Minimizing & Eliminating Clutter

As a part of getting our house baby-ready, I’m in the process of eliminating clutter and minimizing. I know it doesn’t sound like a huge deal, but that’s only true if you don’t know me. I’m a borderline hoarder because I attach way too much emotional importance to inanimate objects. As a result, I’ve held onto a lot of things that aren’t really doing anything in my life besides unnecessarily taking up space.

One way I’m ensuring that I eliminate clutter is through a group I joined on Facebook for the month of February (The Minimalist Game) curated by my friend Courtney. You get rid of a number of items equal to the number of the day of the month, for the entirety of the month. So, you get rid of one thing on the first, two things on the second, etc. Today, I chose to eliminate a piece of clothing that I’m never going to fit into. The two items I choose to get rid of tomorrow will probably follow along those same lines, but we’ll see. At this rate, I’m hoping to have our spare room cleaned out enough that I can keep River’s changing table, dresser, etc. (except his bed because he’ll be sleeping in our room) in there.

More to come with the adventures in minimizing and eliminating clutter a little later on!

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Adulting Without a Manual: Laundry

I have a confession to make, y’all. As you know, I’m deeply ADD, and this occasionally manifests itself in apparent laziness and/or carelessness. (I get easily overwhelmed by excess stimuli.) Anyway, the way that this connects to laundry is that I’ve never really been all that careful about what goes in the washer with what. I didn’t think it actually mattered that much.

OMG, I was WRONG!

AWM Pro Tip: Never EVER Wash Hoodies and Towels Together!!!!!!

Why not? Let me tell you from personal experience: you will NEVER get all that towel lint off your poor hoodie, and you will live to regret it.

So, if you’re out there adulting without a manual like we are, take away a lesson from my laundry shenanigans. It really is worth it to separate your loads up front. I’m learning and working out my own sort of system that kind of makes sense (at least to me). I do separate, specific loads of laundry now.

  • Whites BY THEMSELVES – Use detergent, bleach, and/or Oxy Clean.
  • Lights – Use COLOR SAFE bleach and detergent.
  • Darks – Wash same as lights, but in their own separate load.
  • Jeans – Same as darks, but in their own separate load.
  • Towels – ALWAYS wash towels ONLY with other towels and wash cloths, but treat them the same way you would jeans.

It seems kind of like you’re multiplying your work on the front end, but I promise it’ll save your clothes once you work out a system and stick to it.

What’s Going On?

I think it’s pretty obvious by now that I struggle with consistency in all areas of my life, especially blogging. So, I’ll be taking this post to catch you up on what’s been happening lately, and what’s currently going on in our lives.

What’s been happening?

  • We found out we’re having a baby boy! His name is David River Moye, and we can’t wait to meet him!
  • I took the past few months to focus on finishing, editing, and self-publishing my first novel, Frost, which I’ve been working on for the past 11 years. If you want to hear more about my professional writing life, check out my blog Chelsea Clemmons Moye | Author.
  • I’m working on shifting my focus and rearranging my personal goals and priorities in the wake of achieving my biggest goal for 2017 (releasing Frost). For more information on what my current personal goals are, check out my post “Current Personal Goals” on my personal Chelsea Moye blog.
  • We’ve been doing a lot of “adulting without a manual” (or AWM for short) while I took time off from this blog to focus on publishing Frost. I’ll catch you up on the biggest AWM highlights ASAP.
  • We’ve had a few “adventures” in the meantime, too, and I’ll be catching you up on those, as well.

What’s currently going on?

  • I’ve been out of work since January of 2016, so I’m trying to do a better job of being productive while staying at home.
  • We’re doing our best to get the house baby-ready before River arrives!
  • I’m trying to finish MTE school without having to pay for another program extension.
  • I’m trying to blog more consistently across this blog, as well as the other two mentioned above. So, if you don’t see a post here, check the other two blogs out as well. I may not write a post every day for each blog, but I’m going to try to do at least one post a day between the three of them.
  • We’re trying to keep as active and adventurous as we can right now because we don’t really know how our lifestyle is going to change once River arrives. These adventures include travel, trying new things, etc. (Our so-called “adventures” should provide plenty of post fodder for We’re the Moyes in the meantime.)

I think that’s all I have for you guys for now! I’ll see you around!

Random Pregnancy Question…

Okay, guys. Now that the news is out, I have about a billion questions regarding pregnancy, etc. So, I’m thinking of throwing out one question a day into the universe and seeing what kind of answers I can get back.

