#Goals

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday!

A quick update: I’ve put my notice in for my overnight shifts. My last one will be August 25th. I took on too much and I am realizing that. I am upset with myself, but also need to be realistic. I can’t work 7 days a week. It’s just not something I can swing anymore. This is for my own sanity.

That being said, and since I am truly doing my best to work on myself and accomplishing my own personal goals, I’ve been thinking a lot about traveling; 2019 and 2020 are going to be full of adventures with friends & solo excursions, that is the goal. As a gift to myself, I am attempting to pay off my credit card and a solid chunk of my remaining car payments as well, before Christmas/New Years this year. Money may be tight up until then, but getting that debt off of my shoulders will absolutely help in the long run and it will give me the opportunity to really save for these vacations.

On the bucket list for 2019:

  • Northern California to visit friends at/near Yosemite
  • Southern California to visit family
  • Jamaica, with friends
  • New Orleans with friends
  • CAMPING ANYWHERE.

On the bucket list for 2020:

  • Ireland with friends, to celebrate our 30th birthdays!
  • Germany and/or Holland to visit friends
  • CAMPING. I love it and I just don’t do it enough

We’ll have to see how this all plays out, but these goals are absolutely do-able and I intend to pursue them while I can. Let the adventure(s) begin!

What’s in my wardrobe?

So, I’ve been slacking on getting this post up, but I put in some work today! I did another de-cluttering purge this morning and wound up with a whole other box full of clothing, bags and shoes to donate.

Let’s get down to it! What’s in my wardrobe? WELL, a lot more than I realized originally, TBH, but that’s beside the point. Let’s start with all of the photos that I took today (almost everything is pictured somewhere below, but I am definitely missing a few things #sorrynotsorry).

Before: To start this whole process, I emptied my closet & all of my drawers entirely and threw everything on my bed.

During: I created 2 piles – “KEEP” & “DONATE” – pretty cut and dry. I folded (or hung up) each piece as I went through everything one by one, to 1. create less work for myself later on & 2. to avoid wrinkles to the best of my ability. Additionally, I jotted down a total tally for each group of items (sweatshirts, pants, jeans, etc.), so I’d know what I had left at the end of the process. I like lists. There, I said it. I like them and I’m not ashamed!

After: Once all of the folding, sorting and decision-making was through, I put everything that I wanted to keep back in its place & packed all of the donations into a box. I felt very zen after that part was over. Organizing makes me feel like I have my sh*t together. Haha!

This is my year-round wardrobe. I haven’t gotten to a point yet where I’ve been able to create seasonal capsules, solely because I live in New England, where the weather can be 90 degrees and humid one day and back down to 40 degrees and rainy the next, (or f*cking snowing.) We New Englandaahs  just never know what’s in store for us next and that is a reality that I’ve come to accept. That being said…

THE LIST: 

Business-Casual Slacks: 1 black, 1 gray
Jeans: 2 dark wash, 1 black, 1 black distressed, 1 light wash distressed
Shorts: 1 black, 1 lighter-wash and 1 Bermuda-style
T-shirts
: 1 gray, 1 black, 1 white, 2 graphic, 2 striped
Long-sleeved Casual: 1 black, 1 gray
Crop-tops: red & white striped
Button-ups: 1 long-sleeved chambray, 1 flannel & 1 white collared button-up
Sweatshirts: 1 cropped, 3 hoodies, 1 zip-up, 1 pull-over
Over-sized Sweaters: 1 colored, 2 neutral
Vests: 1 olive green utility, 1 black w/ brown trim zip-up
Cardigans: 1 black, 1 red, 1 yellow
Camis: 1 black, 1 grey, 1 white, 1 white w/ lacy print
Dressy Tanks: 1 yellow, 1 black, 1 navy/white striped
Suits
: 1 black suit
Skirts: 1 yellow pleated (knee length) & 1 black pencil skirt
LBD(s): 1 dressy (tank) & 1 casual (long-sleeved, knee-length)
Other Dresses: 1 black & white striped, 1 short-sleeved maxi

Bags/Hats/Accessories: 1 reversible belt (1 side black & 1 side brown) + Bags: swimsuit bag, beach bag, “fancy” work bag, casual tote, small leather over-the-shoulder bag, waterproof backpack, runner’s wallet, carry-on suitcase + 5 pairs of earrings & 4 necklaces (not pictured) + Hats: 1 beanie, 1 scally cap, 2 baseball caps

