Minimizing “Yes”

This has been a crazy week! School parties, work parties and all the shopping involved. So, I had to say “no” to a couple of things and to tell you the truth with my ADHD I couldn’t remember everything anyway! At first, I felt guilty, but then I thought about it and I really felt some relief. Instead of spending a couple of hours in the kitchen to make cinnamon rolls from scratch, my co-workers got Dunkin Donuts. I am making casseroles for dinner this week for 3 days and the rest are leftovers. This allowed me to go to bed earlier and not have a disaster in my kitchen that I was too tired to clean. I may start panicking in a day or so, but for right now I’m in my Zen.

I tried to do the crockpot thing last week but kept forgetting to put the stuff in it in the morning before work and ended up calling my husband, sending him the recipe and asking him to do it. The week before that, I chopped veggies and tossed the ingredients into a Ziploc bag. I did this on Sunday afternoon for our meals for the whole week. All I had to do was throw it in a pan or dish and cook it when I got home from work. I am still trying to figure out which way I like best or is more time efficient.

This allowed me to go to bed earlier on weeknights and not have a disaster in my kitchen that I was too tired to clean, thus starting the dish pileup in the sink. I was determined not to get completely stressed out this holiday season and I feel pretty good right now. I may start panicking in a day or so, but for right now I’m in my Zen.

So, saying “no” is definitely a key part of minimalism in your life. The reason we are doing this is to be able to have more time to do the things we enjoy, not the things we feel guilty about not doing. To me, the getting rid of things was the easier part. The time management and keeping the clutter away has proven to be a little more difficult.

Mail is probably the next thing I will tackle. I have a basket for it, but everything else ends up in there. Kinda like a junk drawer. I have a paper pile problem as well! I can declare it a junk free zone all I want, but apparently, there is an invisible magnetic field that attracts anything made of paper!

Daily minimizing baby steps…”No” is ok. 

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