Friends and Minimalism

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Hey there! Hope you are having an amazing weekend. Nothing too uncomfortable to read today other than the fact I’m getting rid of over half my closet. GASP. Keep reading because I want to know your thoughts.

This weekend has been a good one, although it has gone to quickly for my liking. At least I still have Sunday, if I don’t sleep it away after staying up too late.

Friday Zach had to work so I went to hang out with my friends and their baby. We went to the Toledo Museum of Art to watch a glass blowing demonstration but we were late as usual and missed it so instead we wandered around the museum. It’s crazy how art can bring about so many different emotions. There were pieces that would make me feel extreme sadness, satisfaction, happiness, and so on.

Here are two photos of the two things I absolutely loved and would have really liked to take home.

I don’t have any deep meaning for why I like the one on the left besides I think the colors are awesome, and how beautiful it is in the midst of the chaos. The one on the right is my favorite of the two, it was so nice to look at. I really enjoyed what the artist had to say about it but it’s so late I can’t remember so maybe I’ll come back and add it in and the credit to who made these pieces.

Anyways! We kept wandering around and ended up in the auditorium where the Toledo Symphony was having their intermission and we were able to catch the last quarter of the program. It was beautiful, I hope I can see them again and actually be there for the whole concert.

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After wandering the art museum we went to Spaghetti Warehouse in downtown Toledo and had a pretty gross time. Most of our silverware and cups were dirty, the food wasn’t that great, and the service was nice but a little out there. The atmosphere of the place looks so cool, there’s even a train car in the restaurant, it’s a shame we didn’t have a good time. So beware, cool looking place but not the best dining experience.

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We went back to their house and I ended up spending the night because the thought of going out in the 0 degree weather and driving home made me cringe. Its been a long time since I have crashed at anyones house and it was a lot of fun. We spend the night watching John Mayer live concert videos and I got to snuggle their baby. In the afternoon we watched a documentary about minimalism. It basically confirmed my feelings about my life but I’ll get to that soon.

So the festivities continued and Zach met up with us and we ended up driving back up to Toledo to get some Chick-Fil-A and check out Best Buy…also Chick-fil-a was a much better choice than the Spaghetti Warehouse. 😉 It was a great time but now I am home and about ready for bed, but before I go I just wanted to talk about minimalism and how I want to continue simplifying my life.

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I am not a die hard minimalist, nor am I going to get a tiny house, however  I do want freedom from my things. I want to be debt free, I want to focus on relationships, I want to be present and content with my surroundings. I don’t want to be owned by my things, I shouldn’t have to feel overwhelmed when it comes to doing laundry or cleaning the house because there are so many THINGS to clean. I want to feel on top of things and in control because there are too many things in life that are out of my control; my home and my things, I have control over not the other way around.

This past July we moved from a small technically 2 bedroom apartment (basically a one bedroom) to a 3 bedroom home, with a basement, living room, dining room, kitchen, and 2 bathrooms. It’s not a giant home but we definitely have plenty of room, especially compared to our apartment we lived in for 3 years. Since moving we have painted most rooms neutral colors and haven’t really done too much to decorate outside of what I already had and I like it that way. I did decorate the bare bedroom with tapestry I had and added some Christmas lights. I am quite pleased, I’m not much of an overhead lighting person, actually I HATE ceiling lights I am a lamp person 100%.

On top of decorating a little I have been cleaning hard core this week with the help of my amazing husband, Zach. I feel so refreshed when the house is clean and my closet is organized. I have finally had the chance to go through my clothes and I have filled 1 full  trash bag of just my clothes and another filled with shoes, I also have 2 giant piles of clothes in my bedroom that I want to take to Plato’s Closet tomorrow. It’s crazy that I still have 70+ articles of clothing (including pants, leggings, shirts, dresses, and pjs/activewear) left and I’m having a rough time narrowing it down any more.

The documentary on Netflix that I watched is call Minimalism and it confirmed everything I have been thinking about lately; like how I want to continue getting rid of the unnecessary clutter and  junk we have. Honestly we don’t have that much any more, we have gone through so much and have thrown out so much with moving and unpacking. There’s still a lot of room for improvement especially in the clothes department for both my husband and I. He is not so much on board with minimalism as far as the wardrobe goes but he’s been great about decluttering and living simply everywhere else in the house.

So anyways getting to the point; the documentary talked about the 333 challenge which has given me great motivation to rid myself of the clothes I never wear. Here is what the challenge is:

The idea is to only wear 33 items (including accessories) for 3 months and you store everything else out of sight.

That is CRAZY, but I think I might be crazy enough to attempt it. In fact I think that I am going to commit right now and do this. Starting Monday February 6th I’m going to put all my extra clothes that I feel I can’t get rid of out of sight. I’m not sure I can go 3 months without buy any clothes, especially with all the LuLaRoe craze but I’m going to try my best. I might fail and that will be okay at least I am making an effort to simplify my life.

If you haven’t watched the documentary yet, go watch it. I want to know what you think!

I’m excited and I hope you will be here on this journey with me to simpler life.

Corrine

P.S. Sorry if there are any horrible grammar errors, it’s 5:30 am and I’m tired but wanted to write before I went to bed. Thank you for reading. ❤

 

 

 

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