Projects, Projects, PROJECTS!

Wednesday is my new project update day! Why you might ask, or maybe not, maybe the thought didn’t even cross your mind. Anyways, like I mentioned on Monday, I want to start having a regular post routine and maybe it will help me keep myself accountable for the projects I’m working. I’m a procrastinating slacker.

On Saturday I finished up a section of theimage
scarf I’m working on. I feel like it’s taking forever and it is because it’s such a tiny knit. I did a rough draft on what I needed to do to get done, just 300 more rows to go! I hit row 400 on Saturday. I don’t want to knit my joints out so I’ve planned on 10 rows a day M-F. If I end up doing more than woohoo, if not then at least I’m staying on track to finish by the beginning of September. No new knit or crochet projects until then though.

Fimageor my battling chaos project I’ve been slowly making progress. I’m going to stick to minimizing the areas I’m working on. Later I’ll worry about making it look nice. I was too caught up on the decoration part and it was stressing me out.

My entry way is sort of embarrassing.

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Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

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Battling Chaos v.5 : Hammer out the details

Planning Planning Planning!

Now that I have the reasons for my change I need to create an action plan.  

This week should be used to plan how I’m going to accomplish what I wrote down as my wants and needs.

I have a lot to do and a lot to accomplish if I want to start putting a dent in those need and want lists. I’m going to hit my home in sections see how this works. The list is not set and I may add items to it. (see list below) Once I start getting my home in order I’ll start adding in other aspects of my life I’d like to simplify.

For each area of my home, I’m going to clear out everything, pack it up or put it in a designated spot, clean the empty space and then divide all the items I pulled out into items I want to keep, sell/donate or trash. My plan is to post before, during and after pictures to go along with each blog post.

Home

  1. Computer Area
  2. Fireplace & Tv area
  3. Under the stair storage
  4. Entry way and Coat Closet
  5. Rest of living room
  6. Dining Room & long bookcase behind it
  7. Kitchen, fridge and pantry
  8. Downstairs bathroom
  9. Linen Closet
  10. Laundry Room
  11. Master Bathroom
  12. Master Bedroom
  13. Master Closet
  14. 2nd Bedroom
  15. Car

Life

  1. Create a budget and stick to it
  2. Work towards becoming debt free
  3. Cook more food at home
  4. Exercise more
  5. Make time for reading
  6. Make time for crafts – Knitting, card making, painting

Battling Chaos v.2 : Discovering Minimalism

I mentioned in a post the other day that my house is driving me crazy. I have too much stuff and surfaces seem to multiple the crap that goes on them. I’ve also stated about looking into battling this chaos by learning about minimalism. Some of the things I’ve learned from researching minimalism have sort of scared me. I mean I get anxious just thinking of going through my possessions but I like the minimalist idea.

What does minimalism mean?

A minimal policy, style, technique, action, etc. Buying less and doing more. Experience more of life to live a happy life. Understanding what you actually need and living a meaningful life with less stuff. In one word, simplifying.

What I thought minimalism meant.

Before I looked into minimalism, I assumed it was all about stark living, with little to no personality, cold and unwelcoming homes. A person who creates a clean space with little to no distraction or knickknacks and only uses neutral colors. While this may not be inaccurate, it is not necessarily the norm. People who are minimalist can range from extreme to moderate to light.

What will being a minimalist mean to me?

Right now, fear! Fear of the unknown, drastically changing my habits and doing something unknown and out of my comfort zone. Reading some of the minimalist websites seriously gave me anxiety. Sell my house and my car? You want me to pack up my whole house?? I HATE that part of moving. The reason The Minimalists give, I get and fully agree with but still causes me to have a small panic attack imagining myself doing that. Seriously though, pack up my whole house in 1 day? I have way too much stuff! Hence learning about minimalism, but that is beside the point. These are the extreme examples but can you see how that might cause some anxiety? Hopefully the fear will change quickly into something better but that may take some time. Change does not always come easy to me. On this journey I hope I find benefits such as spending less, being more productive, less clutter and chaos and being happier in my home.

