Minimalism: Clothes that don’t fit

I have a suitcase full of clothes from pre baby days and some form when my first born was one years old. Since then I’ve put on more weight or have better suited clothes for feeding.

I held onto them because my aim is to get back to that weight. But I knew I probably wouldn’t wear some of those close anymore.

Out came the suitcase.

I had over 5 pyjama items. I had a new one I bought in the sale. The purple long sleeve top is nice but the trousers are a funny set of colours for me. Should I keep the top? In the end I put it in the selling pile.

I also had two night dresses I had worn a lot and bought for £1 from Primark. It was a bargain. But I also have another 3 (not the same design). So I managed to tell myself to put them in the donate pile. It’s not something I could have done before.

Then I tackled the leggings. They looked in pretty good condition and as they don’t make up much space I left them.

Next were the tops. I had so many tops and some brand new with labels that I had bought during huge discount sales. But really they were not my colour. So they also went in the selling pile.

Dresses. I have so many dresses. But if there was a colour I wasn’t keen on and I had just bought it because it was in the sale and really cheap, I removed it from the keep pile. There were also dresses I had been gifted from family and I feel guilty that I hadn’t worn them as they’re really nice. Some I was not too keen on though. This is where I had a hurdle and kept them. I need to lose weight to fit into them and I need the motivation. I would feel pretty bad not giving the beautiful dresses a chance. I need to give them a chance.

I ended up with a black bin full of clothes. There were things in there that I previously couldn’t let go of. Mostly because of thinking of the money I spent on them. Not that they were expensive, but I don’t like to waste money.

The truth is, having stuff affects us mentally when it is just too much. Last year I didn’t get rid of one item from the heavily packed suitcase and now, I had a whole bed of unwanted clothes. It is a huge step forward.

Clothes Pegs – Durable and Long-Lasting

Say no to plastic clothes pegs. You know, the ones that break easily!

From my online shopping addiction, I’ve come across a new style of clothes pegs which are good quality and have lasted months.

I say new but perhaps they’re not new at all.

My favourite is this set from ZesGood. The material feels strong and thick, not flimsy and it has lasted us months. They feel like the real deal, and they’re colourful too.

I’ve also ordered these stainless steel ones.

They feel lighter in weight than the colourful set but not bad in quality. You get 20 more for a similar amount of money too.

I think this style of clothes peg is much better than the old fashioned pegs which break easily. Making laundry more efficient.

 

Stickers: Toddler Activity

One of the best things I’ve bought to entertain my toddler is a simple A5 book and stickers.

There’s something about stickers that allows them to peel off and stick for ages and ages and for days to months to years.

However it comes at a huge cost. I have no idea how much I’ve spent on stickers but I’d probably cry if I knew.

When I was a kid I remember having a sticker album and adding stickers to it in order, then trading some with friends and other kids in the school playground. It was fun! However there’s no such thing as a good quality sticker album anymore.

So I’m going to save you time and money fellow mum’s of kids who love stickers.

Either:

Use a empty photo album and get your kids to stick their stickers in it. This will allow them to either use the stickers in projects in the future or reuse the same stickers to peel of and stick, over and over again. This will save money buying more stickers!

Or

Use a normal book and cover the pages with sticky back plastic. It will allow kids to peel off the stickers again.

My daughter has gone through books and books of stickers. They have sadly been stuck to normal paper, which can’t be removed and reused. So it’s just sticking hundreds of stickers next to each other and not being able to use them again.

Let’s cut the waste and be prepared beforehand. I now have the task to see if I can salvage any stickers for future use.

Decluttering, Selling and Minimalism

I have collected so much stuff over the years, I’m actually shocked how much I have.

Since most of it is in excellent condition, I’ve put it up for sale and have 100 items listed. How do I even own that much stuff? Stuff I don’t need? I haven’t even finished listed everything yet!

There’s also the donating pile and the give away to someone I know box. The donating pile will also have monetary donations as I get money from things that I sell as there are a lot of charities that need the money.

I actually feel put off buying things, after seeing how much I have up for sale.

Have ‘things’ around you in your home got in the way of having a peaceful mind? Why not join and declutter.

Minimalism – Getting Rid of the TV – Step One

I don’t know why but over the past week the large monitor in the corner of the living room was absolutely bugging me.

We don’t actually subscribe to any TV service and don’t really watch TV programs. If anything, we use Chromecast to watch YouTube videos like craft activities for ideas. But the large screen taking up a entire corner of the room was constantly in my head.

Today we removed it, put the TV unit up for sale and moved it to the bedroom. Okay, moving it to the bedroom seems counter productive, but that means we won’t be using it in the evening and night as we cosleep and we don’t hang out in our bedroom during the day either.

Perhaps the next step is removing it altogether. We shall see!

Where I’m At – Minimalism?

Over the past year I have increasingly been feeling uncomfortable in my space, my home. At first I didn’t realise it was ‘stuff’ that was cluttering my head.

My other half has always been a very tidy when you go kind of person, with a small amount of possessions and clothes.

On the other hand, I came in with boxes and boxes of STUFF. I hid it all away when I had kids and now I’ve replaced it with other STUFF.

I decided to invest in some storage furniture with a clean look so that toys and ‘stuff’ can be dumped in there before daddy gets home and also for my mind to be clearer. But it seems like it isn’t enough. My living room, which to many doesn’t actually have much in it, feels too cluttered. The kids playroom also feels cluttered (despite most things in storage). It seems I am not yet satisfied.

It wasn’t that long ago when I was entering competitions almost every day for more ‘stuff’ or receiving item after item of something to review. A lot of it does get gifted or passed on but something didn’t feel quite right.

