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March Minimalist Challenge – complete

March Minimalist Challenge – complete

You’re here! I’m beyond excited to welcome you to the March Minimalist Challenge.

This 30 day minimalism challenge is meant to set you up for success. Each day you will have one area to declutter. Weekdays have smaller spaces while weekends are more in depth areas.

Additionally, the early weeks of this challenge focus on non-sentimental possessions. As you gain confidence and skills the difficulty level of decision making increases.

Find me on your favorite social platform to keep me update on your progress.

Day 1

@nomadveronica

It’s day 1 and we’re starting with getting your food right. If I can make it easier for you to eat, that’s a win. . Keep in mind, this challenge does not include your freezer. You only need to focus on the refrigerator on this lovely Wednesday. . Every day in March you will find these videos posted on social media. But, if you opt to get these videos via e-mail, there are bonus tips included. . And if you’re just thirsty for all the minimalist knowledge, head to my blog. Pinned to the top is the March Minimalist Challenge blog post which will be updated daily with even more detailed advice. . If stuff is stressing you out and you want to stop living in the consumerism trap, you’re in the right place. Let’s get you minimized so you can focus on what’s truly important in your life. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalistchallenge #minimalist #minimalismchallenge #simpleliving #minimalistlifestyle #declutter #lessismore #minimalistic #minimalista #declutteryourlife #declutteryourhome #thefirstpurge #antiaccumulation #proexploration #messytominimalist #minimalistmom #minimalistmama #minimalistfamily #minimalistdecor #minimaliststyle #minimalistaesthetic #minimalisthome #minimalistliving #minimalistinterior #minimalistlife #minimalisthouse #learnminimalism #declutterchallenge

? original sound – Nomad Veronica • Minimalist

Every space you declutter gives you an opportunity to throughly clean the area. Grab your favorite cleaner and some  bamboo sticks  to give your refrigerator a deep clean. Take out everything one shelf at a time from top to bottom.

Clean every crevice including possibly removing the shelf or drawer and cleaning it directly in the sink. Take breaks to close the fridge if the beeping starts to drive you nuts.

Be prepared to have all kinds of feelings about getting rid of items from your fridge. If you’re feeling stuck and overwhelmed when it comes to discarding expired or unwanted food, don’t give up. Read about the 3 Justifications People Use to Keep Possessions.

Day 2

@nomadveronica

Day 2 of the challenge has arrived! I don’t believe in forced productivity, but I don’t want you wasting “working” hours on possession paralysis. . Just because something is a good office supply does not mean it serves a purpose in your work. Start being very picky about the items you let exist in your office. . Items that take up space in our physical space also occupy our head space as well. Your mind is mucked up with thoughts of clutter you don’t even care about. . Be sure to register for the daily March Minimalist Emails for additional tips and tricks that don’t fit in these short videos. . A month from now you’ll wish you did these small challenges because they will lead to big results. Get motivated in March to minimize and simplify your life. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalistchallenge #minimalist #minimalismchallenge #simpleliving #minimalistlifestyle #declutter #lessismore #minimalistic #minimalista #declutteryourlife #declutteryourhome #thefirstpurge #antiaccumulation #proexploration #messytominimalist #minimalistmom #minimalistmama #minimalistfamily #minimalistdecor #minimaliststyle #minimalistaesthetic #minimalisthome #minimalistliving #minimalistinterior #minimalistlife #minimalisthouse #learnminimalism #declutterchallenge

? original sound – Nomad Veronica • Minimalist

Organizing and re-organizing your desk does not need to be a common occurrence. You are only in that vicious cycle because the items in, around, and on top of your desk are not serving you.

Minimalism is all about focus. Being able to focus on what you truly want, comes when you eliminate everything that doesn’t get you closer to that goal. Clearing your desk clutter will allow greater focus on your work which will eliminate errors and increase efficiency.

I don’t have a single client who is so wealthy that they don’t need to work in order to create an income. But, just because you need to earn money doesn’t mean you have to work long or hard hours. Learning to create passive and residual income is the most powerful lesson I’ve learned from minimalism.

There are some serious mental acrobatics you do to convince yourself that your work isn’t that bad or dare I say, you even like your job. It stings too much to admit you would rather be doing thousands of other things over working at that job. Learn: How Minimalism Can Create an Income so you can spend more time doing what you want.

Day 3

@nomadveronica

You’ve made it to day 3! Today you’re heading to the bathroom to clear out your medicine cabinet. . Bathrooms are gross. Fecal matter ingested orally can spread salmonella and hepatitis A. You might be thinking, why the heck is she telling me this? . Well I hate to break it to you, but your toothbrush is within the blast zone where particles can linger in the air and settle on your bristles. Let’s get your hygiene products to safety by emptying that medicine cabinet. . This will be the one and only challenge that I have to talk about poop particles. . Send me pics of before and after! Better yet, post them on social media and tag me. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalistchallenge #minimalist #minimalismchallenge #simpleliving #minimalistlifestyle #declutter #lessismore #minimalistic #minimalista #declutteryourlife #declutteryourhome #thefirstpurge #antiaccumulation #proexploration #messytominimalist #minimalistmom #minimalistmama #minimalistfamily #minimalistdecor #minimaliststyle #minimalistaesthetic #minimalisthome #minimalistliving #minimalistinterior #minimalistlife #minimalisthouse #learnminimalism #declutterchallenge

? original sound – Nomad Veronica • Minimalist

Bathrooms and storage don’t mix. Your bathroom has the most dramatic temperature fluctuations of anywhere in your house. Not ony temperature, but also humidity.

Items you would typically keep in a medicine cabinet such as thermometers, tweezers, and Tylenol are all better suited to keep away from that moisture.

Have you heard of toilet plume? Thats how scientists refer to the 10 foot radius around the toilet. Particles from flushing, pee splatter, and even vomit can circulate in the air for lengthy periods of time. Talk about subjects I never thought I’d be writing about. lol.

Protect your hygiene products by re-locating them outside the bathroom entirely. Let your medicine cabinet become an empty storage space. It will feel good to know you are keeping your clean products away from all those germs and bacteria.

Day 4

@nomadveronica

On day 4 you’ll be clearing out and cleaning up your freezer. You’ll be socked with the level of grime in the bottom of your freezer. . If you’re not on the daily decluttering email list, be sure to DM me FREEZER to find out my favorite freezer cleaning product. . Proper labeling is critical to effective food storage. Do not expect that you or anyone you live with will remember the origins of random freezer items. . Items needing to be used first should always be in the front, while items in boxes with proper expiration dates can go further in the back. . Consider doing a freezer challenge where you don’t grocery shop until you eat your way through all the current food in your freezer. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalistchallenge #minimalist #minimalismchallenge #simpleliving #minimalistlifestyle #declutter #lessismore #minimalistic #minimalista #declutteryourlife #declutteryourhome #thefirstpurge #antiaccumulation #proexploration #messytominimalist #minimalistmom #minimalistmama #minimalistfamily #minimalistdecor #minimaliststyle #minimalistaesthetic #minimalisthome #minimalistliving #minimalistinterior #minimalistlife #minimalisthouse #learnminimalism #declutterchallenge

? original sound – Nomad Veronica • Minimalist

Deep cleaning your freezer will allow you to empty and assess it’s contents. Put everything in the freezer during the process to buy you a little more time to really scrub every nook and craney.

Be sure to give the underside of your freezer attention as well. Get these: Cleaning Brushes  to thoroughly clean areas you’ve never given any thought. See if the grate at the bottom can come off and get down there to see where all your grime has gone to hide.

Imagine you were cooking a meal today and planned to use each item from the freezer, would you realistically be willing to eat it? If the freezer space gets bogged down with food that you wouldn’t eat even if you ran out of money, then it’s time to accept those items need to be tossed.

This is also a good opportunity to check your manual and see if anything can be done about cleaning out the ice maker. As you fill the freezer back up, put items in tin foil, leftover containers, or anything not in original packing up in front.

Day 5

@nomadveronica

It’s day 5 and today you’ll be purging your pantry. Your pantry feels cluttered because so many things go there to die. . It feels super awkward to throw away perfectly good food. But, if it is food you will never eat, then you have to accept that your space is too valuable to let it keep existing there. . Your pantry is an extension of your kitchen. Don’t let that space become a catch all for items that don’t involve food or food preparation. . I am not an advocate of pantry overhauls that involve storing all items in beautiful containers. Focus on functionality not trendy home design status flexing. . Come back here and entertain me by telling me what item you felt guiltiest for purging from your pantry. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalistchallenge #minimalist #minimalismchallenge #simpleliving #minimalistlifestyle #declutter #lessismore #minimalistic #minimalista #declutteryourlife #declutteryourhome #thefirstpurge #antiaccumulation #proexploration #messytominimalist #minimalistmom #minimalistmama #minimalistfamily #minimalistdecor #minimaliststyle #minimalistaesthetic #minimalisthome #minimalistliving #minimalistinterior #minimalistlife #minimalisthouse #learnminimalism #declutterchallenge

? original sound – Nomad Veronica • Minimalist

Purging your pantry will immediately make using your kitchen less stressful. Spending less time looking for things is an amazing benefit of minimalism. Plus, knowing what you have will ensure you’re less wasteful which will save money.

