One Step at a Time

This year we’re running with the mantra One Step at a Time. We’re tackling tons of little tasks and making small changes that will hopefully add up to help us reach our big goals for the year. Taking it one step at a time keeps us from getting overwhelmed, and we’ve been getting a ton done as a result. We’re working on a bunch of steps simultaneously all the time, but we wait until we’re done until we share it with you.


We’ve been doing a lot to PURGE lately. A big fall cleaning of sorts is going on around here.

One of our main big goals for this year is to get things organized and clean. Because believe me, neither is a constant in our house. We’ve got more than enough space (we bought the house with our end goal of five kids in mind, and we hardly use our finished attic), but we don’t have the furniture for our stuff amount. We don’t really live in a great area for successful garage sales, so stuff we don’t need kind of accumulates. We could always store stuff in plastic tubs on in the attic or in the basement, but we don’t want to have a bunch of stuff we’re not actually going to use. So my new rule of thumb is that if it’s been untouched since we moved in almost two years ago, we probably shouldn’t have it. (Sorry for saying the word “stuff” about 12,000 times in that paragraph.)

We started off by going though all of our DVDs, VHS tapes, CDs, and magazines and filled two big boxes with stuff we can live without. Between Netflix and our iTunes library, there’s not a whole lot of reason to keep around the entertainment stuff we don’t have a deep, deep love for. We took the boxes to a local used bookstore and came out about $25 ahead (which is awesome, because we were expecting about $4).

We also donated a few bags of clothes to a thrift store. I finally got Jake to go through his closet! (I went through mine months ago– read about it here.)

My desk during a shop update photo session.

I also went through all of my craft supplies and we’re preparing for a pop-up destash shop. Working at a scrapbooking store for several years caused me to hoard a bigger stash than can ever be actually used!

We might actually have an organized space by the end of the year (gasp!).

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P.S. We bought this awesome One Step at a Time print from Kim Smith at Art Equals Happy and we LOVE the constant mantra reminder!

What would your one step be right now?