One Little Word Check In

Checking in with my One Little Word for 2013.

I love less. Honestly, 100% more than my word for 2012, which was enjoy.

I've been doing a project each weekend. Around New Year's, I organized my craft room (again). I'm in the midst of putting lots of extra crafty things I'd like to send to a good home up in my online shop. There's a few items there now, and much, much more to come, including a ton of beads and beading supplies. Two weeks ago, I decluttered my bedroom and closet and pulled out a big bag of clothes and used purses for Goodwill. It feels so nice to go to bed with a clean and tidy bedroom.

This past weekend, Brad and I spent a good 5-6 hours on Saturday pulling absolutely everything out of our kitchen cabinets, sorting, purging, and organizing what we use regularly.


We ended up with about 3 and a half boxes of things to bring to a local thrift shop (tax deductible), a bag and a half of trash, and a huge pile of cardboard. We had 4 blenders, 3 of which we're bringing to the thrift shop. 17 Disney souvenir mugs, of which we kept 4. We put holiday related dishes into the attic, along with a set of margarita glasses which we've never used but are keeping in case someday we have a margarita party. (We do have plenty of storage space in the attic for things that we just don't want to part with). We have one cabinet totally empty, and two other cabinets with empty shelves, plus space in every drawer. I removed two sets of silverware and kept just one out for everyday use.

Honestly, I never expected to have so much extra stuff. It's truly amazing what you can accumulate over the years. From purchases to gifts. (In our case, mostly gifts).

Something I intend to start doing today, is ignoring my phone and email from the time I leave work to the time Austin goes to bed every night. Currently, I rush, rush, rush to respond to emails, to post photos on Instagram, to check Twitter. But I notice that when I see Brad sitting there reading Twitter while Austin is beside us playing, it drives me bonkers. But I can't really say anything because I do it too. So starting tonight, I am putting a stop to it, for me at least. Emails can wait. Being with Austin is so much more important to me.

Speaking of Austin, as a side note here, last night he just didn't want to go to sleep. I spent a half hour rocking him and singing to him, and it was the best half hour I've spent in a long, long time. He would ask for his favorite songs over and over again. It didn't make him go to sleep, but I loved singing to him and cuddling. :) I want more time to do this, and to get that, I need to do less.

How are you all doing with your words this year? I'd love to hear what you're doing in the comments!

8 comments:

  1. This is brilliant, and your kitchen looks gorgeous. Great work!! I've been wanting to do the same with our kitchen (nesting? Just getting sick of the clutter? Whatever it is...!), and this is great inspiration to get it done.

    And pleeeease have a margarita party. At midnight, if at all possible. :)

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    1. Why? And why midnight? Any reason or just sounds like fun?

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  2. Fantastic job on the kitchen! I did that a few months ago and it felt so freeing to give away all the things we never use or have 4 of.

    I don't exactly have "one little word" for the year, I have a phrase - Doing It! It's going well - my very first project life album has been started, an art piece I'd been contemplating has finally come to fruition, I've stayed on top of my blogging goals, and a bunch of other little things.

    Btw, your cabinets are beautiful. ;)

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    1. Fantastic! Great start to "doing it!" I love that, by the way. Great phrase.

      Thank you! The house is pretty new - we moved in 2009 and it was brand new at the time. Loved the darker look to the cabinets with the silver appliances and door pulls :)

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  3. LESS - love that by the way! My OLW is GRACE. For January my objective was to accept grace. ...be open. trust. receive. consent. respond with a "YES" to His amazing Grace! I am learning I really need to focus on those methods. trust, receive, be open ...letting go of control and trust that God will work all things together for good. No major dramas in my life but as a mom I am always worrying and trying to figure out how I can "fix" things. I am letting go a little more and accepting God's grace to let life be lived with more flexibility and contentment. It's a nice feeling! Thanks for your post!

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    1. Such a great word! :) I definitely understand the always worrying (I have an anxiety disorder). Very hard to let go of control, I still haven't figured out how to do that.

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  4. Well done Melissa ! I am working on not being on the iPad during the day as much so I can focus better with my boys.

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  5. Hi, I discovered your blog on Pinterest a while back and I love reading your entries. I think Less is a great word for this year. I think my word for this year should be finish, lol. We have so many unfinished projects around the house, it would be great if we could get them off our to do list. BTW, your kitchen looks great :)

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