2018 is filling my cup full of inspiration. I can't decide if it is age, wisdom (HA!) or a minimalistic mind set; but whatever it is I AM ON BOARD. 

The other night I was picking out my clothes for the week and I kept looking at my closet thinking, I HAVE NOTHING. Right, typical basic. So I dove through the laundry with all of the clothes I wore in earlier weeks, (sue me), and finally decided upon 5 outfits. Oddly, they were all items that I had worn many times and couldn't NOT wear because, comfort. So I started thinking about the clothes that hung dormant in my closet. Why were there there, what were their purposes? Did I like the way they looked on the hanger, did they make me feel happy, did they make me feel good when I wore them? Most of them, no. But some were items that were out of season, or for a dress occasion only. That is when I started thinking. Why do you have items that you don't love? What is the point of adding all of the extra clutter, chaos and disorder to your life.

We all have a wardrobe, what is yours? Mine just so happens to be a good pair of skinny jeans, black, dark blue, light denim wash... with a chunky sweater, anything striped, chambray denim tops with a good mule, clog or platform sneaker. I like things to be simple. I like an adult Granimals collection.

But then I started looking into other aspects of my life, my Tupperware cabinet, Maes toy bins, our decor items. I want to make sure everything that I had in my home. I absolutely loved. I want no room for I might love it someday or its a place holder. 

Clarify Your Motivation 

With any goal or idea it is alway important to know, WHY? And it can't be because everyone else is doing it. My major motivations are in my year or yes and happiness and I want things to be more streamlined. I want less reasons to be frustrated, I want to prevent the ever so prevalent overwhelm and I want to reduce the amount of time and energy I use to focus on what could make me happy and just be happy in the now.

Separate Needs from Wants

The first thing I did was make a list using my Evernote app and decide what I would need to replace a few of the items I would be getting rid of and budget and price map everything so I would know what exactly it was that I would be spending. Then I made a list of only the NEEDS such as, new Tupperware to replace the existing damaged ones, another pair of jeans that fit me since mine were maternity and maybe a new bra since everyday is a struggle y'all. Then a list consisting of only the WANTS a new shelving system (that of course I mapped out on Pinterest because, money saving duh), a few new tops to wear that are basics, and new playmat for Mae. 

Define Your Rules

You are the boss here, you started this journey. But make sure you are clear with your boundaries and rules to go along with this journey. Some people opt to create a capsule wardrobe, some people sell all of their items and buy new with what they have "earned"... the choice is yours. Anyone who knows me, knows those parameters would make me devastated. Only having a few items that would soon look worn would wear me down and make me feel like I have nothing. But having to sell each item would give me anxiety (this too shall pass). I decided that I would take a go at selling a few items that I know I would never really wear, box a few up and put them in the attic and separate my clothes by season. I also decided I would allow myself 4 projects this year that will enhance my home and my mind. 

So who is in, who wants to join me in keeping what you love but parting with the items that don't really add value to your lives? Anyone who has tried this, I welcome you with open arms to provide tips, tricks and advice. I'll keep you updated.

Sincerely, Shelbi


2018 is filling my cup full of inspiration. I can't decide if it is age, wisdom (HA!) or a minimalistic mind set; but whatever it is I AM ON BOARD. 

The other night I was picking out my clothes for the week and I kept looking at my closet thinking, I HAVE NOTHING. Right, typical basic. So I dove through the laundry with all of the clothes I wore in earlier weeks, (sue me), and finally decided upon 5 outfits. Oddly, they were all items that I had worn many times and couldn't NOT wear because, comfort. So I started thinking about the clothes that hung dormant in my closet. Why were there there, what were their purposes? Did I like the way they looked on the hanger, did they make me feel happy, did they make me feel good when I wore them? Most of them, no. But some were items that were out of season, or for a dress occasion only. That is when I started thinking. Why do you have items that you don't love? What is the point of adding all of the extra clutter, chaos and disorder to your life.

We all have a wardrobe, what is yours? Mine just so happens to be a good pair of skinny jeans, black, dark blue, light denim wash... with a chunky sweater, anything striped, chambray denim tops with a good mule, clog or platform sneaker. I like things to be simple. I like an adult Granimals collection.

But then I started looking into other aspects of my life, my Tupperware cabinet, Maes toy bins, our decor items. I want to make sure everything that I had in my home. I absolutely loved. I want no room for I might love it someday or its a place holder. 

Clarify Your Motivation 

With any goal or idea it is alway important to know, WHY? And it can't be because everyone else is doing it. My major motivations are in my year or yes and happiness and I want things to be more streamlined. I want less reasons to be frustrated, I want to prevent the ever so prevalent overwhelm and I want to reduce the amount of time and energy I use to focus on what could make me happy and just be happy in the now.

Separate Needs from Wants

The first thing I did was make a list using my Evernote app and decide what I would need to replace a few of the items I would be getting rid of and budget and price map everything so I would know what exactly it was that I would be spending. Then I made a list of only the NEEDS such as, new Tupperware to replace the existing damaged ones, another pair of jeans that fit me since mine were maternity and maybe a new bra since everyday is a struggle y'all. Then a list consisting of only the WANTS a new shelving system (that of course I mapped out on Pinterest because, money saving duh), a few new tops to wear that are basics, and new playmat for Mae. 

Define Your Rules

You are the boss here, you started this journey. But make sure you are clear with your boundaries and rules to go along with this journey. Some people opt to create a capsule wardrobe, some people sell all of their items and buy new with what they have "earned"... the choice is yours. Anyone who knows me, knows those parameters would make me devastated. Only having a few items that would soon look worn would wear me down and make me feel like I have nothing. But having to sell each item would give me anxiety (this too shall pass). I decided that I would take a go at selling a few items that I know I would never really wear, box a few up and put them in the attic and separate my clothes by season. I also decided I would allow myself 4 projects this year that will enhance my home and my mind. 

So who is in, who wants to join me in keeping what you love but parting with the items that don't really add value to your lives? Anyone who has tried this, I welcome you with open arms to provide tips, tricks and advice. I'll keep you updated.

Sincerely, Shelbi


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