One of my main challenges and goals of this blog is to escape from what I call the Land of Excess. Our family is up to our eyeballs in stuff, so each week I plan to make a conscious effort to de-clutter, simplify and lose the excess from our lives.
Here are the things I did to escape excess this week::
- Saved money by brown-bagging my lunch at work four out of the five days. I made things like turkey pastrami pitas, chicken and rice, and good ol’ peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
- De-cluttered my craft area by throwing out a bunch of paper supplies that I haven’t used in years.
- Saved money and time by serving up some ice cold Japanese somen noodles on a warm Sunday afternoon instead of going out to eat after church. I have fond memories of my mom doing the same thing to cool us down and fill us up when I was a kid.
- Saved gas by walking to our neighborhood frozen yogurt shop for a yummy treat after dinner. The kids enjoyed the walk, hubby and I loved the change of scenery, and we even ran into our neighbors along the way who had the same fun idea!
- Saved gas and time by carpooling to work one day with my neighbor friend. Every little bit counts, and she doesn’t mind the drop offs and pick ups to/from school and daycare. Not every carpool partner is that nice!
Next week, we will be preparing for our semi-annual community garage sale, so I imagine I will be able to make some great strides toward losing excess next week! I can’t wait to see what I can sell, give away, and throw out!