Easter egg decorating has come a long way since I was a kid. Back then, we used food coloring and vinegar and hoped for the best. These days, super crafty people are decorating easter eggs with nail polish, decoupage, glitter, gold leaf, as well as drawings of cartoon characters.
I’ve said it before, I am not a crafty person. But I think even I can pull off a few of these great Easter egg decorating ideas.
I remember it like it was yesterday. The sun was shining, birds were chirping, excitement was in the air. With my membership card in hand, I proudly marched through the doors of the massive warehouse club. Then, I stopped dead in my tracks. There was just so. much. stuff. How on earth was I supposed to decide what I should buy in bulk? Were the prices really that good? Or could I get some items at my local grocery store for less?
I ended up making two huge newbie mistakes that day.
Start a bullet journal they said. All you need is a notebook and a pen, they promised. It will be easy. Yeah right. They failed to tell me I’d have to have to master the art of penmanship, purchase a bunch of art supplies, and spend hours of my day figuring out the bullet journal system. No thank you. I think I’ll just stick to using my iPad and whatever scrap paper I find lying around.
I used to worry about what other people thought of me. I was afraid I would scare “normal” people away if I was too silly or weird. What if they didn’t “get” my oddball sense of humor? I would walk on eggshells around certain people because I was afraid I’d do or say something to make them angry. I would even avoid speaking to anyone whom I perceived to be more intelligent or successful than I was (out of fear I would look stupid to them). Then I learned the truth. And the truth has set me free. Now, I no longer care what people think of me. And neither should you.
The truth is…
Take a look around your house. In its current state, is it Pinterest worthy? Or does it look like it belongs on the cover of “Messy Monthly”? (Not a real magazine, but you get the point). Yeah, mine too. I’ll bet your house, like mine, is in need of a good spring cleaning.
I’ll admit it, I am a messy person. Despite the fact that I am a minimalist, I can also be quite messy. The truth is, I often struggle with keeping my house clean (enough). Cleaning is just not real high on my to-do list. Which is why I prefer to do my spring cleaning more than once a year.
Yep, you read that right. I actually spring clean my house multiple times a year. Why? It’s simple, this way I don’t feel (too) bad about letting the dust pile up the rest of the year.
I may be one hot mess, but this hot mess has mastered the art of Spring cleaning. And you can too.
Have you ever wondered if you might be a hoarder? Has your clutter crossed the line from untidy to out of control?
For the longest time, I was worried I had hoarding tendencies. I would spend hours watching shows like Hoarders and Hoarding: Buried Alive. Watching these shows would (temporarily) make me feel better about myself. After all, my clutter was bad; but not that bad. I frantically Googled, “symptoms of hoarding disorders”. And read everything I could find on the subject. After discovering that at least two of my family members had hoarding tendencies, I began to research whether hoarding was hereditary.
What I discovered shook me to my core. Compulsive hoarding does, in fact, run in families. Actually, there are multiple symptoms associated with hoarding disorders. To my horror, I suffered from more than a few…
Aunt Ada’s 24-piece floral tea set, Great-Uncle Bill’s rusty old tool collection, Grandma Bessie’s antique china cabinet. Sounds like you may be holding onto other people’s stuff. Nevermind the fact that you don’t drink tea (and you hate floral patterns). You’re not the least bit handy (i.e. you couldn’t use a wrench to save your life). And that china cabinet? It’s in your storage unit; collecting dust. Do you wish you could declutter family heirlooms without feeling guilty, fearing you’ll offend other family members or being obligated to store other people’s stuff?
The good news is, it is possible to free yourself from the guilt, fear, and obligation which have been shackling you to other people’s stuff for far too long. You can let go of other people’s stuff and reclaim your personal space, style, and joy. Here’s how…
Knick knacks, trinkets, baubles, figurines, tchotchkes, whatever you call them; they are no longer welcome in my house. I have enacted a strict “No Knick Knacks Allowed Policy”. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If a knick knack dares to trespass on my property, it will be donated, sold, or shot on sight! (I’ve given my husband permission to use knick knacks for target practice).
Why have I gone to such extreme measures to keep knick knacks out of my home? I’ll give you six good reasons why…
Some homeschool families prefer to dedicate an entire room (or floor) of their home to their homeschool treasures. When you walk into their homeschool rooms, you’ll likely see maps and educational posters on the walls, and books. Lots and lots of books. Our family is a little different. In fact, when you enter our (small) house you may notice something is missing. That’s because, in our house, we homeschool without books.
Now, before you alert the authorities, allow me to explain…
Since I began simplifying my life, I’ve discovered that I do not buy many of the things I once thought were essential. A welcome side-effect of simplifying my life has been that I have also been able to simplify my shopping list! Here’s a list of 40 things I no longer buy (and I can’t believe I ever did).