Spending Freeze: Can I live without it?

This spending freeze has been a great exercise for me. I’ve realized that it is very easy to convince yourself you need something (i.e the shoes I ordered last week. Forgive me!).  It’s so tempting to say, “what if I’m invited to a formal event?” or “what if my daughter wants it in 5 years?” Perhaps, a better question is, “Can I live without it?” If you are looking to streamline your space and free yourself from clutter, this question is critical. What do you really need? What are the things that are really key for your day to day life? When you are contemplating buying something or getting rid of something stop and ask, “Can I live without it?” When I asked myself this question I was able to let go of an entire shelf full of vases and candle holders that I had been holding on to for years. The truth is that even though I always dream about hosting elaborate dinner parties, I seldom do and those items were just taking up space and collecting dust. It was a relief to donate them, and I have not missed them, even a little. What can you let go of this spring? Please share!

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Spending Freeze: I Messed Up

I had a moment of weakness. 

There were these shoes. I had wanted them for a long time and planned to buy them next month for my birthday.

And then I went on the computer (big mistake) and they were on Amazon.com for 75% off with free shipping.

Amazon told me there was only ONE PAIR LEFT in my size. What is a girl to do?

I considered waiting another few weeks until my freeze was over, but then I knew I would just have to spend more money, so in the end even though I failed, I also sort of won.

I must get back on track ASAP and next week I will post a list of 5 great things to do without spending money. 

Forgive me, friends!

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Spending Freeze Report #1

You Guys, this not spending money thing is for sure harder than I thought.

I almost messed it up on the first day because I saw some white ceramic mugs at Hudson Grace that I thought I needed.

Turns out, I did not. So, here’s what is helping me have restraint so far:

1. Calling a friend who will remind me that I am on a one month spending freeze and I have everything I need.

2. Making a list of the things I really, really want. (But not buying them).

3. Eating a lot of gummy candy by Haribo. (Not good).

Maybe, at the end of this month I will reward myself with an April birthday gift to myself….


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Spending Freeze!

I am a strange combination of a minimalist and a shopper. I love living in a clean, streamlined home but also really like shoes. And handbags. And jeans.

The budget has been feeling a little, um, strained recently so I am teaming up with my good friend, Hedy, for a spending freeze!

What this entails: Thinking of creative things we can do for free, cooking instead of meals out, and absolutely no frivolous shopping for one month.

Who’s with us! If you are interested in joining our March spending freeze please like Simply Sorted on Facebook and let us know about your month of minimal living via email or Facebook. Creative ideas appreciated!

Stay posted for updates on the spending freeze next month.

Happy Saving~

Everyday Dishes

Hudson Grace is the kind of clean, well curated shop that looks intimidating from the outside. From the looks of things I thought that it would be tres pricey but was so pleased to learn that, in addition to some specialty items, they also stock a lovely line of every day dishes, bowls and glasses starting at a mere four dollars a pop! I snatched up some pretty white bowls for the open shelves in my kitchen and I am loving them up. The perfect shop if you are looking for chic, timeless basics.

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The Ultimate Mail Management System

Incoming mail is one of the more challenging things to manage, especially for a busy family. West Elm has just launched their “Universal Expert System” and I am just loving it up! Of note, their wall-mounted clipboard and wire mesh storage bin. With these two items you can tame the jungle of incoming paper in organized style. My vision is that the mesh bin could contain magazines and catalogues and the clipboard could be used to store bills, invitations and tickets or coupons. I love how their are three clipboards in one place, created three clear categories and you can easily see what you need to attend to. Now, you just have to make sure to recycle all the junk and you are good to go!

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Meal Planning, Simplified

I am not a master chef, my kids are super picky and I am short on time. I have been getting a failing grade on dinner for the last few years but now I have come up with a new plan! I am hoping that by assigning a theme to each night of the week and alternating variety and sides when we get bored I can tackle this meal planning thing once and for all. Check out my plan below:

Monday– Burger Night – Turkey, Beef, Chicken w/ Served with Sweet Potato Fries, Onion Rings, Roasted Potatoes or Roasted Cauliflower

Tuesday – Mexican – Grilled Chicken, Carnitas, Fish, Bean and Cheese, Enchiladas/ Served with Corn and Bean Salad or Chips and Guacamole

Wednesday – Pasta Night – Pesto, Mac and Cheese, Spaghetti and Meatballs/ Served with Snap Pea Cucumber Salad, Rapini, or Roasted Broccolini

Thursday– Wild Card Night (i.e Take Out Sushi, Thai, Chinese etc.)

Friday – Chicken Night – Roasted Chicken, Chicken Milanese, Chicken Strips / Served with Cous Cous, Root Veggies or Orzo

Saturday – Asian Night – Lemon Chicken, Peanut Sauce Noodles, Stir Fry, Potstickers, Chicken Satay / Served with Cucumber Salad or Bok Choy

Sunday – Pizza Bar – Sausage, Goat Cheese, Spinach, Caramelized Onions, Bacon, Grilled Veggies

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How will you simplify meal planning this year? Please share~
Bon Appetite!

My New Favorite Thing

Time to get organized, Friends!

This year, I am treating myself to this adorable post rack from Nkuku. In addition to being the perfect vessel for incoming mail and magazines, I love that it comes from a company that supports fair trade and local community initiatives. Enjoy!

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