declutter, minimalist, simple living · Uncategorized

Organizing a Closet

Today’s focus is the closet. I have been taking time sorting through my closets and reorganizing and decluttering. It’s been a slow process. Because let’s face it, I rather not do this.

I started with my dresser. I put my PJs in there. Also if it is winter, I store my summer tops, vice versa.

Some things are being donated from this pile.

Then I place all tops on my bed from the closet.

I sorted through those. Dividing it into sections,

Sections/categories to consider

  • Lounge pants
  • Sweat shirts
  • Long sleeves lounge
  • Long sleeve for work
  • Summer/spring wear
  • Dresses and skirts
  • Pants for work

And look, I have been looking for this sweater

It’s amazing how it looks. I washing some light weight clothes. I might be able to start incorporating those in my winter outfits soon.

My Goals

  • wear my skirts and dresses to work again.
  • Wear what I have without needing to add anything to my closet.
  • if I need to buy something it has to fit in with: do I need it, can I use it more than once and is it neutral enough it can do with other items
  • I like color, minimalism is not about wearing white, cream, tans, neutrals and black. it is about simple life and if color in your clothes makes you happy and it adds to joy of life, then do it but have rules on how you buy color and fabrics. those rules can be do I need it, can I use it for more than once, is the fabric something I can use for more than one season.
  • Where do you live? I live in a state that has seasonal changes sometimes it can be 3 seasons in one day! Yes, a changing of clothes is not unusual. Shop for the seasons that seem to be longer, for me it is winter and summer. So my summer clothes are also something I can wear in part of the fall. My winter clothes, I can wear some in the beginning part of the spring. It’s adding color, jewelry and a lightweight cardigan to the outfit that can make it feel more like spring.

This is the donation pile.

My suggestions for decluttering are:

  • Find a block of time to work on it
  • what is your vision for this area?
  • make a plan-are you going to reorganize or will you be decluttering and donating?
  • put items in sections/categories-lounge wear, work, date night, active wear, etc
  • make a dedicated area for donation pile and one for throwing away
  • Start noticing areas you have more than enough and areas that might need to be replaced
  • try a challenge of not shopping for new clothes for a year, see what you can do without and what you can be creative with
  • minimalism is not about having one of everything, it is about finding what your needs are, and staying with the vision of simple living.

4pawsartstudio, just has not been making art lately. I have been cross stitching, as my previous post gave you an update about Rue Paris. I will be knitting today in-between my client sessions. It will be snowing later, so I might just take another day to relax and tiddy up my downstairs. I am making barbeque chicken in the crock pot and later will make chicken patties for later in the week. I am working on tidying up my pantry and freezer. I have a goal to plan my meals and thought to wait until most items are eaten and I need to return to the grocery store. That is something to stay posted for in the future, is my menu planning. Art and painting will return, I am needing to get my house organized better with less clutter. (paper shredding is in serious need to be priority this week)!!!

Happy Day

Caroline

cross stitch · needlepoint · mindfulness · hot tea

Snowy Stitching Sunday

It’s cold and snowy today. It’s a good day to be in PJs, blankets and drink tv with the electric fireplace heating up the room.

I am a big fan of hot tea. A few years ago I purchased a subscription to simple loose tea. I have a lot of packets still. My decluttering goal is to use what I have before I purchase more.

Today was chocolate mint black tea. It’s very good. Definitely a thumbs up.

Rue Paris Progress

Reminder of what it’s going to look like once it is stitched.

I became tired, my hands were getting tight.. it’s time to rest. I also want to watch some YouTube videos of my favorites before I go to bed.

It stopped snowing, but it’s going to start again tomorrow… At least I work from home tomorrow!

Happy Day

Caroline

gluten free · gluten free soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

  • Frozen butternut
  • Frozen Carrots-I used a half bag
  • Frozen diced Onions-I used about 1/4 cup
  • One sweet potato- diced
  • Cloves
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Bone broth or vegetable broth

Put all ingredients in crockpot on high for 3-4 hrs. Then let it cool. Use an immersion blender to make it smooth.

Some recipes call for sweet apples. I did not have any. It is snowing today and I just didn’t want to go to the store. So I skipped the apples for the soup.

I was not a fan of this soup. I will not make this again. I prefer the butternut squash soup from Organic Imagine brand. It is gluten free as well. It is at Whole Foods Market and Amazon. I also found it at my local grocery store.

https://www.amazon.com/Imagine-Organic-Creamy-Butternut-Squash/dp/B004SIA4BK/ref=mp_s_a_1_4_0o_wf?crid=B8X674QCU0UA&keywords=organic+imagine+butternut+squash+soup&qid=1642973097&sprefix=organic+imagine+bu%2Caps%2C112&sr=8-4

It might be a fail to my taste buds, but I’m really understanding what I prefer to make and store in my freezer and pantry. So that is a WIN!

Happy Day

Caroline

gluten free · dairy free · autoimmune · breakfast

Sunday Breakfast

The challenge is to use what I have in the freezer and pantry before it goes bad. Food prices are increasing and it’s time to honor what I have more everyday.

Gluten free Dairy free Breakfast

Ingredients

  • One Potato
  • Left over broccoli florets
  • Turkey bacon
  • Two eggs
  • Basil-I have need to use it!

