Saturday, July 22, 2017

My Minimal Hoarding Life - Do One Thing and Do It Right

July 22, 2017

A couple of weeks ago I declared defeat. This place, this life defeated me. 

After an entire day in bed sleeping off the exhaustion I got up the next day, whined a little more about how my muscles were aching and got on with life, I had hit bottom and now it was time to climb back up to the top. 

Its been nearly a year of working two jobs, thank God one has been slow and easy, and with that and taking care of the outside and insides took its toll on me. I was needed inside to care for someone, I was needed outside to mow the grass by push mower, the rider was broken down, and tend to the animals. I was needed to clean and wash load after load of laundry. The calls from one business and having to stop and go all the way into work, sometimes for only 1/2 hour but still it interrupted the whole day of "at home" duties. I had stopped writing because there was no time for it at all. Overwhelmed is what happened, the chaos was to much. 


That is right!  I quit worrying about getting every thing done. Stood back and took a good look around.

I decided to let the outside go. With having only a push mower running and the rain every few days the grass was already out of control, mow an area close to the house and let the rest go till I get what I need to get that job done, either the rider fixed or a new one. So far neither has happened.

What I did was made the plan to mow one evening a couple hours each week and call it quits. I cannot afford to kill myself mowing because this year it would be a non stop daily job, if the rain permitted. 


I stopped writing, I took a couple hours ( or one) before bed to be social and that was it, once a week I wrote one blog because I needed to get what I needed done here, a clean home. I kept up one blog and only one.

For more on the blog click here : The Homestead  

Inside My Home

Well, when you are divided five ways, and you take a minute for this and a minute for that nothing is done right, nothing is really clean. 

I began in one end of the house deep cleaning and worked my way to the other side. It really helped when some of the medical equipment was no longer needed and returned, I did not have to move all that and dust anymore. 

Next I took a couple days to organize the stocked home canning, I needed to know what I had for the Winter and what I need. I  wrote down the list and labeled each box for quick picks when cooking. 

I do have one more room to super clean and that is this office, I am glad it does not have much in it so its the easier room, besides my bedroom, and I will clean it next week.

The kitchen upper cabinets are still in need of a good scrubbing so that is on my list of to get done.

What am I getting rid of? 

I have a laundry basket fill with odds and ends that will go today and on the next rainy day I plan to tackle the closet and put away/ get rid of all the clothes that Tony no longer wears, and for me, I have to try on and toss many shirts that I don`t need. 

I also took a car load of house plants and gave them away, I had good intentions of having a greenhouse and selling plants but right now is not the time, so I gave them away, no need to wait and bring them inside later this fall for Winter. I still need to give away another half and just keep around 10 plants, if that many.

I really, really need to sell three cars, I am tired of them setting and the grass growing up around them. Its a shame that each one only needs minor repairs but come with a high price tag to get fixed.

New Plans? 

I am getting closer and closer to making a decision, thinking about down sizing because this place may be to much for me to handle and I may move, its been a long time since I have moved. I need a smaller house with a basement for the canned goods so I think I will start looking for a nice rental house till I see if I want to be grounded again. 

How is your life? Minimal? 

By Andria Perry
Photos By Andria Perry

Monday, July 3, 2017

The 2017 Resolutions - Check In For June- What Did I Accomplish?

July 4,2017

While June was a rainy month here in central Alabama it does not mean that a lot got done inside the house, seems when the rain sets in so does the lounging and movies or a good novel.

Now lets tale a look back at the month of June and see just what I did get done toward my resolutions for the year, remember I make two easy and two hard each year, sometimes I make them all but more than likely its three out of four.

This year I also picked a word for my year, what I wish to accomplish. My word for the year is : Satisfaction. I picked this word because I want to feel satisfied with everything I do in the year 2017.

My 2017 resolutions are :

1 - Buy Solar Panels and the accessories - Get off the grid

I have done absolutely nothing toward this resolution BUT..... Yes there is that three letter word, I have been reading more and watching more real life situations with solar power and wind power.

I also have to report that although June was a hot month, regardless of rain, the power bill only rose $30. I was not expecting the bill to be only $159. Now I must cross my finger that it`ll stay the same for July. 

Failed with this resolution for June.

