Thursday, October 30, 2014

.thirty-one days of minimalism: truth.


 
If you are considering adopting a more minimalist approach for your home, consider these five truths:
 

Getting rid of the thing does not mean getting rid of the memory.

 

If your blessings become your burdens, then they are no longer a blessing

 

If it doesn't fit, get rid of it

 

More isn't better. It's just more.

 

If you forgot about it, you probably don't need it.

 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

.thirty-one days of minimalism: desire.

There are two ways to get enough.
One is to continue to accumulate more and more.
The other is to desire less.
G.K. Chesterton
Spending less time with my stuff, and more time with my kiddos; including this cutie pie!
 
Also, I have the giveaway winner!
The winner is Moi, who said, "I hardly ever buy magazines but I love them too! I always grab one when I am getting my hair or nails done. I love the ones about home or beauty."

Please email me your address at j.and.w.blog (at) gmail.com!

 
Thank you to everyone who entered!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

.thirty-one days of minimalism: holidays.

It's now less than two months til Christmas! Are you excited? I am...even if I think it is a bit early for the Christmas decor to be out in stores.

 

As we prepare our hearts for the holiday season, I also like to prepare my home. The early part of November is the perfect time to clean out closets, go through drawers, and just minimalism in general. Usually this is when the weather starts to have us spend more time indoors, so turn on some music (Christmas music, if you dare!) and start cleaning out! I also love to clean out my home in preparation for what the holidays may bring: visiting family and friends, trips away from home, and gifts.

Gifts can be tricky...one family Christmas party can totally scrap your plans for minimalism in the New Year. I'd like to share what my family is initiating.

Have you heard of this gift-giving poem:

 

Something you want,

Something you need,

Something to wear,

And something to read.


I love that! 4 gifts per family member, that's it. (And kids' clothes and books get a free pass with minimalism in our home, since they are so hard on both and get replaced often!)

 

My two-year-old, W, might receive this for Christmas:

Want - A helicopter from Disney's Planes: Fire and Rescue

Need - A new pair of shoes

Wear - Christmas jammies

Read - A Larry Gets Lost book

 

For my husband, it might be:

Want - A spherical ice mold for whiskey

Need - A new cell phone

Wear - A new belt

Read - A subscription to Auto Week


If you exchange gifts with extended family members, consider asking for experiences instead of things (and consider giving experiences, too!). Depending on the recipient, that might be a zoo subscription, passes to a local museum, movie tickets, a trip to the spa, or maybe a special trip to Starbucks!

 

Our family is trying to put the focus of the holidays back on memories and family instead of accumulating possessions. Will your family consider joining us?

 

Also, today is the last day to enter my giveaway!

 

Monday, October 27, 2014

.thirty-one days of minimalism: media, pt three.

It's no secret that I adore magazines.

And magazines are my favorite form of media for a minimalistic lifestyle.

First off, they are flat out fun to look at! And there is a magazine for any interest. I am a huge fan of Real Simple and Martha Stewart Living, and my husband is reading Auto Week and Car & Driver (opposite ends of the spectrum there!)

And then there is the minimalist aspect of things. They are a wonderful thing to read and then get rid of. You can recycle them, share them with a friend, start a fire, leave them in a waiting room, or donate them to Goodwill!

To inspire you and to celebrate making it this far in our thirty-one day challenge, I have a GIVEAWAY!

One reader will win a selection of my favorite magazines!

To enter, just leave a comment and tell me what your favorite magazine is!

Winner will be chosen and announced on Wednesday, so be sure to check back then!

 

 

.family sunday.

I went to write this morning's post and realized I forgot to post this yesterday!

B - I had so much fun with you this week doing fun parenting things, like dinner picnics in the park! I am so grateful to be raising our kids together!

J - This week you got to meet a group of firemen, and you made me do proud! You were the first kid to step up and give the fireman in an oxygen mask a hug, and you thanked every officer for letting you see their truck. Way to go!

W - You are working on using your compassionate heart with playing doctor. You are never squeamish, and always have a good "nosis". I can't wait to see where this takes you, baby boy!

A -This week you made it apparent you had a favorite book: Ladybug Girl. It is too cute!