what was learned from our first mission d & d

There are always lessons to be learned when we start to tackle new endeavors. With our first mission to declutter and downsize I learned that for most of my rooms I will have to take it by little chunks. Let me elaborate a bit. While cleaning the mudroom there were section I had to downsize and declutter, like the cabinet, the top of the washer/dryer and the shoe bag on the wall. I can see that when I endeavor into my bigger rooms this is going to be more of a challenge.

My next room is the little girls room. I will have to take this room in steps: toy box, closet, under bed, dresser, etc. It is when I get to the kitchen I foresee that I will really need to break things down…I figure the “junk drawer” alone may take me a whole day…lol :)

I also realized that some of the *stuff* I have is from unfinished or undone “projects”. In the mudroom this was homemade laundry detergent. Before my last pregnancy (yeah, I know my baby girl is almost a year old and I should have done this sooner) I was making my own laundry detergent but during my first trimester I was just to tired too keep it up. So I had all the ingredients just sitting in my cabinet. So yesterday I reclaimed my space by finishing off my unused ingredients and making myself about two months worth of powdered laundry detergent! I will be adding another post dedicated solely to my wonderful homemade laundry detergent for anyone interested in making their own! I am sure I will run into many more unfinished projects that I will either have to *do* or get it out of my life.

That said, I believe I will set mini goals (because that’s how us minimalist roll) to get to the big goal of each room falling under the minimalist spell. I am truly looking forward to my mini goals and slowly seeing a major change in the way we live and the way that we look at what we have, what we need, what we can bless others with and what is just flat out junk that has been holding us down from living a freer less cluttered life.

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but my chief duty is to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” – Helen Keller

I also learned how much lighter I feel knowing that I have less *stuff* today than I had yesterday and I am looking forward to this feeling growing! Less really is more :)

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