08 July 2015

"M" is For..

Mission.

Aimee has a new mission this summer
and that is to find and remove all excess clutter in her house,
along with any hidden (and visible) dust bunnies, grime and cobwebs.

One of her latest "weapons"?
A modified version of the "konmari" method
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Kondo#KonMari_method).
I first learned about this method on Helen of Norway's great blog--
THANK YOU Helen!

Another "weapon" has been this site...
http://www.becomingminimalist.com/becoming-minimalist-start-here/
SO much of what I am reading on this site rings true...
having so much stuff makes me feel weighed down.

So far, I've hunted down and cleaned clothes that have been
hiding out in two armoires and in various storage bins for quite a few years now
OK, seven years now (when I quit my last job).

Most of them are clean now (blech--dust bunnies)...
yippee!
Those with obvious tears, buttons missing, fading, etc., etc. I just threw away.
The others are in plastic bags ready to be sorted...
I am SO EXCITED!

And now for a few other M's in my life before I resume my mission...
 
 
M is for...
many multicolored koi and their goofy sweet looking mouths.
 

M is also for my Man who decided to see his koi up close and personal on Daddy's Day this year.
He was feeding the fish when I took these pictures:)
Sometimes in the summer when it's hot he takes a swim in our koi pond.
It's definitely big enough and has multiple filters to keep it clean.

M is also for..
 

Mmm.
Around here Mmm comes in many colors .
blue blueberries,
yellow raspberries,
green gooseberries,
dark blackish red marionberries.
I repeat.
Mmm!
Perhaps I should make a fruit cobbler?
TOO late. The heat has dried up many berries.
Sigh.
Oh well...
maybe next year.

Well it's time to get back to my mission...
Wish me luck!

Blessings, Aimee
 

14 comments:

Linda W. said...

Good for you for decluttering your house! Since I've been laid up the past couple of weeks, I did a little closet cleaning of my own. Usually this is on the very bottom of my to-do list (I'd much rather be out hiking) but since I can't hike quite yet, I guess the golden lining is I'm getting some much-needed decluttering done.

Teresa Kasner said...

I should be home cleaning out things but I'm gallivanting around the countryside. Maybe I'll do it someday. :-) Have fun! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Gracie Saylor said...

I am in the midst of checking out the links in this post, Aimee! I have so many interests and tend to be scattered and feel non-productive. Thanks for the inspiration, and sharing your lovely photos xx

Victor S E Moubarak said...

You're so lucky growing berries and fruits. We've had difficulties with gooseberries, although we've collected a few red and black currants and strawberries.

It looks like we'll have a good crop of apples this year though. Mmmm ... apple pies !!!

God bless you and yours.

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I wish you luck..I keep starting and then stopping on my cleaning mission. This has been going on for two years now. I should probably check out these links to get myself inspired again!

Bethany Carson said...

Neat to see the fish, and the berries look very good! You're on a worthy mission; glad to hear you're making progress! From helping clean/pack a couple people's homes I do wish more people would attempt similar missions...it's amazing what can be found when packing up. I don't know if I've mentioned before, but one lady had spices with best by dates from the 60s and 70s. At least she doesn't believe in wasting/throwing away everything! All the best!

Lorrie said...

I hope your minimalist mission continues to go well. I've heard a lot about the Kondo book. The blueberries look mmmm-delicious. Ours are finished now, but we're still enjoying raspberries although they are quite small and we are losing a lot of them to the heat. What a summer!
Beautiful cool photos of the koi. I'd like to jump in the pond!

Becky L. said...

oh the fun of keeping up with the house and getting rid of clothes and other things we seem to keep when they all need to be gone!!! I am with ya! Working at it as well. The koi pond looks nice. Have a good summer and enjoy your berries. We enjoy blueberries as well. I've not picked any this year. Just only from Fred Meyer and they were local berries from Brooks! Take care and have a good summer! Glad is cooled down a bit!

aimee said...

