Friday, November 22, 2019

Less is more - day 22

Today is hubby's turn again and he pulled from the DVD and book shelves:

Eighteen Dr. Who video sets and four books for a total of 22 things leaving!  😃

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Less is more - day 21

Still under the weather, I really don't have it in me this evening to dig through my closet, or kitchen drawers, or anything that requires much thought.  So I pulled open a few drawers in my paper craft area and found some odds and ends that I'm happy to say good bye to.

An old calendar with pretty pictures that I don't care about anymore, some rubber stamps that won't be missed, some blingy-thingy, miscellaneous photo cards I don't remember why I've been saving them, and lastly a little crocheted pumpkin "box" that was kind of cute when I first made it, but now it's become misshapen and it long ago quit making me smile.  

Bye-Bye 21 things!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Less is more - day 20

Today I ventured into the desk and shelves where I keep cookbooks and recipes.  My cookbook collection is way out of control, so this is the start of ending that madness.  

Twenty cookbooks or recipe booklets - outa here!

Since I'm all about owning my problem, I'll go head and confess... I had two copies of The Pioneer Woman Cookbook, and the Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook.  And I have a NEW Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook, so maybe the older duplicate of the one above that I'm saving for now, I'll discard later.  And should I risk gasps and being heckled from the peanut gallery by tell you how many I'm keeping (for now)?  

Nah...  I'll let you guess - until Sunday 11/24. 

If you live in the continental U.S., and you want to participate, post your guess of how many cookbooks I still have in my collection.   The one who's closest can have her/his choice of any one of the above books (except the Pioneer Woman Cookbook - sorry...  I'm going to make that a Christmas gift).

Here's a list of what you can choose from (you can tell me later what you'd like if you're the winner):

Food for Dudes (board book)
Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Recipes (board book)
Diabetic Meals in 30 Minutes or Less!
Working Mom's Fast & Easy One-Pot Cooking
Secrets of the Great Old-Time Cooks
Encyclopedia Brown Takes The Cake!
Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook
First Ladies Cook Book
The Ultimate Slow Cooker Cookbook
Dinner's in the Freezer

Pamphlets (winner take all):
How to Grow the Tomato and 115 Ways to Prepare it for the Table by George W. Carver
Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes and Their Families
Second Helping (My Slow Cooker)
Slow Cooker Suppers For The Cookingly Challenged
Mix It Up! 
Bisquick Party Book (vintage)
Favorite Christmas Cookies
Homemade for the Holidays
Irish Food & Fun (76 Recipe Cards)

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Less is more - day 19

I came down sick last night with something  😷 so was glad for Hubs to take a  turn at minimizing today.   He sold 6 new models online (packaged and mailed already), and sent off some DVDs to a friend in Florida who gives them to a VFW post where they have a lending library.  The VHS tapes got taken to Goodwill.

House is clearer by 19 more items today!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Less is more - day 18

I'm venturing back into my closet.  It's fairly organized, if crowded in there, but recently (when moving things around for painting) I stuck some items in there that don't really belong.  Good.  If they don't belong there, maybe they don't belong anywhere here.  

An advantage to moving things out of the space they've been residing is that it gives a bit of a fresh perspective on them. Looking at these today, I'm not even sure why these books were being saved in the first place, let alone deemed worthy to carry into my closet when my "yarn room" was being emptied to paint:

Actually, the Nat'l Gallery of Art book is one I've been hanging on to for years.  I have lots of art books.  They are probably the hardest for me to let go of.  Today I watched a short Minimalist video where The Minimalists, Joshua and Ryan talk about working the "muscles" of minimizing by letting go of some hard things.  Not necessarily precious things, but things that are perceived to be hard to let go of for whatever reason.  So...

One big fat art book and 17 other miscellaneous books -  
for a total of 18 more books going to find new homes!