Decluttering Updated, 30 Mar 2017 

After several an-hour-decluttering-session on Wednesdays & Saturdays and 10 minutes here & there, the result is I’ve got 3 significant places, that the new organisation I hope more efficient & effective in serving our family life.

1. My room

My room, actually the master bedroom (it’s for the 4 of us). Yup, the small table on the right. Before decluttering, it was full of kids’& my books, toys on it, and on the floor underneath the table. Yes, the study table on the left is still not decluttered yet, my next target. 

2. At the entrance: lockers

Before, at the entrance/guest room, we had 3 lockers like the 2 right lockers for kids books & toys including Legos.  I can declutter couple of toys so 1 locker is empty & then moved to upstairs into the guest bedroom/study room. Here in the photo is our one 3×4 locker & two 1×4 locker for tools, photo albums, hobbies (swimming, roller skate), kids book, toys, Legos – –  but the 2 top right I haven’t decluttered them yet. 

Another place is our guest bedroom/study room upstairs. Before, we had no locker. Now we have 1 for papers, photo paper, photoprinter, CD programmes, and a couple of guest things for the guest(s). 

3. More organised shoe rack

Yeah, I know it’s not a great deal, but I put name for each line & donate one kid’s shoe. 

I think that’s all I declutter in March. 

Thanks for reading. See you next time and have a great day. 

Cheers. 

Moana Art

 By my oldest kid (will be 7 later this year) & me. Using pencil, marker & crayon. Sailing boats drawn in white paper then cut and pasted into blue paper. My kid is excited on  Moana things: the sailing boats, scenery, Mau I’m dancing, Heihei, Gramma’s stories, and how Gramma then become manta Ray spirit. 

My kid drew the composition by pencil: sailing boats, objects on sailing screen, mountains & tree on the right. I colored, drew mountains on the left, sun in the boats screen & waves, added patterns, sky background. My youngest kid drew the sun with crayon. And (oh, no… )  my youngest kid just now adds that blue streak on the sky. 

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Decluttering Updated, 16 Mar 2017.

I didn’t do the routine Wednesday long decluttering session as committed, I didn’t wake up earlier enough to do that. However, I accomplish a couple of decluttering these 2 days:

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Toys & multi-purpose locker, @after the entrance. BOTTOM 2X2 of kids toys were done last week. The 2nd rows from TOP (Left : kids helmets & jackets. Right : drawing papers) are done today.

1. Two rows from TOP in above locker.
2. One big bag of various cluttered objects: toys, dolls, garment, kids socks, pencils & unused pen, kids papercraft/works.

Yup, not much & still insignificant yet. But I try to keep the ball rolling. Okay, that’s all for now. Thanks for dropping by.

Cheers.

Decluttering Updated, 14 Mar 2017.

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Our horrible closet cupboard. One for all 4 of us.
LEFT is mine, family towels, financial drawer, our medical documents & some other documents, pianika, some knick knacks, sanitary pad. CENTER, top is my hubby hanging long sleeve shirts & a few mine on the left. Middle is all kids’ cloth. Bottom is my hubby’s short sleeve shirts folded, few my hubby’s knick knacks. RIGHT, my hubby’s clothes & documents.

I’ve been reaching to the realization point that for kids, too many toys wouldn’t be better for them. Mostly, they confuse where to put back and forget where they put their toys in the designated place before. Because the toy cupboards/lockers have been fully loaded. This leads to they just only play with 1-3 of their most recent toys, which they oftentimes fight for them. I haven’t been doing much decluttering since last time, the beginning of 2017. I lost the momentum and overwhelmed seeing my kids lockers of toys, books, drawing/school equipment. But a week ago & today I did some decluttering.

Yes, I got an impulse to decluttering again. The reason behind my recent decluttering is the tremendous emotions; tensions in the effort to help my first kid to learn for his mid test, he needs lots of help. It’s no wonder I need to lose the steam out. And hope I get the momentum to transform my home into ideal, an efficient & effective home, which really help us to enjoy, enhance & explore our family life.

What I declutter in a week (a week ago & today):

1. Four racks of Kids toys’ locker. These racks look neat until today because I organise the toys per category better, quite a lot of toys were tossed, so they’re not overflow anymore. Including tossing mini white board & full set of magnetic letter-number-sticker tri and repair-needed big plastic water gun. All are 2 big bags to donate to my temporary domestic helper.

2. Baby things: Set of Richell potty training, baby musical light, toy. And one of my too small underwear. All in good condition. All went to the cousin family that has their 2nd baby, their first is 10 years. Another pot for milk powder & party long sleeve shirt went to my friend’s new baby boy. One rack in our clothes cupboard is organised.

3. While preparing for the yearly tax, I tossed quite amount of paper from the financial drawer.

4. The surface above the brankas (big safe deposit for documents/valuable things) is organised.

In order to make quick & comprehensive changes towards my goal, I plan to declutter for 1 hour every early morning every Wednesday & Saturday to tackle big tasks.

I think that’s all for now.

Have a great day. Keep healthy & take care.
See you soon.

Mood For Decluttering

One of the effective declutter session is when you on a high tension & need to lose some steam.