Shoes: 10 pairs – pictured above – 1 casual sandal, 1 dress sandal, toms, colored flats, running shoes, fashion sneakers, black heels, boat shoes, all-weather boots and black heeled booties + one pair of nude flats that I keep under my desk at work (not pictured)

Workout Clothes: Too many t-shirts, not enough pants (LOL – Guess I’ll have to tackle that next)

AND THERE YOU HAVE IT. For a chick living in New England, I’d say less than 50 pieces of clothing (give or take outer layers & workout clothes not listed) for the whole year isn’t too shabby! This means that over the last few months, I have managed to donate OVER HALF of my stuff. Before I started this process, I had 125+ items sitting in miscellaneous draws and closets, many of which I never even wore or thought about. This is HUGE for me! And what a great feeling it is to rid myself of the excess!

As things wear out & I have to replace them, I intend to narrow my collection of clothing and accessories down even more! Investing in quality over quantity is the over-all goal. The end goal is to get myself down to a 35-piece wardrobe, inclusive of shoes & outer-layers, that can been worn interchangeably, year-round. I’ll be giving myself some time to work on that. I am not planning on replacing anything or buying anything else until these items get too worn out to be socially acceptable. Three exceptions to this rule include: 1. if I need to buy any bridesmaid dresses (highly likely); 2. if/when I achieve the weight loss goals that I am gunning for and these items become too big for me; 3. if I end up being selected to move forward with one of the jobs I’ve applied for, I’ll have to buy another suit. Life happens & we all have to adjust accordingly! 🙂

I am SO excited to see where this journey is going to take me. I already feel like so much stress has been lifted! So far, this has helped simplify my morning routine, which has allowed me to actually enjoy commuting into Boston, and boosted my self-confidence, because I have only kept pieces that make me FEEL GOOD. It’s been pretty eye-opening, that’s for sure.

That’s all for now! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Traveling more, with less.

Good morning everyone! I am currently on my way to New Jersey. I’ve never been and I am looking forward to it!

My trusty little carry on bag and I are on the Amtrak now and ready for 2 days of concerts and the Asbury Park boardwalk. Bring it on!

I only packed essentials this time around, just like I tried to do for my last weekend get away to NY.

Here’s the list of stuff I’ve brought along for the trip:

2 plain tank tops

1 fancy tank top (concert attire)

2 pair of jeans(1 I’m wearing now + 1 backup)

1 pair of shorts

Bathing suit

Beach towel

Flip flops

Sneakers

1 bra

1 bralette

3 pairs of underwear

3 pairs of socks

Sweatshirt

Lint roller

Phone charger

Chambray button up (which I’m using as my beach cover-up)

Travel-sized shower things + travel sized hair spray & make-up wipes

Sunscreen (!!!!)

1 pair of sun glasses

Hair brush

Toothbrush/toothpaste

Basic make-up (cover up, foundation, mascara, lipstick)

Aside from my book and my headphones and phone, that’s it!

Packing less has made the entire travel process so much less stressful and my carry is good for any form of travel – trains, planes,automobiles. It’s versatile and it works so well for me!

I am looking forward to roaming about in a new area with my friends! Should be a great time! Enjoy the rest of your week!

“Retail Therapy”

Okay, okay, guilty as charged. I went shopping a few times over the last week to try and make myself feel better . Post break-up therapy, if you will.

Not for nothing, the task of shopping itself didn’t really help anything…HOWEVER, the pieces that I wound up buying? They make me feel like a million bucks! I am beginning to realize that many of the clothes I wound up keeping in my wardrobe before were sub-par, at best. I bought them because I thought they were things that I should wear to work, but hardly any of them really made me FEEL good about myself when I put them on, you know? The whole point of this simplified life/closet thing I am doing is quality over quantity and to keep only the pieces that make me feel GOOD!

I am happy to report that I was able to keep myself from going crazy on impulse buys (a thing that has proven to be incredibly difficult for me in the past) and really did my best to buy pieces that really reflected MY personal style, which is a thing that I have ignored for many years and am finally beginning to rediscover.

I haven’t worn EVERYTHING yet, because this is a short work week for me (I am going away Thursday through Saturday), so below are just two pictures, for now.

