living smaller: january home purge

so about that 2012 goal to live smaller...  yep, i'm doing it!  my home is slowly getting smaller.  one key to living smaller is to GET RID OF UNNECESSARY STUFF.  


we all have tons of stuff that we cart around.  why?  
some of it is sentimental.  [that collection of tchotchkes that you don't really like but someone special gave it to you and you can't bear to part with it] 
some of it is "useful."  [that collection of design magazines spanning the past decade that you never look at but you save because one day "i might need them"]
some of it might one day be cool.  [that ugly table would be awesome if i changed out the legs, sanded and re-stained it, and put new pulls on it!]
and on and on and on...
but really?  we haul this stuff around, we move it, it serves a very minimal purpose in our lives, and really, we'd be better off without it.  

so this past weekend i completed my first of monthly home-purge.  
i will be the first to admit that i like my stuff.  all of the above [scenarios] are reasons that i have personally used for keeping stuff.  i am a sentimental person, as well as a dreamer.  BUT... i also know the liberating feeling that comes when you free yourself from your unnecessary junk.

so the purge:
the purging was sort of happening all of january.  as i would come across something that i haven't needed/wanted/used/looked at in the past, oh, year or so, i tossed it in a designated box right by our back door.  clothes, appliances, an old tennis racket, some board games... all in the box.  over the course of the month i accumulated TWO BOXES of unwanted stuff that i could donate to salvation army!  plus, i recycled a whole box full of old design magazines.  that one was like cutting off my right pinky finger.  but i did it.  and i'm pretty pleased with that.  
boxes going to salvation army

so long, unneeded junk
additionally, hubby and i decided to go through our DVD collection.  not only did we minimize by giving away the movies we don't watch, but we also decided to get rid of the plastic cases that house our DVDs, thus taking up less room and making our need for space just a little bit smaller.   

DVDs to be given away

it wasn't a huge project and it didn't take that much time to do, but if i continue to make small changes like this throughout the year, i feel confident that we can have a smaller, simpler home.

what are your feelings on doing home purges?  do you enjoy them or are they hard for you to do?  if they're hard for you, why is that?


blog loves

i just got an award.  yep, a little german-titled award.  it means somebody likes me.   

that somebody happens to be a long-time acquaintance and friend named elise.  we became acquaintances back in 2006-ish when we lived in the same apartment complex, went to the same church, and dated the same guy (though not at the same time...naturally).  we became better friends when she married said guy and we got to know each other a little bit better and discovered how much we have in common!  love of music, singing, sewing, pretty things... in fact, she just completed a great home improvement project that has me wanting to display some lovely mason jars!  check it out!
anyway, she liebt mich so now i get to return the favor and give a shout-out to 5 other bloggers i love!  this is really tough because i have lots of friends who write really great blogs, but here we go.


1) Acknowledge the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.  
 2) Give this award to 5 other bloggers who have fewer than 200 readers. Let them know through a comment on their blog. 
 3) Post this wonderful award on your blog. 
 4) Bask in the glory bestowed upon you and appreciate all the amazing bloggers out there.

1- arica.  cool california girl.  beachey, bohemian style.  

2- jenner.  blogs about all things stylish.  fashion, interiors, events, organization.  tons of eye-candy over here.
jtru designs

3- rachel.  friend and mommy like me, she also is super-crafty.  she makes amazing felt goods and does tons of diy projects.  here's her crafty blog.  i wish we still lived in the same city so we could make cute things together while our boys wrestled each other on the floor.  
Farm Animal Finger Puppets

4- katie.  gotta shout out to my LDSBC buddy katie.  she works her buns off at a furniture and design store in utah and is a jane-of-all-design-trades.  
Duckworth Designs

5- kimmy.  pro photographer, graphic designer (though she calls herself an amateur), diy-er, buddy of mine. i am so happy we became friends.

and because i love excess:
6- annie.  great modern aesthetic.  clever writer.  uber-creative.  i want to be best friends with annie.
7- jenna.  not only does jenna have an aesthetic that i love, but reading her blog just makes me happy.  i admire how she celebrates the little things in her life.  
design sparrow

thanks to all my wonderful friends and acquaintances for inspiring me, giving me beautiful things to look at, and making my days more interesting.  i hope all you readers enjoy looking at their lovely blogs, too! happy valentines day loves!