19 August 2019

Clutter Or Keepsakes?

 In a previous post, I posed the question, "But does decluttering mean we're becoming minimalists?" For the most part, I'm a very practical person and a messy house stresses me out, so minimalism does have an appeal. But I'm also sentimental about some things. What I consider clutter is stuff that once had a practical purpose, but is no longer needed...clothing that doesn't fit, extra dishes, miscellaneous containers, old financial papers, pamphlets or magazines. The impractical items like mementos, gifts and ornaments aren't clutter to me. 

 If you too enjoy being surrounded by mementos and collectibles, this little peek into our new home is for you.

Downsizing and Decluttering


 One of the things I love about our living room is the bookshelves below the front window, spanning the width of the room. The great thing about small houses is that often they are designed with better storage and every little nook is optimized. These shelves are tucked back behind the couch but are easily accessible. They're filled with books, photo albums, games, puzzles, and even a few toys for our granddaughter.


 I was also excited to find that I had space on either side for two bookshelves that had been relegated to the basement in our previous home. Even our dogs enjoy this cozy nook in front of the window!


  I decided to take advantage of these shelves to not only keep our books close at hand but to showcase the many keepsakes we've acquired through the years. It isn't the item itself that is meaningful but the connection it has to a person or a memory. I can look at each item on a shelf and tell you who gave it to me or what it's significance is. 


 I've mixed in family photos, plaques and kids' artwork and gifts....and there's still room for more!




 This antique cabinet is on the opposite side of the room. It belongs to our daughter in law, and I'm not sure what I'll do when she finally comes and takes it to their own home. For now, it holds much of my Blue Willow collection from my grandmother, along with a few other collectibles.



 As much as I enjoy tiny house videos and decluttering websites, I know I could never truly be a minimalist. In fact, I sometimes wonder if those who have jumped on the minimalist bandwagon and gotten rid of all their 'things and stuff' will one day regret it. Will there come a day when they wish they had kept a collectible from their parents, or a homemade gift from their child? 

7 August 2019

Our House Tour; Moving On

 I know I promised a house tour months ago, but life just got a little hectic and we never did find time to do a video before moving out of our Hoops Loop house. We did, however, manage to get one done when we went back to do a final cleaning. 
 For those of you who haven't been here before, I'll give a little intro. As my husband nears retirement age, we realized we hadn't really planned for this stage of life. Most of our family has grown up and left home, and we've retired from 30 years as foster parents, leaving us and just 2 kids in a very large house. We had started a decluttering and downsizing process about 2 years ago, and in June 2019, we moved into what we hope and expect to be our retirement house.  I'll be sharing more about that in the future but for now, I hope you'll enjoy taking a walk through our previous house.


House Tour


3 April 2019

Living Simply; Going Minimalist?

  Having just gone through a major decluttering of our house, I've spent some time watching various videos to get myself organized and motivated. Whether it's the tiny house movement, capsule wardrobes or downsizing, everyone seems to be talking about minimalism. But does decluttering mean we're becoming minimalists?

Our downsizing journey

1 March 2019

Just Put One Foot In Front Of the Other

  Having come to the end of the monumental task of decluttering our home, I thought it fitting to share this story...

My dad grew up near Miami, Manitoba, at the foot of a huge hill, called Mount Nebo. One day a neighbour commented that he was so tired, he felt like he had just moved Mount Nebo with a wheelbarrow. That statement somehow grew into a favourite saying of my mom’s, and one that my husband quotes quite frequently, 
“You can move a mountain with a wheelbarrow, just put one foot in front of the other.” 

27 February 2019

Decluttering; Laying Aside Every Weight

 My parents lived on the same property for 61 years; first a small house, then one they had built. I can't imagine how much stuff I could have accumulated if we`d stayed in one place that long! My kids should be thankful that we've moved 18 times in 38 years! And even more thankful that I'm not leaving all of our stuff for them to clean up.

 Knowing that we would be downsizing in the near future, I started decluttering. It wasn't until pictures started coming up in FB memories that I realized just how long I'd been at it! Here I am a year later, finally at the end of what has been a very long but satisfying journey. I thought I'd share a little of the process here.

Laying Aside Every Weight