minimalism

Getting Rid of Books

12.31.2018 minimalism, videos

WE SHALL NOT BE ASKED WHAT WE HAVE READ,BUT WHAT WE HAVE DONE… — THOMAS E KEMPIS I did it! I finally conquered the one item that I’ve struggled to get rid of… books! And if you really want to downsize your collection, I know you can do it too! I had been influenced by someone else’s words. They convinced me that an at-home library was necessary for everyone. So it took me a long time to break away fromRead More

Minimal Christmas Decor Tour

12.16.2018 minimalism, videos

Our yearly tradition is to put up and decorate our Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. Since we’re going to be listing the house in early spring, we’ll be taking the tree down much earlier than usual so we thought we would put it up much earlier than usual. 😊 The reason we usually wait until Christmas Eve is because we celebrate Advent which is the four weeks before Christmas. So while everyone is celebrating Christmas from around Thanksgiving day untilRead More

Q&A with The Minimal Mom

11.28.2018 minimalism, videos

Welcome back to our final video together! Dawn, from The Minimal Mom, asked if she could ask me some questions on camera and since I’m so great at answering questions on the spot … NOT, I said, “Sure!” 😂 Thank you to LouAnn (Dawn’s mom!👋) and Dawn for these insightful questions that ended up being a lot of fun to answer. Then toward the end, I threw in some questions for Dawn too. So join us as we share answers to someRead More

Minimal Spend Christmas Challenge

Hello Everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying your Thanksgiving with family and friends because I’m about to throw a HUGE idea at you. What would happen if you gave less gifts to the people on your list? What would happen if you only gave one gift? What would happen if you re-gifted or made the gifts? What would happen if you didn’t give ANY gifts at all? Sound crazy? SO LET’S GET CRAZY! 😍 Challenge #1 PAY DOWN YOUR DEBT OverRead More

Getting Rid Of Furniture

 If I could live in an almost empty room, I WOULD. AND, I would be happy. That second sentence is more important than the first. Living minimally makes me happy. I don’t have paper clutter, a large wardrobe, lots of house decor, pictures on every end table or in some cases, even an end table. 😁 But I DO have furniture. Whenever we realized we didn’t need a piece of furniture, Joe insisted we store it in the basement because weRead More


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So two days ago I cried into these stairs for soooo many reasons. If you've been following my stories, then you know the counter top installer cracked our IKEA no-longer-being-made kitchen sink. Because we had to run out and quickly buy a similar one, they didn't charge us for the install. Ya. What I didn't mention before is that even though these two came highly recommended, the install of the counters was poorly done. They left gouges in the wall, they didn't finish the trim and the trim they did finish was cut unevenly. Thankfully I knew how to fix everything but what a disaster. I should have just installed it on my own. Then this past Monday we had our carpet replaced. We paid extra so I wouldn't have to move the furniture. When they arrived, not only did they say that they don't move furniture, while it was being torn out (different than the counter top people), they tore off parts of the wall along the stairs. I only showed one photo in my stories but it was all along almost every step. Then he told me to expect lots of scuff marks on the wall. "It's to be expected. They should have warned you." What?! So I told him that I just finished painting this entire house and to please do his best in not scuffing them up. He agreed. They finished early Tuesday and as soon as they left, I got to work fixing their mess. Only this time around, it was a lot more challenging than fixing the counters. This is when I just broke into pieces. The next day we were refunded our "furniture moving" money but the damaged wall is in dispute. Ya. But let's look at the bright side, we were able to fix and repair all the damage left behind. Happy Thursday 👍 .
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