Prime real estate is going to be the middle shelves that all family members can easily see and reach. Those shelves should hold the most commonly used items. Infrequently used items belong on the harder to reach top and bottom shelves.

Anything non-kitchen related needs to be re-located outside of the pantry. Putting all your items back in the pantry takes some forethought. Create breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack sections for best ongoing results.

Let go of any shame or guilt surrounding ditching items you will never eat. The story you’ve created in your head about how that food will be consumed is probably a stretch to say the least.

Day 6

@nomadveronica

Where are my Napster era peeps at? Accessing music and movies has evolved significantly from our teenage years until today. . While it used to be impressive that you had a notebook full of CD’s for your 6 disc car system, it now is laughable. . The same holds true when it comes with our movie viewing. It used to be a flex to have a large in home movie collection that saved you a trip to Hollywood Video. Now there are countless streaming services pumping 24/7 content to not just our TV’s but even our smart phones. . Times have changed and it’s time you catch up. Digitizing your movie and music collections is long overdue. . My absolute favorite movie of all time is Crybaby. Months before it was released on DVD my dad had already pre-ordered it for me. He knows me so well and that purchase meant a lot to me. But, even that DVD got converted to digital and I watch it regularly on VUDU. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalistchallenge #minimalist #minimalismchallenge #simpleliving #minimalistlifestyle #declutter #lessismore #minimalistic #minimalista #declutteryourlife #declutteryourhome #thefirstpurge #antiaccumulation #proexploration #messytominimalist #minimalistmom #minimalistmama #minimalistfamily #minimalistdecor #minimaliststyle #minimalistaesthetic #minimalisthome #minimalistliving #minimalistinterior #minimalistlife #minimalisthouse #learnminimalism #declutterchallenge

? original sound – Nomad Veronica • Minimalist

As a young person it felt like a flex to show off how many CD’s and DVD’s you had in your collection. Now that you’re older and wiser you can see how those collections wasted your money and now they waste your space.

Download the VUDU app to immediatly digitize everything avaible for digital download. Eliminating your DVD collection will allow you to purge storage stands, disc players, and any other items you used to organize your movies.

Not every movie will have a contract arrangement be be digitized, so at that point you’ll need to decide if it’s worth it to keep movies on a case by case basis.

After your collection is digitized it’s time to sell the physical discs. The best luck I had was selling my DVD, BlueRays, and CD’s at a physical garage sale. However, major cities usually have movie and music resale shops that will buy collections for a mutually agreeable price. If neither of those options work, you can download the

Day 7

@nomadveronica

Surprise! Becoming a minimalist stretches beyond clearing out your kitchen clutter. . Digital decluttering aides in minimizing your mind. Our constant obsession with viewing screens is toxic and distracting. . Your life becomes what you pay attention to. And if you pay attention to moving pixels on a screen instead of your own dreams, you’re going to miss out on your life. . Anyone who has some magic formula of technology moderation is simply blowing smoke. It might sound good to say limiting technology is the answer, but I disagree. . I think falling in love with your life outside of technology is the answer. Be so busy loving the way you spend your time that endlessly scrolling social media doesn’t even cross your mind. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalistchallenge #minimalist #minimalismchallenge #simpleliving #minimalistlifestyle #declutter #lessismore #minimalistic #minimalista #declutteryourlife #declutteryourhome #thefirstpurge #antiaccumulation #proexploration #messytominimalist #minimalistmom #minimalistmama #minimalistfamily #minimalistdecor #minimaliststyle #minimalistaesthetic #minimalisthome #minimalistliving #minimalistinterior #minimalistlife #minimalisthouse #learnminimalism #declutterchallenge

? original sound – Nomad Veronica • Minimalist

Ding! Another email notification pulling your attention away from whatever you were doing. It happens all day long. In fact, people are more likely to pay attention to a notification on their phone than someone calling their name.

Did you know that you can not just turn off notifications, but also tell your phone not to receive your emails as often. Look for the setting called fetch speed in your inbox, set it to daily or every 12 hours.

Minimalist phone rituals focus on mindfulness. In this present moment is your time better suited to be scrolling or looking up and experiencing life. In almost every case the answer will probably be to put down the phone and go do something worthy of your time.

After the big email clear out, the folders you will make can insure you keep important items. Your inbox is not the place to keep important information for future use. Your inbox is only for incoming messages, not pending items. Pending items get filed in the appropriate folder.

Day 8

@nomadveronica

Sentimental items are very misunderstood. The idea that just because an item makes you think of a person that it must be kept forever is misguided. . You can think of any person you want and remember the item without ever standing up to go look at the item in question. . Things are not memories. Any loved one that passed down items whether jewelry or otherwise would hate to hear that they have become a burden. Stuff does become a burden and that’s why embarking on this challenge is so important. . Taking stones out of antique pieces and reimagining them into jewelry you love is worth the effort. You will feel so accomplished after converting old jewelry into original pieces. . If I’m being honest. I have just a handful of sentimental jewelry pieces. Everything else I wear is intended to be short term because I lose jewelry fairly easily during all the traveling we do. I buy cheap and don’t stress when they need to be tossed. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalistchallenge #minimalist #minimalismchallenge #simpleliving #minimalistlifestyle #declutter #lessismore #minimalistic #minimalista #declutteryourlife #declutteryourhome #thefirstpurge #antiaccumulation #proexploration #messytominimalist #minimalistmom #minimalistmama #minimalistfamily #minimalistdecor #minimaliststyle #minimalistaesthetic #minimalisthome #minimalistliving #minimalistinterior #minimalistlife #minimalisthouse #learnminimalism #declutterchallenge

? original sound – Nomad Veronica • Minimalist

Untangling your perception of value is a major lesson you’ll learn during your minimalist journey. The financial and sentimental value placed on old jewelry can hinder our ability to get rid of it.

Be willing to dig deep as to why you want to keep items you don’t wear. Instead of letting guilt or shame be in control, take back the power by deconstructing old pieces and creating new items you can treasure.

Letting Go of Sentimental Items Without Fear
All the Reasons’s You Claim You Can’t Become a Minimalist
Minimizing Sentimental Items

As promised, above you will find links to some of my articles about why you are hesitant to get rid of items. Recognizing that something as small as jewelry can have so much influence your you thoughts and behaviors is a great first step.

Dismissing entire categories of possessions as unable to be minimized is indicative of a larger problem. Minimizing jewelry is just as important as minimizing furniture because your mindset shifts with decluttering each new area.

Day 9

@nomadveronica

You might think there are clean car people and dirty car folk. It’s common to believe our habits are a reflection of who you are as a person. . But, how clean you are or how well you take care of your possessions is all mindset. Your overwhelmed and stressed out self may in fact treat your car like a giant trash can. . Learning to minimize your items is just as much about mindset as the actual removal of items. Set the tone for a more simplified life by completing today’s challenge. . Remember, three categories of items are currently in your car. 1) Garbage 2) Items that don’t belong in your car 3) Items that do belong in your car but are not properly organized. . Tag the person you know with the most cluttered car. I wanna know who’s got the most empty fast food containers scattered all over their floorboards. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalistchallenge #minimalist #minimalismchallenge #simpleliving #minimalistlifestyle #declutter #lessismore #minimalistic #minimalista #declutteryourlife #declutteryourhome #thefirstpurge #antiaccumulation #proexploration #messytominimalist #minimalistmom #minimalistmama #minimalistfamily #minimalistdecor #minimaliststyle #minimalistaesthetic #minimalisthome #minimalistliving #minimalistinterior #minimalistlife #minimalisthouse #learnminimalism #declutterchallenge

? original sound – Nomad Veronica • Minimalist

Almost every time you leave your home to interact with the outside world it’s in a personal vehicle. Getting in and zoning out to whatever is on the radio doesn’t set a good vibe for the day.

Once your car is in order it can become a moving feel good retreat. Within arms reach you can have motivational audio books, lotion, sugar free gum, and a bottle of water. Instead of clutter it can all be self-care items at your finger tips.

