Comments for Frugalwoods http://www.frugalwoods.com Financial independence and simple living Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:13:53 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.5 Comment on How Decluttering Saves Me Money, Time, And Stress by Natasha http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/17/how-decluttering-saves-me-money-time-and-stress/#comment-86521 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:13:53 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=16403#comment-86521 I’ve been feeling for a few months now that I need to organize and declutter our space, as I’ve started feeling tense whenever I’m home on the weekends. It’s just too much stuff. It’s always seemed a gargantuan, unachievable task with two little ones running around, but reading this has inspired me to get started. I just have to accept that this will take much longer than a day or a week, and will have to be wedged in during weekend nap times. Here’s to some upcoming trips to Goodwill and the baby consignment store!

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Comment on How Decluttering Saves Me Money, Time, And Stress by Marcia http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/17/how-decluttering-saves-me-money-time-and-stress/#comment-86516 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:26 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=16403#comment-86516 How do I manage the stuff in my life? Badly.

We have been living in our house for almost 14 years. In that time we have added 2 boys, now 11 and 5.

Have I mentioned that our house is 2BR, 1BA, 1100 sf, and no garage? Yeah. Our “storage” is a shed and the little spot under the front porch, where you have to use a screwdriver to remove the screen “window”, and crawl on hands and knees.

The thing with kids and stuff is that they have so much of it. Hand me downs, that are never the right size. So you store them, until they are (if you are lucky), or if you aren’t lucky, then you find them when it’s too late or the wrong season.

The sheer amount of paper that comes home from school is insane. Seriously.

Plus kid toys, half of one closet is legos, including those that were my husband’s when he was a child. Have I mentioned he’s almost 50? That’s a lot of Legos.

I cannot do it all, so periodically I just see something and toss it into the donate pile, or go through a single drawer. It’s not as good as hitting “everything”, but it’s all that I can manage.

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Comment on How Decluttering Saves Me Money, Time, And Stress by Jan http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/17/how-decluttering-saves-me-money-time-and-stress/#comment-86515 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:56:46 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=16403#comment-86515 Right?! I almost happy-cried when I figured out I could be minimalist and still have brightly colored rooms with a shabby couch and Legos.

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Comment on How Decluttering Saves Me Money, Time, And Stress by Mrs. Frugalwoods http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/17/how-decluttering-saves-me-money-time-and-stress/#comment-86514 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:53:57 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=16403#comment-86514 Thank you for sharing your thoughts! So appreciated! And I’m with you—too bad if every other kid has an iPad ;)!!!

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Comment on How Decluttering Saves Me Money, Time, And Stress by Mrs. Frugalwoods http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/17/how-decluttering-saves-me-money-time-and-stress/#comment-86513 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:51:27 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=16403#comment-86513 Thank you for the recommendation! I shall read it right away! I cannot tell you how much I love Simplicity Parenting 🙂

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Comment on How Decluttering Saves Me Money, Time, And Stress by Jan http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/17/how-decluttering-saves-me-money-time-and-stress/#comment-86512 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:51:02 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=16403#comment-86512 I always gravitated toward the idea of having less, but didn’t know how to start, and had never heard it discussed in a way that seemed feasible to me and my life. I’m finally figuring out how to do it in a way that works for me, and in a way that meshes with my frugality, and much of my inspiration came from Frugalwoods. I’ll save what I need to (I have 2 growing kids, so having zero “just in case” items would be silly), and I’ve pared my wardrobe waaaay down, and my clothing will still be purchased second-hand. It’s frugal and minimal to visit the library regularly instead of buying more and more physical books, and it’s a weekly trip my kids and I all look forward to. When my kids recently wanted their own rooms (after sharing for their whole lives so far) we managed to do it with $0 spent and 1 new item acquired (a necessary window blind) by repurposing furnishings from elsewhere in our house. My 9 year olds swear they’re the only ones in their class without iPads, but I refuse to spend that kind of money on something that will add digital clutter and noise to our lives. (They did recently receive plain Kindles which I’m a fan of – something “techy” that is fun for them and a way to check out library books, but is a dedicated e-reader without apps or LED screens.)

I read every blog post but never comment, but had to this time. I’m so happy to see others in the same mindset, whether they’re relatively new to frugality and/or minimalism (as I am) or years along in the journey. I’ve already been rewarded with newfound appreciation for the things I already have, more time to do things I love, and a cleaner home where every room is used and enjoyed.

Sorry, this was way too wordy. I just get so excited about finding ways to save money and also live more simply, and find so much joy in others doing the same!

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Comment on How Decluttering Saves Me Money, Time, And Stress by Kim http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/17/how-decluttering-saves-me-money-time-and-stress/#comment-86510 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:47:22 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=16403#comment-86510 Suggestion, Denise, check out fantasy you/minimalism/persona (can’t remember what it’s called!) on Youtube. Decluttering youtubers will talk about their fantasy persona and what they did in that fantasy life (love of gardening, carpentry, becoming a piano player, love of cooking, etc) and talking to the camera about what they wish they had the time and inclination to do and what stuff they held on to if and when they were able to do all these things. Basically things you want to do, but it’s NEVER happened and likely never will. So they get rid of it. Very empowering as a way of being honest with yourself.

It’s hard to explain (search youtube for messy minimalist fantasy).

My fantasy Kim is to read all the books I have. Can never happen and I want to minimize so I’m decluttering my books!

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Comment on How Decluttering Saves Me Money, Time, And Stress by Rachelle http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/17/how-decluttering-saves-me-money-time-and-stress/#comment-86509 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:46:16 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=16403#comment-86509 Simplicity Parenting was a game changer for me too. I was wondering if you had read it! As a mom of four boys, I gotta tell you: read his other book The Soul of Discipline quick before your girls get any older, and keep it handy! I wish I had found these books sooner in my parenting journey.

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Comment on How Decluttering Saves Me Money, Time, And Stress by Krish http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/17/how-decluttering-saves-me-money-time-and-stress/#comment-86508 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:43:48 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=16403#comment-86508 Loved this article! I don’t normally make New Years resolutions, but this year I have decided “100 days, 100 things” I’m going to get rid of (donate or throw away if it’s not reusable) 100 things in the first 100 days of this year. I’m only 17 days in and I feel so much happier and “lighter”…aaand i realized how the physical clutter somehow seems to cause mental clutter. Thanks Mrs Frugalwoods for your lovely posts! I learned about the “no shopping year” from your blog and have decided to do that as well. Good bye clutter!

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Comment on How Decluttering Saves Me Money, Time, And Stress by Anna @ GarlicDelight http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/17/how-decluttering-saves-me-money-time-and-stress/#comment-86507 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:41:02 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=16403#comment-86507 Went through this–decluttering is what I spent my New Years Eve and New Years Day doing. So worth it.
Gave away a desk, dining table, chairs, and boxes of stuff to GoodWill. It’s work but feels so much better after.

However, we realized we can’t go completely minimalist either. We have roommates and over 50% of the stuff on the counter is not ours. In fact, we’re probably going to have to get a mini fridge to reduce tension in the shared common areas like kitchen. Yet it is more stuff but we’re spending time and energy looking for things at the back of the fridge, tetris packing stuff in, and getting passive aggressive door slamming that I think the $160 spent on a mini fridge will be worth the money in the long run.

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