What’s My Why?

Many of you are friends and family, but most of you are people I have never met before. Some of the things I’m going to write about are deeply personal, but I know that if I at least reach one person with my story, I am doing something good.

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When did I start cooking?

When I was a pre-teen, my younger sister and I used to experiment with easy-pre made foods. I would turn top ramen noodles into chicken-flavored pasta and add butter (seriously). We put ranch seasoning into mashed potatoes. Pizza bagels, and sometimes pizza toast, were an after-school essential (still so good, but now I use a tortilla).

In high school, however, I actually started cooking. I loved making omelettes with tomatoes and basil and feta cheese. I loved going to restaurants and trying new foods. I loved trying to recreate that interesting food at home, too.

I really think that college is where it all changed. Although I was living at my parents’ house for the majority of the time, I was cooking most things on my own. I also began cooking food for my friends and family. I loved looking up vegetarian recipes online and recreating them. The city I grew up in didn’t have much to do, so when my friends and I hung out, we were always making dinner together. It was something we all really bonded over and we all loved the challenge of making food we had never tried before.

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After moving out of my parents’ house, my love and desire to cook and experiment in the kitchen really took off. And after leaving, California and coming to the Midwest (where there is almost nothing vegetarian), Todd & I cooked everything we ate. In the winter, cooking became a fun activity we did together. We would make spicy & tangy summer-y foods and dishes in the middle of a blizzard. We’d make warm and comforting soup, chili, and stew. We would sit down on Sunday afternoons and brainstorm our meals and recipe ideas for the week and then go shopping for ingredients.

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So why do I do this? Why do I love creating recipes?

Reason 1:

It helps me battle something I’ve been dealing with for as long as I can remember. I have had a somewhat mild eating disorder since I was 12. As soon as I went through puberty, my perception of myself changed. My body was different, I wasn’t as “small” as everybody else at school (or maybe I was but I just couldn’t see it).

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I told myself that it was all happening because of what I ate. At 12, who is watching what they eat? I certainly wasn’t, but I was telling myself mean things and making myself feel bad and question what I “had done” afte the fact. It is so weird for me to admit that to myself. I even just told myself, “No, you don’t have an eating disorder.” Honestly though, I do. I’ve always felt like eating and my body image were directly related.

So what does this have to do with The Cultivated Theorems? Well, creating recipes gives me confidence in what I eat. Cooking gives me confidence in my body image – as weird as it sounds. I know exactly what I am making and I can make it as indulgent or as healthy (or a perfect blend of both) as I like.

I am also incredibly proud of the food I eat – which my 16 year old self would have never eversaid. She would have said “why did you eat nachos at the football game”, even though everyone else did too. Or “why did you go with your dad to that fast food restaurant and eat that”, instead of realizing I just wanted to spend time with my dad. Or realizing I was overweight when I was in college and blaming it on all of those times I shouldn’t have done things like go out to eat with people I loved. I regretted getting excited about church potlucks and drinking vanilla diet coke. But you know what? Those things made me SO happy. My sisters and I would get DOWN at church potlucks and we loved every minute of it, including the moments to this day were we look back and laugh at how much we all love food. You can read more about my self-love discovery and story here

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Now, my whole family & all of my friends ask me to cook for and with them. Cooking and making food is such a huge part of my life now and it has helped me deal with my self-image in more ways that I can probably fathom at this point.

Reason 2:

Cooking is a happy medium. What do I mean by that? Well, creativity and logic thrive in my kitchen.

I grew up in an extremely creative household. All of my family is artistic and musically inclined. They are really funny, too (which is definitely a sign of creativity). I took piano lessons, I loved making paper dolls by hand, I was always drawing at school, and I was in band.

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If you haven’t read much of my blog, you might not know that I have a Bachelor’s in Mathematics. I chose this because I was simply in love with it. I got so excited when I was learning Calculus in high school. It wasn’t always natural for me, but it always felt like where I needed to be and what I always needed to be doing.

Cooking is the perfect blend of methodical problem solving, critical thinking, art, and general creativity.

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When I’m in the kitchen, I thread my artistic abilities and tendencies through rules, ideas, theories, and mediums that are used in logical proofs. Cooking feels like a big mathematical proof that is limitless and can be approached in so many different ways. And sometimes, the vegan spin on it makes it seem like one of those math problems at the end of the assignment that are more challenging than the rest.