Once you’ve removed the garbage, found homes for the items that don’t belong in your car, and organized the car necessities, it’s cleaning time. Head to your local car wash and spend some time vacuuming out your vehicle. After the interior is clean you should spring for the deluxe package at the car wash as a reward.

Last month I wrote a deep dive article called 7 Tips for Decluttering Your Car. Give that article a read if you crave more precise instructions. Usually my very detailed space by space guides are only available in my Messy to Minimalist e-course, so it’s a treat that I featured this one publicly.

Day 10

@nomadveronica

If you’re an over achiever, listen up. Do not get super manic and go on a binge minimizing day this early on. . Taking it slow isn’t an ego trip just so you’ll keep listening to me blab on and on about minimalism. . Your mindset shifts slowly over the course of this minimalism journey. Each space you minimize brings new lessons and encourages more aggressive decluttering techniques. . I’m giving you some flexibility today to catch up on past challenge days you’ve neglected and just do two small drawers for your day 10. . Do you have any empty drawers in your house? In my house back in America there were lots of drawers in my kitchen island and kitchen, not all of them were in use. Here in Japan it’s different since out house is so tiny, every drawer here has something in it. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalistchallenge #minimalist #minimalismchallenge #simpleliving #minimalistlifestyle #declutter #lessismore #minimalistic #minimalista #declutteryourlife #declutteryourhome #thefirstpurge #antiaccumulation #proexploration #messytominimalist #minimalistmom #minimalistmama #minimalistfamily #minimalistdecor #minimaliststyle #minimalistaesthetic #minimalisthome #minimalistliving #minimalistinterior #minimalistlife #minimalisthouse #learnminimalism #declutterchallenge

? original sound – Nomad Veronica • Minimalist

Pick a drawer any drawer. Today the power is in your hands to minimize or reimagine two drawers anywhere in your house. I wanted to introduce a small challenge so you can catch up on any past challenge days you skipped for whatever reason.

Also, learning how to take things slow is a vital part of this process. You might have grand visions of becoming a minimalist over a weekend, but it doesn’t really work like that. Mindset takes longer to change than one short burst of enthusiasm.

If you think back to the challenge from day one or day two, I bet even a week later you would make more aggressive decisions. During my minimalist journey I think I decluttered my pantry six times. Each time I got more decisive and rigid in my feelings about what was worthy of taking up space in our home.

If you’re beginning to think that all this minimizing should be turned into a massive garage sale, I wouldn’t be surprised. We made over $2,000 at our garage sale when we first became minimalists. Read all about how to Have a Profitable Garage Sale.

Day 11

@nomadveronica

In your kitchen you can run into all three justifications for keeping stuff you don’t need. . You can claim you have to keep a certain dish because it belonged to your grandmother. EMOTIONAL JUSTIFICATION . You will say you don’t want to get rid of that fondue pot because you spent $150 on it. FINANCIAL JUSTIFICATION . You might think that someday that mortar and pestle will make amazing guacamole even though your spouse is allergic to avocados. PRACTICAL JUSTIFICATION . Your priority is to purge the unnecessary items. Secondly, organize your kitchen based on frequency of use not by size or category. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalistchallenge #minimalist #minimalismchallenge #simpleliving #minimalistlifestyle #declutter #lessismore #minimalistic #minimalista #declutteryourlife #declutteryourhome #thefirstpurge #antiaccumulation #proexploration #messytominimalist #minimalistmom #minimalistmama #minimalistfamily #minimalistdecor #minimaliststyle #minimalistaesthetic #minimalisthome #minimalistliving #minimalistinterior #minimalistlife #minimalisthouse #learnminimalism #declutterchallenge

? original sound – Nomad Veronica • Minimalist

Before choosing any place to live, people look at the kitchen imagining if there is enough storage space. You imagine all your pots and pans and appliances organized in the drawers and cabinets. It’s common for people to worry that there won’t be enough space to house all of their stuff.

As you unpack in your new kitchen you tell yourself stories about how you’ll use that platter for a game night really soon. You imagine yourself cooking waffles and poached eggs for family brunch every weekend. On wine nights you know that chocolate fountain will be all the rage. But none of those things ever happen. You never did those things in your old place and you will continue not to do them in your new place.

There is no shame is accepting that you simply do not need those objects to live a happy life. By keeping those items you are creating an invisible expectation that they should be used someday. If you follow my content you probably know I hate the idea that you “should” do something. Just do what you want.

All three major justifications get used in the kitchen. You blame needing to keep things on financial reasons, emotional feelings, and practical justifications. If you haven’t used it this month, you should seriously consider donating, selling, or re-homing that item.

Day 12

@nomadveronica

Your laundry room may be small but it gets bogged down with lots of inefficient items. Ditch the clothes that are too small, in bad condition, or are single socks you need to give up on. . Aside from fabric clutter, you will eliminate any unnecessary cleaning products. The money has been gone since you bought the item, you don’t lose anything more by getting rid of it. In fact, you’ll gain back a little bit of sanity by finally getting rid of those things you don’t ever use. . Be sure to clean the farthest corners of your laundry area during this deep decluttering and cleaning session. It will feel like a brand new space. . If there are any laundry flow issue that would make the space function better, buy them! That hang bar or storage shelf can be a game changer for your laundry process. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalistchallenge #minimalist #minimalismchallenge #simpleliving #minimalistlifestyle #declutter #lessismore #minimalistic #minimalista #declutteryourlife #declutteryourhome #thefirstpurge #antiaccumulation #proexploration #messytominimalist #minimalistmom #minimalistmama #minimalistfamily #minimalistdecor #minimaliststyle #minimalistaesthetic #minimalisthome #minimalistliving #minimalistinterior #minimalistlife #minimalisthouse #learnminimalism #declutterchallenge

? original sound – Nomad Veronica • Minimalist

I cannot be the only person who has items that are literally always in the wash. Because the item has no home, it just gets stuck in the endless loop of wash, floor, back in the wash. I know for a fact that kids clothes that are too small, old dish towels, and mystery items someone left at our house have all fallen into this vicious cycle.

Determine which items are in too much disrepair to wear confidently and be willing to finally toss them. Find the items that are too small for the body you have now or the size your children have become and ditch or donate those. If that shirt is missing the waist cinch, the sock is missing it’s partner, or one bra insert has gone MIA that item needs to be retired.

Laundry already stresses me the heck out. When you clean the bathroom there is a sense of accomplishment because the job is complete, it does’t need to be done again for a hot minute. But, with laundry it will never ever be totally done unless you do it naked. Because of the immense hatred I have towards laundry, it needs to run smoothly or I will shut down and not do it for weeks.

Get the hanging bar you’ve been talking about. Install the detergent shelf you keep thinking about. Buy the laundry machine lifting platforms that you’re convinced will make your back hate you less. Every single laundry purchase is going to have enough benefit to make the financial outlay worth it.

Day 13

@nomadveronica

If working on your kitchen is spilling into today too, that’s not a shock to me. Your day 13 challenge is a small area with obvious decluttering tasks. . Re-locate all the items in your entryway that don’t belong in your entry to begin with. End the vicious cycle of the threshold to your home being overrun with clutter. . Strategically choose which coats, shoes, or gear gets to live at your front door. Make sure every item is seasonly appropriate and currently fits. . Ditch all the items nobody cares enough to find a home for. People bring things home all the time because they don’t know what else to do with it. Just because you’ve taken possession of something does not mean it deserves to be kept. . Your entry sets the tone for your home. Do a vibe check to make sure your entryway makes you feel calm as you walk into your house. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalistchallenge #minimalist #minimalismchallenge #simpleliving #minimalistlifestyle #declutter #lessismore #minimalistic #minimalista #declutteryourlife #declutteryourhome #thefirstpurge #antiaccumulation #proexploration #messytominimalist #minimalistmom #minimalistmama #minimalistfamily #minimalistdecor #minimaliststyle #minimalistaesthetic #minimalisthome #minimalistliving #minimalistinterior #minimalistlife #minimalisthouse #learnminimalism #declutterchallenge

? original sound – Nomad Veronica • Minimalist

Gateway spaces set the tone for your time in a space. Entering your house to immediately see junk everywhere does not inspire calm or clarity. You are going to re-home all the items that don’t belong in your entryway so you can create a clean slate.

Coach the people you live with to put items that are coming into the home away properly. If your entryway indicates a disregard for cleanliness then the rest of the house will match that energy.

If an item has been abandoned in the entry and nobody in the house wants to take responsibility to find it a proper home, ditch it. People bring things home all the time because they don’t know what else to do with it. Just because you’ve taken possession of something does not mean it deserves to be kept.

Flat surfaces practically send out a written invitation asking people to fill them up with crap. You can decide to RSVP NO to that invitation. Create a new mindset around flat surfaces being empty instead of always being piled with junk.

