year of living minimally

The Year of Living Minimally: Week Three

I’ve been decluttering for several months now, but I feel like the past week or two have been my spring cleaning time. It will definitely continue to the next two weeks as well, because I have a lot to do and want to get it mostly done before summer is in full swing.

  • I went through old papers that were kept in the “Important Papers” folder. Some related to old jobs, some just were out of date. At my son’s first preschool, a half-page progress report was sent home every day. I saved these – for quite awhile, it seemed! I guess I was so nervous and proud of him starting full-time school at 2 years old that I wanted to keep them? I’m not sure of the reasoning. But they were only printed on one side, so I kept those, and other one-sided papers that didn’t have any personal info on them and cut them up into scrap paper. I put a small stack near the computer to jot down notes, and pinned others to the fridge to use for grocery lists. Papers with personal info will be shredded and recycled.


  • Instead of buying a new room spray, I added water and a few drops of lavender oil to the empty spray bottle. This should seem like a given, but I was seriously about to add a new bottle to my Amazon cart before I realized – DUH! I can make my own. Embarrassingly simple to have overlooked like that.
  • My mom sent me a link to a nice top that “looked like me”. It was on clearance and I was very tempted to buy it! I even looked around the site some more and added another item or two to my cart. They were all on clearance, but I clicked the window closed. I don’t need new clothes. I already have too many clothes I don’t wear, and I don’t need to be spending money on more, even on clearance prices.
  • On a similar note – I am unsubscribing from emails that ask me to buy something. Sites I’ve bought from before continually email me with coupon codes, special deals, new merch, etc. I don’t need any of it! If I see it, I might want it. Even if I click out without buying anything, it’s still a waste of time and mental energy to stop myself, so why not cut out the temptation completely?
  • I cut several things out of my Amazon Subscribe and Save list. Things I don’t need, or don’t need as often, or can just buy at the grocery store with digital coupons. I still to evaluate the actual worth of Subscribe and Save, but I’ll get to that later.
  • The week was rainy off and on, so it was cooler out. We turned the thermostat to be warmer and even then the ceiling fans kept us really cool!
  • I organized a LOT in the 2 small closets in the back room (and cleaned up that room overall) and the hall closet. I threw out old stuff in the bathroom and rearranged the bins we use to store things (the bathroom is basically ALL open shelving). Next up: the 2 bedroom closets.

On to the not-so-great:

  • I did two loads of laundry this week, one was the usual load and one was smaller because it included my son’s stuffed animal. I put both in the dryer – the stuffed animal because I wasn’t sure if it would thoroughly dry on the line and get soft, and the regular load because it was raining off and on all week, usually coming on suddenly, and I didn’t want to hang out clothes and risk them getting rained on and having to re-wash.
  • My son and I ate fast food lunch this week. Not great because I am trying to be healthier, and I feel like having fast food can sometimes be “breaking the seal” for me. I haven’t had it in so long and I’ll be fine, but once I had it, I remember how delightfully junky it truly is, and how easy to pick up and eat with no prep and little clean up! But it was after we had a nice, special morning together, and I’m not craving it a couple of days later, so maybe it’s ok this time. It was more than we usually spend on meals made at home, though, which is another great reason to cut it out.
  • Another day we had Chinese for dinner. Again, I love Chinese but the longer I go without it, the longer I can last without it. I was craving it one night and my son said he wanted it too, so I ordered it. What we order isn’t too expensive, and the leftovers last so long, that it turns out to only be a few dollars more per meal than things we would make ourselves. So it’s not really a bad thing (we get at least 3 meals apiece from our order) but it’s not great we did it the same week as having fast food.

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