Decluttering Burst: Getting Rid of 100 Things in 1 Hour

I have been getting such joy out of minimizing our belongings on our journey to a more simplified life and home. But lately, I’ve hit a plateau- I’ve gone through my closet, my bathroom drawers, the winter gear, junk drawers, and our office area. But why do I still feel “heavy” like I have too much stuff weighing me down?
I came across a Decluttering Burst Challenge on Courtney Carver’s blog and thought it was just the right activity to get me motivated again! Boy, did it work. The challenge is to discard or donate 100 things in one hour. I have to admit, my hour may have been cut in half because a toddler will do that! But I still was able to get rid of at least 100 items.  I wonder how many things I could have purged in the whole hour?!

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Slow Down & Enjoy the Last Days of Summer

I am just as excited for Fall as the next person, or maybe even more because I’ve been prepping for my Fall capsule wardrobe and it has me giddy for sweaters and boots!  But I’ve been feeling lately like I need to stop planning for a second and enjoy the rest of the season we’re in.  Often, I’m looking ahead to “the next big thing” and overlooking the current situation.  This breeds discontentment, unnecessary anxiety, and too much planning.  Yes, I do think there is such a thing as too much planning!  It’s the phobia of leaving any moment free for down time, usually due to the fear of missing out. Lately I have been making a goal of enjoying the moment I’m in and it really has stripped so much stress from my life! 

To be mindful of the rest of Summer, I’ve been doing these things:

-playing in the backyard more with Lucy
-swimming in our neighborhood pool more often (except during our last swim Chase threw his back out… poor guy!)
-wearing tank tops and/or sandals daily
-eating more salads and fresh produce (I’ve been making a watermelon salad lately that is divine!)
-dining al fresco
-going to the Farmer’s Market
-reading
-camping (and prepping for another camping trip!)

What are your favorite summer activities? 

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Refocusing

This year has brought changes to our household.  Lucy entering the toddler phase,  Chase medically retiring from his military career and entering his 30’s, me starting a part time job marketing our town to visitors… Good changes, but differences non the less!

One of the main changes for me was quitting my full-time management position at Anthropologie to spend more time at home with Lucy. I thought a decrease in funds would make for less freedom but I’ve been amazed at how simplifying and cutting stress has actually given us the tools to become more free in a financial sense. We’ve become very budget-centered which somehow has grown a contentment for what we have and living more simply.

This change has filtered through to the blog as well. I find that being a “lifestyle” blog opens up the gamete of writing to just about anything, which while that may seem easier, it’s actually quite daunting.  I find myself all over the board of subjects!  My values and views have shifted towards living the simple life so that’s where the blog is headed, too.  Still branded as “Newman’s Nest”, the blog will continue to feature our day-to-day but will be centered around our attempt to curate a more minimalist life.  Topics will include eating more wholesome (thanks to Whole30!), being more present, and of course the capsule wardrobe!  Along with the refocusing, you will notice a slightly new look, although I can’t seem to get away from a very clean, minimal blog design! I loved the way the blog looked before but we were in need of a look that would transfer over to mobile devices as well.  Hopefully your viewing experience on your cell phone will be just as aesthetically pleasing as it is on the computer!

If this still aligns with your beliefs and what you like to read, then great! If not, I don’t want to add to the junk in your email inbox, so I encourage you to unsubscribe.  My goal is to post at least one well thought blog post a week, instead of multiple posts of just meh content- I’d really like to actually add value to your life!

So, without further adieu, welcome to Newman’s Nest, a guide to curating a simple life.  I hope you enjoy!  

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