Day 14

@nomadveronica

Do you still have sheets from the twin bed when your kid was little? Are there still crib sheets hanging out in a drawer waiting for a grand baby? . You tell yourself these items will become useful again one day. I’ve got a harsh truth for you. The next time you own a twin bed, whoever is sleeping in it will not like that set of sheets. Same for the crib sheets, your kids will have their own ideas for their child’s sheets. . Towels that are not part of regular bath and kitchen rotation need to get donated. You should not be paying to store towels you forgot you even had. . If you find yourself saying but but but, I’ve only got one thing to say. Your but is too big and it’s time to slim down the excess. . Stop putting obstacles between the stuff you’re getting rid of and actually getting it out of the house. Don’t wait for the stars to align and the perfect person to come along and need the items you are getting rid of. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalistchallenge #minimalist #minimalismchallenge #simpleliving #minimalistlifestyle #declutter #lessismore #minimalistic #minimalista #declutteryourlife #declutteryourhome #thefirstpurge #antiaccumulation #proexploration #messytominimalist #minimalistmom #minimalistmama #minimalistfamily #minimalistdecor #minimaliststyle #minimalistaesthetic #minimalisthome #minimalistliving #minimalistinterior #minimalistlife #minimalisthouse #learnminimalism #declutterchallenge

? original sound – Nomad Veronica • Minimalist

Sheets and towels are on the chopping block today. You’ve undoubtedly got extras upon extras of both. When things are folded nicely and have a place in a cabinent it’s hard to recognize they are a problem. But those closets stuffed with linens could be clutter free and therefore create less stress in your life.

No bed should have more than the set of sheets currently on your bed and one additional set. I said what I said. High quality cotton sheets are comfortable all year round. As for towels, if you haven’t used the towel in the last month, it’s got to go. The only exception to the one month rule is beach towels which can live in a cabinent for those yearly trips.

Think about how many loads of laundry it would take to clean every piece of fabric in your house. Every stitch of clothing, sheets, towels, blankets, jackets, scarfs, pajamas, table cloths, and even bathmats. Daunting isn’t it? Why is all that excess necessary? Did someone tell you your worth was measured in space filled with objects?

Obviously it’s ridiculous to think about your worth being tied to possessions. But your possessions really do define you. They determine your bank balance, your time, and your mental load. All the items that use to be money fill a house that needs to be that big simply to house those objects. It’s a vicious cycle. Read about how Stuff Stops You From Living Your Life

Day 15

@nomadveronica

Joy is the best makeup. I’m holding my breath for the backlash on my no makeup stance. But hear me out. . Aside from the fact that makeup sucks up money and uses your precious time, it also affects your mental health. You feel good or feel bad based on the blending of your makeup. . As young girls our beauty attempts were motivated by social factors. We wanted to appear a certain way in front of the other girls at school. We wanted to catch our crushes eye with our peacock like makeup job. Nobody would deny that we used makeup because of social factors. . Fast forward to us as adults and it’s offensive to even suggest the makeup is about other people. Women exclaim that they love doing makeup and it is about their own inner confidence. But why? . I love spending my time exploring new cities, talking about future adventures with my kids, and eating my way through every delicious flavor on the planet. . Because of my choice to stop wearing makeup, I’ve saved at a minimum, 130 hours aka 5.4 entire 24-hour days of my life since the pandemic started. That’s a lot more exploring and dreaming and eating I’ve gotten to do versus women like me who spend 10 minutes per weekday doing their makeup. . Today’s challenge is to reduce or eliminate your makeup bag. Expired items, one time 80’s party pallets, and items that no longer suit your current life can all be tossed. . For more on this topic, check out the link in my bio. In today’s blog I’m linking an article called, “You’re Not Wearing Makeup For You,” by @jessicadefino_ She sums up my thoughts on this topic better than I’m able to articulate. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalistchallenge #minimalist #minimalismchallenge #simpleliving #minimalistlifestyle #declutter #lessismore #minimalistic #minimalista #declutteryourlife #declutteryourhome #thefirstpurge #antiaccumulation #proexploration #messytominimalist #minimalistmom #minimalistmama #minimalistfamily #minimalistdecor #minimaliststyle #minimalistaesthetic #minimalisthome #minimalistliving #minimalistinterior #minimalistlife #minimalisthouse #learnminimalism #declutterchallenge

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If you’re going to take the minimizing route, the first thing you should do is reference this list of  Makeup Expiration Dates . Anything outside the range of safety needs to be tossed. Did you see the word ‘superbugs’ in that link? Eeeewwwww!

On the flip side, if you’re team bare face, let’s just throw it all away! On March 15, 2020, I threw away every brush, every powder, every cream, every colored pallet, anything I could find that went on my face found it’s way to the trash. When covid started I became 100% makeup free.

My reason for going makeup free at the time was simply because we weren’t leaving our house so I didn’t see the point in makeup. It wasn’t until a couple weeks later that I really started to realize how much time I had gained back as a result of not commuting anymore, attending social obligations I didn’t care about, or taking time to get socially presentable. All that time I had wasted felt reclaimed.

People who love you don’t care about the makeup, including yourself. Anyone who does care if you wear makeup is worthy of a giant eye roll and the pleasure of watching you walk away from their nonsense. You are fierce and powerful and beautiful and confident without any makeup if you choose to be.

FURTHER READING: You’re Not Wearing Makeup for You by, Jessica DeFino

Day 16

@nomadveronica

Don’t come at me. I’m not trying to trick you into purging your books so I can start the Derek Zoolander’s Center For Kids Who Can’t Read Good. . Honestly, I love knowledge. So if you’re thinking that not owning physical books is evidence of my ignorance or stupidity, that would be a false assumption. . For the past decade I’ve consumed my books via Audible, and I love it. . There are books on your bookshelf you’ve never read. But, you keep them because of the same 3 justifications I teach in all my content. . Financial. Practical. Emotional. . You blame money. You create stories about future use of that item. You confuse a memory with an emotional connection. . If you want to hold a book and read words written on a real page, by all means. When I get my book published I sure hope people will buy the physical copy and give it a read. But, after you read it, pass it on to a friend, put it in a library box nearby, donate it to the local school. When the urge strikes to read it again, go check it out from the library. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimaliam #minimalist #declutteryourlife #minimalisthome #minimalismwithkids #simplifyyourlife #simplelife #dowhatyouwant #fyp

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I love ‘reading.’ But back in America I was in my car a LOT. In order to make that time feel productive I got in the habit of listening to audio books. I’ve consumed a large amount of information over the years from parenting guides to understanding the psychology of decision making.

If you’re someone who hates audio books or the thought of a digital book makes you want to scream, you’ll get no shade from me. But, just because you love physical books does not mean every book you’ve ever read or intend to read needs to live on a shelf collecting dust.

SCAN TO SELL YOUR BOOKS

This minimalist journey is all about asking yourself questions. Struggling to separate from an item is often a sign of a need you feel is unmet. You may be scared that letting go of that item will have negative financial consequences. There might be a story you’ve told yourself about the future possibility of your child being assigned that book in AP English. You could even correlate the books to appearing intelligent and sophisticated to strangers who might someday enter your home. These justifications are just limiting beliefs in different clothing.

Luckily, there are very few book emergencies. If you decide you want to re-read a book, hop online to reserve it at your local library, hit up a book swapping social media group, give it a try on KINDLE, or try listening to it as an AUDIO BOOK.

Day 17

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If you are told to think of your most uncomfortable pair of shoes, how many come to mind? Everybody has shoes in their closet that they feel guilty for getting rid of even though you will never wear them again. . First thing you’re going to do is take inventory of your current shoe collection. Then come back and drop comment telling me how many pairs of shoes you are starting with. . Next, decide what categories of shoes are important in your life. Do you love rock climbing or ballroom dancing or lacrosse? Hobbies always require ultra specific shoes. Other than that, take note of what climates you visit or live in. . Finally, pick your favorite shoe in each of those categories. And that’s it, that’s your shoe collection. . If I really needed to, I could reduce my shoe collection down to seven pairs. Right now I’m at 9 pairs, but that includes two virtual duplicates. I have 2 pairs of Rothy’s and 2 pairs of Birkenstocks because I love them. But, I really don’t NEED them both. Luckily, minimalism doesn’t have a scripture to follow and I’m allowed to do what I want. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalist #declutteryourlife #minimalisthome #minimalismwithkids #simplifyyourlife #simplelife #dowhatyouwant #fyp

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There are so many ways that shoes can take over your closet and entry way. You attend a summer wedding so you buy a gorgeous strappy sandal. But then you need to go to a winter wedding which causes you to buy a fun ankle boot. Then you are getting married and of course you buy the shoes of your dreams. And you repeat that cycle your whole life for various events.

