July 23, 2012

Introducing: The Year of Less

If you follow me on facebook, this is old news.  But if you haven't heard, I want to share with you a new project our family has embarked on.

It's called the Year of Less and it is a year long challenge to do one little thing every day to cultivate a simpler, more authentic, more intentional life.  You can read the rules of the project here.

Not much is going to change here on The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking.  I will still be posting a few times a week about organizing and cleaning and family life.  My homemaking posts will (hopefully) increasingly reflect the simpler life we are striving for, but other than that, things should remain about the same. Please be patient with me as I learn to juggle two blogs at the same time.

Anyways, please do take a second to swing by and check out The Year of Less.  Leave a comment, let us know what you think, and if you are as excited about the project as we are, consider sharing the link with your friends.  Thank you for all of your support!

21 comments:

  1. Can't wait to join in and make some radical changes in our home too! We have a similar size house and another baby on the way...and way. too. much. stuff. So many days I want to take a garbage bag and get RID OF EVERYTHING! This seems like a more rational approach! :)

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  2. I'm going through a HUGE purge movement in my home!

    We're moving soon so I want to transfer only the necessities to our new home.

    This project could not have come at a better time!

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  3. As they say, less is definitely more. Especially when it comes to designing these apartments in schaumburg il, you might want to unleash its natural beauty.

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  4. I love that you are documenting this journey! I'll be following Year for Less for sure.

    ~ Ferly
    Gifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}

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  5. Wow! Congratulations on taking the step to start a new blog about your exciting new project! I'm on my way to check it out now - it sounds so inspiring.

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  6. Hi again. I've been thinking about your new venture and am wondering how you deal with getting rid of things that hold some sort of sentimental value? I am in the midst of doing some serious purging in multiple areas of my home but always hit a roadblock whenever I come across anything that even remotely has sentimental value to it (such as if someone special bought it for me, or one of my little ones wore it/used it)? I would love to hear how you handle situations like this. Thanks for your time!

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  7. I have been following you a couple months ago and I couldn't imagine you would bring even more inspiration to me! (I have 2 kids (3y girl and almost 2y boy)
    This is so nice and I wish you the best on this new journey.
    Thanks for sharing all of that.
    Hugs from Brasil.

    Marcella

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  8. We just started cutting back too. Trying to really pay attention to how we live, spend, waste. I'm reading Jen Hatmaker's book "7" and she writes about this very thing. You must have read it, b/c you are doing the very things she promotes. It's a great book, and she writes w/ such wit. I'm excited for you and will definitely drop in to see what you're learning. Great idea!

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  9. ok, so how do i follow your new blog? i don't see the "subscribe" button??

    love the idea and the challenge!

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    1. Hi Belle. There is a link to our RSS feed at the bottom of each post. :)

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  10. I have been feeling the same way - wanting to live a simpler yet more meaningful life. looking forward to following your challenges.
    Victoria x

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  11. Love it! I have been wishing for a while now that I could learn to let go of things and simplify my life and home. I think I will try and follow your challenges and do my best to make my wish come true. Looking forward to your next post!

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  12. Oh Kelly, you just keep the inspiration coming. I now have even more huge respect for you than I already did! What an amazing venture and I will be following you every step of the way! This is something our family needs but I am not sure how to go about it so I can't wait to see how you do it. :)

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  13. Oh Kelly, you just keep the inspiration coming. I now have even more huge respect for you than I already did! What an amazing venture and I will be following you every step of the way! This is something our family needs but I am not sure how to go about it so I can't wait to see how you do it. :)

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  14. Hi Kelley,
    Love your new ida for a blog. I am hoping you will add feedburner as a way of subscribing as it is the only way I subscribe to blogs.
    Kathy

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    1. Hi Kathy! At the bottom of each blog post it says "We are doing one small thing every day for a year to create a simpler, quieter, more intentional life. Take a moment to read all About Us, check out The Rules of our year long project and sign up for our RSS feed or "like" us on facebook so that you can follow our journey to radical simplicity!" Click on the RSS feed link to subscribe in feedbrner. :)

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  15. Dear Kelly,
    what a great idea! Congratulations on the new blog.
    I wanted to post the comment below there, but couldn't. Could you please add the "anonymous" option there too? I don't have any of those other options to select.
    I'm wondering about the bathroom, too. I really can't imagine putting the cloth I use to clean the toilet in the wash with the other clothes. I use toilet paper for the nastiest parts and just flush it away.
    I'd be really interested to hear how you do it, what products you use, etc.
    Ieva

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    1. Hi Leva!
      I've changed the settings on the other blog so that you can comment. The reason I originally chose to set it that way is because the topic of that blog is potentially controversial and in my experience the vast majority of mean, hurtful, nasty comments are left anonymously.
      We'll see how things go. Hopefully that won't be much of an issue!

      Anyways, thanks so much for reading and commenting! As for toilets, I've never used paper towel for them anyways. I wash the inside with a toilet brush (a scrubby brush with a long handle) and I wipe the rim and the rest of the toilet with a regular rag. I always wash my rags in hot water...and I occasionally add some tea tree oil to the laundry because it's a natural disinfectant!

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    2. Thank you, Kelly!
      I understand about the anonymous comments.
      You really are an inspiration.
      ieva with an "i" :)

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  16. Yay! So excited to hear that you and your hubby are starting a new blog together. I adore the concept! I read your CGIH posts everytime my little inbox dings! I don't have facebook anymore (part of our decision to simplify our lives, and declutter our minds) It felt sooo strange to not have facebook when that seems to be the norm for the entire WORLD, but, we have adjusted nicely, and are beginning to actually like it....a little....I CALL my friends now....who does that anymore!? LOL! I am so excited to watch your journey, and am attempting to follow along with you! We did our knife drawer last night! Ha! So liberating!

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