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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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?