2- Write more- Finish the book and write another. Blog more for money

Writing more means more alone time, time to let my thoughts come out and on the paper, to match photos with the story. 

Unfortunately I have not had much quiet time for me, and absolutely no alone time. 

However, while I was mowing the grass I had one of those ding ding moments, one of my blogging friends has told me more than once to write a book instead of giving away what I do but I was thinking " there are so many books already out there on this subject" but I got something that would be different than what is already on the market but will be almost like what they are talking about.

No blogging for money at the moment. My heart has not been into it right now. 

I will say this is a 50-50 not that I have written but I have the first part, the idea and how to lay it out.

3 - Lose 25 pounds and get back on a vegetarian diet

Seems I am not losing any more weight. I lost 8 pounds and I am at a stand still, I will admit I have not been trying, but I have not gained anything back.

I am getting so much better at not eating red meat, however I do eat chicken and turkey, fish and anything from the ocean.

To help curb the want for different meats from time to time I did buy 4 packs of Morning Star farms, its fake meat but it`l do the trick for me.

I am sure my problem is my sweet tooth, okay I know it is! That I have to work on and I mean get serious fast. Being diabetic is no fun, losing eye sight or kidneys most certainly wont be fun.

I will say this is a 50-50, I am making an effort to help myself.

4 - Learn to ask people for help

Like I have said before, this is a hard one for me. I have been on my own doing for myself so long that when I do need help I will just forget what I need and move on or have to pay big money for something I should get for free.

I had to raise these walls around myself for protection, so many were only wanting to harm me that I could not trust anyone. That is why sometimes paying a stranger worked out better.

I actually had a friend tell me she would help me when I need her and I think I will take her up on that one in August. She is a new friend I made with my new life, not any of the so called old friends from my old home place.

I will say this is a 50-50, Once again I am making an effort to help myself.

That is how my life is shaping up, my resolutions /Goals for the year 2017, now that the seventh month of the year is here and most things with work has slowed down, maybe I can make a few more of these happen but improvement on three out of four is better than nothing.

Always room for improvement in everyone`s life.

How about yours? 

For more about last month click here : Life in the fast lane 

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry

Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Minimal Hoarding Life - Thinking About Life

June 15,2017


Life like usual has been up and down. In the house and then gone for days.

I laid in bed this morning before I got up and I was thinking " what if I had to move into a small house, how would all this furniture fit? The answer is " it would not fit."

Next thoughts were " if I just left all of it and started over in a small house, how would I want it to look? and the answer was minimal and with smaller furniture." 


Just because my life is more than full at the moment does not mean that I care less about how I live and what I live in. I am always cleaning something just to keep things going. Always giving something away I no longer want or can use.

Last week I took my sister every cake mix I had except one from the stockpile, I was looking in the stockpile room to see what I have, this usually deters me from buying anymore of anything. 

Last week we went to visit the nursing home and took someone six bottles of shampoo, six bottles of body wash, six bottles of lotion and two bottles of deodorant. Why six? I am thinking that this will last her for several months and I am hoping the staff won`t steal any, if you take to much they will take it.... something we just cannot help.

A couple days ago I tried on a few shirts to discover they are to big, so I have a plastic bag hanging on the closet door knob now, each time I try one on for the day and it does not fit I will put it in that bag, this wont take any time from my day and I will be cleaning as I look for clothes to wear daily. I have discovered I do not like many of my clothes anymore so I am cleaning them out and I have bought a couple new shirts that I tried on at the store before buying and I like them, shouldn`t the closet be a home for clothes you like and wear?

I have magazines by the back door to go next time I leave the house, I only get one now " Better Homes & Gardens" soon I will not have any coming, a habit I am breaking and doing good I use to get 4-6 a month.

I finally got the area around my home mowed and trash picked up but the mowing is due again, its a summer chore that keeps me busy. As well as the little vegetable garden. 

I am in the mood to get rid of more things so that my cleaning life is faster and easier. It takes so much time to clean things that I forget to live and have fun.

Why do I think its important to live minimal?

Over the years I have had the pleasure of being a part of doing estates after people die, sometimes this turns out to be a hoarder. No the hoarders that keep animal feces or had a trail through the house but people who just had SO much stuff. And with stuff comes dust, and with dust comes an asthma attack... its a chain reaction!

