Ready for the new school year!

Hello all! We are about ready to start our new school year! We like to start the Tuesday after the holiday, so it’s coming up fast! This will be our second year of elementary homeschooling and our fourth year overall because we elected to homeschool for preschool not knowing that we would continue into elementary!

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We are using Timberdoodle for a second year in a row! I’m really excited about it because I really loved last year’s curriculum. Timberdoodle is heavily academic, that’s why it’s called “Crazy Smart Homeschooling”! It’s so heavily academic that I had crazy anxiety after looking at Story of the World the first time! I’ll share some tips on how I planned for using Story of the World in a future post.

Timberdoodle does not provide you with an in-depth schedule of how to use the curriculum, however you can log on to their site and find out how much of each book should be completed each week to complete in your chosen amount of schooling weeks. I do not use that feature, I use the guide in the introduction book because we homeschool the length of the average school year, but with four day weeks. What do we do with our fifth day? We go to homeschool group and meet with other homeschool friends!

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Anyway, I’ve been busy getting ready! Preparing for first grade and preschool (I’ll show you how I prepped for my preschooler in the future) has been fun! I’m really excited and I’ve been getting our room reorganized and clean. I gave our chalkboard a fresh coat after 18 months of constant use it desperately needed it. I also added a magnetic primer to give my preschooler some time to work on word development while my first grader works on other things.

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We also added a desk for when the boys want some independent learning time.

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I hope everyone is excited for back to school!

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You can find our curriculum here!

As Is Home Tour

A couple months ago I participated in the “As Is Home Tour” on Instagram a promised I would share over here… Well on this have flown by and I haven’t done it, so I’ve decided to take a few shots of our house as it is today to share here!

We’ll start with our kitchen!

Above you can see our laundry room, school/toy room, and living room ( I did not share our gallery wall because I do not share pics of our kids on here)!

I skipped bathrooms and closets because…. They’re bathrooms and closets!

Next up are the boys  rooms!

 

I did did not make our bed today! 😳 The idea with this is that the house is as is! You can see what I use as my office/school planning space.

Not the most glamorous tour, but after months of attempts at sharing I finally have! 😆

 

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Summer!

It’s been a bit since I updated! We’ve been getting some stuff done and I chose to not focus on posting during that time. We finished up our school year and made decisions regarding next year’s school year, I continued to get rid of things, I’ll update you on that, we “expanded” our family, and we jumped in to Summer!

First the update on cleaning out! I have gotten rid of 84 more things since my last post, bringing me to a total of 213 items purged. I don’t think I’m going to make my goal, at least not at this rate. Also, I have found myself replacing some of the clothing I got rid of…my wardrobe has definitely changed, I am not making the same choices again!

Another big thing I decided to clear from my plate is blogging for Mother Goose Time. I greatly enjoyed my time with them, but as we approached first grade with my oldest I discovered that it wasn’t fitting into our plan anymore. We decided to make changes to next year’s plan, we will be breaking down our units based on the books we are reading at the time. We actually started a while back and are still working on Stuart Little, despite being done with school for the year.

We crossed the finished line slowly and somewhat painfully. The last week was hard! Public school kids were on break already and we had a handful of things to finish up! Patience and concentration were hard to come by over here! Mr.M finished kindergarten as a full on reader who is well into to first grade math! Just like last year we are continuing with Timberdoodle for first grade. I definitely have some reading to do over the Summer! Story of the World looks very thorough!

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Our family has grown! By 24 members so far and we have another 15 arriving this week! At the end of this week we will have 44 chickens and 4 ducks! I need more ducks! I didn’t realize how much I loved them. Today they had their first venture outdoors and went for a swim. They are the cutest things ever, but they grow way too fast.

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I’ve been doing little projects around the house, like reprinting/ refinishing/ touching up, and lots of work in the yard! We have had our Summer visitors a few times we enjoyed the balloon festival and the lake with them. We hope they come back soon! We have had quite a few camping trips, outings, and visits and more are planned for the rest of Summer! Summer is flying by! I hope to focus on enjoying the next month of Summer!

Hopefully I can get lots more blogging in! I plan to share the pictures I took for the “As Is Home Tour” over here this week. I’m also preparing for a meal planning “experiment” for August!

Lastly, I was thinking about switching to a VLog…any thoughts?

