Minimalist Challenge – Here We Go!

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This is the Minimalist Challenge by Livin’ the Country Life. I was invited a while back to be a part of a Facebook group doing the challenge, and to be frank it was terrifying then to think about the process of actually getting rid of things. So this got me to thinking that perhaps there was something there…

Maybe I should be looking at the idea of riding my life of things that I am no longer using, things I don’t need any more, and junk that not only do I not need but others likely don’t either. I often see something and think, “I’ll use this later, I should just put it downstairs and then when I need it ill have it.” Well this has lead to not much room left downstairs and other things that don’t make it to the basement get “organized” and then “reorganized” again and again in the space they exist in, never to actually be used! It has been a vicious cycle so I have hope that if I actually remove these things from my home in the form of garbage or donation that my living spaces will become less cluttered!


So here we go! Wish me luck and feel free to join me on my journey by posting comments here and over on my vlog letting me know how the process is going for you! OR if you have done this before and have tips let me know that too! I am expecting difficulty along the way but am optimistic.

*Disclaimer, the videos on my Vlog are a couple days delayed from filming day to post day because I wanted to allow for editing time (three little ones and all their activities leave me with some days where I just don’t have time to edit and post)

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Welcome to Day one of the minimalist challenge  by Livin’ the Country Life.  The weather is getting cooler and so what better time to do some purging of things I don’t need anymore. You can follow along day-by-day over on my Vlog. I’ll post here too along the way to let you how the process is going. I am excited to get started and start to rid my house and life of clutter. I know I have more than enough stuff to get rid of. But I also know I have some pretty serious hoarding tendencies, as you will notice in my first video. So this challenge will get me going on the bigger issue of letting go of things and I hope it will allow me to live a less cluttered life!

Stay tuned for more!

2 thoughts on “Minimalist Challenge – Here We Go!

  1. Ashley, I just wanted to wish you well on their 30 day journey. I have been minimizing my house for about 2 years now. Unfortunately my whole house pretty much looked like your cold storage when I started 😳. It has been a fairly hard struggle for me as both Shaun and I have fairly strong hoarding tendancies but I’m happy to say that for the past year or so I’ve been able to maintain the main floor of our home. It’s been truly freeing to have less “stuff”.

    As you probably know, I accepted the 30 day challenge in September. My goal was to do the entire month in just my bedroom as it is 100% the dumping grounds for EVERYTHING that doesn’t have a home. I’m talking pathways to the bed from the door and piles of stuff everywhere.

    Sadly, my anxiety got the best of me in day 19 and I quit. Because I’d been able to see the improvement I was able to revisit the idea of purging the bedroom without automatically opting out. Two weeks ago I spent a full 6 hours attacking my bedroom. There’s still a long ways to go but it’s such a good feeling to know that the stuff I removed is gone and I never have to decide what to do with it again.


    • Yes it is going to be tough for me with my tendencies to want to keep everything “in case I need it” and my need to keep everything that has any kind of sentimental value… I noticed even while editing the first video that I was already making excuses for why I keep things! Haha! It’s going to be interesting! 🙂 but I’m excited too!


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