So I get to thinking that I do not want to burden anyone with stuff that I really do not need or really for that matter use or want, and do not think you are to young to die, anyone can die at any given moment. Some things that I want to leave a person and I am just saving it till I die, well I am thinking about giving it to them now. 

I know its harder for some than others to get rid of things " they might use" but live now! don`t hoard it up for later because it`ll dry rot or cause bugs ( many different types of bugs thrive in a hoard as well as rats).

I am not perfect and I do still have to much junk and not everything is organized.


I have hope of becoming the minimalist I used to be, free and having fun and not allowing things to keep me as a slave to them.

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry

Monday, June 5, 2017

Minimalism Monday - New Month New Goals

June 5, 2017

The goals for May went right out the door because of work and more work. When I work at home as a caregiver I can make a little time to do things here but when I work away from home and be a caregiver I barely have time to breathe.

Last month I wanted to finish painting the kitchen and clean out my walk in closet, I did not get the kitchen  but I did get half of the closet accomplished, the part I dreaded. 

What`s new goals do I have for June?

I am not sure I need to make any goals and just let things happen. I know I will get something accomplished, life is uncertain at the moment so plans can or will be broken, save myself the disappointment of not getting to what I had my heart set on doing.

My Must Do List :

No matter what,  I will do my "chores" at home. What you call chores and what I call chores may be the same or not. 

Laundry is something I absolutely hate to pile up, not just the smell but it`ll mildew and be ruined. Whether I wash and toss them on the bed for folding later, the linens and clothes get cleaned. 

Dirty dishes is another thing I hate to let pile up, if I cannot get them done each night I soak them in the sink and wash them first thing in the morning, its rare but at times I do have to let them go till morning. FYI - I hand wash my dishes I do not have a dish washer.

Another thing is the living room, where the mess can get out of control fast, I have to stay on top of that mess. 

The past week I have kept all the paper work filed and put away.

I have also managed to keep the recycling together and taken to the donation bin. Each week I make two drops at the office trash can for the things that cannot be recycled. 

This last week I made sure to change all the bed sheets in the house, clean beds are as important to me and clean clothes on my back.

I am slacking on the dusting and vacuuming because I need to be quiet more sine I have someone sick and resting in the house for two weeks.

What I need to work on :

My main problem is the outsides, it has rained everyday, if not all day then only when I get off of work and head outside. I need to mow the lawn, the fields and the garden. I need to load the ruck with stuff and haul it to the dump, I just do not know where or how things " just show up" and need to be gone. 

How was your past week? Get anything done on your cleaning or clearing list?

By Andria Perry
Photo by Andria Perry

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The 2017 Resolutions - Life In The Fast Lane

I can say that the month of May went by fast, sometimes that is a good thing at other times I wished I had more hours in the day, at least we are in daylights savings time and I have more daylight.

Now lets take a look back at May and see just what I did get done toward my resolutions for the year, remember I make two easy and two hard each year, sometimes I make them all but more than likely its three out of four.

This year I also picked a word for my year, what I wish to accomplish. My word for the year is : Satisfaction. I picked this word because I want to feel satisfied with everything I do in the year 2017.

My 2017 resolutions are :

1 - Buy Solar Panels and the accessories - Get off the grid

This resolution is always on my mind, why? Every time I see a power bill, water bill or grocery bill.

I have bought motion lights for the outdoors, I have them charged and ready to hang but work has taken all my time and I have yet to hang them. 

This one is a fail for May.

2- Write more- Finish the book and write another. Blog more for money

Another bloging site is not paying so I am laying low for a while on signing up for the newest penny pop up site. Off line work took all my time for the month of May but I still have been writing a couple blogs a week, with a little help from my friends I will began to make a little money with those, hopefully in the month of June.

The book is still awaiting my attention but is not far from the back of my mind, I am adding to it daily, even in my head.

This one is a fail for May.

3 - Lose 25 pounds and get back on a vegetarian diet

Seems I am not losing any more weight. I lost 8 pounds and I am at a stand still, I will admit I have not been trying, but I have not gained anything back so that part is good.

The good news is that my A1C is falling so I am on half the amount of medication for diabetes and the cholesterol is normal again so I am off that  medication.