 

 

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129 things

It’s pretty amazing how cleaning out your stuff spills over into other aspects of your life. Since I started cleaning out, not very long ago, I have found it easier to “clean out” things that are not “things”. I’m finding it easier to prioritize and feel content.

My house is so much easier to keep neat and clean and this is before we tackle the the toy/school room! My house feels nicer and I no longer feel the need to switch decorations around everyday. I’ve also cleaned out some obligations that just weren’t necessary, which feels awesome ! My MIND feels way more at ease, no busy thoughts or worry. Schooling is easier, this could be because we’re wrapping things up or because I feel more focused when we do sit down to it, either way it’s good!

We’ve been able to spend lots of time outside this week and we love it! The boys and I really enjoy hiking and I’m gearing up for the biggest hike I’ve ever done, so this clear mind set and gorgeous weather is perfect!

Cleaning out has become slower. I plan to take on a few big areas this week which should help my numbers! 😂 this past week I pulled a few more things out of my closet and coat closet. I promised a friend a few boy’s clothing pieces this Friday. My pile of stuff I’ve already parted with, but still have listed on sites will be donated if it does not sell by this weekend, which means space! I love empty space!

 

730 things update- I’m currently up to 129 after getting rid of 12 things this past week!

1 vest

1 jacket

1 bathing suit

6 pieces of clothing

3 pieces of toddler bedding

 

sold-

2 sets of toddler sheets to a friend’s friend $8

1 toddler desk on a yard sale site $10

and a bathing suit in the final minutes on EBay…I’ll let you know how that turns out 😉

 

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117 things- update!

I apologize, I’ve been trying to write this post for 24 hours and the pictures are really not cooperating!

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This week I was able to get rid of 23 things- this ranged from make-up drawer junk-to linens-to a kid’s desk that sat in a closet acting as a blockade. 😂 I have been feeling like I could get rid of everything and today started to feel like I have gotten rid of everything! I’m starting to feel like all of my “disposable” things are gone and I’m really going to have to start making some tough decisions. The warmer weather should be here anytime now and I know I can get quite a few things out of the garage, but it’s not going to bring me from today’s 117 to 730! It’s time to really get to work I guess.

I’m already starting to feel better, less anxious and consumed by things. I’ve even been bored…what!? That’s what happens when your mom takes the kids for the night and your husband goes out! I have had some time to think about what I really want now. I know I want to travel with the kids, spend more time outdoors, do more family activities. Saving money on frivolous things will definitely enable us to travel more and make some memories that we may not have been able to make otherwise. Having less stuff means less stuff to clean and organize.

I’ve thought about my personal goals and they very much include my children. I want to hike more and luckily I’ve found a mom friend who is also with her kids all the time! This should make for enjoyable hiking for everyone! I also hope to accomplish a goal I set last year and hike Mt.Washington…while the kids are with their dad at a natural water slide or something! 😄 As our first year really homeschooling comes to a close I have decided to continue this Summer with a natural based curriculum and will switch back to Timberdoodle in the Fall.

See lots more thinking time when I’m not shopping or organizing! Wait until I start on food! 😜

 

What happened with my stuff-

EBay/things sold to friends- $38

Thredup bags are still waiting to be processed.

Another trash bag full has been donated

several things are listed on yard sale sites.

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*To see pics of my purge as it happens follow me on Instagram.

 

94 things! Weekly update!

This week was going great! Full of momentum and great purging success and then the kids got sick. We also welcomed more stuff into our house, a big boy bed and new bedding for my youngest, new sneakers and Tball stuff for my oldest. Then we ordered our first grade curriculum at its launch price (lowest time + a gift card). One step forward, two steps back!

After getting rid of 7 things today, ranging from underwear to old pillows I’m now at 94 things purged! Not 730, but well on my way!

I did not complete any sales this week. We also had lots of unavoidable spending and also a fabric purchase ☺️

Tomorrow we meet someone to pick-up our old Thomas toddler bed for $125 and another to pick-up our cozy coupe for $20. I also have a toddler desk listed for $20.

I have one active eBay listing, I’ll add another tomorrow.

I sent in two HUGE bags to ThredUp!

I scored some freebies last weekend! 4 tickets to a minor league baseball game, two tickets to a bounce place, another two for mini golf, two for bowling, and two to an event of our choice at one of our favorite farms!