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All of that being said, cooking is something I don’t think I could ever stray away from. Yes, I take breaks sometimes, and yes, I eat out sometimes. Yes, I buy frozen pre-made foods, too. But intentionally creating and making food feels like something that helps me utilize the best parts of me. I get to create, problem solve, and take care of myself – all at the same time.

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P.S. many of these photos are my own,  but the really pretty ones are all from AB Photography, who extremely talented photographers in SE Minnesota.

Tell Me:

Why do you love cooking?
Does it have a sentimental value for you?
Let me know in the comments below.
And please let me know if you have any questions or want to chat about all of this!
You can comment or send me a private email at thecultivatedtheorems@gmail.com

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Micro-Goals for Micro-Progress

About a month ago, I discovered an article in the New York Times about accomplishing goals.

I like reading the “smarter living” articles that newspapers usually publish, but they aren’t always new information for me. This article, however, was super insightful!

In short, it is about achieving goals & motivation. It introduces the topic of “micro-progress” and how you’re more likely to achieve x, y, and z when you break it down into tinier goals that you can easily check off the to-do list.

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What is the idea here?

“For any task you have to complete, break it down into the smallest possible units of progress and attack them one at a time.”

These tinier tasks are supposed to be much easier to finish. When you finish them, you are getting a rush of dopamine and confidence. And this directly translates into motivation to complete more tasks!

Even if you are only completing a few tiny tasks a day, you are left feeling a lot more confident than if reaching the end of the day and saying, “I feel like I didn’t get anything done” or “I barely made a dent in ____.”

That being said, you feel a lot more accomplished, at the least, but the article actually argues you actually are more productive the you are doing this because of the psychology behind it.

Also, the author suggest that even writing a title of a project can be an easy goal to accomplish. This reminds me of my post about starting a mathematical proof.

“That means that once you start that PowerPoint you’re dreading, even if all you’ve done is give it a name, that micro-progress can continue to build on itself until you’ve finally finished that last slide.”

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Curious what this means for me?

I’ve got a big week of packing this week. I also want to focus on my physical and mental health. Last night, I told myself “You need to sell stuff this week” and “You need to get back on track with exercising.”

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Yes, these things are do-able. But I don’t even know where to start. Here’s a list of my min goals for the micro-progress in each category.

Sell Stuff:

  1. write a list of the items you want to sell this week
  2. price each item on that list
  3. circle the items you think you can actually sell
  4. take a picture of an item you want to sell
  5. post it on buy / sell online group
  6. make a calendar to fill in the meet-up times for selling

I already finished the 1st step yesterday, so today I am going to price everything – which seems super do-able and is something I can get done in just a few minutes!

Health:

  1. figure out which workout I want to do today (run? fitness blender? walk? bike ride? yoga?)
  2. put on my workout clothes (this always helps me get started)
  3. charge up my phone and pick a playlist
  4. do the workout

Step 1 seems like something I can incorporate into my morning ritual and it won’t take very much time or effort. I love that!

Tell me:

What is a big goal you have for yourself this week? Can you break it down into tinier goals? Do you think small goals are easier to work with? How do you handle the overwhelming stress of giant goals?

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A Recipe for Trigonometry

Creating & developing recipes reminds me a lot of something I did back in high school Pre-Calculus.

In short, we were given a bunch of identities and we had to use them together to make something equal something else.

They were called trigonometric identities – and we had to use them like puzzle pieces. It was difficult at first, not going to lie.

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There were a lot of failed attempts. There were a lot of times I thought I was on the right track and realized halfway through that I was headed in the wrong direction. I had to start all over again from square one.

Creating recipes is A LOT like solving these equations. I start with ingredients. I lay them all out, and I think, ‘How can I use these to make ­­­­_______?’

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I consider all of the possibilities and ways these ingredients can go together. I think of all of the ways I can utilize cooking, mixing, and manipulating. How can I chop, dice, heat, chill, etc.

The possibilities are endless – and it’s really exciting! However, it can also be extremely overwhelming. The fact that there are so many ways to tackle and create the recipe makes me question:

“What is the best and simplest way I could do this?”
“Which would require minimal effort?”
“How could I use the least amount of ingredients?”
“How can I make this easy for people to understand?”

Once I figure out what I want to do & how I will do it – I have to begin the process. I have to test it out and see if my ingredients + process will actually perform well together and will give me a satisfying food in the end.