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This Calvin Klein dress is fabulous and it was on sale at Marshall’s ($40)! It’s compliments my figure AND it’s super comfortable. It will be great for work, weddings or any other special events that require me to dress up. Big win.
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This black and floral print tank blouse ($15) from Old Navy is super cute and, paired with two other pieces that I already own, created a great work look! (It also goes well with all of my work pants/skirts and cardigans.)

In total, I purchased 6 new items and, to make room for the new stuff, I got rid of 4 old items, all of which were torn, faded or stretched out. Those items were: 1 pair of olive green work pants with some weird, sort-of visible oil stain on the front, 1 stretched out, super casual LBD, 1 black & white striped cardigan that was just too big for me, but I had been holding on to for some reason and another casual dress that I was “keeping just in case.” (TBH, not sure what I was keeping it “in case” of, so it’s been donated, along with everything else).

Alongside the 2 pieces pictured above, I purchased the following:

  • A light blue and white striped maxi dress from Target. $34. I have never owned one of these before. It looks really great, too! Which surprised me, since I am so darn short. It can be dressed up or down and can also work well for a beach day! Hooray  for versatility! 
  • A short-sleeved, white, collared button-up shirt for work. It is a loose fit and will pair really well with both the black and the grey, pixie-style work pants from Old Navy, that I have owned for MONTHS and/or any of my jeans/shorts.
  • A pair of black skinny jeans from Target for $24 + a pair of ankle length, straight leg blue jeans from Old Navy for $34. These two pairs of jeans will replace the two ratty pairs I’ve been wearing down for YEARS. Both of those pairs had slowly succumbed to the dreaded inner-thigh wear & tear and had to be replaced. I’m sad to see them go, but they had a good run!

I am pretty impressed with myself because none of these items broke the bank and I also shopped around before purchasing anything. I actually tried everything on, which I have been guilty of avoiding in years past (why? no idea. I just did), and I m really happy with the results.

There’s no motivation quite like post-break-up motivation; that’s the undeniable truth. This whole thing has provided me the opportunity to begin rediscovering myself and MY style and I look forward to seeing how that all plays out. The goal is to re-focus on self-love, self-care and self-confidence. Baby steps.

That’s all for now! Enjoy your day!

Decluttering my closet!

Happy Friday (well…technically, it’s Saturday now…) everyone!

I came home to my package from The Container Store, waiting for me on the porch! Maybe I was a little too excited about that… on second thought… no I wasn’t. I WAS STOKED! (Is this what “adulting” is – getting super jazzed about closet organizer stuff that you got one sale? If so, I don’t hate it.)

ANYWAY, I clean my closet out often, but SOMEHOW, a huge mess always manages to recreate itself within a couple of days. Maybe I just suck at not throwing things on the floor, but that is a reality that I have learned to accept; it is a reality that looks a lot like this:

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SO, I decided to try something new…

TAAA DAAAAAHHHHHHHH!

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That right there, lovely readers – believe it or not, is 3/4 of my year-round wardrobe! I need to do laundry, so some stuff is missing, but CHECK THIS SH*T OUT!

I. AM. ELATED. Weird? Maybe to you, BUT am I ashamed that this brings me so much joy? HELL-TO-THE-NO. Clean(er) house, clear(er) mind. I’d say my Friday was pretty  productive!

I think that my next update will be a “What’s in my wardrobe?” post. I am super curious to see how many items I actually have. I have done A LOT of decluttering and donating over the last few months, so I would like to see where I am at. Please let me know if you guys would be interested in reading something like that (TBH, I’ll probably do it either way, but…) it would be nice to get some feedback!

That’s all for now! Have a lovely night!

Quick update!

Check out the new domain name! lindsliveswithless.blog 🙂 Finally, everything is cohesive!

In other news, my closet organizer stuff was delayed, so I will be getting it in the mail tomorrow. I will update you on that whole process once it’s finished, as I mentioned in my last post!

I hope that everyone had a great 4th of July!

I deleted my Facebook.

Okay, it’s Tuesday! Sorry I missed posting yesterday. I had a migraine from hell and didn’t do much all day, aside from sleeping and pounding fluids. But, I’m back now and ready to roll.

