Bedroom Check Up! Number 2! “Spaces”

So we all seem to remember when I posted pictures of my room clean for the first time.

But did we think it would last? I’m not sure.

Staying clean isn’t the easiest thing. But here it is, my room. I also reorganized it into “spaces”.

Here is obviously my “Sleeping Space” aka my bed pushed against the corner. I was worried about the corner space because pushing a bed against a wall causes problems when I make my bed. But it hasn’t been very difficult yet. Plus it gives my room a TON of room!

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Back on Track for this Decluttering Lifestyle

I’m never sure how to start a blog.

This is even worse after I have been away from a blog for over two weeks.

At first I was in the safe. I went on a road trip to Oregon and Washington so I was excused for a week and a half of that. But I didn’t quickly come back on. Since then it has been shame keeping me away.

But I was reminded of the importance of this when a friend came over today who had yet to see my clean room. He was slightly in awe. So back to the blog I go.

For a week and a half of my absence, I have been on a roadtrip with my best friend. Her niece had a wedding in Oregon so we drove from San Diego up there. It was an insane amount of driving. We ended up each spending about $300 on gas total by the end of it.

Some of what the trip taught me was that I overpack. I worry and assume the worst so I pack. I could have sworn that Oregon and Washington were known for their rain, so rain jacket and rain boots I packed. Needed? None of it. It sprinkled twice and both times we were in the car. Also the timeshare we stayed in for part of it had a washer and dryer but I was too self-conscious to use it so had packed more than enough clothes for the 10 day trip.

As I unpacked at home this last Tuesday, I thought about it. If I had less, I wouldn’t have as big of a problem. Perhaps I would still pack rain things for Washington because that just makes logical sense… but it would make packing so much easier. Despite getting rid of so much of my wardrobe, it never ends. The clothes never stop pouring out.

What made me most aware of all of this has been following “FirstWorldPains” on twitter. While hilarious and true, the twitter page REALLY convicts me!

“Dang it, bird crapped on my car. #firstworldpains”

“Whenever I open a box of frozen food, I throw it in the trash. Then I have to retrieve it to read the cooking time. #firstworldpains”

“We have too much food in our freezer so when we open it stuff falls out. #firstworldpains”

It convicts me because it’s true. Look at what we have here – a car, food that is instantly warmed up for us at the touch of a couple of buttons, and TOO MUCH food.

We have so much. We have more than we will ever need. But we still find room to complain. Constantly. We have a problem with having too much, in the sense of it bothering us. All the while there are so many with nothing, at all.

I have so much more to share. About selling all that you have and giving to the poor. Things I have learned. But this blog is a good starter for where I want to go this week. Hopefully I will continue to let you guys know. And upload some pictures of my room this week (if my camera revives itself!). I’m just all over the place!

Help me out here. Tell me what I can write about in all of this mess. I know this blog is ALL over the place and there was no focus, just me excited about writing this week. What do you want to hear about most?

Material + Ugly Cork Board = :D

Here is a task that was super fun! I had a super ugly cork board (It was an ugly gray. If you look in the update pictures from 2 weeks ago, it was hiding in the background in some.)

My mom however is a material hoarder, just a little bit. So we got out some fun material and covered the board with it, cutting it to the shape.

Then we cut a wire and staple-gunned it to the back so that it would hang (for some reason, it did not hang?)

Thus, my beautiful and useful final product:

Making Summer Real

Hello friends!

I am sorry that I have not written as much as I would like. I have not been home a lot this last week but here are some updates on me or random tips…

In my attempt to get rid of things, I have had to pull things stored away into my room and go through them. It has caused a huge mess but I keep reminding myself that I just need to get through it.

It makes a big difference to make your bed every day. It’s a small task that you can handle no matter what and makes your room look loads cleaner.

I have found myself becoming sad and curling into my bed for rest when really I should be up and doing something productive. Being productive, no matter how much you don’t think it will, helps a lot more than feeling sorry for yourself.