Why? Yes, you’re right, at this time, I can be really ruthless in decluttering.

* Like me now, I need to help my kid prepares for the mid tests for the whole week & more. But quite a lot of time I really still can’t make my kid being responsible for the study. The result is at the end I’m really emotional/angry inside & bad mood. My mood is too bad to do anything else.

Counting My Clutter, Etc.

This posting is featured in Miss Minimalist missminimalist.com 

First, let me wish everyone A Happy New Year… And a good luck for everyone this year.

During December till today (3 Jan 2017), I have done some decluttering, including 1 of my 4 shoes. My final goal is to be more intentional in life ahead. Decluttering, streamlining & minimalist lifestyle are in the same thread, and I think they’re one of the greatest, cheapest, and easiest way to achieve an intentional life.

The road to minimalism started when I moved to a new company in June 1998, right after a political succession & shift in my country. The new company I worked for was handling IKEA’s suppliers. I just knew there had been a global homeliving company like IKEA (yes, I know so little about the world…) who designed, outsourced, controlled the quality, and then distributed them around its store around the world, but not in Indonesia at that time. (Even now, I haven’t had the opportunity to visit IKEA in our capital city yet. But I always arrange my home IKEA like with local things around me hehe… ). There was one IKEA catalog in the company that I fell in love immediately, I checked it after lunch at lunch breaks.

Then I picked my sister college book about various history & the influence of philosophy & culture that manifestated into architectural trend, “Citra Wastu” by Y. B. Mangunwijaya. The unit telling about true utility & plain functional architecture trend of German philosophy really caught me. I could relate this philosophy to IKEA style. From that moment I stopped collecting ethnic unique knick knacks. I gave most of them to my nieces & friends. I shifted my ideal style of ethnic tropical home to a simple tropical home with very minimum delicate details.

Then when the Internet was accessible, unintentionally I found blogs about minimalism. I then learn & follow a couple of minimalist bloggers & guru such as Leo Babauta of Zen HabitsFrancine Jay’s Miss Minimalist, then Rachel Jones of Nourishing Minimalism, and mother of four Allie Casazza. I think they’re all incredible source in their own standpoint & capacity on teaching minimalism, simplicity & intentional life, even though until at the moment I haven’t joined any of their paid course/bought their books yet.

But the real turning point was when our first baby was born 11 years after our marriage. I had become a stay at home mom at the time. Speaking of time, physical & mental energy, I was always almost exhausted & overwhelmed in a daily basis at the end of the days, even though I had a domestic helper every other day. My husband worked long hours, often traveled out of town for days, and arriving home already tired. Then the next 21 months the second baby came. Up to now, I could not imagine what and how I can do with the kids if I had not been into minimalism.

Now the kids this year will be 5 and 7, and I’m in my early forty. As a stay at home mom, I have more time & energy to do my things again these recent years. However, I don’t do any businesses from home. I just take an English course and try to regularly write my blog idlehomemaker.wordpress.comin my spare time. With the higher demand from today’s school toward younger kids, and as any other moms in every corner of the world, I have to put a balanced effort in everything for the wellbeing of all family members. By the way, I may not be a very business-like person nor a Type-A person and more looks like an agricultural one maybe. I still need to learn a lot about managing time, physical & mental energy as well as be a healthier person, and what I would like to reach in the future years. And my home is still far from a real minimalist home, though. I can’t do a Konmari approach with 2 young kids around and all the activities. But I’m very positive to be a more minimalist & intentional in life this year. If you would like to share any suggestions to me, I am very pleased & thankful.

Finally, I decluttered approximately 140 things in 2016, not an impressive number… , mostly just-in-case things, some knick knacks, broken toys/things (actually can be repaired still, but I choose to give them up). And this early January, I have decluttered 30 things, mostly our overgrown kids’ clothings & my not-so-favourite-anymore from my wardrobe.

Cheers to all of you. Have a nice day…

Best regards,
Vivi

30 Things I Gave Up in 3 Days 

Living in equator we have only 2 seasons, dry & rainy season, therefore we (my hubby, kids & me) never wear & buy pajamas. Our pieces when we’re at home for day & night are simply short sleeve’ shirts & shorts.

Following is the 30 things I gave up in the first 3 days of 2017…

1.  A sometime work sometime not perforator. 

2.  A repaired toddler’s toy. 

3.  Corrugated papers for crafts. 

4.  A Snack box for toddler. 

5.  A lunch box. 

6.  2 pieces of my kids’ old shorts. 

7.  5 pieces of my older kid’s not 100% cotton shirts. 

8.  IKEA 2016 catalogue. 

9.  A now too small black Hush Puppies T-Shirt. 

10. A ragged underwear. 

11. 6 outgrown shorts of my younger kid.

12. 4 outgrown tops of my younger kid.

13. 2 new too heavy towels with embroidered names from my brother. 

14. A now almost never wear Grey blazer of mine. 

15. 2 collar tops I’ve been bored to wear. 

16. 2 table calendars of 2016, of course hehe… 

The end of the list. I hope for you all a great day. 

Cheers.

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