Mission to Minimalize | update #3

Mission to minimalize

Progress has been slow, but steady.  I am learning to have patience for myself as I adjust to working a new job and a new schedule.  We haven’t done any “serious” downsizing.  But we have been doing a better job of tidying up and decluttering every few days. I am pretty pleased that 2 more rooms are done.

Here is the progress so far:

Downstairs  

Living Room – We don’t have much in our living room and it’s mostly furniture.  A couch, love seat, 2 sitting chairs and 2 end tables.  I did finally organize some of my board games and kept the ones we like to play a lot upstairs, and moved some older ones down to the basement.  We also went through some of Little Bird’s toys.  We keep a few trucks under the chairs as well as some other toys.  We moved his blocks upstairs and brought his legos down.  So now all his toys in the living rooms can be stored under our 2 sitting chairs.

Dining Room–  This was another easy one.  We have a dining room table and 6 chairs, china cabinet, small dresser, buffet and book shelf in the dining room.  Even though we eat dinner every night in the dining room-it sometimes becomes thecatch-alll for paperwork and miscellaneous stuff.  I went through and sorted through old paperwork, and threw away some old cards and tucked everything back in its place.  I also sorted through some of our table linens and picked out some old placemats that have seen better days to donate.  I am sure there is more stuff in the this room I could find to give away or donate, but I am going to call it done (for now).

Foyer

Kitchen

half bathroom 

Upstairs

Master Bedroom |

Bathroom |

Little Bird’s Room |

Guest Room

PlayRoom/office/misc

3rd Floor

Living Room |

Office 

 

Do you have any minimizing/organizing goals?  Have you made any progress?

 

See my other mission to minimalize posts

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Mission to Minimalize | update #2

Mission to minimalize

So actually ended up starting my new full time job this week!  I found out pretty last minute my  date was moving up 2 weeks.  Oh boy was it a scramble to get myself ready.  I had some shopping for work attire that I needed to do, and wanted to stock up on some household essentials as well as finishing my decluttering goals!  There is still a lot left, which I guess I will squeeze into evenings and weekends.  But here is our progress so far

Here is the progress so far:

Downstairs  

Living Room

Dining Room

Foyer

Kitchen

half bathroom 

Upstairs

Master Bedroom | Let me start out by saying our “master” bedroom is tiny!  It has room for 1 queen bed, 2 very  small nightstands and 1 mid-sized dresser.  And that’s it.  So this room constantly feels “cluttered” in my opinion, but I think its just too small for a “master”.  The largest bedroom in the house has outdated drop ceilings and old carpeting. Our goal is to re-do that room this year and turn it into a master.  I do think I did a great job of cleaning out and organizing our clothes.  I got rid of almost 2 trash bags full of unworn and old clothes.  I kon-marie’d our dresser and folded the clothes sideways instead of in stacks.   At first I didn’t like it, but I think it has been easier for me to see what is in my dresser.  It also has made it more obvious to me what clothes I am not wearing.

Bathroom | I guess I need to call this more of a declutter than a true cleanout/minimalizing.  But I did get a lot of crap stuff back in it’s place and organized the medicine cabinets and shelves.

Little Bird’s Room | This was not super time consuming and but definitely emotionally draining.  It’s so clear when I shift out his wardrobe that he is growing up so fast.  I love the toddler he has become, but I miss that squishy baby.

Since the season are about to change, I was able to pack up some of the winter stuff that he had outgrown and switch in some spring clothes (mostly hand-me downs and gifts from my in-laws).  I also organized his bookshelf and packed up some of the books either he is not interested in, or that my husband and I are sick of reading.

Little Bird loves to bring some of his favorite toys to bed with him, so I sorted through a bunch of trucks, care and trains and returned them to their proper home.  I also sorted through his cloth diapers and straightened that area up, packed up a few things we don’t use anymore to make room for pull ups and underwear!

Guest Room

PlayRoom/office/misc

3rd Floor

Living Room | I went through and packed up some of the toys that Little Bird no longer plays with.  I sorted them to save and packed some up to give away.  We have a large entertainment unit/storage that is mostly empty!  I want to figure out the best way to store some toys in there so we can lessen the toys that are out in the open.
Office 

 

Do you have any minimizing/organizing goals?  Have you made any progress?

 

See my other mission to minimalize posts
Mission to Minimalize
Mission to Minimalize | update!

Mission to Minimalize | update!

Mission to minimalize

So this last week came with a huge job update for me.  I have been in a holding pattern for the past few months waiting to start my new full time job.  I just found out a hopefully official start date of mid-march.  The race is on to get decrease our posessions, clutter and stress in just 2-3 weeks.

Here is the progress so far:

Downstairs
Living Room
Dining Room
Foyer
Kitchen
half bathroom | although probably the smallest room in our house, and possibly the easiest.  I am glad this one is done.  I went through the medicine cabinet and threw out old expired medications.  I sorted through my cosmetics and threw away and gave away some of the items I don’t use.  I also went through some of the lotions and soaps and decided what to keep downstairs and moved some to the upstairs bathroom so we can remember to use it up.

Upstairs
Master Bedroom
Little Bird’s Room
Guest Room
PlayRoom/office/misc

3rd Floor
Living Room
Office This was tackled by Mr. Bird!  Woohoo.  We have been working on painting and rearranging the 3rd floor.  He took it upon himself to organize and consolidate the office area up there.  Glad this one is done.  I hate organizing office stuff.

 

Do you have any minimizing/organizing goals?  Have you made any progress?