This year I have to just clean out one cabinet in the kitchen, one shelf in the basement storage area and go through our board games and card games. I just cleaned out my sewing area. I have two sewing machines for sale. I condensed my sewing items so much that I actually have some more storage boxes that are empty. I loaded up my truck the other day and brought a lot of photo frames and other items to donate. We have two Blu-Ray players for sale and 2 Apple TV’s also! Once I go through our cabinet, I’m sure there will be other things for donation or for sale.
Since we’re at the end of the road with KonMari, we decided to start on the Total Money Makeover with Dave Ramsey for 2017.
2017 is a NO spend year. Unless it’s absolutely necessary for work or groceries/household items, it will not be purchased. We went through our budget and we couldn’t account for quite a bit of money going out of our bank account.
Hubby has a business wardrobe that needs some things replenished throughout the year. I literally am set for clothes. Even after giving away items, I still have enough to last all year without buying anything.
Cash is our friend. We’re at the beginning of the stages, BS1 is underway though!
We have a car being paid off in a couple of months and hopefully we’ll have a tax refund to get BS1 complete!
Our goal for this year isn’t that difficult. Since I’m the one that usually goes shopping for the house and food, I just have to stick to the list and stay away from buying things that aren’t necessary. Amazon and Target seem to be the easy places to stay away from. We do have subscribe and save through Amazon, which is something that I recently edited to only necessary items per month. We are letting our BJ’s club membership expire and I’ll look at Costco later this month. I feel that BJ’s is limited with certain things. I’ll see if Costco meets our needs for bulk items. But honestly we use Amazon for most bulk things each month. It just seemed like a of time, gas and money to get to BJ’s each month. My usual amount spent could be directed to something else, like a bill or savings.
KonMari has been completed in 90% of the house. I have to purge and organize a couple of closets, photos and CD’s. I’m going to see what I can finish this week and then rest until after the New Year.
What a journey!
I went through all the crafty things down in my art space. I gave my artsy friend quite a bit. I hope this helps her launch a new venture! I have another artsy friend that I put things aside for when we meet next month.
Hubby put together a couple of organizers for me…I’ll post photos this week of before and after. I did get rid of a lot of card stock and I have more to go through. Extra stamps and stamp mounts, tools, scissors, products that were outdated or that I just didn’t use…all gone. I’ve been visiting Salvation Army’s donation line so often they actually are ready with a cart when I pull up. I’ve taken things out of boxes and containers and I’ve put them in drawers or on shelves.
I have found that I actually can find things when I’m looking for them.
Over the past two months I’ve been going through things according to the book, but, I’ve actually been doing this since the Spring. We moved my creative space from an upstairs bedroom and a lower office to one big area in the basement. Before the move in August, I knew I would have to start getting rid of things, because I didn’t want to be overwhelmed and to do it when everything was in one area. It happened anyway, but, in a much smaller scale.
The basis of the KonMari method is to keep things that only Spark Joy. Keeping this in mind I went through the first category in my closet and dresser drawers. I learned to fold things the proper way so things stand up and aren’t wrinkled when worn. I also learned that holding on to things “just in case” is not the way to live. The wasting money aspect was a stumbling block over a weekend, then I just thought about it and prayed about it and moved past it.
I had been doing this with just my clothes.
Then the weather began to change and I wanted to get some Fall decorations out around the house. I had read in the book to get rid of empty boxes for appliances and items that you’ve purchased right away. The reason behind this is that if you need to return it and it’s not in the box it was purchased in, it’s okay. You can buy a new box…you also don’t need the instructions for some things, so you can toss the manuals. I have kept a LOT of boxes up in the garage attic space. Every time hubby would go up there to get something down, I would hear him say that there are a lot of boxes. So, with him up in the attic space to get down the Fall decorations, I took this chance to make both of us happy. Here’s the result of him purging the boxes:
This is my last post for 2015. I haven’t posted very much in this blog this year…too many things going on to actually sit down and post something.
This year has been up and down so much. We’ve had a lot of great things happen and a few bad things.
Overall the year was pretty good.
We are still working with doctors all over our state to figure out what’s going on with my daughter after the car accident. We all know that God has this, I have faith in Him and that He will lead us to the right doctor to unlock the puzzle.
We had a good Christmas and heading into 2016, I promise to post more often.