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Pie It Forward

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Josh and I have been waiting for months to have a taste of Sarah and Chris’ sugary slices of kindness. This recently-engaged couple has been traveling across the US, dishing out a delicious assortment of FREE! pies – apple, key lime, chocolate cheese and cantaloupe! When they pulled into my town looking for a place to park their tiny wagon-truck home, we couldn’t help but to grab our camera and meet them.

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Where is Diaper Bear? – The Stranglehold of Emotional Attachment: Part 1

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Not one of the toys on my shelf impressed me as a kid. Sure, I asked for them, I had lots of fun playing with them, but I always wondered – how would my toys hold up over time? Would I rediscover Strawberry Shortcake  at 30 years of age? Would I press her moldy red hair against my face, reminiscing about my childhood? “Mmmm, smells like….strawberries?” If Strawberry wasn’t destined to be my my favorite toy, then who?

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New Digs

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Big changes happening, guys. It’s been a busy couple of weeks. As you may have read earlier, we moved! We’re adjusting to our new home in Columbia Pike. We love it so far – great neighborhood! – and we’re saving lots of money. Our 40-minute walking commute seems like nothing with so much new stuff to explore. We were finally able to get out and take some pics of the new neighborhood this weekend. Enjoy!
 

Donation Day

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Our house minimizing project is going well. We haven’t reached an amazing goal of owning 100 items each (maybe in a month or two), but we have drastically cut down our possessions. We are planning on moving to a cheaper apartment very soon (and  had a time limit of one month), so to stick to our schedule we declared this past Sunday Donation Day.

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15 Amazing Things I Learned When Simplifying My Wardrobe

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It’s amazing what you find when you get rid of all your stuff

The most important thing I learned through this whole experience was that my huge wardrobe didn’t make me happy. Instead, it resulted in frustration, guilt, and time wasted trying to keep my clutter organized. But despite this, the best part of decluttering my closet was discovering myself through all the piles of clothes. Here’s what I learned:

  1. I didn’t really need steps, plans or goal lists to simplify. I just needed to change my perspective and my relationship with “things.”
  2. I still had belts and hats that I “borrowed” from my little sister 15 years ago when we were kids.
  3. I was willing to wear clothes because they were adorable, but not willing to admit I hated wearing them because they were uncomfortable.
  4. I liked the idea of owning vintage, but didn’t tend to wear it.
  5. As I took the clothes down from the rack, a sense of space and comfort overcame me.
  6. I hid behind clothes – I created an identity.
  7. I don’t need 6 bathing suits.
  8. I now prefer having high quality stuff rather than more stuff.
  9. I bought clothes in hopes of generating those happy-go-lucky feelings when I was feeling stressed.
  10. Even though I owned hundreds of items, my wardrobe was not versatile.
  11. I owned clothes that I never wore, not even once.
  12. Fear was holding me back.
  13. I liked to hide money in my purses with the hope that I’d forget and be surprised one day.
  14. I refused to recognize the guilt I had for owning so many clothes, which prevented me from simplifying.
  15. If you smile, people will notice that before commenting on the new dress that you bought.

First the Closet, Then the Rest – Wrapping Up My Minimized Wardrobe (For Now)

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First the Closet

Before we dive into what’s next, I feel the need to clear the air; my final wardrobe is not 40 items. Its 40 items x 2 wardrobes. I have a summer and a winter collection of clothes that totals 80 pieces. It needed to be said, because a few people have patted me on the back, “You only own 40, I couldn’t do that!”

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We Just Walked Away – The Start of a Car Free Lifestyle

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As we handed over the keys, the new owner of our little black Neon gave a confused look around.

“Did you guys bring another car? Do you need a ride to the Metro?”

“No thanks, we’re going to walk.”

We looked back at my very first car parked on an unfamiliar road and then we just walked away. We were ready for the next step in our journey and it felt amazing. As instructed, we followed a woodland path toward the Metro. The buyers had jokingly warned us that the “Red Fox” guarded the woods and many neighborhood dogs had gone missing.  As we walked the path we saw a group of young boys chasing their black lab, “Get him before he reaches the woods! You know what happened last time!”

It was an truly an amazing path to exit upon.

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Tales From Our Cluttered Home

 

We haven’t talked about it much on here yet, but we’ve been on a steady course to minimize our worldly possessions in preparation for the move into a smaller (cheaper) apartment. It’s absolutely incredible how much stuff can accumulate into the lives of a couple when they’re not paying attention. In the course of digging everything out and categorizing (more on that later), our house has become one big pile of stuff we didn’t know we had. It’s enough to cause despair, but we decided that instead of getting depressed, we’d challenge ourselves to make art out of the chaos. Thus were born the pics you see above. Enjoy!

Dear Sister

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Dear Sister,

Do you remember this hat? We used to fight over it. Wasn’t that crazy, always digging through each other’s clothes? I can remember all my little hiding spots, but you always discovered them, just like I found yours. And then there were those moments of real frustration when one of us would walk in on the other – caught in the act! “I have a really important date tonight! Please sister!” But the other would respond by fumbling down the stairs, hand rail reddening our palm, “Mom! Sister stole my hat!” At first mom would try to referee, but after years of the same arguments she finally gave up. “You two work this out by yourselves! I don’t want to hear any more about it!”

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Minimizing My Wardrobe Step 1 and 2

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Step 1: Create 3 piles – Keep, Donate, and Consign. Only keep the items I really love and donate all items that I haven’t worn in a month, that are beyond repair and that don’t match anything.

Two steps into the closet and the fun began. In a fury, my shoes started to stampede forward as they called out “Stranger, Danger!” But I was no stranger, I knew exactly what needed to be donated and so I began the process of minimizing my wardrobe.

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