About a month ago, my husband and I moved into a 14" trailer. We started downsizing over a year ago, and I still can't quite believe how much stuff we still have! Neither of us are terribly matetialistic, but we have both gone through long periods in our life having to go without. Once you've had little to nothing, it can be quite a mental challenge to let go of what you have accumulated.
I have found some rules on the interwebs that have helped.
1. Toss anything that is damaged -unless it can be mended in under an hour.
2. You must Love what you own. If it is something that you are holding on to for someone else, toss it or box it.
3. Be ruthless! It seems tough, but once that bag of donations and trash has been taken care of... the weight is lifted!
The more stuff we have around us, the more stressed out we feel and become. We deserve better!
Below is a link to some pins I have saved for inspiration.
Do you have any decluttering simple living tips?
I would love to hear from you.
How do you live more simply?
I keep my chalk pastels in an #Artbin with plastic tabs so the storage can be customized to your needs!
I love my artbin- it is so much nicer having all my chalk in one box.
Before I kept the chalk in the original packaging. Sure, it worked for awhile... until I had four boxes to go through when working on a project, trying to find the right color I knew I had somewhere! 😤
Now, I know what I have and have it all easily accessible at my fingertips.
my idea was to fix some type of foam or padding to the lid?
It helps lessen the chance of the chalk being smashed to smitherines And helps keep the rattling noise to a minimal, because that constant shaking Can get a bit annoying (especially on a long bus or bike ride!?).
I used tape to keep tissue on the lid, to cushion the pastels during transport.
Before I taped it to the lid, I just kept the tissue in each slot. But when working outside, the wind would try to blow them away! Adding the tape seemed hokey at first, but has been a Vast improvement.
Some of my biggest sources of inspiration come from the world around me, especially from above.
I like, no! I Love Space, and I cannot lie.
Stars, planets, comets, constellations, black holes, nebulas, and galaxies! I love them all.
I will admit my factoidss & information bucket may be a little low, but where I lack, I make up for with Enthusiasm. I have spent hours looking and enjoying the view from down here. And, telescope technology is incredible!
I have a constantly growing collection of my favorite images of "up there" on Pintrest!
Feel free to click the link below and check it out.
Also, send me your space photos! I would love to see them.
These paintings were inspired by and completed in Las Vegas, Nevada.
I have been to Vegas two times this year, visiting family. It was a challenge being away from my husband so much during our first year of marriage, but I tried to focus that anxious energy into my work.
My new series of paintings started just a few days before I left for a long road trip and visit to California and Nevada earlier this year. Right before my 28th birthday, in fact.
The series has changed since it's initial incarnation, but I have loved the evolution thus far. I look forward to this journey...
I hope you will continue to join me in my travels and artistic adventures!
Last year, I was going through a HUGE transition- focusing on my art full time, trying to rediscover my artistic voice after a few years wandering, planning a wedding, and preparing to move into a microscopic living space (by choice) after almost two years of getting comfortable in a two bedroom apartment.
Last year, I was very much focusing on "Stash-busting." I was trying to produce as much artwork as possible and use as many of my supplies as I could.
An Artist & Adventurer