I have a long way to go to figuring out how this will work for me and I won’t do it all in one shot. I’m not that dramatic and need to be eased into drastic changes. I got a lot of great information from the resources I linked below and plan to create my own Journey to Minimalism. My next action plan, creating a rough draft Journey to Minimalism guide for myself. I’ll post my first step soon.

Resources:

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

A Mad House

My home is stressing me out big time. I’m completely disorganized, messy and I think this might have been a leading cause as to why I felt like crud last week. I walk into my home and my first thought is, oh I just want to sit down, I’m oh so tired. Moments before walking into my home, I WAS feeling pumped and ready to do something productive. What the heck brain???

I’m stuck in an endless cycle. I’m not trying to complain I’m just frustrated with myself. My shoes are scattered in the entry way, the floor needs to be swept and scrubbed. My entry way table has a massive invite, and it’s not picky, to all shapes and sizes of paper. Table : Hey you receipt, wanna join our party? Receipt: F yea, can I bring a few million of my friends and their friends?? Then the mail shows up with books and the whole thing is like a kegger from a teen/young adult movie. Then it migrates to my dinner table and grows!

My personalities are battling it out. My lazy side is winning while my control freak side is somehow whimpering in a corner. Pure frustration. I need to de-clutter, clean and keep up a steady routine in order to find SOME sort of balance. First I’m going to make a list! This list is everything that I need either clean and organize. Lots to do!

List for Downstairs

  • Kitchen : Dishes, counters, fridge, window covering, floors (sweep, scrub & vacuum), sink, oven, & cabinets.
  • Entry : Shoes, floors (sweep, scrub & find a rug), coat closet, & table.
  • Dining Room : Table and floor (vacuum).
  • Living Room : Bookcases (DVD, mini stand for remotes & 2 for books), sofa, chair, coffee table, TV stand, fire place & mantle, desk, wall shelf above desk, knitting area and floor (vacuum).
  • Bathroom : Toilet, sink, mirror, cabinet & floor (sweep, scrub & vacuum).

List for Upstairs

  • Master Bedroom : Laundry, bookcases, night stands, ottoman, bed & floor (vacuum).
  • Closet : Laundry baskets, clothes, storage & floor (vacuum).
  • Master Bathroom : Toilet, sink, mirror, cabinet, over toilet storage, shower & floor (sweep, scrub & vacuum).
  • Hallway : Linen closet, laundry closet, stairs & & floor (vacuum).
  • 2nd Bedroom : Crafts, bookcases, closet & floor (vacuum).

With this list I need to put some of the things I’ve learn from researching minimalist ideals from the books I talked about briefly in my battling chaos post. I’ll talk more about that in Battling Chaos v.2.

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

Battling Chaos v.1

Battling Chaos of the home!

For my first blog post, I talked about setting goals for 2015. I’m working on my reading and you’ve seen a few book reviews since then but very little on productivity, with the exception of prepping meals early so I don’t eat fast food. As for productivity, I’ve always had too much stuff for the space I live in. You might ask how this relates to productivity. Well, all this stuff gets scattered and left out and all together chaotic. I walk into my home and get stressed because of all the mess and clutter. I know that not being lazy and just cleaning up would help but I’m thinking I need to be a little more drastic with this first go around. And by drastic I’m thinking minimalist, which I know nothing about but I’m willing to give it a try.

Now I’m not one to dive right in without doing my research so I picked up The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Living Guide : How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify your Life By Francine Jay & a CD of The Power of Less : the Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential — in Business and in Life By Leo Babauta from the library. I don’t generally read self help type books but I figured this one would be worth a read since I need to start somewhere and get in the right mind set. I’m thinking this blog post subject is going to be a 3 part, so look for more to come. Wish me luck!

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus