittysnooks.blogspot.ca/

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  5. I've been in the process of simplifying my life as well..I've gotten quite a few books from the library on this subject!

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  6. Before we move I look at everything a few weeks before and ask myself these questions:

    Have I used (or worn) this in the past few months?
    If I move it will it end up staying in a box?
    Is this of sentimental/family value?

    Then when I unpack I do the same thing. We have lived here for two months and I have found the things we don't use are still in boxes in our garage. So, those things are about to go through the process again since I've proven it isn't something we have immediately needed.

    Hope that helps!

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  7. I try to embrace the concept that if I buy something new (mostly with clothing) that I donate something old. One-for-one. I am not so great at this, but it's a work in progress, and thanks to this post, I think I'm going to be more diligent about it!

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  8. cute outfit!

    it gets worse when you own a home! more storage space and more clutter! like you, i have gone on a spending ban (so very hard!), and i'm trying to give away to family and friends what i haven't been using to pair down to what we only need. organization is also key so you can be aware of everything you have! :)
    can't wait to read the things you learn!

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  9. I love that skirt. where did you get it??

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  10. Helpful tips from a real live life coach (though I hate the term, much prefer Coach of Awesome.. am working on the name.. ha). For Closets: go through clothing, shoes, belts, accessories, purses, etc and ask yourself if you've worn it in the last six months? No: bag to donate, Yes: ask yourself if you feel damn good in it. No? Donate. Yes? Keep. Hang the hangers BACKWARDS and then when you wear it, hang it the right way. Take note of what hangers stay flipped :) Make yourself a 'don't buy' list of things you have way too much of: i.e. those shampoo bottles and hold firm to it, even if your favorites are on sale. Donate used books, magazines, and movies. Ask yourself what you NEED vs what you don't and apply accordingly. Last but not least, if none of this works, move to NYC. You'll be shocked at how much you truly don't need to have in your home (since you won't have room for it!). Good luck!

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  11. LOVE your outfit and I LOVE that couch! So perfect!
    jennybodell.blogspot.com

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  12. Such a cute outfit, and your sofa is so gorgeous. The only reason I've managed to cut down on buying stuff I don't need is having less money!

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  13. I like the book "Organized Simplicity" although I don't apply it like I should. Good luck!

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  14. I love a 'cluttered-but-clean-looking' house...lol...if that makes sense, so I don't know if this is the best, but once a year I try to clean & go through the house from top to bottom - especially my closet - and get rid of anything that hasn't been used in the last year. I just donate the stuff that no longer fits or has just been sitting there - it feels soooo good to get rid of, and then next time you shop, you'll have that access fresh in your head so you can stop and ask yourself, 'do I really need this?', 'will I actually use it?'. :)

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  15. Is the rest of your house as cute as your living room?

    I am a clean/neat freak and I hate clutter too. I take a hugemongo pile of crap to Goodwill at least once every 2 months and I don't know where it comes from!
    For me what helps is having a place for everything. If it doesn't have a place and it's just going to be thrown in a closet or cabinet without being used time to get rid of it.

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  16. http://www.oprah.com/home/Helpful-Hints-for-Organization-and-De-Cluttering

    I read some articles from Oprah's magazine that was dedicated to de-cluttering and reorganization. I hope this is helpful :)

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  17. Well first I have to tell you how much I love that couch! We have a chair the looks like it's the same material, just a shade or two darker. So awesome.
    Also, your outfit is way cute. As far as de-cluttering, storage containers are the best. We found some pretty ones at target that make our home much less cluttered looking, even though it's the same amount of things.

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  18. I agree with you that a cluttered home can equal a cluttered mind. I can only do homework at home if the dishes are done and the space around me is tidy. I am not actually very good at minimalizing or staying organized, but I want to be and am trying. I heard about this project called 21 day journey to minimalism that looks very interesting. http://www.theminimalists.com/21days/

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  19. I would read 7. Totally changed the way I thing about things. I would absolutely recommend it.
    http://www.amazon.com/An-Experimental-Mutiny-Against-Excess/dp/1433672960/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1348630243&sr=8-2&keywords=seven

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  20. Double comment time. Your outfit is terrific. Mustard yellow? The best.

    And that sofa....Ahhhhh

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  21. we're in the same boat, girlfriend.

    here are my personal tips:
    1. if you don't use it, or find it beautiful, toss it.
    2. under no circumstances should you have a "maybe" pile when sorting through things. yes or no. if it's going in the "maybe" pile, it SHOULD be going into a "no" pile.
    3. start in one corner. perfect it. if you don't love something anymore, toss it.
    4. with clothing, ask yourself, "is this something i'd want to wear to meet my girlfriends for brunch in? would i wear it to church? would i wear it into my favorite stores, or thrifting? if you don't feel stellar in it, or you'd feel uncomfortable wearing it out, toss it. because face it, you get a lot more done on days at home when you at least feel like you could walk to the mailbox without shame.
    5. grab a box and say, "i'm going to get rid of 100 things." it's amazing how easy it is to get rid of 100 things -- maybe a glass you don't love as much as the rest, maybe a pair of socks that are too worn, one of 20 pairs of scissors you have, etc. it feels really good, and once you start, it's sort of addicting!

    that's what works for me! hope that helps a tiny bit. i'd love to hear if any of them help you : )

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  22. I am loving your blog! Found you on Sincerely Kinsey's blog. And I LOVE that your t shirt has lyrics from Kind from Eisley. Dud you screen print it?

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