@Linda~
Thank you! I should not have waited for so many years to do it:) I heard about you being laid up--I read blog posts but can't sign in to my blogger account to comment. I hope you will be able to resume hiking soon as I know what it means to you. Decluttering is a positive thing -- definitely a golden lining:)
Blessings, Aimee

@Teresa~
LOL. I enjoy following your travels way TOO much...you can get to the decluttering (maybe) someday with my blessings :)
Blessings, Aimee

@Gracie~
You are most welcome! I have other links that I'll post later...good luck:)
Blessings, Aimee
PS: I am sure you already know this but don't feel bad about being scattered, having other interests, etc. I understand. I wouldn't be doing as well as I am without a lot of prayer and God's grace.

@Victor~
Mmm. We love our homegrown fruit a lot! Good crops are always a blessing--yea for LOTS of apples and LOTS of yummy apple pies! I would love to have some currant bushes too--unfortunately our septic system takes up too much space...
Blessings, Aimee


@Terri~
Thanks! Been there, done that:) Prayer and God's grace are biggies this time--along with different blogs I've been reading. Good luck and don't feel discouraged--you're not alone and every little bit helps!
Blessings, Aimee

@Bethany~
Thanks--they are pretty fun to watch, especially at feeding time:) The berries are yummy. I am hoping that our blueberries fared better than the marionberries. I agree! One of the reasons I wanted to declutter/simplify/minimize is because of the challenge in dealing with my mom and dad's stuff after mom died. My sibling had to deal with it more than I did, but there was SO much--it was emotionally draining to sort and get rid of :( LOL--yea, seen that kind of thing before. Thanks for the best wishes!
Blessings, Aimee

@Lorrie~
Thank you! Me too. I like certain elements of the KonMari method; other parts of it I am uncomfortable with because of my religious beliefs and still others I am having to modify to have it work for us. It did help give me the incentive I needed though and for that I am grateful. Yum--they were. Hoping there are more, many more! Ah, yes...glad it's cooler now:)
LOL. Yea, the pond can be most tempting on hot days!
Blessings, Aimee


aimee said...

@Becky~
Congrats on your blog-anniversary! LOL. The many challenges of life...:)
I just bought some blueberries at Freddies too--I'll have to check where they were grown. Enjoy yours!!! I am thrilled with the cooler weather and happy for fellow bloggers that have been suffering with all the heat. Good luck on your house projects Becky and have a great summer also!
Blessings, Aimee

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We sold our big house and lived full time in our RV for over ten years ... That is drastic and effective method for de cluttering! It's easier when there isn't a lot of out of the way spaces ... And it's ingrained in me now. Closets get cleaned out and so does every drawer at least once a year. And we don't buy "stuff" ... No souvenirs , no shells ;))'

Sammy Sam said...

Hi Aimee, my peeps are trying to de-clutter our existing house so that we can list it and move back into the city. It's proving to be quite the job. We have lots of stuff from 19 years. My dad had to paint the interior of the house in the heat of the past couple of weeks. Today he's almost done and the coolness has returned. Figures, right?

Jill said...

Adorable picture of your Koi! I miss ours...when we moved we had to leave them behind in the pond. Our girls named them and everything. We had one that had gotten caught in the net and was outside of the water, when we found him we were sure he wouldn't survive, but we tried getting him back in the water and he did! The girls named him survivor and he grew quite big! I'm right with you on decluttering, we've been here a year so trying to still unpack things and this weekend we are having a big yard sale. So far doing well. :-) Have a great weekend!

Blessings,
Jill

aimee said...

@Sallie~
That would definitely be an incentive!!! I LOVE your idea of cleaning all closets and drawers once a year...ditto not buying stuff. Only wish I had heard that about 15 years ago:)
Blessings, Aimee

@Sam~
I feel their pain:) Decluttering is a lot of work! I hear you on the weather change. I read today that we're now going to have early summer weather...Please let your peeps know I wish them well in the sale of their home!
Blessings,
Aimee

@Jill~
Thanks! They do have cute faces:) That is a GREAT story about your koi, Survivor! Maybe, someday, you can have a koi pond again. YEA on the yard sale!!
Blessings,
Aimee

To Sallie, Sam and Jill--
Sorry about the late posting of your comments.
Blessings all!

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