Today’s Pregnancy Question:

Are there any women out there who couldn’t stand any kind of aftertaste in their mouths in the first trimester and had to brush their teeth or use Listerine immediately after ingesting anything to keep from getting nauseated? That’s kind of where I’m at right now, and I was just wondering if anyone else went through something similar in their first trimester.

Holy Smokes!

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That’s right, guys. Lake and I are having a baby in May! I’m both ecstatic and overwhelmed at this news. It almost feels surreal. I keep hearing the beginning of “Bohemian Rhapsody” in my head every time I think about it.

“Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?”

There are so many thoughts and feelings battling it out inside me right now that Lake and I are having a baby that I don’t even know which way is up or what questions to ask right now. Anybody else have any thoughts/feelings on the matter? If so, please let me know.

Beginning My New Ending

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” -Maria Robinson

As you can tell by the dates of my posts over the course of this blog’s existence, I’ve had a lot of false starts, stumbles, unplanned hiatuses, and a whole lot of cause to start over. That’s actually kind of the story of my life. I crank out a few chapters, lose focus, and fail to finish things. I’m disorganized, inconsistent, spacey, and I would even go so far as to call myself lazy. At least, I used to.

I’m going to be honest with you. I’ve hit a breaking point in my life, guys. I can’t handle the chaos anymore. Sometimes I lose track of things; everything gets out of hand, and I get overwhelmed. I feel like I’m drowning in all the chaos, and I’ve made it myself. In the past, I’ve used my ADD, Type II Bipolar, and depression issues as a crutch. I’ve let my life get way too far out of hand.

Today, I decided I’m not going to do that anymore. Other people have exactly the same amount of hours in their days as I do mine, and I can be a more organized, productive, successful person. I choose to, both in my writing life and in my personal life.

I’m taking the 30 days to a cleaner house challenge starting on August 1, and I’m looking for accountability partners, so if you’re interested let me know. I got the plan for the 30-day challenge HERE. I’m actually considering talking to them about the possibility of turning that plan into a daily planner for the whole year where you can check off the items listed for that day and know you’ve got a cleaner, more organized home.

That brings me to some exciting news regarding my writing life. I just designed The Book Reviewer’s Journal, and it will be available in print soon! I’ll edit in the link when that happens. Anyway, here’s to a cleaner, more organized, more productive, and more successful life!

Accidental Housewife

I never really intended to be a “housewife,” as it were. It was not part of the plan, but I’ve been a terrible one ever since I got laid off in January. I am a genuinely disorganized, chaotic person, and I’m afraid it’s showing in my housekeeping skills…or lack thereof. Everything is in varying states of complete and utter chaos.

So, I’ve got this plan to put my house right a bit at a time. I’ll be relying on tips I heard from my grandmothers growing up, tips I read in The Modern Girl’s Guide to Life, tips I pick up in magazines, and the like.

In other news, I’m also doing the 21 Day Fix, and will be sharing my struggles, progress, etc. on here. I will also be reviewing the recipes in the Fixate cookbook by Autumn Calabrese, which she designed to go along with the 21 Day Fix.

Puppy Troubles

Okay, so first note is that I’m not writing this first thing in the morning. I promise I have a good reason for that, though. I’m cleaning my Mom’s house today for extra cash, and I also brought my puppy over here to socialize him with my parents’ dog because he got lost and separated from his litter very early. He doesn’t know how to interact with other dogs, and I’m hoping bringing him to interact with Mom and Dad’s dog will help.

So, the dog that Lake and I have is pretty much still a puppy, and he’s undersocialized. He has no idea of how to interact with other dogs and he likes to play a little too rough. He tends to get too mouthy and nippy because he never had the opportunity to learn better with his mom and littermates.

It’s been going really well, all things considered.

I Hate the Time Change!!!

Is anybody else struggling with it? I know I am. I was JUST getting into a good sleep schedule when we had to spring our clocks forward an hour. Since the time change, I’ve found myself utterly exhausted and worn out! I’ve been letting it throw me completely off my game if I’m being honest.

I need to be tougher and more disciplined. I need to drag myself out of bed when the alarm goes off and get things done. I think I may relapse into my coffee dependency, but I’ve got to start getting things done instead of allowing myself to sleep in and shuffle around in a sleepy haze all day.

So, tomorrow, I’m going to get up and have a cup of coffee, and I’m going to do my hour of writing before I do anything else. I’ll be checking in in the morning to let y’all know how it goes!

(God and Coffee Help Me!!!)

-Chelsea