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Sometimes, it works out perfectly.

I only have to prepare it once, photograph it, and get it ready for the blog because it tastes great and I feel confident that others will enjoy, too!

Other times, it’s a disaster!

I have to stop halfway through and start over. I have to re-evaluate what‘s going on, what I want the end product to be, and create a new game-plan.

In the end, I finish everything up and I am satisfied with how I used the ingredients, the process and steps for the recipe, and of course, the end product is delicious!

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So what does this have to do with Trigonometry?

EVERYTHING. Equating Trig Functions feels the same way creating recipes feels.

The frustration, the creativity, the rigor, the requirement to start over halfway through because of failure, the satisfaction at the end – it is all there.

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Here’s an example of this type of trig equation.

If you have difficulty following along – just remember – it’s like making up a recipe!

I start with some givens – which are referred to as “trig identities” – like ingredients.

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I have to use these identities together to prove that two things are equal.

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At the end, once I figure out the best, simplest way to solve the puzzle (again there are TONS of possibilities to tackle this equation), I have a clean, neat answer – so satisfying!

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Tell Me:

Have you ever created a recipe before? Did you feel these same emotions and go about it this way – that is, like a puzzle?

Let me know what you think – I’d love to hear your input!

There aren’t enough STEM related posts about food (are there any?).

It can answer the age-old question math students are always asking – “When am I ever going to have to use this?”

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Cold Feet & A Mathematical Proof

We’ve all been there, right?

On the verge of something new.
About to make a huge leap into the unknown.
Waiting in purgatory between the old life + the new.

Real talk – that’s where I am. We are about 6 weeks away from leaving our home in Minnesota to start on our grand, new adventure – and our feet are frozen – literally (as in, there is an insane snowstorm happening right now) and figuratively (we’re a little terrified).

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I realize the best way to lay this all out and really evaluate what’s going on is to write + find solutions.

At the very least, that’s what always seemed to help me when I was getting my bachelor’s degree in math. I would take a look at the assignment or what I had to prove – and I would just write the beginning of the problem, or the “givens”, down.

I would write exactly what I saw happening and let my mind relax for a second. Then I would try to figure out how to solve or prove what I needed to.

By the time I finished writing the assignment down, I would usually have an idea regarding how I could approach the solution.

Although it didn’t always work out so magically, it always helped in some way – and it definitely made me feel like I had more control, concentration, and grasp on the situation.

If I still couldn’t complete it, at least I had a memory of what I would need to eventually do (writing really helps me remember things, does it do the same for you?).

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So that’s what I am doing here today, I’m going to write down the problem, and let the solution flow.

And just maybe, by the end, I’ll have completed my proof – full circle.

*fingers (and toes) are crossed*

Maybe, by the end, I can add the triumphant “Q.E.D.”

This stands for “quod erat demonstrandum”, which is typically written at the end of mathematical proofs to indicate it’s completion.


T H E   P R O O F

So let’s begin, shall we?

  1. Given the following, prove that you must try out another lifestyle and leave Minnesota.

Givens:

  • We must leave Minnesota
  • We want to travel
  • We do not have any financial ties
  • Our lease is ending
  • We want to try new things

A few months ago, we put the idea of moving out there. We wondered what life would be like as travelers and together, we decided that we wanted it to be our future – more than anything else.

We told our friends, family, and even wrote about it here. We have been extremely excited. We know this is our future – and we know this will happen.

Since telling the world about our plans, weeks have passed. We have 2 goals in mind at this point – save money & sell our stuff. In my opinion, we’ve been doing a great job a this. Both Todd & I have been working a TON and have serious financial goals in mind that we are driven to achieve.

So here’s the problem in the middle of my proof.

Here’s where I see the sticky situation.

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We are about 6 weeks away from moving. Need I remind you we still don’t know exactly where we are going? A little scary – but to be honest, it’s the least of my worries.

What’s really hitting us right now is the fact that life, here, in Rochester, MN, is very easy. It’s affordable, we both have great jobs, the Spring, Summer, and Fall are breathtaking, and we love our house.

The other morning, my first thoughts when I woke up were, “It’s going to be so weird to not have a home, to not have a base, to not have a place with all of our stuff… with our set permanent life.” It seemed unsettling.

You can see the issue now, right?

