A New Month ~ A Challenge To You

**WARNING – This post contains some colourful language. Because sometimes, you just need to swear!

When I first came up with the website name “Changing Lives ~ Drop by Drop” my vision for this space was to bring change to those who are looking for something new. In the past, this was with information on essential oils, hence the drop by drop, but I also thought of the drop by drop as a comparable to step by step, little by little.  It is hard to change our lives all at once, but little by little we can make progress and when we look back, things are different, and if we have carefully chosen our path, they are better. I now feel the need to share my personal journey with you, a change I am making in my personal life.  This journey is going to take a while, hopefully the rest of my life, and I hope that it may inspire you, or at the least, make you feel like you’re not alone.

If you are wondering if I will still be posting about essential oils, my answer is…of course. They are a part of my daily life, and I know I’m going to need them on this journey.

You may have noticed that things have been quiet over here on the blog over the past little while. I apologize for that, but there is a reason.  I’ve become a tad bit fed up. Not with the blog, or with my oil business, but with my home life.

Now before you go jumping to conclusions, let me explain myself. I love my family, but I don’t love my home. It’s cluttered, and messy, and embarrassingly full of useless crap.  Sure this crap had it’s purpose once upon a time, but that purpose has long since been forgotten. The stuff is still here, taking up space and making me anxious, upset, and irritable.

If you’re picturing a house from one of the hoarding shows on tv, it’s not that bad, but it’s definitely not what I feel comfortable in. For a long time I had stopped inviting people over because my house was always in a state of disaster. If I did, you know I’d be cleaning for hours to make it presentable. And heaven help me if someone was to pop in, I would feel the need to apologize profusely for the mess.

I had tried to not let it bother me, because I know that most people don’t live in the picture perfect homes, with everything just so, but it does. I would really like a tidy home, but I really don’t want to clean all the time. It drives me nuts that I feel like I’m constantly cleaning and every time I turn around there’s (pardon my language) SHIT everywhere. Ahh!! Something needs to change.

Isn’t it funny how things show up in your life at the exact time you need them. 🙂

The other day while listening to a podcast, I was re-introduced to a concept I had heard years ago but dismissed. Minimalism. Ever heard of it?

Before I had done any research on it I assumed it was something radical. Living with nothing but bare bones necessities, in one of those 200 square foot tiny homes. But that’s not really it.

The concept is to basically own only the items that you need and that bring you joy. Imagine that! Now that is sounding really attractive to me. Perhaps if I got rid of all of this useless shit that ends up all over the house, life wouldn’t be so crazy.

I brought this idea up to my husband, and he agreed. While he doesn’t think everything needs to go, he did agree that we own to much stuff and was open to the idea of a garage sale.

So…we had a garage sale last weekend.

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It was tons of work but we were able to sell a lot. The gentlemen who bought my sons old bike was planning on shipping it to Africa for the kids there. I can actually picture that Spiderman bike zipping around on the dirt roads in Africa, bringing so much joy to a child there.

When we were done, I dropped the remainder off at The Salvation Army Thrift Store.  I had planned on donating it to a local shelter, but there are rules, most won’t take if you have animals, so off to Sally Ann it went. My hope is that they use the proceeds in their shelters here in Winnipeg.

I still have a long way to go to get our home to how I would like it to be, but I am hoping that this website, and the following challenge will keep me inspired and committed to seeing this through.

Now onto The Challenge

30 Day Challenge

The 30 Day Minimalism Game. A game The Minimalists have created to help us get rid of our unneeded belongings.

A quote from their website –

We call it the 30-Day Minimalism Game.

Here’s how it works…

Find a friend or family member: someone who’s willing to get rid of their excess stuff. This month, each of you must get rid of one thing on the first day. On the second, two things. Three items on the third. So forth, and so on. Anything can go! Clothes, furniture, electronics, tools, decorations, etc. Donate, sell, or trash. Whatever you do, each material possession must be out of your house—and out of your life—by midnight each day.

It’s an easy game at first. However, it starts getting challenging by week two when you’re both jettisoning more than a dozen items each day. Whoever can keep it going the longest wins; you both win if you can make it all month. Bonus points if you play with more than two people.

If you complete the challenge you will have removed 465 items from your home during the month. That is a lot. My husband doesn’t think it’s possible, but I’m going to try. I need to do this, and if you’re interested, I would love for you to join me.

If you are new to minimalism, you may wonder how getting rid of your belongings can help change your life. honestly I wonder that too sometimes, but the more I research, the more I want to give it a shot.

Some of the benefits that you are supposed to feel when you start to reduce the number of items you own are

  • less stress
  • your home is easier to clean
  • spend less
  • more freedom
  • being a good example for your children
  • find things easier
  • time for what you love

Now these are only a few of the benefits others have mentioned. If only some of these come true, my life will have improved a great deal.


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