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30 Day Minimalist Decluttering Challenge: Day 14-20

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Welcome to my third update of my 30 Day Minimalist Decluttering Challenge! This week was a doozy!

While I didn’t have a lot to let go of like usual, I was able to do a lot of thinking for my next steps in my minimalist journey. I thought about why I had certain products, and if there was a better alternative once the product was used up and needed replacing.

It seems this challenge keeps pushing my abilities to live with less, and I am excited to share with you how I am doing! Without further ado, let’s get into the update!

Do you feel like clutter is taking over your life? Are you constantly reorganizing, but never actually feel organized? Then you need to try this 30 Day Minimalist Declutter Challenge I created! This challenge not only focuses on decluttering physical things, but also mental clutter. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as decluttering your physical things.

30 Day Minimalist Decluttering Challenge Update: Days 14-20

Day 14: Pots & Pans

Today is a day I have been waiting to tackle! I have had a few pots I had been wanting to let go of, but I waited for this day to do so.

When we moved into our new home, I put all of our pots and pans in sight. As I used one, I would put them in their new home in a cabinet.

Within the span of two months, I was able to identify with pieces I didn’t use. I let go of two large pots, a small pot, and a lid.

I found two lids had interchangeable pots, so I kept my favorite of the two.

30 Day Minimalist Decluttering Challenge | A Welder's Wife

30 Day Minimalist Decluttering Challenge | A Welder's Wife

30 Day Minimalist Decluttering Challenge | A Welder's Wife

Looking at the pictures, you can see I kept 3 skillets. I really do use them all!

The red skillet is for my bigger meals for when I’m frying chicken or deer steak. The skillet in the middle is my stir fry skillet that I use for meals that need a good simmer. The last skillet is for smaller meals, such as making eggs, sausage, bacon, etc. Basically it is my breakfast skillet haha!

I also kept 2 of my big pots, but only one lid [it works for both]! I need both of these at the same time for some of the meals I make. The other two will be given to a friend who needs them.

Lastly, I have 3 smaller size pots, I use for multiple things. Most of my meals will require using two for different things, and one is my tea pot. I was able to let my smallest one go, because I don’t have a use for it.

Minimalism to me is about being mindful of your possessions. If I use it, there is no need to get rid of it.

Day 15: Wake up 30 Minutes Earlier

Where do I even start…. I did accomplish this exercise due to the fact of being sick. [Yuck!] I was up at 1:30am, 3:45am, and then 5:00am when my husband got up to go to work.

However, I did go back to sleep after calling into work, because rest is my best friend when it comes to being sick.

30 Day Minimalist Decluttering Challenge | A Welder's Wife

I added in some soup to my rest, because we all know soup helps you feel better!

Day 16: Linens

This one for me was tough. I only have one bed with one extra set of sheets, so there wasn’t a need to declutter sheets.

I also decluttered my bathroom towels when we moved. Some of them were torn, so I gave them to my husband to use as shop towels.

However, I didn’t stop until I could think of something to declutter! I decided my kitchen towels were the perfect contender for today!

I have a basket to keep them all organized, but it was pretty full. All of these are in good condition, but I have a few I am willing to part with so it isn’t as cramped.

Now if it doesn’t fit easily in the basket, I really don’t need it!

30 Day Minimalist Decluttering Challenge | A Welder's Wife

Day 17: Cleaning Products

I cringe when I think of cleaning products. I have so many that are full of chemicals and are unhealthy.

My plan is to use up what I have and replace them with organic alternatives, but for now this is what I am working with.

30 Day Minimalist Decluttering Challenge | A Welder's Wife

30 Day Minimalist Decluttering Challenge | A Welder's Wife

I was able to pull out a pink spray bottle that I am going to fill with Apple Cider Vinegar to use as a hair rinse spray [makes your hair feel great and shinny!].

I have another spray bottle I am going to fill with white vinegar to use as a kitchen cleaner, and am tossing the sponge. I haven’t decided what to do with the Mr. Clean product [I didn’t find it effective]. [Mr. Clean was sold in our big family garage sale.]

I am going to see what my husband wants to do with the copper scrub thing, because I don’t have a use for it.

30 Day Minimalist Decluttering Challenge | A Welder's Wife

I am happier with the end result than I had anticipated. A few of the products left are almost used up and will be replaced with an organic option.

[You may notice an empty purple container. This is what I use for my homemade laundry detergent that I am needing to make more of as I type!]

Day 18: Journal for 15 Minutes

I love writing. It is one of the reasons I started my blog. For me, it is a stress reliever to be able to sit and write out thoughts.

I don’t have a journal about my day to day life. For me writing is more of a brainstorming tool. My mind believes in multitasking without always coming back to the first idea.

