Sugar Elimination Update
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I haven’t had much sugar in the last two months.  And by this I mean I had a bit of dessert for my birthday and that’s it.  It started as a decision to detox from sugar for a month with my sis.  After having Marin and beginning another breastfeeding journey I knew that sugar would be a huge temptation.  Doing this detox would eliminate that, and allow me to start from a more positive place than I did with Morrison.  After a month went by, I thought why re-introduce it? And I set out to continue without for as long as I could.  You know what?  After that month I TRULY stopped craving and thinking about sweets.  I typically tell clients that it takes 3 weeks to detox and drop cravings for sugar. After doing this I realized that if you are setting out to make something a lifestyle, it takes over a month to create the lasting change.  I also realized that cutting sugar out aligns with one of my 2018 goals.  In January I set my intention to be more fit than I was when I got pregnant with Morrison, and this sugar elimination is made easier because of this goal!  This realization is possibly even more important than the health benefits of giving up sugar.  

When you set a true intention with passion and commitment behind it, the steps you take to achieve it will seem less painful or daunting.  Being healthy and fit make me a better mother and person, and it makes me happy!  This happiness is much more sunstainable than the satisfaction of having dessert.  I should also mention that I am not telling myself I can never have sugar again.  At my birthday dinner, I thoroughly enjoyed each bite of my chocolate indulgence, but I didn’t let that be the gateway to having it all the time.  This is what I have allowed in the past, not just with sugar.  Giving yourself the space to enjoy and move on is huge!  It makes it so much easier to say no during an impulsive moment.  

If you are interested in cutting sugar check out my free sugar detox to begin the journey, and feel free to ask me questions if you need some guidance.😊

Ditch the Excess: Kids Stuff
 Morrison’s toy tent in our living room. 

Morrison’s toy tent in our living room. 

I’m excited to share the first part of my minimalism series.  I mentioned in my last post that every one has their own idea of excess, and the amount of things that make sense for them.  Some might view my living as overcrowded, while others may think it it too little.  It’s important to identify if you feel overwhelmed or stressed with the “stuff” in your life, what areas cause the most chaos, and aim to eliminate in that space first. 

 Paper roll for drawing is stored in the tent pockets, and books are in his wagon walker. 

Paper roll for drawing is stored in the tent pockets, and books are in his wagon walker. 

 

I read several books on Simplicity Parenting while I was pregnant with Morrison.  Although his toys expanded past what I thought ideal then, we do try to keep it to a minimum.  In the city we live in a one bedroom apartment, which means his play space is in our living room.  In an attempt to not have it over run my entire space, we keep his toys in a canvas tent.  We found that the Moses basket he slept in as a babe works well to store most of his things, smaller items like matchbox cars are separated into a couple of bins, and blocks are in drawstring canvas bags.  Morrison loves cars and trucks so we kind of splurge on those when he wants something new.  They are small and manageable.  Other than that we try to keep new toys to a minimum, and usually ask that people give experiences or money as gifts.

 

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When it comes to clothing we all fight for closet space in this house!  Since Mike and I both work(ed) in fashion, we both have quite a few clothes!  I have gotten rid of a ton, but consider this area my most cluttered.  Since we had mostly gender neutral clothes for Morrison those were passed on to Marin.  They share three drawers in our cube dresser.  It isn’t the prettiest thing, but it holds a ton of stuff!  The kids and I share it.  

 Ugly but efficient cube organizer that holds a ton! 

Ugly but efficient cube organizer that holds a ton! 

I have their clothes separated by category.  One drawer holds both kids tops, the next is pants and pajamas, and the third is hats, socks, and accessories.  I comb through the drawers every couple of months to ditch the items that don’t fit, and assess what needs to be added.  I also try to buy things that I know will fit for awhile.  Morrison still wears a pair of drop crotch sweats that I got him when he was 6 months old!!  High quality kids clothes will last.  Some of my favorites are nununu, goat milk, and gap for basics.  We also recently started buying things from ThredUp, an online consignment store that has great stuff and a return policy.

 

 This cart was our bar before we had kids, now it is a changing table. 

This cart was our bar before we had kids, now it is a changing table. 

Mike and I went through an industrial furniture phase and this cart is one of our last pieces of rust haha!  We still love it, and it has made a great stand for the changing pad.  In the bin underneath we store diapers, wipes, swaddles, and burp clothes.  The diaper pail is in the bathroom right next store.  

 Pants and pjs, hats and socks, tops, and the diaper bin. 

Pants and pjs, hats and socks, tops, and the diaper bin. 

Things are tight, and drawers can get a bit overstuffed, but I try to continuously purge when needed.  It has become more important than ever with two to be mindful of what comes in.  Since we co-sleep, and the kids don’t have a bedroom to hide the clutter we are super cautious about what we buy and if we have space.  Hopefully this is helpful info and inspiration to clean out and donate some unused kids stuff that you may have lying around.  Seriously, it has saved my sanity because it limits the amount of clean up daily.

tent from amazon, cubes from target, wagon from amazon, cart and metal bin are vintage, changing pad from giggle

Getting Rid of Excess
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When Morrison started crawling around the same time Mike and I were moving for the second time in two years, I had a major awakening.  The first realization was that Mo was starting to get into everything! And then that I would have to pack up an apartment with a crawling baby around.  Both of these meant the less stuff, the better.  It was then that I did a major purge of every area of my life and space.  I got rid of SO MUCH stuff.  An example of this was 25-30 garbage bags full of clothes, shoes, and accessories!  Insanity to say the least. 

It’s been two years and two more moves since then, and I have managed to maintain my minimalist approach and further purged things like my inbox, reading lists, and music library.  It has provided me with less mental clutter, less to clean, and much less for kids to get into!  I’ve read several books on the subject, and used some of the information, but I think cleaning and removing excess is very personal.  Each individual has a minimum that they are comfortable with in different areas of their life.  The goal is to get to a place where you feel light and not tethered to a lot of material items.  For example my collection of clothes is probably larger than many (albeit much less than it was!) but fashion is a true love of mine and brings me immense joy therefore I allow more space for it.

I thought I would start a little series that discusses how and where I eliminated and what was left in hopes that it inspires someone to lighten up!  This also goes along with my new endeavor to minimize the amount of trash and recycling our family gets rid of.  I will document this too as I get further into it for anyone interested in lessening their waste and footprint. 

All of this is top of mind for me as Spring (hopefully) blesses us with its presence.  I find myself looking for this to clean out, and not finding too much!  A few truly masculine clothing items that won’t be passed on to Marin from Mo, and some of my old tanks that are stained and not worth holding on to.  It has made keeping our space clean so much easier, and tidying during the day a 5 minute task rather than anything more arduous.  Follow along if you are interested.  I’ll start with kids rooms and toys in my next post.