Minimalism Challenge – Final Update

TreesWe knew it would take us over a month to get through the whole challenge, but we did it and we’re really happy with the results!  To be perfectly honest, we still have quite a few things in the office that we need to get rid of, but the leg work of sorting through everything and deciding on what should go is complete.

As stated in our last Secondary Income update, we made a little money off of sold items, and we still have a few more things slated to sell…so that number may increase a bit.  If they don’t sell quickly, we’ll just give them away for the holidays.

ClothesI went through my entire closet, every single drawer, and everything stored in my bathrooms cabinets.  I put hands on everything and ended up getting rid of one trash bag of shoes, four trash bags of clothes, and a large bag of bathroom items.  Some clothes still had tags on them, Bags of Clothesmostly gifts from my mom.  She travels a lot and randomly buys me clothes.  Needless to say, she’s getting some back!  I made sure to remind her I’m in the military and wear a uniform every day…I just can’t keep up with all the clothes and it’s doing me no use sitting in the closet.  I think she finally got the point when I sent her pictures of everything I was getting rid of.  About time!


The closet looking a lot more organized…will probably get rid of a few more things once I realize what pants don’t quite fit right anymore this winter 😉

Besides the house being more organized and drawers not being over-cluttered and messy, it just felt really good to get rid of stuff.  There’s something freeing about it…like it’s something less you have to worry about.  Not that I’m necessarily worrying about an extra shirt in my closet that I haven’t worn…but when you have trouble opening and closing your drawers only to sift thru the stuff you don’t wear to find your favorites, it can be pretty annoying.  And every little annoying thing can put us in the wrong mood first thing in the morning, only to snowball from there.  I know I’m already grumpy in the morning…so having clean and organized drawers with only things I actually use and wear makes everything that much easier.  I’ve also opted out of dozens of email subscriptions, saving me quite a bit of time and aggravation from having to delete so many every day!

Our boys did really well with the challenge, as well; they typically don’t have any issue getting rid of stuff.  The only one who had an occasional tantrum was the diva of a daughter we have.  She either got over it or won the battle, with the expectation that she’d actually use whatever she wanted to keep.  If she doesn’t use it, we’ll get rid of it soon enough.

What I also loved about this challenge is that it forced us to look through everything and realize what we had so we could actually use it.  It wasn’t just about getting rid of things, but also reminding yourself of what you have so you can wear it/use it, etc.

Thanks for the support throughout!  This will definitely continue to be a work in progress and a life-long commitment to living a simpler, more clutter-free life.


11 thoughts on “Minimalism Challenge – Final Update

  1. mrsssc says:

    That is great! Every few months I get in a ‘purge’ mode, and I am beginning to think it is a good time do another run through the house. I find that it is easier to keep clutter and stuff low if its more of a constant process of trimming. But, with two small kids, I feel like they generate so much stuff. Although my 4 year old son told me that I can give away all of his toys – and then buy him new ones. I just laughed and told him he’d have to get a job to buy new ones, but I appreciate he wants to give his toys to kids without toys.

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    • Mrs. DTG says:

      Hahaha well wouldn’t that be nice, get all brand new toys lol. Kids are so funny…and sneaky and smart!
      Yep, that’s how we need to keep doing it! I guess we kind of have been, but not quite to the extent of the challenge. It was definitely a good kick starter that will be continued!


  2. Maggie says:

    I just read the life-changing magic of tidying up this weekend to prepare for our 2016 purge. Mr. T did his socks to the KonMari standard – they’re all perfect little sushi rolls now looking so peaceful and cleaned out. I can’t wait for our home to feel more like those socks all over! Congrats on finishing up. We’ll see how our kids do!

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  3. projectpatrol says:

    Good job! I’m always purging and it’s amazing how much stuff 2 people can accumulate over the years. It’s also funny how I can look at something one month and think, “I need this.” Then, look at it the next and think, “Why did I keep this?”

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  4. Jo says:

    I look forward to paring down after our renovation is complete. I’ll never me a minimalist but boxes and boxes of sheet music are driving me crazy. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

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  5. our next life says:

    Great work, you guys! I recently read “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” and am trying to muster up the intestinal fortitude to do a massive purge of the house. (It might have to wait until we quit, honestly, to do it right.) So I admire that you made this happen despite your busy lives. Applause for you!


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