The Return of the Internet

Some of you may have noticed that it has been a VERY long time since I posted in my tiny corner of the internet.  I promise, there was a valid reason. Michigan (and other places in the US) got hit with a crazy amount of snow over the last two weeks.

This picture was taken AFTER an entire foot of snow had melted.

This picture was taken AFTER an entire foot of snow had melted.

So, the first snowstorm hits us and we lose our internet.  Three days go by and nobody can get to the house to fix it because of said snowstorm. Finally, after five days of no internet someone makes it to our house.  Voila!  Internet is fixed…for less than twenty-four hours.  The second wave of snowstorms hit at this point causing a violent loss of power. Our modem became completely fried because of the outages.  Nowhere on the island sells modems so we had to have one shipped in.  It’s been two weeks and we are still waiting…and waiting…and waiting.

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Thankfully, a kind person on the island managed to dig up an extra modem for us to borrow until ours finally arrives. We are THANKFUL for the kindness of strangers.

Your turn…Were you effected by the snowstorms at all?

I’m currently listening to…Modest Mouse- Float On

Book List

I have a confession.  I am a shameless bookworm.  Hours upon hours of my life are devoted each day (night, year, month…you get the picture) to devouring books.  On any given night, weekends included, I am tucked into my bed at 8pm reading.  There might be some tea involved, if I am feeling particularly wild. Luckily, I met a man that feels the exact same way about books, so this has become our nightly routine.  Books + fiancé + snuggly dog + peppermint tea = perfection.

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This year I have decided that I want to share some of my reads with my readers.  Below I have listed all of the books on my current “to-do” list.  I plan to read each of these and review them on the blog. I try to choose a wide variety of books.  My list includes: classics, biographies, informational books, educational textbooks, dystopian novels, humorous tales, and a little drama to tie it all together nicely. I am REALLY looking forward to digging into these books.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Fight Club by Chuck Palahunik

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Road Ends by Mary Lawson

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Little House on a Small Planet by Shay Salomon

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller

The Joy of Less by Francine Jay

 Your turn…Do you have any good book suggestions for me? What is your favorite book?

I am currently listening to…Coal War- Joshua James

Downsizing: Clothes

Clothing has been one of the most difficult things about downsizing, or minimalism, for me.  I love clothes and fashion.  My Pinterest boards are teeming with cute outfits and dreamy accessories. I’ve also always been rather cheap, which means most of my clothes came from thrift stores and sale racks.  No shame!

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When the time came to start downsizing clothes I struggled.  There are soooo many posts and suggestions out there, like this one. I read this post about Project 333.  None of them seemed to fit me and my lifestyle.

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So, I decided to downsize in a way that made sense for me.  I am all about focusing more on the quality, wear-ability, and practicality of clothing items.  You absolutely can be fashionable and still live minimally. Here’s how I am doing it…

1.) Weed out the stuff you don’t need. Try taking a picture of yourself every day for 30 days (I am giving you a freebie to take a shameless selfie every day).  Keep a running tab of items that you wore.  Did you wear the same thing at least once a week?  Did you wear something one day and hate the outfit?  Keep track! This will help you weed out what you do/don’t need.  If you haven’t worn it in a month, you probably don’t need access to it in your daily closet queue.  If you live in a seasonal climate (I’m looking at you midwesterners) you should do this seasonally.  Don’t forget workout clothes and outerwear.  Include every aspect of your dressing arsenal. Rotate, donate, and pack away what you aren’t using!

2.) Only buy clothes that you absolutely love.  Too often we buy things that are “ok” because we can’t find exactly what we are looking for in the store.  Stop doing this immediately.  If you don’t love it completely…like can’t live without it kind of love…don’t buy it! It’s not worth the closet space. Put down the sweater. Walk away.

3.) Choose products that are high quality.  I have a few brands that I love, unfortunately one of these brands has a habit of falling apart.  I have to force myself not to buy clothes there because I know they won’t last.  Quality matters.

4.) Choose things that are practical.  This is especially important if you are a working girl/guy.  We spend at least 5 days a week in work clothes.  So, why do so many of us have more weekend clothes than weekday clothes?  I usually won’t buy anything new if it can’t be worn at work, or (double-score) can work for both my personal and professional life.  This is why I gravitate towards cardigans, corduroys, tunics, etc.  Also, I tend to only allow myself only one pair of jeans at a time because they aren’t allowed at my job.  Things that can translate to all aspects of your life should rule supreme.

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So, here is my challenge to you: take a picture of what you wear every day for the next month.  Donate what you aren’t using/find yourself disliking.  If you are buying new clothes you should be looking for quality, practicality, and a personal love for the item.  Try to use these techniques this month and see if it helps you downsize.  It’s worked wonders for me!

Your turn…How often do you buy new clothes? How often do you donate clothes?

I am currently listening to…Lana Del Rey- Summertime Sadness