We want a challenge – in fact we’re craving the challenge our future is holding for us, but there is a part of us wants to be in this comfort zone.

A few nights ago, a friend asked us, “what are you most excited about?”

Our responses:

  • not having so much “stuff”
  • only having our essentials
  • feeling refreshed
  • traveling
  • collecting moments
  • discovering new places to hike and enjoy outside
  • discovering and trying new hobbies

We can’t have these things if we stay in our comfort zone.

We can’t have these things if we try to keep our toes warm in Minnesota (ironic oops).

We can’t have these things if we just decide that math problems and proofs are too hard – or they’re over our head and we can’t even try to tackle them.

If we really want these things – we have to scavenge for solutions and make this work. The best things in life aren’t easy – everyone’s heard that before.

We just have to work through this and acknowledge the truths and desires we have within us.

Q.E.D.

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Do you have a complicated life version of a mathematical proof?
Let me help you out!

P.S. This is, for real, how I get my students to write proofs in Geometry.

How to Write Your Own Proof

  1. Start by writing your givens.
  2. Leave some blank space.
  3. Write your final solution.
  4. Figure out what’s really preventing you from solving the proof? What is the actual problem. What does this missing piece of your puzzle need to tell you?
  5. If you don’t already have a good idea of ways you can fill in your proof’s blank space. Search for ideas – call a friend, look at social media, search hashtags, use google, search for it on pinterest, ANYTHING. Ideas will come and be sporadic but eventually they will bind and mesh together and take you to the final destination of your proof.Here’s an easy example to get you started:

    I want pizza, I can’t eat gluten, my car broke down & I can’t go to the store.

    I’m about to eat some pizza.

    Now go find out how to get some pizza!!

TELL ME!

I’d love to see what proofs you come up with, too! Share below – even if it’s incomplete. Me & my followers might be able to help you out!

Also, did you like this post? I have been thinking about taking a turn with my blog and covering more lifestyle topics with a mathematical twist!

Let me know what you think.

 

February Footprint Wrap Up | Month of Trash

Before you read: You are entitled to your own opinion, but please do not throw in harsh judgments or rude remarks about my journey through trying to reduce my waste & plastic use. Know that this post, above anything else, is a personal assessment of my learning process and it is cultivating and evolving. I am my own person and I don’t learn by criticism -peace.

A few years ago, I worked at a local co-op / health food store. I worked in the kitchen and, of course, we had TONS of waste. One thing I really admired about working there was the emphasis the whole store had on composting and recycling. Prior to this, I had never worked in a food business that cared about the environment so much that they took waste / eco precautions (other than separating cardboard boxes from other trash).

In the kitchen, we had 3 waste bins – compost, recycle, and other waste. Behind the store, there was a massive container (the size of a truck bed), a big dumpster, and a small dumpster. The large container was for compost, the big dumpster for recycling, and the small for all other waste.

This really took me by surprise – is it really possible that we can potentially send that little waste out to landfills?

Why are dumpsters and trash bins filled to the brim in so many households by the end of the week?

It’s so easy to not let this happen.

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It made me reevaluate my waste at home. I was always consciously thinking about what waste would go in which container – and how easy it would be if I just composted myself.

Flash-forward to February this year – I wanted to do something different. I wanted to finally see how much I could do to reduce my waste. You can read about my intentions for this month here.

First thing I did? I assessed where I was. I looked at what I was wasting – what I had and didn’t use – and what I had that could be reused before I tossed it.

Here’s a rundown of the things I did differently this month:

  • I got a compost bin!
    • As you probably know already, I cook – so much. And it’s mostly raw vegetables and fruits, too. I started putting all of my scraps in my compost bin instead of tossing them in the trash bin. My friend helped dig a hole in my garden to throw the scraps in for now (because it’s still frozen outside and I can’t make a pile outdoors).
  • I started reusing bags from food products.
    • A surprising amount of the food we get comes in plastic bags WITH A ZIPPER. That means I can reuse it. My goal was to get at least one extra use out of it before tossing it. I used it for saving leftovers, packing lunches, etc.
  • I donated a lot of unused items / clothes.
    • Although the primary reason for doing this was because I am moving, it was a great way to avoid tossing household items and clothes and having them up-cycled and given to a new home.
  • I reduced food waste by…
    • Looking at my fridge and product and figuring out what was going to go bad first. I tried cooking those things and preserving the fresher foods so that I avoided letting anything go bad before it was used.
  • I timed a lot of my showers
    • I didn’t always do this, but when I remembered to, I made sure I put on a few songs and limited the number of songs I heard while in the shower to just a few – less than 5-8 minutes in.
  • I stopped washing my clothes…
    • After wearing them only once. I used to be really bad at this with pants, shirts, and sweaters

