I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. This was super fun and I am excited to participate. I want to thank Shelia over at midlifemomblog. Make sure to check out her page.
If you want to read all about the Versatile Blogging Award click here. So, now that I have been nominated, I have to share 7 random facts about myself. Then I get to nominate 15 other bloggers that I think are great. So here you go:
I live in the Inland Northwest.
I am currently remodeling my home!
I homeschool my three kids.
I am trying to grow as much food as I can on our property even though its shaded by almost 20 Ponderosa pine trees.
I am trying to live sugar free.
I prefer productivity over screen time.
We have a Belgian Mallinois.
So let’s nominate some more people for this award.
Fresh air brings clean air into a room. Think about the musty smell your room has when you wake up first thing in the morning. Think about when you just can’t get moving, that you are a little like that musty air. You are a bit sluggish, sour, and unsocial. By opening a window and breathing in outside air you are flushing out those negative feelings and allowing in positive emotions that can change your day. If you have time and are able, take it one step further and go outside for a short brisk walk. There is nothing like getting your body moving to snap you into further action.
PUT OUT FRESH FLOWERS
Flowers and greenery are a little bit like opening a window. They bring a fresh feeling into your home and can inspire you by their beauty. When you put fresh flowers in a room you may just feel you want to clean the rest of the room so you can enjoy them. They don’t have to be expensive, cut some from your yard or pick up a five dollar bundle from your local grocer in a color you love. Look for these long lasting varieties, Alstroemeria for up to two weeks, Carnations for up to three weeks, and Chrysanthemums for up to four weeks.
UPLIFTING ESSENTIAL OILS
Essential oils pack a powerful punch when it comes to smell. They have many different attributes to influence the way we think, and feel. Some oils can energize, some can calm and clarify. Lemon is well known to be an energizing scent but there are others that can work just as well depending on your mood. Look for the following oils as they are all some of the best for boosting motivation; Spruce, Lavender, Rosemary, Peppermint, Citrus, Roman Chamomile and Ylang Ylang.
Next time you are having a slow and rough day, use one of these methods to boost yourself into motion. They are simple and easy and will make you feel so much better then if you spend all day on social media.
If you want to drastically change the way your home feels, take
back your time, and feel more put together you might already know that you need
to clear out some clutter. The problem comes when you look at the project as a
whole and feel that overwhelming weight bearing down on you of how much stuff
you have to slog through.
Sometimes we have to practice a task in such a way that we can learn how to process our emotions and develop some sustainable habits. Clearing out clutter can be such a task. I find that by practicing this on items that are easy to let go of makes it easier to tackle the mountain of clothing waiting for you in your closet or the piles of stuff you have growing in your garage.
There are 6 easy places to begin clearing out clutter to practice the feeling of letting go. If you are having a hard time finding a starting place you can pick any of these to get a taste of how good it feels to clean up and clear out your home. If you enjoy the process you can work through all six categories.
Food has an expiration date. It can be so motivating to go through it all and toss the items that are past their prime. Better yet, put it all in a pile and look at it as a whole before bagging it up to get a feel for how much waste you have. If you have a lot of items you have never used or didn’t finish, take note and keep that in mind when making future purchases. Pat yourself on the back for preventing food borne illness and promoting flavorful meals (expired food items often have lost a lot of flavor).
#2 MEDICINES AND FIRST AID
Go through you medicine cabinet and look at the expiration dates. Toss anything that is past its date as the ingredients will not be as effective. Toss anything that you can’t read the label on or you don’t know what it is. This happens a lot when items fall out of their boxes, little pill pouches are major culprits. Feel free to get rid of items that haven’t worked for you or don’t work well.
These items seem to multiply on their own and are so sneaky that you don’t notice until you can’t find what you need any more due to the disorganization. For this category, take everything out and pile it up. Look through your pile and sort out what you don’t use, what is leaking or messy, or has an expiration date that is past due. Often there are items you have been given as a gift or purchased to try out that didn’t work well. Get rid of anything you don’t use consistently or like anymore.
Socks are so troublesome. Why does one of a pair always disappear? I is so frustrating. Go through the house and gather up the loose socks, including your stash that you have built up if you have one. Sort the socks according to the person they belong too and put them with their dirty laundry. As the laundry gets washed the socks may find their match. If they don’t find their match after a few washes then toss them. Later if you find their match toss it as well. You have already adapted to living without that pair of socks so if by the rare possibility the mate gets found you don’t have to feel guilty of having thrown both of them away.
# 5 JUNK DRAWERS
What’s in a junk drawer? Why do junk drawers exist? If you are like me, your junk drawer is where you have stuck things you think you need but can’t find a real home for. Once it goes into that drawer it gets forgotten or can never be found even if you remember it’s in there. Take everything out of the drawer. Throw any garbage away. If you don’t have a home for any important numbers or paper work, get the important info off the papers and store it on your computer or phone. You can always look up manuals and product instructions online. Get rid of anything you have not used or thought about in the past year. Use little boxes or dollar store compartments to organize the remaining items so they don’t get all jumbled together.
#6 FOOD STORAGE CONTAINERS
How many of these do you really need? Have you saved all the yogurt and sour cream cups also? How many of your containers actually have their lids? You likely only need on average a total of 10 storage containers of various sizes. If you find you are running out and don’t have enough you probably need to go through your food again and toss out anything in your fridge that has gone bad. Match what you keep to the lid and get rid of all items that are without their lid or base. Recycle all those saved yogurt cups. Stack what you keep in your kitchen with smaller items inside larger ones and the lids next to the stack. Enjoy your life now that you don’t have to search for a lid.
IF YOU CAN GO THROUGH THOSE CATEGORIES YOU CAN TACKLE ANYTHING
If you go through all six categories you will develop a few skills to help you go through harder areas of your home. You might have even felt a thrill as you regained space in your cupboards and drawers and released the burden of all those lost socks calling out for their mate. Keep that good feeling and momentum and use it to go after that mountain of clothes.
Simple living is making what you can instead of buying it. Simple living is keeping only what you need or can use and not having a ton of extra stuff. Simple living is careful consideration before making any purchases to be sure you won’t take on the burden that excess brings into your life and home.
Simple living is reducing clutter and having space in your home. Simple living is minimalism, but minimalism is different for everyone. Minimalism does not have to be living with nothing, or decorating in only black and white colors. Minimalism is having a clean home and a clear path that does not get distracted by consumerism.
Simple living allows you to accomplish your goals even though you may only have a very small budget. We live on one very modest income yet are still able to own our own home and renovate it in a slow and steady manner. We enjoy a clean simple yet beautiful aesthetic. I like to think my style is classic and elegant with a touch of charm. I get to express my style because I have a clean slate to work with instead of a home filled with clutter.
Because we live simply we also live naturally, for us the two lifestyles go hand in hand. We make what we can instead of buying. We make our own sourdough bread. We make most of our meals at home from whole food ingredients. We make our own cleaners, soaps, salves and remedies. We do a lot of work around our home by ourselves instead of hiring out.We grow a garden and keep chickens.
We enjoy time outside working, playing, and living. We spend a lot of time together as a family.
We are happy.
Join us on our journey and see what simple living can do for