My Pregnancy has blessed my life in every way. I decided to become a Minimalist when I was writing down my goals for "Before the Great Pushing Day".
My first trimester went by so fast. I focused my readings on how to be healthy while growing my baby inside. Then I wrote down labor classes, what to expect for the first year, shopping baby stuff and exercise for my last trimester (more physical preparations).
So with my goals all set for the first and the last trimesters, I pondered on what I can do while at my second trimester? I chose to be a Minimalist. --- A great way to prepare our house, routines, social life and finances.
10 Commandments of a Minimalist Lifestyle
Invite natural lighting. Use less curtains.
Choose earth colors. Use light and more shades of white.
Choose simple and plain designs in every way!
Throw away trash and things you never use. Be Clean.
Use only what you need.
Less Stuff. More Space. Better ventilation.
Recycle. Buy ONLY to replace.
Do not over schedule. Give time for yourself.
Save. Conserve Energy.
Have a Balance.
BEDROOM AND CLOSETS
1. Choose fresh colors for bed sheets, pillows and curtains.
I just realized while blogging that we unconsciously picked color green as our room's motif. We only have our bed, our baby's crib, and a cabinet inside.
2. Organize my closets, shoes and personal stuff (make-ups/kikays). This time, I removed all unused clothes for the past 6 months. I challenged my husband to donate some of his shirts and for every 3 shirt, he will get a new one. This was just to motivate him since at first this was so hard for him. Eventually, we both decided to level up our closets and fashion style to promote maturity and simplicity especially now that we will be parents soon.
We also gave away some of our shoes and kikay (beautification tools) paraphernalia. My make up table is cleaner now. I threw away all expired bottles. If I want new containers or organizers (especially for the baby stuff), I make them instead of buying them.
I also threw away journals, letters, cards, simple souvenirs and other documents. I took a picture of them instead so I can keep the words and important notes written on them.
3. Put labels if necessary. I realized that it is going to be easier for me to keep everything organize just the way I want it by putting labels. For sure there will be helpers when I give birth and I don't want to keep telling them where to put stuff ( like clothes, kitchen tools and etc.) but the signs will direct them. Thus, this promotes less talking, less confusion and less stress.
For our kitchen, I only have kitchen tools, utensils and plates that we use daily (good for only two people) in our dish rack. It's funny because I noticed that we're forced to wash our dishes right away or else we'll have nothing to use for the next meal. I stored the rest of our kitchen wares in a white big plastic box container. I only take some out if necessary and mostly when we have visitors. Then I put them back.
Our home is our reflection. I learned from this experience that having less actually means having more. I didn't know that I have so much to share and it made me so happy to be able to give. It was very therapeutic. It strengthened my self-esteem. Sharing is a great way to cultivate gratitude in our lives. When we are grateful, we are more humble. We recognize the greatest Giver, even our Heavenly Father. When I go to the malls, it is easier for me now to avoid buying unnecessary things because I know what I have at home.
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