Seen on the run (December 8, 2016)

Running outside is so much better than running on a treadmill. 

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30 Day Minimalist Challenge (Days 6 & 7)

6. Clean up your mail.

I went online and chose “go paperless” for all my bills. I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time anyway. So easy. Why did it take me so long?

A water bottle and some hand weights went into the donation box.

7. Declutter your dresser.
There wasn’t much in my dresser other than clothes, but I did find a plug-in air-freshener and a dry erase board. I put the dry erase board into the donation box and threw out the air-freshener (after recycling the glass portion.)

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30 Day Minimalist Challenge (Days 4 & 5)

4. Remove the items you’re storing in your guest room.

I don’t have a guest room and although I had very good intentions of coming up with a reasonable substitute, it never happened.

I added some Christmas decorations to the donations box. I’ve always loved the moose by the campfire and am sad to see it go, but I don’t have anywhere in my apartment to put it. And that’s what this is all about, right?

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5. Donate one bag of clothing to those in need.

Goodbye “skinny” jeans.

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Kurt’s old radio/CD player went into the donation box. I asked him first. He said he didn’t want it.

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Seen on the run (December 4, 2016)

It’s finally feeling like winter.

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Day 3 (30 day minimalist challenge)

3. Recycle one item beyond repair.

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I have three laundry baskets and two look like this. The other one that’s broken is the only one I have that’s large enough to actually hold a full load of laundry. I couldn’t get rid of it without buying a replacement. I don’t think I’ll miss this one, though.

It’s #5 plastic, so I was able to just toss it in the recycle bin.

I also added a backpack to my donation box.

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Seen on the run (December 3, 2016)

Reflections

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Day 2 (30 day minimalist challenge)

2. Eliminate the need for a “junk drawer” by tossing the junk.

I failed at this one.

My (still existing) junk drawer:

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In my defense, most of this stuff (trash stickers, batteries, scissors, tape, lighters) I use regularly. The sewing kit is a stretch, but I do sew the rare button back on every couple of years or so.

I did get rid of some junk, including keys that I no longer recognize and an extra pair of scissors and tape measure. I had originally added an expired thing of pepper spray to the trash pile, but then realized I probably shouldn’t just toss that in the trash, so it’s back in the drawer. I think it’s the only piece of true junk in there though, so I’m okay with it.

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I added more books to the donation box.

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That counts, right?

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