We have a lot of stuff. Some of it has value and is used regularly but a lot of it has been moved from home, to home, to home. We finally hit a wall and decided that it was time to make some major changes in our home. I’ve tried a variety of tidying/de-cluttering methods so you won’t be surprised when I jumped on the Konmari* bandwagon.
While Neil was off this past week we both took on the first step of theKonmari* Method and went through and cleaned our closets. Included in the clean out where all of our clothes, coats, shoes, bags and accessories. I was surprised by how much clothing et al that I actually own considering I only wear a handful of items.
I went through my large pile of clothes and ended up with two boxes of off season clothes/pre-pregnancy clothes that still don’t fit but I would wear them in a heartbeat if they did. I also ended up with about 22 articles of season appropriate clothing, 10 or so pajama tops and bottoms and 15 or so workout tops and bottoms, plus one stuffed to the brim bag for thredup.com*, three bags to donate and one bag of items to just toss. Neil on the other hand still has a 40+ item closet, two boxes of off season plus four bags to donate and one bag to toss. #horders
After Konmari*-ing my closet I ended up with an un-intentional capsule wardrobe. This wardrobe includes:
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 pair of crop pants
- 2 dresses
- 6 black t-shirts
- 3 tank tops
- 3 sweaters/long sleeve
- 1 denim jacket
- 4 sandals
- 1 healed sandal
If I’m being completely honest I would say that I could easily eliminate another 5-8 items from my closet because they don’t give me joy aka I’m not practicing pure Konmari*. Those 5-8 items are ones I kept because going out in the nude is not an option (for me). I have also hit that point in the season where I am having a hard time convincing myself to spend more money on clothes that I will only wear for a few months and ideally I’ll would never wear again because they will be too big (that’s an entirely different post). How do you deal with a lack of clothing when you are far from the size you want to be and you are mid season?
Doing: I am just going through our photos from our stay earlier this week at The Sou’Wester Lodge in Seaview, Washington. We had another amazing visit and already made reservations for November. It feels nice to have a place that we consider “our place” to visit year after year. We love staying in the vintage trailers, walking down to the beach and crossing the bridge to Astoria for some good food and beer.
Thinking about: My goals for the upcoming month. I want to be a little bit fitter, a little bit more gentle and relaxed and make as many memories as possible.
Watching: Neil and I have been binging on Scandal while he has been on vacation. I don’t know why it took us so long to start watching it but we are really into it. I also have been re-watching Pretty Little Liars (yes I’m 12).
Looking forward to: Our camping trip next week for Edith’s third (!!!!) birthday.
Reading: I am currently reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and I am loving it. It has really helped to change the way I de-clutter and organize. This week alone we have made two trips to donate unwanted items and we have a huge box filled with papers to shred. While we have a ways to go still I am really finding this book helpful. Who else has read it? or what are you reading?
Loving: Neil being on vacation and I’m hating that he has to go back to work tomorrow. There really is nothing better than having your partner home to help take on the day-to-day activities, to get out and explore the world with and to stay up past our bedtimes to watch too many episodes of Scandal.
What are you currently doing, thinking about, watching, looking forward to, reading and/or loving?
As always this post is inspired by Sometimes Sweet.
Happy Friday Friends! We are in full race training mode at our house with my 10K this September and Neil has registered for the Oregon Wine Country Half (and I’m totally jealous). This race has been on both of our bucket lists since we moved here in 2013 and this year Neil is going to be crossing it off his bucket list. I’m hoping that next year I’ll be free of running injuries and maybe I’ll be able to cross it off my bucket list as well.
The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon starts at Stoller Family Estate, offering an idyllic 13.1-mile course that runs through the heart of the Willamette Valley in Yamhill County, winding past a cluster of four American Viticulture Areas and through vineyards and orchards before reaching the beautiful residential area of Lafayette.
Participants rave about the small-town charm, incredible sunrise views, scenic course, great wines, and post-race Wine & Music Festival, presented by Ken Wright Cellars in the heart of Carlton. The Wine + Music Festival will feature over 20 wineries and Lagunitas Brewing Company pouring at the event, along with live music!
For more information, including a complete list of wineries, course map, and travel information, visit the race website:http://destinationraces.com/runoregon/.
Before you head out for you Fourth of July celebrations get into the spirit by celebrating our 33rd state!If you’re not sure which one that is, here is a hint. You’ll find the beautiful Willamette Valley located here and it’s known for amazing Pinot Noir. Earn your stripes by running the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon – it’s going to be a blast!
Register to run the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon from now until July 9th at 11:59pm for your chance to win a case of Pinot Noir and an awesome training kit (Fitbit tracker, running shoes and more).
What race is on your bucket list?
Disclaimer: Neil received entry to the race in exchange for this post.We are thrilled to attend and cheer him on! I received no monetary compensation for this post.
This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk. I have a tendency to be a little erratic when it comes to my grocery shopping. There are very few items that are guaranteed to be on our shopping list every week but Blue Diamond Almondmilk is one that always makes the list without fail. We use almondmilk for […]
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