Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mama's Shoes

A long time ago, in a galaxy called my life before kids, I owned shoes. At one time I owned over 50 pairs. I'm not a girly girl, but I love the way a pretty pair of heels make me feel.  Heels were something easy, unlike makeup, that made this tomboy feel like a beautiful lady.  When I was a young business professional I wore heels daily even if I put flats on as soon as I got to the office.

When I became a stay at home mom five years ago I got rid of several pairs, but I still kept most of them.  Every so often I would wear a pair to church or out on a date with Mr. Daddy,  but the time in between grew farther and farther apart.  Each time we would move I would pack them up and move them too.  I would only throw out a pair if they broke or wore out.  When this happened I would usually replace the pair with a new one. 

As I began Project Downsize I didn't really think about my collection of shoes.  The day of the move is drawing closer and it is time to address my shoes.  The girls helped me drag all my shoes into the living room floor and I started going through them.  As I got rid of shoes the girls tried them on and attempted walking in them.  I would have thought the process would be hard, but it wasn't.  The necessity of being able to chase after my kids, especially Bug, far out weights my need to feel like a lady.  Some days I would settle for just feeling human.

I now have less then a dozen pairs of shoes.  I only kept one pair of heels.  They are gorgeous, and are the ones I was wearing when Mr. Daddy purposed to me. 

Until next time,

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Count Down to the Move

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We have only 30 days left until the move.  I have been purging, sorting, and packing like crazy.  Here's how I'm doing it.

I used a set of questions to decide what to keep and what to get rid of.
  1. Is it a family heirloom?
  2. Does it do what it's supposed to do or does it need to be fixed?
  3. When did I last use it?
  4. Do I, or the person it belongs to, love it?
  5. Do I have multiples? How many do I really need?
  6. Is there a better way to access this?
Once I decided what I was going to get rid of, I had to sort it into groups. I separated items into sell, donate, and trash.
  1. Sell
    • Normally selling is a great way to get rid of unwanted stuff and make a little extra cash.  A garage sale or craigslist are good ideas.  We are not allowed to have a garage sale where we live, so it wasn't an option for us.  We did sell a loft bed frame on craigslist, but it was such a pain that I'm more likely to just donate it.
  2. Donate
    • We regularly receive and pass on hand me down clothes and feel very blessed in the process.  It feels like an on going donation process.  We are taking car loads of stuff to the Goodwill.  You can claim donations on your taxes, just make sure to get a receipt.
  3. Trash
    • If Goodwill won't  take it or you wouldn't buy it, throw it away.
I know it seems backward but I started packing our stuff in storage first. After I purged I was able to condense a lot.  I also came up with a system to mark the storage totes.  I used my label maker to print readable labels and then I put a color coded circle on the tote. The color code tells me, at a glance, how often I need to get into them. 
  • Orange - items I could keep in storage indefinitely.
  • Pink - items I use occasionally, like my sewing and crochet stuff.
  • Green - items I use regularly, like seasonal decorations.
I have also set up a moving station.  It has boxes, packing paper, label maker, tape, and permanent markers.  I basically tried to get everything I might need to pack in one place.  This allows me to easily pack a box when ever I get a chance. I also have space that is empty, and ready to be filled with packed boxes.

I hope you found this helpful.  Until next time,
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