Tuesday, May 1, 2018

My Minimal Hoarding Life - 2018 April Resolution Check In




Wow! A month already gone but that is life, we have to make what we of time because before you know it, time has slipped passed us. Don`t put off what we can do today till tomorrow.

I make four resolutions, or goals, to accomplish each year. Some years I make it with all of them, some years I do not. Usually two are easier and two are harder.

I have began to pick a word, or words, that I try to also apply to my life for the year. This year I chose the words "No Regrets" because I do not want to regret a single thing I go for this year, whether I make it all the way or I fail, I will learn either way and make myself better.

What are my resolutions? 

1- Stop buying - Grow more
Now its time to really get busy with planting more foods for the home canning, by home canning I cut out so many additives. I use mostly a dash of salt and that is all. I did inventory this past week and I know I need to make more meals in the jar.

I have tomatoes getting red, since i planted 6 plants very early. I have the rest of the plants outside hardening them off to go into the ground.

I have bought okra, squash and mixed green seed for a start to this years garden.

I do not recall buying anything but a couple tuns for the winter clothes.

This is a 100% accomplishment for April.

2 - Clear land - Set up rentals

I have not dug into getting anyone to come out, the cousin that primed has not shown up. Maybe I should look for someone else. 

This is a 100% fail!

3 - Clean, declutter and organize

YES! I am working on this resolution. I cleaned out my closet and that was the big deal! I had stuff in that closet that did not need to be in there but I can remember that there was no other place for it. 
I got rid of clothes and a couple pair of shoes. I bought a couple clear tubs and put the winter clothes away.

I went through all the drawers, cleaned them out of things I did not need anymore. I have one left and my bedroom is done with the getting rid of things I do not need anymore.

Next was the spare bedroom/ stockpile room, yes I tore my home canned good in there, its not used so why not?  I had a few pictures under the bed that I am getting rid of and I know I will NOT need anymore mason jars this year. I had stocked up last year when there was a $3 off coupon for each case.

I also had Tony to go through all his fishing stuff and he put the excess in a clear small flat tub and he threw away a bunch that was no longer good.

I started on the home office and I almost got it cleaned from top to bottom.

My plan for May is the shed.

This resolution is a 100% accomplishment.

4 - Take a vacation

I bet after you read the above you think this one did not happen, right? 

That would be a yes and a no!

No I did not go anywhere on a vacation but I did take several days off. I did not do very much beside cook and wash the whites. I laid around, read a couple books... yes 2 novels!

So there I took a mini stay-cation. 

Next will be the big vacation. I am sure I can get someone to feed the pets.

So this one is a 50% - 50%.

There ya go the fourth month of the year of 2018 gone but I am working on what I want to happen in my life.

How about you, have you gotten your resolutions on its way to happening? 

By Andria Perry
Photos by Andria Perry

Saturday, April 28, 2018

My Minimal Hoarding Life - Do While The Doing Is Good


Minimalist - Hoarder. Minimalism - Hoarding. Becoming something. Becoming everything.

Life is short and the days are going by faster and faster. What have we done with our lives? Gathered stuff for what? To make life easier? Sure but then we are slaves to the stuff because we have to pay for it, clean it, take care of it with repairs.

I often wonder when or rather how life got to the point of "we have to have that or this to live." Things to make us happy.

The fine line, that is where I am at today. Not one or the other.

Today I think to much.

The Minimalist 

Days and days of cleaning, I can hear the facebook group right now " Don`t clean it, get rid of it!" but the facts of life is that we do own stuff and we do want stuff, I am not sure if people really live like some claim to live.

There are days when I wished I was a hermit living in the woods, on a one room shack, skinny as a rail and living on fish I caught free in a public lake. Only caring about getting free fire wood in to keep me warm and a quilt to wrap up in and sleep. That used to be the life.

 The closet:

I cleaned out my closet this past weekend, I made sure to try on everything but I did not toss much out, A few shirts that were way to big. A couple pair of worn out work shoes. A huge bag of plastic hangers. I put away my nicer winter clothing, most with new tags because I did not get to go anywhere to wear them the past winter.

The spare bedroom :

I also made it to the spare bedroom/ stockpile room. Opps! I said a dirty word " stockpile" but yeah I have one because I can my own food as I grow it.

I got rid of pictures that were under the bed. and cleaned that room  well. 

The Hoarder

 The closet:  

I bought a couple more tubs for my huge closet, the clear ones so I can see what is inside them. I took clothes from the solid blue tubs for the paperwork I need to keep for the business, how many years to keep? I have no idea. then I put those clothes and the winter clothes into the new tubs, why keep them? Most of them have new tags and that is clothes I won`t have to buy next winter.

The spare bedroom :

The canning jars! I do have enough, so far. I am sure I have more empty than full at the moment and absolutely NO, I will not get rid of them. These jars will last me for years and years, future food will go into them. Less and less money will be spent.


And More:

Its Saturday and I am about to get busy cleaning the home office. Its not to bad, just needs a good dusting and a few things put away. 

Its Spring and I will next enjoy the great outdoors and a pick up truck, loading up junk from the shed that needs to go! :)


How is your life going?  Did anything Major? 


By Andria Perry
Photos by Andria Perry

Don`t forget Mom! Mothers day is coming soon, buy her the perfect gift of jewelry, its small and won`t take up much space. 

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

My Minimal Hoarding Life - There Is Me and There Is Me




 I feel like I should be further along in this journey than I am. Seems like every time I get to that place of peace and minimal enough to load up and go when I want and not be bogged down, someone leaves me stuff.

