Category: Minimalism

Packing Party

So, we packed up all our belongings last weekend. We aren’t moving. We just wanted to. It sounds crazy and I think it probably is, but I am excited to see what is going to happen next. We did this because we want get rid of some of our stuff, hopefully a lot of our stuff. We packed up everything we own, and we are leaving it in boxes for now, and only taking out items as we need them. We got this idea from The Minimalists 21 Day Journey into Minimalism.

So far I would have to say that our house is a mess. There are boxes everywhere. It is a lot of work to find an item as you are constantly rearranging boxes trying to find what you are looking for, and can be really frustrating. Having a busy toddler that is just learning how to climb doesn’t help the situation. Not to mention, packing everything up was a ton of work. I seriously can’t believe how much stuff we have. I thought packing would be fun, and it kind of was, but Josh and I also felt a little bit anxious, and questioned what we were getting in to as the packing day progressed.

Yesterday, I cleaned the house up a bit, and I do have to say that the areas that don’t have the boxes are so much easier to clean without all the extra clutter. Also, I don’t find myself constantly picking things up like I used to, as there isn’t really much to tidy since almost all our belongings are packed away.

I definitely don’t regret our decision to do this, but I think it is going to take longer than we thought to get rid of everything. Our house is going to be in quite the disarray for a while longer. Josh is slowly going crazy with all the boxes, but I am enjoying the empty cupboards and drawers, and clutter-free counter tops despite the mess in my living room … and kitchen, and basement, and backyard.

packing party

I am really curious to see where this journey takes us, and I plan to update regularly to keep a record of our progress.

My Must List

In my last post I shared about my decision to start the 21 Day Journey to Minimalism, courtesy of The Minimalists blog.

Josh and I’s journey will not be 21 days. We have decided to take more time on certain steps, and we needed to rearrange it a bit to fit our schedule.

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Last week we decided to work on “Day 1” of the journey. This involved creating personal “Must Lists”.

If this is something you are interested in, I would highly recommend you check out The Minimalists to get more information. In short, to me, a must list is a list of things that you consider non-negotiable for you life. Things that aren’t an option for you to go without.

Personal “musts” are the things that no matter what happens, or what direction you life decides to take, you adhere to them. They should also be the things that guide your decisions and actions day-to-day, as they are the most important things in your life.

I have already noticed that having a “must list” has reminded me of what is truly a priority, and changed with I choose to spend time and energy on.

pose scarf

Josh also created a Must List. We have hung both our lists up on a mirror in our bedroom, so we are able to read them whenever we choose.

I expect my list to evolve over time, as my priorities and life changes, and it is something that I plan to review regularly. At present, here is what my list looks like …

My Must List

  1. I must consistently seek to depend my relationship with God
  2. I must make time to take care of myself daily – spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally
  3. I must constantly seek to improve my relationship with my husband
  4. I must spend time with Lochlyn and make her feel loved every day that I am with her
  5. I must seek new friendships and nurture current ones
  6. I must create and maintain a pleasant household for my family
  7. I must nurture my creativity
  8. I must be aware of time-wasting, or unproductive activities and limit them
  9. I must nurture and encourage Lochlyn’s relationship with Jesus
  10. I must get outside and enjoy nature
  11. I must make travelling and vacations a priority
  12. I must steward my finances wisely
  13. I must encourage Josh in his relationship with Jesus
  14. I must develop and maintain a healthy body image, and a healthy relationship with food

This week we are working on Day Two of the 21 Day Journey. I am actually finding this step even harder than Day One. I will be sharing my thoughts!

Out With the Old

Loooong time no see! I didn’t mean to disappear from this little corner of the internet, I just lost the desire to share on the blog for awhile. I have realized that my posts were becoming more about what I thought my readers would want to read, and less about what I felt like actually sharing. I was starting to feel obligated to write certain posts, even if it wasn’t what I felt like talking about.

nordegg hike


I’ve been too busy exploring the mountains!!

Anyways, a lot has happened in life since my last post, and I could update you on a ton, but there is something specific that has inspired me to start writing again, and that is what I want to share.

Josh and I have been feeling like we are at this weird spot in life, where we are just waiting for the next thing to happen. Like, we are done with where we are currently at, but not quite ready to move to the next new thing … does that make sense? I guess an easier way to explain it, is life kind of feels like its been in limbo lately.

Lochlyn pony

I think there are quite a few things that have contributed to this, but some of the major ones are…

-We have been contemplating and discussing moving for years, but the time has never been quite right. I still don’t feel like the time is right, but we would love a new house eventually, and we want to start getting our house ready to sell.

-We want to have another baby soon, but I’m not quite ready to be pregnant yet.

-Josh isn’t loving his job, but doesn’t feel like the time is right to leave, and he doesn’t know what else he would like to do

-Our finances have been pretty tight and we would love a change in that area

-We would both like to go back to school, but it doesn’t seem feasible with our current lifestyle

We don’t feel ready to make any of these major life changes, but we want to take some steps to get ourselves ready.

We have decided to get rid of all the things in our life that are getting in the way of where we want to be. Things that take up time, space, thoughts, or whatever.

I came across The 21 Day Journey into Minimalism on The Minimalists blog a few months ago and thought the idea sounded cool, but also pretty crazy. I never thought it was something I would want to do, but the idea has just stuck with me. I mentioned it to Josh one day and he was instantly on board. He loves getting rid of stuff.

The 21 Day Journey calls for a “packing party”. To paraphrase, a “packing party” involves packing up everything that you own in boxes as though you are going to move. Then, you unpack only the items that you need as you need them. Everything else stays in boxes. After a week or so of using only the items that you need, you go through all the items that are still packed, and either toss, sell, give away, or donate them.

lochlyn in box
















We will be making some changes to the 21 day plan to suit us, but overall we will be falling it fairly closely. I thought it would be fun to document it and be able to look back on it later.

Stay tuned for Day #1!