This is why it is important to always carry a journal with me. Inspiration doesn’t sit around for us to be ready; it pops up when it wants.

Day 19: Skin Care

For the next two days, you will notice I use Mary Kay products. I used to be a consultant, but now I am only a customer.

I have used these products for the past 7 years, so there isn’t anything to dwindle down when it comes to skin care. However, I do want to point out that I feel the same about skin care as I do my cleaning products.

I have had an inventory of these products I am working through. This is the last of them, and when I finish them, I am replacing them with organic options.

30DMDC Day 19

These products work great, but I feel the need to cut chemicals out of my routine more everyday.

I have heard of some great alternatives I want to try, and have already purchased Coconut Oil to replace my moisturizer, toothpaste, and mouth rinse. I plan to use Caster Oil as my face wash, and possible shampoo…?

Day 20: Make Up

Today was a very interesting. I have challenged my abilities to downsize my cosmetics. While I don’t have a lot, I feel I can consolidate my brush set holder with the pouch that holds my foundation products.

30DMDC Day 20 Before
In the before, starting at the top, I have my lip mask, foundation and foundation brushes, eye primer, and tweezers. To the left is my only makeup palette.

I used to have another one identical to this and full of products, but now, this is all I use! At the bottom is my brush set holder, full of brushes, eye liners, mascara, lip balm, bronzers, and eye brow trim kit.

Now let’s take a look at the after shall we!

30 Day Minimalist Decluttering Challenge | A Welder's Wife

I pulled everything out of the brush kit holder to see what I had better. There are a couple of brushes I haven’t used in a while, so I decided to let go of them.

Now let’s look at the after with everything in the pouch.

30 Day Minimalist Decluttering Challenge | A Welder's Wife

It is so nice to have everything in one pouch, but not sure how easy it will be to use compared to having the brush kit holder. I am sure I will adjust, because this is going to take up a lot less space, which was the goal after all!

Here is a picture of what I decided I no longer needed!

30 Day Minimalist Decluttering Challenge | A Welder's Wife

Not much, but it has only been a couple of months since I did a heavy purge of my cosmetics. For the amount of space it will free up when traveling or when put up, I would say it’s pretty good progress!

Week In Review…

Favorite Day: Day 20
Least Favorite Day: Day 15 [Due to being sick]
Items Removed from Possession: 15 + 2 repurposed items = 17!
Total Items Removed During Challenge: 73!
One Thing I Learned: Challenging my limits seems to work! I also really need a quality camera! I apologize for the lack of quality these pictures have.

Coming Up Next Week….

Next week is going to be a real challenge! Paperwork is going to be the death of this challenge for me! I will also have to confront my crafts….

I promise you will want to see this next update! Real progress will be made!

It’s not too late to join me in this challenge! You can find the original post with all of the daily information by clicking HERE! Remember to share your progress using #thetannehillhomestead

How did your third week go? What was your favorite/least favorite days? What are your most and least excited for next week?

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  • Reply
    Linda Luke
    February 8, 2016 at 9:00 am

    While I have been an avid fan of living simply for years, I have no clue what is in the back of the kitchen corner cabinet where I keep my pots and pans. Time to take a look. I am also working on detoxifying my personal care and cleaning products, but am using up what I have. I did keep Clorox wipes for the area where the cat box is, but not in the bathroom. Congrats on your progress. You are doing great!

    • Reply
      February 8, 2016 at 11:13 am

      Thank you! I feel everyone has their work in progress areas or areas we avoid altogether! If it was up to me, I wouldn’t touch half of the things I have. However, I’ve notice challenging myself in this process has been more beneficial to my mental health than I thought possible.

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    February 8, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I love minimalism challenges! I have a list of decluttering tasks I want to do this month and next. It feels so good to get rid of unnecessary stuff.

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      February 8, 2016 at 11:16 am

      It does feel good doesn’t it! I’m looking to see if there is a mental minimalism challenge I can try once I’ve finished this challenge. The mental part of minimalism is one part I haven’t explored very much, but am intrigued by.

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    February 8, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Loved this! Especially with spring around the corner, I love a decluttered house!

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    Mary Bacher
    February 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    What an awesome challenge! I have thought about using up what I have in terms of cleaning products and then making natural alternatives as well. I’m sure Pinterest has some great ideas 😉 This inspires me to start checking that out. Great work on your goals – I’m super impressed!

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    February 9, 2016 at 9:45 am

    What a great way to hold yourself accountable. I’m doing my own little challenge – trying to do my indoor spring cleaning stuff in the winter so I can get outside as soon as spring comes knocking!

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      February 9, 2016 at 10:21 am

      Ah! Yes, I cannot wait for spring! We’ve moved recently so I get to make flower beds from scratch and I’m really excited!

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