While the potatoes are cooking, I’m drinking my electrolytes. The winter and cold is definitely causing dryness in my mouth and skin. I’m drinking Body Armor fruit punch. It is gluten free!

https://www.amazon.com/BODYARMOR-Sports-Drink-16-Fl/dp/B00KO899SC/ref=asc_df_B00KO899SC/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=508203642414&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3286280110985080032&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9015328&hvtargid=pla-1324974996370&psc=1

Autoimmune has this controversy do you eat or should you eat white potatoes. I have not found any difference in my flares if I eat white potatoes. So I will eat some white potatoes and then include sweet potatoes in my meals the following week if I want a potato. I eat white potatoes in moderation.

Here’s the result of my breakfast

Happy Day

Caroline

cross stitch · needlepoint · Rue Paris cross stitch

Saturday Stitching

It’s a cold evening. Getting ready for another snowstorm. This time only about 2 or 3 inches.

I’m settled in with a blanket and the electric fireplace on with my cross stitching supplies.

Rue Paris Cross Stitch

Here’s the update:

The center row is completed. This pattern has numerous colors. I’m liking the colors and how they blend together.

Tomorrow will be another day of soup, sandwich and stitching while it snows.

At least tomorrow is Sunday.

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · avocado · chicken · dairy free cream cheese · dairy free yogurt · fruit smoothie · gluten free breakfast, gluten free brownies · lemon basil dressing · meditation · mindfulness · minimalism · simple life

Today’s Meals

Today is cold with 12 inches of snow outside. The day might be a work from home day. Most of my clients are having their session by video. I’m waiting on one client to let me know what she wants.

I have not been doing yoga much lately. I started a yoga challenge with Yoga with Kassandra. The challenge is a 15 min yoga stretch and then a 5 min meditation.

I have energy after that!

Smoothie recipe

I had a fruit smoothie with blueberries, banana, dairy free yogurt and protein powder. Put all in a blender with almond milk.

Then I toasted a bagel and spread dairy free chive cream cheese from kite hill on it.

Breakfast photo

If course I needed a little chocolate, so I have 2 squares of enjoy life chocolate bar.

To make life a little easier, preparing for dinner early is the best thing to do for myself. After the client sessions, I’m exhausted mentally and physically my body is swollen from sitting most of the day.

I boiled frozen broccoli florets. That will be for the salad for dinner.

I also cleared out the refrigerator. I froze the fruit I had in there before it goes bad. That is the fruit I use for smoothies.

Brownies

I have the urge for chocolate brownies. The recipe is on the back of King Arthur gluten free measure for measure flour.

Lunch

Grilled chicken breast, rice, avocado and lemon dressing (Paul Newman’s salad dressing- lemon basil)

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · dairy free · gluten free · gluten free dinner

Gluten Free Spaghetti and Meatballs

Ingredients needed:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons, nutritional yeast
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • one egg
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper
  • Italian seasoning

mix all ingredients together. The measurements are estimates. I usually just make this by sight.

Turn on crockpot on high, cook for 4 hours. I used salsa to cover the meatballs and to add extra flavor.

Spaghetti

ingredients needed:

  • gluten free spaghetti
  • sun dried tomatoes
  • pesto

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · biscuits · breakfast · dairy free · gluten free

Morning Breakfast

It’s time for homemade gluten free and dairy free Biscuits!

It’s a simple recipe I found from Pinterest…

Pinterest Link

gluten free vegan drop biscuits

I had to cook mine just slightly longer than 17 minutes. Ovens vary.

Check out that recipe if you are looking for a simple easy biscuit recipe that is gluten free and dairy free.

I had the biscuits with two fried eggs, asparagus and sausage. It was a delicious breakfast.

Happy Day

Caroline

declutter, minimalist, simple living

Checking Off My List

I wrote a list at the beginning of the year as a goal to minimize my home.

List

  • Go through make-up and nail polish
  • Go through office
  • Repaint office-brighten it
  • Go through art work
  • Storage room- reorganize
  • Get rid of things in storage closet not using
  • Clean out closet in office
  • Go through kitchen drawers
  • Reorganize cookbooks
  • Go through clothes

I have succeeded in checking off a lot on this list.

What is left?

  • Repaint office
  • Go through art work
  • Go through clothes.

Arts and Crafts List

  • Finish winter Gathering
  • Finish knit shawl
  • Finish knit scarf
  • Finish wooden houses
  • Start new cross stitch
  • Start knit blanket
  • Painting and drawing- when I feel need to create, I’ll be in the studio

Accomplished on Arts and Crafts

  • Finished winter Gathering
  • Started new cross stitch
  • Working on daily to finish the knitted shawl.
  • working on knitted scarf when a client does not show for a session

Stay tuned to my decluttering progress, more gluten free meals, more art and anything in-between!

*thanks for following me, it a wonderful support to know someone cares what I say and doing in my life!*

Happy Day

Caroline

declutter, gluten free dinner · Uncategorized

Declutter goals

My next set of decluttering is to help me organize papers, cleaning supplies and go through the storage closet.

  • Shred paper
  • Organize bankers boxes
  • Put shelf in closet
  • Organize cleaning supplies
  • Clean off shelf in bathroom
  • Reorganize storage closet

Steps for Decluttering

  • have a vision of how you want the room/space to be
  • sort items that are similar together
  • donate and discard items
  • One room and one space at a time

Declutter progress

I had tons of trash and recycling to discard. Also donated a few items. And have a small pile ready for a garage sale this early summer.

More decluttering will be occurring in weeks to come.

Gluten Free Dinner


Salad with cucumbers, radishes and avocado. With a side of Mandarin orange.

I grilled a dairy free cheese sandwich on gluten free bread. Canyon honey white bread is fabulous!

This evening will be knitting and resting.

Happy Day

Caroline