This weekend was productive! I started cleaning out my kitchen on Friday night and honestly, I was SO overwhelmed by the amount of tupperware and everything else, that it took me through Saturday to finish it all up. Here’s some before and after photos:

BEFORE – UGH

AFTER 🙂

*Not pictured – I forgot to take a photo of the inside of my cabinets. I got rid of all but 5 plastic tupperware and anything with broken lids/cracks in them. I kept all but 3 of the glass tupperware that I had*

HTG, it felt like a huge weight was lifted after that whole process was finished. It’s nice to have (and only have to worry about washing) only what I truly need.

In addition to cleaning out my kitchen stuff, I also tried to use up some of the (many) leftovers I had in my freezer, fridge and cabinets. If you saw my last post, you know that the list of stuff I still had left over after not grocery shopping for two weeks was EXTENSIVE. In an attempt to waste a whole lot less, I whipped up a few dishes Saturday-Monday, and used up a solid amount of stuff. Here’s some photos:

I also made grilled cheese, rice and beans, chocolate chia pudding and pasta with sauce. Not too shabby, for using strictly leftovers.

I did make a trip to the store last night, just for a few basics that I had run out of. I picked up one thing of fresh strawberries, 8 bananas and 2 things of unsweetened almond milk, I also grabbed a bag of frozen acai packets, because everyone raves about them and I wanted to try them out in a couple of smoothie bowls this week. It’s a short week for me because the 4th of July is tomorrow and I really only needed to come up with 3 days worth of food, so I didn’t want to buy too much. I will probably have to do a real trip next week, but that’ll make almost 3 weeks without a big trip to the store, so I’m content with that.

In other news, I deleted my Facebook yesterday. I went through, saved all of my pictures, wrote down all of the important birthdays and then opted out. I was keeping a low-key tally of how often I checked that app daily, and it was disgusting, the amount of time that I spent, falling down the “I haven’t spoken to this person in years, but I’m curious” rabbit hole(s). The whole point of this #sldmchallenge is to create more time for myself and to start getting (more) in the habit of using my free time more productively. Having Facebook totally goes against all of that, and I decided that it was time to let that shit go. It was weird, deleting it off of my phone. My account is “disabled” for 14 days, before the actual deleting will happen, which…why? I thought that was a bit much, but the creators of that platform must be fully aware of the fact that the temptation is real  for people to sign back in, within that first, two-week period. I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t true, but I am doing my best to resist. It’s weird, because I joined that platform way back in 2008 or 2009, when it first came out, so over a decade of my life was cataloged there. Kind of creepy and kind of sickening to think about. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders, thus proving to me that social media has a strong effect on everyone and everything. I still have my Instagram account and obviously, this blog, but that’s it. That account is for documentation purposes only, for this #SLDMchallenge. It helps me document my efforts and my progress. If you’re interested in following me on this journey, you can search @lindsliveswithless and hit follow.

20180701_1405037732112231459660449.jpgI donated EVEN MORE clothing this weekend too. I ordered a clean out bag from #ThredUp, which is an online consignment store that will buy your new/gently used clothing. ThredUp* allows you to choose to receive a pay out for the items that you send in OR to donate whatever amount those items are worth to one of the charities below:

Big Brother Big Sister Foundation:  www.bbbsfoundation.org
Feeding America:  http://www.feedingamerica.org/
National Head Start Association:  https://www.nhsa.org/
Girls, Inc.: girlsinc.org
Help a Mother Out: helpamotherout.org
Wardrobe for Opportunity:  wardrobe.org

I think that using ThredUp is a great way to give back. Check out http://www.thredup.com for more information. The clean out bag is free and they send it to you with with pre-paid postage, so you do not have to pay to mail it back to them either. If you choose the pay out, you can select to be reimbursed via PayPal, or opt for store credit, to use on their online shop. If you choose to donate, once your bag is recieved, you will get an email listing the total amount donated to the charity that you chose. *I am not affiliated with ThredUp, I just think it’s an awesome thing!*

Additionally, I ordered some closet organization stuff (which was on SUPER SALE from The container Store!) last week, and it should be delivered by Thursday. I’ll post some before and after pictures of my closet, once I’ve completed that project.

Tomorrow is the 4th of July, so I will be as far away from my computer as possible, enjoying some time with family & friends! Hopefully you all can find some time to do the same! I’ll be back at you with another post by the end of the week. That’s all for now!