What never seems to happen is the acknowledgement that you will never wear that specific shoe ever again. Instead, it gets tucked in the back of a closet on the off chance a similar event arises. Hooray, another summer wedding comes along, but the dress you wore last time doesn’t fit anymore. And those old summer wedding shoes don’t match the new dress you bought. Palm, forehead. This is how shoes get out of control.

I am not suggesting everyone widdle their collection down to 9 pairs of shoes like me. I’ve been living as a nomadic family for the past 2.5 years, so my family of 4 has to fit into 6 suitcases. Plus, I don’t have any interesting hobbies that require any specific gear. However, I have yet to meet a person who didn’t have some pointless footwear clogging up closet space.

Check out my picks for THE BEST MINIMALIST SHOES FOR WOMEN in virtually every category.

A lot of times I think the consumer mentality is to find organization solutions to make our useless stuff seem like less of a problem. But, then you’re just spending more money to keep stuff you already know you don’t want or need.

Day 18

@nomadveronica

Delaying decisions by leaving things in the garage creates a big problem for later. Clutter piles up slowly as you gradually adjust your behavior based on your new, more limited physical space. . At first, you start parking differently to accommodate for the stuff you’ve piled along the side of the garage or the shelves you’ve built to store items on. Then you have to pull the car out of the garage to move the garbage bins each week. Eventually, you have to ask passengers to get out of the car before you even pull into the garage. . Having a garage filled with items that used to be money is a first world problem that many people strive for. I’ll never be able to convince someone who has all that stuff to become a minimalist. The only people who will seek my guidance are people who decide for themselves to make a change. . One motivating factor for many people on their minimalist journey is the idea that someday someone will have to sort through every item you possess. Whoever does that sorting will never know what is important and what is junk because of the sheer volume of stuff. . Items that were given to you that you never wanted in the first place, you have permission to let them go. Large items taking up the most space, work on them next because they create a ripple effect for how you organize everything else. Broken items, toss. Things you haven’t seen or used in over 2 years, bye. . Your snowballed confidence from the rest of your minimizing tasks will help you be more aggressive up against this high quantity of things. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalist #declutteryourlife #minimalisthome #minimalismwithkids #simplifyyourlife #simplelife #dowhatyouwant #fyp

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Garages came into existence around 1912 as a way to separate a car and their acompanying gas tank from the residential part of the home. Over time, gas stations were created and cars became safe enough to be parked in attached garages. Nowadays garages have become synonymous with storage. Garages are thought of as an overflow of the home. 

Get ready for a busy weekend of decluttering, downsizing, and dreaming about a simplified garage. You garage doesn’t have to be empty to be minimalist, but everything in it should serve a purpose in your life. Whoever goes through your garage when you leave this earth will want to know what is important to you. Make it obvious what you care about by getting rid of the junk.

It is not my intention to hover over you judging you for every object you decide to keep. My goal is to give you the tools to make choices that align with your true desires. There is a difference between the dreams you tell yourself are acceptable and the ones you care deep enough about to chase relentlessly. Untangling the confusing social expectations and rules inflicted upon you is a process.

If you were truly honest about what you wanted to keep in that garage, I bet it would be a lot less than what your mom wanted you to keep or your aunt wants you to hang on to. Just remember they don’t live there. You live there and it is your choice what to keep in your space.

Day 19

@nomadveronica

Researchers agree less is more when it comes to toys. Children with less toys engage in more creative healthier play. . Did you know higher quality play was a thing? Kids play with toys longer and in more sophisticated ways when there are fewer distractions. . The abundance of stuff gives parents a false sense of not needing to engage with their children as intently. Many parents assume they should be entertained by that latest greatest toy. . Broken toys, play sets with missing pieces, non-age appropriate toys, and items they never engage with all add to the visual and mental clutter of your home. Eliminate the excess to enhance your child’s experience with what is left. . I think most parents would agree, we want our kids playing more and sitting in front of screens less. It’s a bit counterintuitive that less toys would be the answer to our problems. Hope this helps! . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalist #declutteryourlife #minimalisthome #minimalismwithkids #simplifyyourlife #simplelife #dowhatyouwant #fyp

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Your kids will always tell you they want the latest greatest toy. They think more is better and there could never be too many toys. But, studies show your kids are wrong. And it’s your job as the parent to guide your kids down a healthy path of consumption instead of being corporate consumption addicts.

There are a lot of stimuli your child will need to interpret over their adolescence. Bombarded their play room with overstimulation isn’t just training for later. Anxiety and decision fatigue can really affect even the earliest independent play. Toddlers with just a handful of toys were found to be calmer and more creative.

Don’t take my word for it: Psychology Today Article, Curious Neuron Article, ECSU Good Toy Study

Aside from the obvious psychological and brain benefits of fewer toys, research has shown it is better for a family budget to focus on experiences over things. Going to the park, spending the afternoon a the library, or playing in your own backyard all save money versus the average $240 per year parents spend on toys.

Buying the toys gives parents a feeling of a accomplishment and pride that is misplaced. Media and social pressure makes you feel like your kid could never be happy without buying that toy. Now that you know that science disagrees, you can make better choices in the future. You want to be an amazing parent and by seeking out new accurate information, you are constantly able to make better decisions, which proves you are an amazing parent.

Day 20

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Your habits dictate the flat surface to clutter ratio. If you are the type of person that sees a flat surface and instinctively sets down a pile of delayed decisions, this challenge is for you. . Take a look around at your mantle, entry bench, end tables, coffee table, breakfast bar, console tables, maybe even window sills. Is there stuff sitting on all of those flat surfaces? . One by one you are going to clear off those spaces and either purge or relocate the items you abandoned there. Having empty space in your house is good. . An empty breakfast bar gives your kids a clear space to do an art project. The empty coffee table allows for a spur of the moment guest to pop by and be served a tray of tea. Having an empty entry table means your keys are easily located every morning and not buried beneath your kids art work from school. . After you clear off a flat surface, open the stopwatch on your phone and start the clock. Let it run until the first time you see someone abandon an item on that flat surface. It happens so fast it feels like the surface is inviting people to place junk on it. . What’s your most cluttered flat surface? . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalist #declutteryourlife #minimalisthome #minimalismwithkids #simplifyyourlife #simplelife #dowhatyouwant #fyp #homeorganization #organizewithme #organizedhome #thefloorislava #brokenwindowstheory #papershredder

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You walk into the house and your arms are filled with mail, groceries, your coffee cup from this morning, and the Amazon package from the front porch. Before anything else happens, you have to pee. So everything gets dumped in the entry way haphazardly. After you use the restroom you come back to get the groceries and the Amazon package but leave the other items.

Sound familiar? It happens every single day in households across America. That coffee cup will sit there for two more days before you finally have a free second and available hand to relocate it to the sink. The mail might sit there for a week before someone quickly scans through to see it’s all just recyclable junk mail.

Flat surfaces invite clutter like a moth to a flame. Every item that gets sent down with the intention of dealing with it later is now just sitting there abandoned, inviting more clutter to join it. Make the choice. If it doesn’t have a home in your home, toss it. You do not have to justify why you want to get rid of an item. On the contrary, you should be actively deciding and justifying what is worthy of keeping.

One hurdles in my house was and still is paperwork. So much paperwork comes in via mail that needs to be managed. I would delay eliminating paperwork that had personal information because I always wanted it to be shredded. Finally, one day I eliminated the excuse. I bought a Paper Shredder, and you should too. Now, the moment a financial statement, healthcare invoice, or any other paperwork with personal information shows up in my mailbox, it can be destroyed within seconds instead of sitting around in a pile for six months.

Day 21

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Today is the Spring Equinox. I’ve never celebrated this holiday, but the Japanese workers and schools all have the day off. . Holiday traditions become so fanatical that a lot of the meaning of the day is lost. Parents up late at night wrapping piles of presents. Gigantic Easter egg hunts being prepped weeks in advance. Sitting out in the sweltering sun to eat at hot dog on 4th of July. . We decorate, cook, dress in theme outfits, and carry out the obligatory functions of each holiday every year. But why? . I know people will be hitting me up to tell me it’s because it’s so special and they love doing it. Many people mistake the feelings of appreciation, being wanted and needed, or showing people they care with loving the holiday itself. . You don’t need to explode your home with decorations from themed bathroom towels to porch decor in order to feel that way on any given day. Today your challenge is reducing your holiday decor to make the rest of 2023’s holidays less stressful. . What’s your favorite holiday? Mine is without a doubt Halloween. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalist #declutteryourlife #minimalisthome #minimalismwithkids #simplifyyourlife #simplelife #dowhatyouwant #fyp #holidaydecorating #holidaydecor #christmasdecorations #easterdecorations #thanksgivingdecorations #valentinesdecorations #happyholidays

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Multiple weeks into the challenge and we are beginning to look at areas with high levels of emotional justification. Our hearts and souls get wrapped up in every aspect of holiday preparation. All along the way you are needed to execute a flawless holiday experience for your family and friends.