Find ways to be creative! Sometimes you will have to sit around reading blogs or magazines for a couple hours but it is worth it! For example, I now want to cover one of my super-ugly corkboards with fabric (my mom has a TON) and hang it on my wall! It’ll look awesome and retro while also being useful! Yay!

Unpacking is SO important to just get over with. Just buckle up and dig through it. It never takes as long as you think it will.

Get out of the house. Every day. Even if only for 5 minutes.

Mostly, I just want to encourage you to enjoy your summer. Go out and do things. Don’t be lazy in your house. This is the only Summer 2011 you will ever have. Make it worthwhile.

” But I have learned that minimalism is always a matter of the heart. After the external clutter has been removed, minimalism has the space to address the deepest heart issues that impact our relationships and life.” – Joshua Becker

Breaking Free of the Hoarder Mentality – “Who I Want To Be” and more

Coming from a family of hoarders isn’t easy.

I’m not being snarky or sarcastic. Perhaps dramatic, to be fair. Each generation on my mom’s side has been somewhat less of a hoarder than the previous.

My mother’s grandma was DEFINITELY considered a hoarder. My mom and I will never forget walking into that home after she died. The family had already gone through everything worth value and just gotten rid of all the children’s toys (despite not having any children around the house in years. Plus the toys were toys from the 60s, so…).

The family had decided to GO THROUGH my great-grandma’s scarfs.

See… my Great-Grandma had… a lot… of scarfs. That’s an understatement. They had already dumped all the scarfs that had filled up one of the chests out on the ground as well as one of the dressers (every drawer full, except the top one).

So I opened a different dresser.

Scarfs.

I opened the next drawer.

More scarfs.

And the bottom drawer?

You guessed it.

Scarfs.

This woman must have had millions of scarfs.

Why? I don’t care if she lived to be over 90, she could have never worn all those scarfs. Especially because she had a few favorites that she wore more often than the rest. And why in the heck was my family going THROUGH them?! Thank goodness she had over half a dozen surviving children.

So my mom’s change was quick. She realized that she did not want my brother and I having to go through everything. And while she isn’t quite tossing stuff in the donation bin, she is freeing her grasp from things, sometimes without coaxing from me!

However, I do not have children. I also do not have nearly as much as my mom. So I saw this as her problem and not something I had to deal with. Then I began to read more decluttering websites. I became entranced with the blogs that I mention in my sidebar. And finally I realized that I had to turn the attention off my mom, who I was stressing the heck out and causing fights with over literal trash, and onto myself.

So into my room I went.

When I am stumped, I have realized that the best question to ask myself is “If I moved, would I take this?”. And to be fair, “no” is the answer to about 60% of what I own.

I keep books with the excuse that I will read them (I haven’t read over half my bookcase, no joke). I keep clothes with the excuse that I will wear them again (when I won’t). I keep stupid things because of the memories they hold or because other people expect me to hold onto it like they have (my most obvious example of this is a golf ball, from a time that we mini-golfed).

But the truth is, we don’t need these items. So much we keep in hopes of what we will be on day (dressing more classy, losing weight, reading classic novels, etc). So either make that change or let go of it. Now. Don’t wait til tomorrow.

On a note, sorry for not posting all week. I ended up being out a lot longer than I thought and was unable to post.

Do you have a difficult time letting go? Why? What has motivated you along the way to let go of things? What questions do you ask yourself to let go?

Happy Fourth!

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”
– Henry David Thoreau

Is anyone else doing this decluttering project along with me?

Happy Fourth of July!

Progress Check!

I declare Friday (or every other Friday, maybe?) to be Progress Day!

Well at least for this blog.

Here are some “Befores and Afters” and to give fair warning:

-> Everything (in Afters) that is on my blue table are things that I am getting rid of but my mom will not let me put anywhere but in my room. This is the same for the giant pile of clothes next to the door.

-> I am nowhere near close to where I would like to be. Looking at the “after” pictures makes me cringe. It mostly just looks like I cleaned. You can’t tell how much I got rid of.

Before.


After.

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