Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Minimalism

 I started this post a while ago. I would write it out then delete it. I just wasn't sure how much I wanted to share. Even though I have always tried to keep it real it is hard to show that you have let THINGS become what you think you are. Does that make since? Growing up with parents who kept a lot of STUFF (this is being nice) I followed in their footsteps and did the same thing. I don't want to live like that anymore. I want to feel free.
 I had been thinking about letting go of things. Things that I don't use often or at all, things that are just taking up space and making me feel almost claustrophobic. Things that cause more work to take care or clean up or take space that can be used for another use or nothing at all. I had thought about this a lot then one day Coco and I were talking and I don't remember how it came up but she had been reading on blogs about minimalism and wanting to do it too. So then after talking with her I got the courage up and started small but what a big difference it made. Not only in my closet but in my bodies space. A lift, a release of things that I didn't love or need to make me feel I am who I am.
 I started small with my shoes. I have a major shoe fetish I have always loved shoes and enjoy looking at them at the stores. So this is where I decided to start. I was watching a You Tube video and I am sorry I can't remember the name but they showed how they stored the shoes and I thought "Hey I could do that!". So I sorted through my shoes now a lot of my shoes were crowded like the first hanging space. I was ruthless with my shoes and ended up with 12 pairs including my 2 pairs of slippers.
So I went from this:                                         BEFORE
                                          To this:                  AFTER                    
 Alan came home from work and I showed him what I had done. He like the idea and said "You know I could do something like that with mine!"  No more needed to be said to me. I went down the next day and got boxes for his shoes.
 This is his shoes before the cleanup:
                                                                          BEFORE
And then                                                              AFTER
 Feeling what this had done for me I knew I wasn't going to stop at this. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

3 comments:

Ian said...

I know what you mean! I have been accused of being a pack rat, but this year we sent major amounts of clothing to the thrift shop and i am planning a BIG garage sale if the snow ever goes. I found boxes that were put in the shed 8 years ago, and have never been opened. It should be interesting.

The Lucas Gang said...

YAY! I am so proud of you! And I am a little shocked that Dad wanted to have his shoes look all cool in boxes, but more power to ya!

Megan said...

Just read through all your de-cluttering/minimalist posts and I am on board!!
You have inspired me!
Thank you for sharing and keeping it real!