When you decorate the house and all the comments make you feel so appreciated, it’s hard to not be ready to do it all again the next year. You run around like a crazy person cooking and cleaning the day of your holiday. As stressful as it is, in the end everyone needed you to do it, and you came through. It’s the feelings you’re really in love with, not the tradition. You can feel that way in many different situations.

Imagine a life where no family pressure existed and you could design any holiday on the planet. Would you skate in Rockefeller Center for Christmas or wonder the Christmas markets in Germany or sip coffee near the Eiffel Tower? Your family and friends could join of you of course, it’s your fantasy holiday. Imagine all the ways you twist and contort your life to suit the expectations of others.

I moved all the way to Tokyo and all I brought was the Christmas tree topper, a few ornaments my late brother made as a child, and our wall hanging countdown calendar. Everything else about the holiday was new and fabulous.

Day 22

@nomadveronica

You never go anywhere without your purse. It’s your lifeline and your bag of tricks. There are so many what ifs that your purse becomes an overfilled nightmare. . Fun fact, I’ve bought this same style Kate Spade bag five times. I’ve owned it in black, white, orange, red, now black again. I love the way the flap has to flip up and be unzipped to reveal the wallet. This feature saved me from a pick pocket situation in Italy on the train. . As you know with every empty space in our home, we find ways to fill empty spaces. If you want to lug around less stuff, get a smaller purse. . More frequent audits of outdated stuff in your purse can keep you sane. Never let a loyalty card, coupon, or gift certificate expire in your purse! You should now that it’s in there and have a plan to use it. . Remove receipts and garbage daily. Regularly check for expiring cards of any kind and remove payment methods that you don’t use (I keep my debit, 2 American Express, 1 Visa, & 1 Mastercard). I have an article on which credit cards I keep in my wallet as a nomad, DM me if you want the link. . If you were to identify the biggest source of clutter in your purse, what would it be? . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalist #declutteryourlife #minimalisthome #minimalismwithkids #simplifyyourlife #simplelife #dowhatyouwant #fyp #pursecheck #purse #designerpurse #katespadepurse #katespade #missingitems #lessismore #clowncar #bagoftricks

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Shoulder, back, an neck pain from heavy purses is a real thing. Your bag doesn’t have to be like a clown car where stuff just keeps coming out of it in endless supply. The desire to overprepare for every given situation is a trauma response. You are filling your purse like you are going into the battle of the day with no resources, no wherewithall to solve problems, and no time to come up with solutions on the fly.

I can name every single item in my purse right now. The same items are in my purse most days. I keep my wallet, mask, calendar, bag of sparkly pens, airpods, hair ties, band-aids, nail file, hand towel, wet towelettes, sunglasses, cell phone, and tiny bag with my microphone for filming. On certain days I put an external phone battery and charging cord in there also.

Oh by the way, how many purses do you have? I only have the one. It wasn’t always the case that I was secure enough in myself to just have the one purse. Back in high school all the girls were getting Dooney & Burke purses and I desperately wanted one to fit in. Finally I got one, but not before they were already on the way out. In order to fit in later I felt like I had to have Coach or Michael Kors. Purses needed to match my outfit in order for me to feel worthy. It was insane.

Minimalism has shifted my entire mindset surrounding success and money. I don’t need fancy purses to prove my wealth or success. My worth is not based on what I can own. I would rather take a trip and be with my family than own anything more than the bare minimum. Often times people think they love owning something, but really they love what owning that object means in their mind. If in your mind owning a Rolex means success, then maybe you just want to feel successful and it isn’t about the watch at all.

Day 23

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I remember the time Jefri came home and told me her art teacher said it wasn’t ok for me to recycle her artwork. Gut wrenching. . Immediately I started to question if I was sending the wrong message or crushing her self esteem. My daughter makes beautiful art. I love that she creates and shares her creations with me. . But, the harsh reality is, there is no possible way to keep it all. The space it takes up does not justify the one day forty years from now where they spend one day digging through to find one memory. . The artwork does not hold the memory or significance. Your mind and life are significant. . A basement full of stuff is nowhere near as important as a life full of memories. For us, it’s a trade off. I’d rather have digital photos of artwork of years past alongside photos of us at the pyramids, sipping hot chocolate in Paris, or swimming in the Dead Sea. . Are you a school work keeper or recycler? . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalist #declutteryourlife #minimalisthome #minimalismwithkids #simplifyyourlife #simplelife #dowhatyouwant #fyp #kidsart #kidsartwork #kidart #kidartprojects

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Everything from coloring pages of butterflies to cut up sheets of paper in the shape of snowflakes come home from school. Any parent can attest that the volume of paperwork adds up quickly if you don’t stay on top of it. But, there is a lot of shame and guilt involved in pitching anything created by your kids.

Think of your kids creations as snapshots of time. Choose your favorite piece of art from a several month period of time and make that the one you keep. Everything else should be photographed and recycled. Create one cloud storage folder for each child and within that folder create sub-folders for each grade in school.

Here’s the frame and storage I mentioned: Li’l Davinci Art Frame

My mom was a keeper of all the things from my childhood. As an adult I’ve looked through numerous boxes of treasured items from my earliest years. To be honest, most of it was non-sensical. No memories were jogged and in my view it was all stored for decades in vain.

Future generations are already rejecting the accumulation tendencies of their parents era. Attics and basements full of stuff are finding themself without a new home after the boomer generation passes away. You can be the change in the stuff accumulation vicious cycle.

Day 24

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The stakes are high today! Whoever finds the most old cell phones around their house in today’s challenge is going to get my Messy to Minimalist course for FREE! . You must DM me photographic proof with the phones and you in the photo by Sunday at 3pm PST. . The eras of technology that Gen X have moved through is staggering. Ya’ll grew up with rotary phones with party lines and now you’re expected to carry around a device with all the worlds knowledge in your pocket. . If you read today’s blog post you understand the mission of purging not just old but also unnecessary technology in your house. Minimalism is the focus on what’s truly important and technology in a lot of ways keeps us from experiencing our life. Zoning out on TikTok or watching the news overnight on the bright box in our living room are probably not going to be the moments we remember on our deathbed. . I’m so curious who ends up working on the bonus challenge today. Funny story about my random cord drawer…. When I had my minimalism kick off garage sale, I put out all the plastic drawers, one of which was filled with miscellaneous cords. I had assumed someone would buy a random cord for 5 cents or something. But, sure enough someone offered me $5 for the plastic drawer AND all the cords inside! SOLD! . Don’t forget to gather up all your old cell phones and snap a pic! . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalist #declutteryourlife #minimalisthome #minimalismwithkids #simplifyyourlife #simplelife #dowhatyouwant #fyp #oldtechnology #flipphone #randomcords #ancienttechnology #outdatedtechnology

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Letting go of most things is tough for the average person. Letting go of expensive things is even worse. You have so many feelings about why you should continue to hang on to old technology. Someday you reckon it might be worth money. One day it might come back into usefulness. There is important data on it that you might need someday.

Technology has advanced so rapidly that it’s absolutely laughable what used to be hi-tech. Can you imagine milleniels asking for a light up corded phone and their own home phone number? These days middle schoolers are walking around with a $1,000 computer in their pocket. It’s absolute insanity. I say all that to remind you, that old Nokia 8100 or Sidekick do not deserve an inch of space in your home.

My career for all of my adult life involved getting women together for in home parties. I would encourage the hostess of the party to get in touch with her friends, which should have been easy since everyone has devices in their hand all day long. But, you know who always had the most people show up? The women who didn’t have social media. Women who didn’t let the false sense of connection we get from social media hinder their ability to maintain real life friendships. I only mention that here because technology has fundamentally changed who we are and how we live.

I am advocating for not just purging the old dusty broken things in the basement, but also, your DVD player and gaming consoles. You may find that devices necessary to escape reality won’t be as necessary in your new minimalist life. There is so much wonder and adventure out in the world that technology constantly keeps you from experiencing. Go outside and get off the tech.