Eating healthy is always a fight of the good and evil within, especially with diabetics, we crave sweets and carbs. I have just about gotten rid of the red meat from my diet, I am still eating chicken and fish, I do eat more meals that are all vegetables than I do with any any meat.

This one is a 75% success for the month of May 

4 - Learn to ask people for help

This one is the hard one for me because usually I have to pay people to help me, the month of May was no different. However I did ask a favor of my sister and her boyfriend and they did go beyond what I had asked and did a great job but I did pay them.

But as far as asking people to just help me out of the goodness of their heart, No. I am not even sure people still do that anymore, when someone see`s I own my own business they assume I do not need help, or I hear " they can afford to hire help!" Which sometimes in not true.

The Bible teaches us to love one another and helping your fellow man, or woman, out without pay. This is slowly disappearing and I will say I still continue to help people and I will not stop no matter how rich or poor.

This one is a fail for May.

That is how my life is shaping up, my resolutions /Goals for the year 2017, now that the sixth month of the year is here and most things with work have slowed down, maybe I can make a few more of these yearly resolutions  happen but one out of four is better than nothing.

Always room for improvement in everyone`s life.

How about yours? 

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry

Thursday, May 18, 2017

My Minimal Hoarding Life - Overwhelmed With Life

I have to say that life is slightly overwhelming this month. I have so much to prepare for. Being the only one to do things here and there I am getting my ass kicked.

Seems God has gave me so many titles this month, maybe this whole year. I am the woman of the house. I am the cook. I am the doctor. I am the nurse. I am the laundry mat. I am the farmer/gardener. I am the maid. I am the chauffeur. I am the receptionist. I am the dog walker/ animal caregiver. I am the muscle and the mouth.... etc.

But the one thing I am not getting enough of is time. I cannot sit in a waiting room for hours and hours and accomplish anything at home. With that being said I am really struggling to get my home in order and keep the vegetable garden going and other everyday things that has to be done.

On the days I do not have to be sitting in the waiting rooms I am mowing grass and planting veggies. 

I need a routine but its impossible to make one. However, I have been relaxing a couple hours in the morning while I do laundry by writing online. I catch a small window to wash up the dirty dishes after cooking most all the meals, every few minutes I can use I can make a huge difference.

The closet was one of my monthly goals to get finished, I did get out a couple tubs of important papers and got those together and discarded many receipts that are not needed, but while its sunny outside I need to get the mowing done so if need be I can let it go for two weeks so I tend to put the closet off, maybe till a rainy day.

I know God only gives us what we can handle, but I am sure its up to me on how to get it done. 

Right now I am overwhelmed with work, so I should write a list and check off what is needed to be done first and what can wait.

How is your minimal life?

By Andria Perry

Photo by Andria Perry

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Minimalism And Me - Not Using That Just Dump It

 Photo: The basement ceiling

I have been at it again, working at the old home place. For me its easy to just put old junk into a trash can and roll it to the curb, the problem is taking the time to get it done.

The past few days I have taken a couple of hours out of each to get things done that does not include my normal routine, why? I just feel the need to get this done before Winter. I know I know, its just Spring but time if flying past so fast that it`ll be winter in nearly a blink of an eye.

I went through a box of books, I could not keep not one single book simply because they smell like a musty basement and it looks like silverfish has been having a party. Trash can.

I also found three phones, all with wire attached receivers, with hold, 4 hold lines on each phone.Its been 20 years?! Trash can.

Old picture frames that were going to frame our oh so famous art, that we make. Trash can.

Now did I find anything I will keep? Yes. Six milk glass dessert dishes and canning jars. One two gallon old time pickle jugs. Will I use this stuff? Yes.

I am at the point I need boxes to separate what is trash, donate and sell. I am proud to say I am down to one room, well... one half room.

This week I also have mowed the yard and I piled up all the fallen tree limbs and cut down vines, raked up all the piled up old leaves on the side porch. I had help cutting down small trees, I did all of the drag and stacking.

I am proud of all the work that is being accomplished at this house. I had mentioned to Tony that instead of renting it out, I may just move my sister into the house, she needs more space and she already knows all the neighbors. We will just have to get more things done before I ask her if she wants to move there or not.

How has your week been so far?

More About How this started read : Minimalism Monday And More 

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry.