Have you ever heard the saying, “It takes a village?” More importantly, have you ever wondered where to find yourself a village? We all need help from time to time and this whole life thing can start to feel pretty lonely especially if you’re a parent. Often times everything falls on our shoulders. Money, making dinner, school sports … and what about time for ourselves? What can you do when you feel like people are counting on you to do everything? Well, a new trend suggests, you stop doing it all by creating a co-op. How can a co-op reduce your budget and save you tons of time? Well, let’s talk about that.
So not too long after we moved into our smaller house, our microwave went out. Because we were smack dab in the middle of debt payoff we decided that a new microwave was not our top priority. It wasn’t until we were visiting our oldest daughter at her apartment and our other daughter asked, “Do you have a pot I can warm this up in?” –She was referring to some cider that she wanted to warm up. We were all met with blank stares as everyone realized we had been living like…basically cavemen for months. Sure, it was no big deal that we were warming our leftovers on the stove…until we realized that our children had totally forgotten about the modern convenience of a microwave. So why didn’t we just shell out the $200 for a new one? Well, I’ll tell you.
You guys!!! I did a KonMari (well, kind of) makeover to my wardrobe years ago (check it out) when I first learned about Marie Kondo and her genius organization skills. The truth is, I started reading her book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and after the first chapter I just had to start decluttering and cleaning. I didn’t even finish the book! Now that her Netflix special is up, I see just how much I missed out on by not following through. Now that we’ve been in our smaller house for going on 4 years, I decided it was time to give this whole KonMari method another try and Tom decided to join in! You can keep reading to either watch the YouTube video we did or keep scrolling to check out all the photos and info about our KonMari closet before and after.
I don’t know if I’m just worse at life than everyone else or if I have figured it out a little more than most? Whatever the case, I think people need to get on board with my semi-lazy ways of living. Let’s not call it lazy, let’s call it the minimalist art of doing nothing. No matter what, every single day, I make sure to carve out a little time to do absolutely nothing. Living is hectic and simplifying your days is absolutely necessary to survival. So let’s chat about how to perfect this minimalist art. Let’s learn how to do nothing…at least once a day.
I am a big fan of decluttering and I will never regret our decision to downsize our house. One area that not many people talk about, but really should be addressed is how to downsize your life from negative people. The people we surround ourselves with have a way of either lifting us up or dragging us down. Just like actual clutter, negative people can make us feel depressed, smothered and anxious. Rather than continue this cycle, and keep yourself feeling stuck, let’s discuss how to downsize your life from negative people.
You can do a lot with a year. Or you can totally waste it. The choice is up to you. As we enter a new year, however, I have decided to make a list to go with each new day. Try new things. Declutter. Simplify. See what works, and ditch what doesn’t. I hope you can take some inspiration from these 365 ways to live a better life in 365 days ideas. Got any extra ones? Feel free to share in the comments!