Day 25

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A picture is worth zero words when it’s in a box in a basement. . I know the only time we ever went through those photos was when someone died and I was making a funeral slideshow. All those good times captured on film makes you realize those images don’t deserve to be hidden away. . Enjoy the photos! You and your loved ones took those pictures to capture a moment in time where you were together and presumably happy. Put them on display, or at least allow yourself to access them digitally on a regular basis. . I absolutely love Apple’s facial recognition software. Anytime I want to look at a photo of my late brother, I can click on his face and every photo with him pops up. . Will this be tedious? Hell yes. But, there is nothing but benefits. You get to reminisce, give your future self more enjoyment out of the photographs, and free up all that physical space. Plus, you are sparing yourself the stress if someday a natural disaster, home invasion, or fire prevents you from ever looking through these pics again. . Hey, some of you might be thinking, hell no I am not scanning 7,000 photos, I’d rather my basement be a crap hole forever. Check my March Minimalist Challenge pinned blog post for a link to a service that will do all the sanding for you. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalist #declutteryourlife #minimalisthome #minimalismwithkids #simplifyyourlife #simplelife #dowhatyouwant #fyp #photographsandmemories #photoalbum #photoalbums #picturetoburn #photomemories #polaroid

? original sound – Nomad Veronica • Minimalist

Someone someday will have to face the boxes of physical photos in the basement. Photos of mountains and beaches you’ve never been to and have no idea the significance. Snapshots of family gatherings where no faces look familiar. A major problem with having too much stuff is that nobody knows what’s important and what’s not. Everyone thinks there will always be later to deal with a task like going through old photos, but there may not be.

Today, you will be scanning and eliminating the physical copies of old photographs. As you discover photos you want to ask someone a question about, you can tag it with a color if you’re using Apple products. Create folders for particular years or eras as you see fit. On your scanning journey, if you come across an absolutely perfect photo that gives you all the feels, hang that thing up for you to enjoy! Don’t let it sit in a box or in a cloud without giving yourself daily good vibes from it.

Photos that meant something to someone in the past, do not need to mean anything to you. That photo of a bird on a picnic table in an unknown place taken by an unknown person is not sentimental just because it’s in a box belonging to someone you loved. If it makes you feel better, scan it, but the volume of photos will dictate how selective you need to be. As you go through the boxes, you can set some boundaries about what you will scan and what is not worth the effort.

Prefer to outsource the scanning? PHOTO SCANNING SERVICE

Apple has such amazing facial recognition technology that it can detect the same person through all your stored photos. On my aunts birthday I can just click on her face and hundreds of photos containing her appear for me to use in a birthday message. If we are reminicing about our trip to Italy, I can simply type in Milan and every photo we took there appears. Technology is so amazing.

Day 26

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Keeping minimalism fun will ensure your motivation stays high throughout your journey. Today is your first gamified challenge. Check today’s blog post for other ideas on gamifying your minimalism. . You will minimize something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. . Admitting to yourself that something old is not necessarily sentimental is invaluable. Accepting that just because something is new does not mean you have to keep if indefinitely. . Every item you eliminate is less mental clutter, less physical clutter, and more focus on what’s important. . Stuff equals time. They money that you spent on that thing was earned by selling your time. The home that the object exists in is paid for by money that you got by giving up your time. The ongoing maintenance, cost to charge it, and monthly subscription fee are all hidden costs of keeping that possession. Even the time it takes to dust, the argument you have with your kid about it, or the moments it takes to move that object in order to get to the thing underneath, are ways in which that item is infringing on your time. . The entire value of your life is based on how you spend your time. Nobody, including you will care how many fancy things you accumulated when you’re on your death bead. . Once you decide on the blue item you’re eliminating, drop me a comment to tell me what you picked. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalist #declutteryourlife #minimalisthome #minimalismwithkids #simplifyyourlife #simplelife #dowhatyouwant #fyp #gamifyyourlife #gamifylife #minimalistmindset #minimalismtiktok

? original sound – Nomad Veronica • Minimalist

Today we’ve got a special challenge based on the wedding tradition of wearing something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. All of these challenges are meant to learn the skills of decluttering in spite of your desire to justify the item.

Find something old that you have always lumped into the category of “sentimental,” when really it’s just old. Remember something new that you bought but immedietly had buyer’s remorse. Return that item, re-home it, or donate it in order to get it out of your house. Locate an item you’ve borrowed from someone and finally return it. And lastly, identify something blue that you’re willing to purge.

Decluttering entire areas can be daunting to some people. This strategy of finding items fitting certain categories can gamify decluttering. After this March Minimalist Challenge is over, find new ways to challenge yourself:

  • ABC Challenge – where you find 26 items each beginning with a different letter of the alphabet
  • Rainbow Challenge – where you find 7 items each representing a different color of the rainbow
  • Shape Challenge – where you find 4 items shaped like any 4 shapes you choose
  • Date Challenge – where you find and eliminate a number of items based on the date of the month

Day 27

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Social media is one big social experiment that has a lot of flaws. The toxic way that these apps suck up our time and distract us from experiencing life is socking. . Parents always have their phone in their hand and embrace their kids with one hand occupied. Grandparents scroll endlessly to find this one piece of information that’s on the tip of their tongue. Kids start sentences with, “I saw this thing on TikTok.” . Seeing an old friends life unfold on FB gives us a false sense of connection. Instead of reaching out for real, we like their post about their kids birthday or their new job. But, when it comes to who you could call in an emergency, it becomes obvious we have let our real life relationships slip. . Extreme emotions create interaction and retention which equals money for apps. Showing you content that angers you, makes you sad, or even evokes jealousy is good for them. . But, you are in more control than you think. Un-following polarizing people, hiding posts from particular accounts, and interacting with positive content can make a dramatic difference for your mental health. . Delete apps that are sucking up too much of your time. Turn off notifications so you don’t feel compelled to check the app as often. You can even turn off cellalar data for social media apps so they are only usable when you are on wi-fi. . What social media app do you use most often? . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalist #declutteryourlife #minimalisthome #minimalismwithkids #simplifyyourlife #simplelife #dowhatyouwant #fyp #socialmediadetox #IG #FB #YT #stopscrolling #scrollingontiktok #scrollingbreak

? original sound – Nomad Veronica • Minimalist

Unfriend toxic people, hide posts from people who just aren’t your vibe, and interact with every post you see that looks like the content you want in your newsfeed. Delete apps on your phone that are having a negative impact on how you spend your time. For the apps you keep, turn off notifications so you are less likely to constantly check them. Consider removing cellular data access for social media apps to further reduce your tendency to open them mindlessly.

Your time is precious. It would be hard to imagine a person on their deathbed wishing they had spent more time on social media. In the moment social media does a great job of releasing dopamine which is the feel good chemical. Your mind believes all the new information your getting is important or valuable in some way. But, all the scrolling does in reality is keep you disconnected from real life.

Most people aren’t aware they even have a problem with social media because it happens so mindlessly. Every phone tracks how long you spend on each app so you can start by checking your current usage. However long you currently spend, try to cut that time in half. Set a time limit that will shut the app off at your designated usage maximum.

Create some rules about when and where you will use your device. No phones at the dinner table, in bed, or during morning routine are typical boundaries. Be present in your moment with your partner or in the encounters with your kids, free from devices. Intimacy dwindles dramatically if you lay in bed scrolling on your little illuminated box.

Day 28

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You see yourself meeting up with friends to play a few games of tennis before a lunch date on a Tuesday afternoon. You envision backyard BBQ’s with the croquet set being used by neighbors and grandchildren. You really hope your pre-teen granddaughter will go out in the street and throw that baseball back and forth on a warm summer day. . I feel all the feels for you as you hope for those things to be reality. Even though I’ve heard so many of these stories over the years, they still break my heart because I wish you could have everything you want. . Unfortunately, most of those visions involving the sports equipment graveyard in your garage will not come to fruition. Accepting the reality of those items not being used is a tough pill to swallow. . But, the silver lining is that releasing the clutter can bring in a new era of enjoying experiences over things. Maybe your grand daughter won’t be throwing a baseball with you, but a less stressed version of you is more willing to take her to the mall. . You don’t think our stuff stresses you out. And it makes total sense why you wouldn’t recognize the stress, because it has literally always been a part of you. However, any minimalist will tell you, you sure recognize the stress you had once it is gone. . Accept reality on this day 28 challenge and purge the sports equipment that isn’t being utilized. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalist #declutteryourlife #minimalisthome #minimalismwithkids #simplifyyourlife #simplelife #dowhatyouwant #fyp #sportstiktok #sportsequipment #badminton #croquet #cornhole #basketball #bicycle #tennisracket #skis #cleats #soccerball #baseballmitt #golfclubs #snowboard

? original sound – Nomad Veronica • Minimalist

I know you want to schedule a tee time with your old work pals and use those golf clubs in the garage. The football on the shelf would work perfect if only everyone could agree on a time to meet at the park for a game of flag football. Your batton from college is just waiting for a grand daughter to pick it up and learn to twill like you did.