I mean why couldn`t they leave me money or a house? Why stuff? I already have a lot of stuff. And their stuff is not my style, although its not ugly, its not me. Then comes that guilty feeling that I should keep it even though I am not into it. I pack it back, hoping to forget about it and years pass and I still have whatever it was in those tubs.

Now I am facing doing that work once again, looking at it all and donating it, maybe let some family riffle through it, get what they want. Man! What an unnecessary job to have to do, I should have walked away from it all. But No! I could not allow that little creep take what she wanted me to have.

I am getting back to this..... this.... mess. I have been hard on the subject the passed few days since I know for the most part I am off this week, clean up that mess, get it outta here.


The cleaning 



First things first, I got 2 acres mowed, it liked to have killed me but I did it. I swear even with a riding mower it will beat the shit out of a century old body.

Next I got to all the paperwork, I got all of the tax prep done and to the CPA, filed more receipts and got rid of old coupons. Clean dining room table!

I had one day alone so I jumped on that time and I cleaned, vacuumed and dusted and put things in their place, the living room, dining room and kitchen. 

While cleaning I had laundry going, each time one load finished I did another and took the dry load to my bed.

I took a break from cleaning and made dinner. After dinner I washed up those dishes and put them away, still a clean kitchen.

Next was my bedroom, I had vacuumed it when I did the other rooms so all I had to do was dust and fold about a million loads of laundry piled high on me bed, I refused to sleep with it.


What went out? 

Over the weekend I cleaned out a few drawers, for both of us, I did the underwear drawers, out went all of those holey socks! I had an entire small plastic grocery sack filled.

Next I tossed a pair of old work shoes, they hurt my feet anyways.



I took all the recycling to the drop off bin and I bagged up a trash bag filled with aluminum cans to sell next week.

Not much so far but hey! its better than nothing at all.


What came in? 

As far as food just produce, fridge stuff, nothing to stock up on.



I bought more solar power stuff but I am not looking at that as junk, its going to save me money in the long run.

I am pretty sure that is about it.

How was your past week? Do anything to get to your cleaning or organizing goals? 

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry 

After thoughts

Just because I want to live a minimal lifestyle that does not mean I don`t like nice clothes and pretty jewelry, with that being said I do shop for both. I just try to find that happy medium and not become a hoarder. I apply the one in and one out, even if I gift the used stuff to someone I know.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

My Minimal Hoarding Life - 2018 March Resolution Check In




Wow! A month already gone but that is life, we have to make what we of time because before you know it, time had slipped passed us. Don`t put off what we can do today till tomorrow.

I make four resolutions, or goals, to accomplish each year. Some years I make it with all of them, some years I do not. Usually two are easier and two are harder.

I have began to pick a word, or words, that I try to also apply to my life for the year. This year I chose the words "No Regrets" because I do not want to regret a single thing I go for this year, whether I make it all the way or I fail, I will learn either way and make myself better.

What are my resolutions? 

1- Stop buying - Grow more

Ahhh, the sweet warmth of Spring! It is spring here in central Alabama and I am proud to say that I have planted several early tomato plants outside, all have tomatoes or are filled with blooms.



I put one potted sweet green bell pepper on the deck but it did not take to the coolness well and I brought it back inside.

As far as food is concerned I am still buying, not as much but its a must right now.

The buying of stuff? 

Yes I have bought a few new things, one obsession I still have is shower curtains and bath rugs to match. Yes I did but new and a couple new towels as well, I am still keeping the others as well.

I did buy a new dish drainer and the old one went out, it was old and the plastic coating was flaking off the metal so its outta here.

Other than that I have not done any serious buying.

Yep, This is an accomplishment because I controlled myself and spending.

2 - Clear land - Set up rentals

This resolution is one of the harder ones as I have stated before, sometimes I can achieve the hard one and sometimes it will spill over into another year.

So.....

I did see someone I know with equipment that can clear it and I did ask him to do a drive by and give me a price, but I have not heard back yet.

I have not had time to get with the commissioner about the drainage problem but that I can do sooner than later.

On the right track = Accomplishment coming my way!

3 - Clean, declutter and organize

I did not get my life back till around the 11th. of the month and then the other job kicked in so March was not a month for my needs, as in home, but more as another whole month of working.

Even with that said I did haul off a truck load to the dump from the outside and I have gotten most of the front yard under control once again. 

I gave away a car, so that one is out of the way.

Last night I did an inventory of my over the counter medications, when I did I also cleaned out an entire cabinet, organizing it and I made more space.

The cleaning is beginning to happen again in my home, one thing I accomplished was throwing out all the coupons that were expired, I have not bought coupons in almost two months, however, I am still getting them from a friend each week, most of the time I use the ones for toilet paper and animal feed, that is all. I always seem to have a lot of paperwork/mail/I have no ideal why.

Life can be hard when you have to work and then come home to work but I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and that is what matters.

I will say this has improved, its an accomplishment. 

4 - Take a vacation

Well, we all know from reading above this did not happen. 

But I have tossed around a couple ideas for a Summer vacation, somewhere I have never been. 

I won`t say where just yet because I have not done the homework on these places, the cost of motel and the price to visit the places I want to see.

And I am thinking about hitting up 2 destinations at once, one on the way to the other or vice versa. 

Not a complete fail because I have just about made my mind up, if I cannot afford where I would love to go, I will do these other two places. 

There ya go the third month of the year of 2018 gone but I am working on what I want to happen in life.

How about you? graining ground?

By Andria Perry
Photos by Andria Perry


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