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730 things day 2

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Today I got rid of 17 items! 4 placemats and 13 pairs of underwear 😂 skipping that pic! I think from now on I’ll update once a week on my purge of 730 items, but daily on Instagram, so follow me there! 😂Obvisiously underwear will go in the trash, but the placemats will go to my donate bag.

This week I sold one item on eBay for $16 and have one item still listed. I would really love to get rid of most of it and hop on project 333, but it scares me!has anyone started it?

 

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730 things

My favorite blogs at the moment are minimalist blogs. I love the idea of being a minimalist, but I believe I’m somewhere in between being a minimalist and a “give me all the things”!

For about a year I’ve been slowly purging items. Some have been donated, some I sold, some hit the trash, but I’ve been really trying to eliminate our “stuff”. I’ve started telling the kids that the less we have, the less we have to worry about! Along with that  it saves money and I’ve had a goal for the past two years to spend more money on activities rather than things. Yes, I bought a dog, but I do not consider her a thing! I even felt a little guilt when purchasing a big boy bed for my little! That’s a necessity though and Thomas the train will be sold on a yard sale group.

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When I purged today it felt a little easier to put things in the pile. I haven’t been keeping track of how many things I’ve been getting rid of, but I will start today(I’m guessing it’s well into the hundreds, if not more). I’m sentimental though, so don’t expect the millennial “objects hold no value” mentality from me!😜 My grandpa’s picture, parents’ wedding invitation, and Nana’s quilt will stay.

I’m starting this a bit late, but I hope to get rid of at least 730 objects this year! If it’s more great! It means that for each day this year I get rid of two things! So let’s start…

March 24th purge

Books-2

Shoes- 2 pairs

clothing- 24 pieces

=28 things and counting….

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Evolving Challenge

I absolutely intended for my challenge to be a short term thing, but I’m enjoying it! I have dreams of taking the boys all over the place and enjoying everything we possibly can, but I know that with all my stuff and pointless spending it won’t happen. I’ve always enjoyed shopping, but all I have to show for it are giant thredup bags and massive purge piles(that stairmaster took up some space!).

Since getting on the KonMari bandwagon a year ago I have freed myself and my family of an amazing amount of STUFF. I’ve said it before and i’m sure I’ll say it again…It feels better to get rid of stuff than acquire it! If someone had said that before I started this I would’ve thought they were insane! It’s so true though!

Have you cut back? Purged? Changed your ways? What have you done? What were your motives?

 

 

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Spent…

Old Navy- $15 after coupons and codes

Itunes- $7.99 what!? I’m a die hard Gwen Stefani fan!

Kindle- $9.99 Ruth Soukup’s LWS Zero.

Total=$32.98

 

Earned…

Ebay- I sold 3/5 listings for a total of $56

Yard sale groups- I have 4 listings that aren’t moving, but I’m hopeful

Thredup-worked on realistically purging again and sent a giant bag in

Total= $56

 

Purged…

Dropped off a bag of my clothing at Listen

Gathered baby items for a friend

 

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Spent it all….

If you’ve read about my attempt at spending very little the past few months you probably know it was so I could pay for my puppy with cash and without touching our budgeted money. I did it! She is super sweet!

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We welcomed Bowie on Friday and she fits into our family perfectly! She’s a little wild woman! The excitement of getting a new puppy comes with the damper of spending all the money I had saved. I worked so hard to make extra money and keep my spending way down. My attempt at spending nothing did not work, BUT I was able to make up EVERY PENNY I spent by either making something for someone or selling something (it also helped that I got birthday money from my nana that paid for an outfit and most of a new swimsuit)!

Now that all the money I saved is gone I have decided that being a “saver” feels like a game and I totally want to win! I going to go into April with the goal of keeping up my ways. All my personal fun money will be saved and I have to somehow earn however much I need to get what I want to buy!

 

what I made this week-

$19 on eBay (I have 5 listings up now and one is already getting bids

$25 from selling a kid’s picnic table on a yard sale group

$25 from the newborn study my now 3-year old is still in (they need his poop-yuck!)

I spent $62 this weekend on table decor- we’ve been hosting a lot of guests lately and our sets did not cover the amount of people we’ve been having and we’re also hosting Easter this year. BUT, I made up for the spending with those sales! 😆 and I got my puppy! 🐶👍🏻

 

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