We are surrounded by consumerism but my heart doesn’t feel attached to it. I do feel like I’ve opened up to hobbies this year and have got more into it like when I was growing up so for that I need stuff, but do I need a whole load of it?

I have recently got rid of a lot of things but I’m not happy with what is left yet. I’ll be sharing my journey to minimalism as a lifestyle choice on here. But it also includes a whole other load of things like trying to eradicate plastic from.oir home, trying to use cruelty free vegan makeup only and so on. It is a journey and a half!

Currently in my living room I have a lot of bits and bobs. After having kids and my first-born turning one, the rooms were rejigged and have been several times, so furniture from other rooms have ended up in the living room. Do I keep it all, for when the rooms go back to how they were before, or just get rid? Here’s a list of what I have and I will share my progress on this blog along the way.

Large monitor (we don’t subscribe to TV)

TV stand

My thoughts on the above two are that I no longer want them in the living room. They take up too much space.

Side table

Ottoman

The above two are similar sizes and are placed in front of the TV stand to stop the little ones from pulling the monitor down. So they’re not actually used as tables or places to put down a cup of tea!

Sofa

Sofa bed

The sofa is comfy but bulky

The sofa bed is nice when using it as a bed, it looks great as it has a minimalist design but it’s not comfy as a lounging sofa.

Kids play table with toys underneath it

Nappies and stuff

Drying radiator

Rug

This rug feels too busy in design

My first task is to tackle what is in the storage (ottoman and side table) and remove any items which are not used. One stores blankets which has been great over the past few days when it’s been cold. The other, I’m not so sure, we never look in there.

I’ll also tackle what’s on the fireplace and by the window.

It does seem like the positioning of the windows, the door and the fireplace don’t help but we have to work around that.

This reminds me that there is a whole load of technology items in the TV stand which need to be tackled too. We don’t actually need that much stuff.

Our kitchen tableware and glassware have mostly been minimalistic. We don’t have loads of people visiting at once so owning six glasses at any one given time has been enough or even too much. Some of our dinnerware has chipped over the years and when it’s gotten too much, we’ve thrown it away and not replaced it. So I guess minimalism has always been there trying to get more attention. Hence I decided to remove our dessert glasses as they weren’t ever used. And there’s more that needs to go, such as ovenware that just doesn’t get used. Baking products that I purchased for some fun and creativity but in reality barely get used. There’s so much to purge through but it can be done.

Exercise and Fitness, Where am I now?

I cannot believe that it has been nearly a month since I changed my lifestyle. Of course the past week I’ve had events and ruined it and I could have been much more in shape but as this has been my first hurdle I’ve taken it as a lesson.

I haven’t binged and eaten like before so that’s a plus.

I was seeing changes in my body because of the 30 day shred. I also feel stronger. But I felt like I wasn’t being true to myself doing level 3 when I had let myself slip with food.

So I did one day of level 3 and decided to stop. I found one of the moves terrible for my body, being on one side and lifting the stomach area up. We’ll revisit that later.

Today I did level 1 and level 2 together. What I found is that I was able to do Los things in level 1 and majority of level 2 with some stopping to catch my breath.

My plan is to look for other exercises to fill in around 20 days and then continue with level 3.

My First Bump in My Weight Loss Journey

I got to day 19, eating healthily and exercising daily. It was easy to stay on track as in my mind I had till September 1st to lose weight and be fit as that’s when I would have a party to attend.

Then over the weekend a celebratory event came up that I wasn’t expecting. My other half made such delicious food I ended up overeating. Then we had some more food later on and I had to finish it (I don’t like wasting food and it’s not the type you can save for the next day) so I was really full.

The next day I had my lunch and decided not to have dinner. But I did have a glass of milk and some nuts. During the night I did feel hungry but I didn’t think too much of it.

The following morning I ended up getting up late and then preparing food for the kids and so on. By the time it was mid day I had a terrible headache and felt like I was going to puke. It was not going away. Obviously skipping dinner affected me badly and I waited it out a few hours until I found some chocolate and ate that to get my sugar levels up. I did feel better.

This one time of overeating had a knock on effect that set me back. I can get annoyed about it or I could make excuses for myself but I’ll do neither. Once I felt better in the evening, I still went ahead and did the 30 day shred.

So overeating then skipping meals does not work for me. I’ve fasted several times before, from 1:10am to 9:30pm and have felt totally fine. But I also ate properly before starting the fast. What I can’t handle is doing it randomly.

The next time I have a party or a event where there is lots of delicious food, I need to get out a small plate and fill it with food as well as my dessert so I don’t feel so full and I can still function.

The first bump in the new healthy me road

Yesterday was day 16 of exercising and being healthy properly.

I woke up with terrible hayfever and was pretty out of it all day. I was hopeful to exercise but in the end decided not to.

As I hadn’t eaten well I was pretty drained from that too.

However yesterday was also a celebratory day for me and my other half. So in the evening he prepared a wonderful meal and I had prepared dessert.

I was so out of it all day that by the time it came to dinner, my head was not thinking straight and I overate the delicious meal. Of course I regretted it after. I could have still enjoyed leftovers tomorrow. Instead I ate and ate and ate

I’m so frustrated with myself. I’m undoing all that hard work of losing half a stone. But I’m going to take a lesson. Special occasions don’t require overeating to enjoy them. Everything in moderation.

I ended up exercising after all as I was really not feeling good. For the first time in over two weeks, my stomach felt fat and wobbly and it wasn’t nice.

Jillian got me exercising on level 2 day 6. It was harder with all that food in my belly. Don’t do this again please.