Posts Tagged ‘Simplifying’

Farming Friday–Do a Lot with a Little

This is what we started with when we moved in last June.  We decided with just two horses we would put off building a barn until such time as it became absolutely necessary and economically feasible.  Instead we took the little carport off the garage and turned it into this:

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Sometimes my perfectionism stops me.  Often I think if I can’t have exactly what I want, I should wait until I can.  This time we took the little that we had and improved it to the point where it serves our needs to perfection.  Is it that perfect barn of my dreams?  Nope, it is simple and minimalist, but it’ll do and the mares are happy.

Decluttering continues

As many of you know, we are moving this weekend! As the stack of boxes in the staging area grows, so does the amazing amount of things that we have either trashed or donated. The trunk of my car is literally crammed today with wonderful toys, clothes (including a like new leather jacket) and other items to give to a church yard sale this Saturday.

Why donate a perfectly good leather jacket? Because in line with my quest for simplification I am realizing that just because something is perfectly good, does not mean that it is perfectly good for ME! As I pack I have examined items and asked two simple questions—Do I use this? And/Or Do I love this? If the answer is no—out it goes.


Do a search on peaceful images and normally landscapes will be returned. I noted that they all had something in common, they were simple and uncluttered. A cluttered house gives me such a feeling of conflict and chaos. Everything I can get rid of now is one step closer to peace in our new home.

Pollyanna Project

One of the primary reasons I am simplifying my life is Happiness. Happiness can be such an ephemeral thing. Something that has been preventing me from receiving it is my anger and negativity. I had always thought that sharing feelings of anger with others was cathartic. Instead what I have discovered is that each time I “vent” my anger increases exponentially. If I do not give in to my anger and negative feelings, then they dissipate!

So this week kicks off my Pollyanna Project! I am going to try to make it through a whole week without venting, complaining or speaking negatively. I will act cheerful until I FEEL cheerful! I will be kind to others. And above all I will not yell at my children (no matter how hardcore they provoke me!).

Stay tuned!

Zenhabits-Step #9 continued

This minimizing thing is much harder than I anticipated. I thought I would be able to accomplish each step seamlessly within a week-long time frame. As of right now I am still on the same step! At this rate it will take me 6 years to complete the entire list of 72!

But on the side of good, we are all taking this decluttering very seriously. We have thrown away or donated an amazing amount of things. I have gotten rid of a truly astounding amount of clothes with more paring down left to do! We have organized a good selection of things we want to sell on ebay. There are a ton of horse related expenses coming and it would be nice to make some money from our excess accumulation.

By far the most exciting thing we have done thus far is to purchase a really great picture scanner. We are going through all the photo albums, scanning them in and purging the hard copies. Again, I did not correctly estimate the sheer magnitude of this project! So far I have scanned in over 1000 pictures and still have tons to go.

However, all said this is an amazingly cathartic process that I recommend everyone commit to!

Here is a picture of all the boxes and photo albums we started with and the spiffy scanner.

Minimizing Photos

Following zenhabits!

One of my favorite blogs is zenhabits. If you are not reading this you are missing out on something that could add real value to your life. One of the posts I keep coming back to is 72 Tips to Simplify Your Life. Sometimes I have so much chaos swirling in my head I can’t sleep, I can’t focus, and I can’t get any PEACE!

I feel like zenhabits message here was meant for me and I am going to utilize it! Every week I will be selecting one or more of the 72 items and incorporating them into my life. Do you think I will have a simpler life at the end of this experiment? Or do you think that some people just tend towards chaos?

This week I chose

#9 • Purge your stuff. If you can devote a weekend to purging the stuff you don’t want, it feels seriously terrific. Get boxes and trash bags for the stuff you want to donate or toss.
Here is just a small taste of my decluttering efforts:

Book Shelf Before

Book Shelf After

Bedroom Book Shelf Before

Bedroom Bookshelf After

Drawer

As you can see there is MUCH more to be done!