So, I didn’t realize that yesterday was Tuesday. The Labor Day holiday had me confused. Does that happen to you? I have no idea how those who are retired keep track of the passing days. Not that I wouldn’t like to try that for a while. I would! But, yeah, I missed my opportunity to blog about minimalistic living in NEPA by missing the fact that yesterday was Tuesday. That’s why I’m reclaiming Tuesday today!
Do-overs are okay, right? Right!!!
A FEW MINI-ADJUSTMENTS
Slow is the way to go. I have learned from observing others that slow and steady is the right pace to pursue when big changes are in the works. I have a friend who goes at her recovery in a slow way, and she is full of insight and not the least bit stressed about her journey. She is my role model for this new lifestyle change I’m adapting to this fall, so I’m following her lead.
LITTLE BITTY CHANGES
I decided to attack three small projects this week, de-cluttering and modifying as I go. My first project was a bookcase I have in my hallway. I don’t have pictures of the case to show you today, but hopefully I will soon. It looks pretty good right now, but sparse, so I may move some of mister’s books out of the bedroom and into the hall, so that we can put some pictures or other things on his book shelf in the bedroom.
Project No. 2 and 3 was a modification of my kitchen towel drawer and the master bath closet. I already shared a little about the kitchen towel drawer, I think, but in case I didn’t, here is what I initially came up with; owner manuals included in the drawer arrangement above.
You can’t see the manuals, but they are under there, and made the drawer too full. It was hard to get the towels in there on top of the manuals. Looks pretty good though, right? Last night I was wanting to do more…itching to apply some of Marie Kondo’s rolling technique to my linens and maybe free up some space. Here’s how it turned out…
You can see the difference immediately. I removed the manuals and will find a new home for them, somewhere else. What I like about this method for storage of linens is that I can color-code things and see all my choices before picking a towel to use.
Can you say: Time Saver.
Part of why I’m going minimal at this time is the desire I have to clear out the clutter in my house and my mind and make it easier, way easier, for me to make decisions. It think this do over of my towel drawer meets all important criteria for achieving that goal.
Next, I applied the rolling method to my master bath linens. Here’s how that turned out.
When I saw this picture, I thought this area still looked too messy for my liking. Focusing on the linen aspects of the space, I decided to color code my wash clothes. Mind you, I did this piece of the project before work this morning. Yeah, I’m a lil bit OCD, but I do like the new look.
Folding towels this way (or should I say rolling), freed up enough space for me to store my paper towels overhead. Sorry you can’t see that, but take my word for it that it’s true. I still have some thinking and organizing to do in this space. Getting all those wires and cords under control would be nice, but for now I am happy with how it looks and how much economy of space I created just by rolling those big towels.
Note: The tool box at the bottom of the closet has grown three times the size it was when I first decided I needed my own girly tool box in the house.
Why has the tool box grown so large? Because mister has added all sorts of tools to it that he thinks he needs, but never uses. The combined weight of those additions literally broke the handle on the previous box. Mister was delighted, because he went bigger and better (?) when he bought me a new box. I now have to pile the tape measures (why do we need two?), and the duct tape and one paint brush on top. They won’t fit inside that HUGE box. I will soon be yanking out some of those never used but-he’s-sure-we-can’t-do-without-them tools, so that I have room for my girly tool collection.
I try reminding my love that this is a girly tool box, and he has a whole tool SHED to store his stuff in, but it has not worked. Yet! I think an eviction notice will be needed to get those tools to vacate my space. I will be writing one up very soon! A girl has to do what a girl has to do to reclaim her territory, right?!
We have lived in our house for about 6 years and we still have not painted the master bedroom or the guest room. I know, right? Where has the time gone? I think these two rooms got forgotten because we were so busy getting the rest of the house the way we wanted it, and getting to know the two wee humans that came along and are too cute to ignore. Anyway, it is time. On my list of future projects are the painting of these two rooms, and the metal bed frame my grandmother gifted to me years ago. That bed frame is an awful brown color right now. Depressingly brown. But it’s going to be sparkling white soon.
The guest room is getting a minimalistic white do-over, with green plants added to offset the stark white walls and bed, bedding, and window hangings. I’ll make sure to take before and after pictures of the space, so you all can appreciate the difference when it is done. I’m excited to have at least one room in the house go all minimalist on us. Won’t that be awesome?
I’m quickly running out of new projects to start on this minimalistic journey, but that’s only because I have not yet tackled the tough stuff–the attic, the food pantry, and the laundry area.
The dirty clothes pile has been whittled down to almost nothing. Maybe I will actually be able to keep on top of this most-hated chore because of the new emphasis on blank space.
Already, we are saving money because of this new emphasis. Along with getting rid of the stuff, I am committed to not buying anything unnecessary for the home. New bed linens and curtains are necessary, right? We are saving so much money. We NEED nothing!!!
What changes are you making to your living space right now? What do you like about blank space and the potential it holds?