Monday, August 8, 2011

miss minimalist: an experiment

Before we left for the lake house, I loaded a small e-book on my kindle that was a collection of articles from a writer who calls herself Miss Minimalist.  The articles were all about how to live a minimalistic lifestyle.  While some of her ideas seem a bit extreme, and some just absolutely would not work with a house full of kids, she had a few ideas that were interesting and inspiring to me.  Being nearly a family of 10 with very limited space, I have to be very mindful about what enters the house because it can multiply in the blink of an eye.  Even being mindful though, things still have to be sorted and purged once in a while.  For the next year, we're going to try a little experiment; everyone has to get rid of 1 item everyday.  It could be an item of clothing that is now stained, a toy fallen out of favor, a pair of shoes I never wear, an old bottle of lotion that is never used, or an old piece of paperwork or craft project that we have no reason to keep.  The item can be something that is worthy of donating or something that just needs to find a new home in the trash bin.  Hopefully at this time next year our household will be a lot lighter on stuff and far more organized. Wish us luck!

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