Rescuing a Lady’s Parlor Chair

Since becoming an aspiring minimalist, I have been much more selective in my lifelong curbside-treasure hunting. Much to my hubby’s relief, my collecting habit has been broken for the most part due to my desire for a less cluttered home… But my rescuing heart is not so cold as to leave a gem like this…

Better than Toys

Every kid can easily make an expansive (and probably expensive) Christmas wish list, and have a lot of fun dreaming of what they want to receive.  I used to look at a toy catalog as a kid and write my own illustrated list to Santa. (I had an inkling it was really Mom and Dad…

No Shopping November: But Baby it’s Cold Outside!

I looked through my clothes last week and realized I had ONE everyday sweater shirt to wear…and it was in the laundry pile.  Also, it was freezing outside.  Bummer.  Normally, I’d run to the thrift store and pick a few out, wash them and be good to go.  But nope.  This is NO SHOPPING NOVEMBER,…

Summary of No Shopping November Challenge, wk 1

Sometimes when inconvenient things like these happen, it can be easier to say “Let’s go to Starbucks and treat ourselves!  We’ve been through a lot!” But nope, sticking to the challenge despite the unexpected things. 

Two words I’m going to keep repeating this November no matter the challenges that may keep coming: Thankfulness and Intentionality.  (And thank YOU for intentionally spending time reading this!)    

Sensory Processing Disorder and the Clothing Conundrum

I’m kinda feeling like minimalism is out to get me; SPD has put on a minimalist hat and is decluttering my kid’s wardrobe at an alarming rate. Clothing.  One of the SPD mom’s biggest headaches. It was 7:30 a.m. this morning, and we were out of pants.  Not because we didn’t have several pairs clean,…

My Inner Hoarder can’t Let Go

Yesterday I was prepping for guests, making the bed, and as I put the pale sage fitted sheet on the queen bed I noticed how worn out the fabric was looking.  (That was right after I found that not one, not two, but three of our pillow cases had tiny holes in them. ) All…

How Minimalism Helped my Mind

Overwhelmed.  Distracted.  Discontent with status quo. Disgusted with myself and my inability to get organized. All that is how I felt a few years ago in the depth of my anxiety and discouragement with where my life was.  It just couldn’t stay that way.  I couldn’t stay that way. I contemplated getting a professional organizer. …

From Survival Mode to Creative Zone Again

When life was just about day-to-day survival and I wasn’t feeling very creative, I knew I needed to do something to get un-stuck. Four years of deeply wading through the weight of everything that was keeping me in survival mode, praying for hope and joy despite my circumstances, and trying to discover what my unique purpose…

What everyday SPD looks like for my 3 and 5 yr olds…

My 5 yr. old son asked for another piece of pizza, a rare treat at our place since I am gluten-free and don’t usually have the energy to make it myself and avoid certain ingredients for my healthy eating standards.  He was so happy when I said sure…but when I gave it to him, he…