Purging objects like sports equimpent are especially challenging because of the life it feels like you’re giving up if you let that item go. There is a vivid idealistic version of your life that the sports equipment represents. This challenge will either inspire you to become the person you fantisize about or allow you to accept that person does not exist.

Items that exist in your home based on justifications are a burden. Removing clutter is mentally, physically, and emotionally freeing. The less stressed version of yourself that emerges after you achieve minimalism is more willing and able to get out and experience life.

You may get rid of all the sports equipment you’ve ever owned, but the person you become says yes to a surfing lesson on the beach of Dominican Republic (true story of my dad). The new version of yourself says yes to try horse riding in Cabarete, indoor skiing in Cairo, and rock climbing in Colorado. You become a yes person when you become unburdened by stuff.

Day 29

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You’ve got bags inside of other bags. That’s a good bag, keep it for later. Tote bags, grocery bags, free promotional bags, old backpacks, purses, gift bags, clear bags that your sheets came in, and on and on and on. . If the only thing you needlessly kept was bags, there probably wouldn’t be a problem. But, the bags are just the tip of the iceberg. . This is where I tell you your “but” is too big. But, I’ll use it next time I go to a baby shower. But, that fanny pack is perfect for traveling in Europe. But, those 11 totes are all the perfect size for the farmer’s market. But, once my current purse breaks I’ll use that one as a backup. But, one day my kid will use that backpack. But, I got that one for free. Your “but” is a big waste of breath. . Bags are like a gateway excuse. One tote bag gets filled with old sweatshirts for one day. Another tote bag gets filled with a pile of paperwork you need to look at. The zipper top tote becomes the permanent home of stinky soccer cleats you need to clean. Empty bags become filled bags all too often. . Today’s challenge is to eliminate the stockpile of different bags throughout your home. . Be honest, how many tote bags did you find? . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalist #declutteryourlife #minimalisthome #minimalismwithkids #simplifyyourlife #simplelife #dowhatyouwant #fyp #totebag #grocerybag #fannypack #backpack #reusablebag #promotionalbag #giftbag

? original sound – Nomad Veronica • Minimalist

This is where I tell you your “but” is too big. But, I’ll use it next time I go to a baby shower. But, that fanny pack is perfect for traveling in Europe. But, those 11 totes are all the perfect size for the farmer’s market. But, once my current purse breaks I’ll use that one as a backup. But, one day my kid will use that backpack. But, I got that one for free. Your “but” is too big.

This challenge is not even about the bags. The bags are like a gateway excuse. You justify the bags in the same way you justify thousands of items with no real purpose in your life. Tidy choas is still mentally and financially draining. Learning to let go of the bags teaches you a skill about how to let go of more “useful” things in the future.

One thing you may learn after executing this challenge is that you regret purging something. A few months from now a neighbor could get pregnant and invite you to her baby shower, but you already purged the perfect baby shower gift bag. I want you to recognize that infrequent regret does not make minimizing a bad idea.

Overall, the freedom you experience far outweighs the regrets you may feel later. The items you keep, just in case, are based on a life you probably don’t even want to live. Though, all the stuff you have accumulated makes you feel more and more stuck in that situation.

Day 30

@nomadveronica

During covid, people who had outdoor space were very lucky. Many people took that opportunity to begin expanding their living area to the outdoors with decks, proper landscaping, and upgraded furniture. . Take this as your sign to get moving on an outdoor transformation of your own. Making your outdoor space more usable doesn’t have to mean spending a bunch of money. Sometimes it just needs a good clean up and a reconfiguration of existing items. . All those paint cans sitting against the house can get recycled. Old scraps of wood or project materials can get listed on Craigslist. Broken down kids play structures can get purged. Anything you’ve tossed outside to get it out of your way should be dealt with in today’s challenge. . If lawn furniture needs a rinse, go ahead and do that. Grab some dish soap and a scrubbing brush if it needs some extra love. Clear off functional kids items if leaves or pine needles have made them unusable. Check the status of your propane tank so BBQ season can start ASAP. . Expanding your usable living area to the outdoors for the months that weather allows is bliss. Don’t stay cooped up inside just because you didn’t make the time for a yard revamp. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalist #declutteryourlife #minimalisthome #minimalismwithkids #simplifyyourlife #simplelife #dowhatyouwant #fyp #backyardvibes #yardwork #outdoors #landscaping #frontyard #deck #backyardtransformation

? original sound – Nomad Veronica • Minimalist

Take this as your sign to get moving on an outdoor transformation of your own. Making your outdoor space more usable doesn’t have to mean spending a bunch of money. Sometimes it just needs a good clean up and a reconfiguration of existing items.

On occasion you might use your outdoor space as a place to get unwanted things out of the house because they are in the way. But, time passes and that thing just stays leaning up against the house because you never have time to fully get rid of it. Old paint cans, building materiels, excess recycling you didn’t have room for, these are typical things that might be making your yard less than inviting.

In America outdoor space is common and underutilized. It’s not until you move somewhere like Tokyo with absolutely zero outdoor space that you recognize how vital a yard really is. Don’t take that space for granted. You get to sit outside and sip your coffee or let your dog run around the fenced yard. Those are privileges I miss. I sure hope we can make a trip back to Dominican Republic to enjoy a yard over the summer.

As you list your junk for free on Craigslist, be sure to not get too hung up on waiting around to meet people. Put it at the corner of your property after someone says they are coming, and go on with your life. People coming to collect free things are notoriously flakey. Just keep in mind, these people are saving you money by not having to pay for removal or disposal. Don’t remove the listing until after the item has been officially picked up. Sometimes it will take several conversations on your part until the item is gone for good.

Day 31

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Various piles of pending paperwork are scattered around your home. You dread even looking through the pile because of all the annoying tasks you’ve put off. . Renewal forms for your insurance. That warranty registration for your new foot massager. Various receipts from the past few months. Instruction manuals for the washer and dryer you bought last summer. School work your kids brought home. A flyer about the neighborhood garage sale. Catalogs for swimsuits and shoes that you’ve been meaning to go through. . Stacks of paperwork are stress manifested into paper. When you have no system to handle incoming documents, they end up in the “to deal with later pile.” That later is of course never. . I’ve missed opportunities because of ignoring my paperwork piles. Payments have been late, people have felt ignored, coupons have expired, and many other adverse consequences for being unorganized. . Dealing with the task at hand the moment the paper enters your front door is the best plan. If that doesn’t happen, the second best plan is to have a filing system so you can easily find that task when you are ready to deal with it. That little pile of paper will become a big stack of paper before you know it. Stacks are not organization. . How many scary piles of paperwork do you have? . In Dominican Republic there was no mail service so we had no paperwork piles. Now that we are in Japan and I can’t read Japanese, my stacks are twice as scary and just as tall as back in America. Paperwork gives me such anxiety. . . . . . #marchmessytominimalist #minimalism #minimalist #declutteryourlife #minimalisthome #minimalismwithkids #simplifyyourlife #simplelife #dowhatyouwant #fyp #paperwork #pilesofpaperwork #paper #endlesspaper

? original sound – Nomad Veronica • Minimalist

In my household all the paperwork falls to me. Taxes, insurance, business registrations, immigration, school forms, utilities, communication with any business for any purpose. It feels like a constant barrage of needing someone to do something for me. Sometimes I’ll do my part and I’m waiting for someone to follow back up with the thing I need, but they never do. Other times I intend to do the quick thing, but right after I do some other thing, but then I forget.

Does any of that sound like your household? Stacks of paperwork feel like stress in physical form. When you have no system to handle incoming documents, they end up in the “to deal with later pile.” That later is of course never. In today’s challenge you will be sorting, recycling, shredding, and completing tasks to eliminate your stacks of paper. Make the call, fill out the form, make the decision, or whatever else needs to be done for you to never look at that sheet of paper again.

One of the factors that causes you to put off dealing with paperwork is lack of time. As you adopt minimalist time management principles into your life, your schedule becomes less booked with things you don’t want to do. Lack of time and lack of money tend to go hand in hand, so minimalist money management strategies will also decrease procrastination.

Minimalism is not just about reducing physical clutter, it seeps into ever area of your life. Shifting the focus of your life towards your deep dark hidden desires requires removing the clutter. Annoying tasks become less annoying when you aren’t stretched too thin to begin with. If you feel like you don’t control your time it is likely because you are allowing others to control it for you. Take back control of your time, stuff, and life by embracing minimalism.

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  • Veronica Hanson

    Veronica Hanson blogs from whatever country she happens to be in at the time, currently she's hanging out in Japan. She's been living as a nomad remote entrepreneur with her family since 2020.

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