Here are some things I wish I had done differently & I aim to do in the future:

  • Spend even less time in the shower
  • Buy more food products that did not come in plastic
  • Compost more waste – research what I can / cannot compost
  • Drive less / bike + walk more
  • Donate more clothes & unwanted items
  • Spent more time outdoors
  • Reused plastic that I obtained more often

As a wrap up, I’m glad I challenged myself this month, but I know there is still (always) more that I can do.

Let Me Know:

Have you tried anything lately to reduce your waste? Let me know! I need some more ideas and I want to try more things out!

Surviving a Snow Day

We’ve been getting a lot of snow days here in Minnesota. It seems like they cancel school (which is where I work) once every other week!

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When snow days happen, it’s not just because it snowed / is snowing- its because the road conditions are either too dangerous in the morning or will be too dangerous in the afternoon for busses and transportation to & from schools.

For me, that can sometimes mean I’m stuck inside the house all day and avoiding getting on the messy roads.

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Have you experienced this before? Days where you just can’t get out – whether its because of bad weather, you’re just not feelin’ it, or you’re unable to?

I’ve brought together my best ideas and things to do on days like this. Accomplishing small & easy goals like these will help you turn your whole day around and make you feel a lot better about taking the day off and being cooped up!

Top 20 Activities for a Snow Day

  1. paint something
    • Create something amazing – even if you don’t know what you’re doing and you have no end product in sight, it will still be fun and you can learn fro the experience. You could also draw & color if you don’t have the best supplies.
  2. organize your kitchen items
    • Go through your dishes, cooking ware, and/or cabinets
  3. venture out for a walk
    • Put on your most practical outfit and head out for a walk – around the block is great & down the street is better!
  4. make yourself some hot tea & cozy up with an old book
    • Or read a new one if you’ve got it at home. You can also look online for free eBooks too!
  5. raid your pantry
    • Dig through your food supply and find something you forgot about. Try to create a recipe with it using only what you already have at home!
    • You can search online for ideas, too (for example, I googled “cream of mushroom and sweet potatoes” – and found a great soup recipe)
  6. look for items to sell / donate
    • Box it up, bag it up, load it in the car for the next time you get out.Post pictures of items that you can sell online (Facebook groups, resale apps, etc).
  7. do some yoga & stretching
    • Freestyle on your own or follow a guided routine on Youtube – like this one.
  8. bullet journal / write something
    • Look online for bullet journal ideas & for creative writing prompts.
  9. play a game or do a puzzle
    • dust off your old games & puzzles and give them another shot
  10. declutter your phone & computer
    • clear history
    • get rid of apps & programs you rarely use
    • re organize your desktop & home screen
    • physically clean your devices – they are disgusting!
    • empty the trash on your computer
    • back up photos from your phone
    • delete old files on your computer
  11. give pinterest another shot
    • It’s still going strong, guys! People are still super active and posting lots of useful information and cool lookin’ content!
  12. rearrange your living room
    • You’ll surprise yourself with your design skills and you’ll be left feeling refreshing and accomplished!
  13. clean up your social media
    • Weed out the baddies on social media and unfollow accounts that you don’t recognize, make you feel bad, don’t interest you anymore
    • Bonus: find accounts that make you happy and inspire you to be a better version of yourself
  14. take a long relaxing bath and unplug for 30 minutes
  15. watch those documentaries you’ve had on your list
    • my current reccomendations?
      • A Tiny House Documentary
      • Planet Earth II
      • Jim and Andy
      • Minimalism
      • What the Health
  16. download a language learning app
    • Brush up on the language you learned a bit of in high school
    • Duolingo is my favorite app!
  17. take a nap
    • When was the last time you were granted this wonderful opportunity? TAKE IT
  18. find a blog you love
    • I wasn’t too familiar with the blogging world before I started my own. As it turns out, there are millions of blogs out there and there are hundreds that are most likely appealing to you!
    • Message me or comment what you’re into for some references to some amazing blogs!
  19. window shop on rental apps, realty websites, and airbnb
    • I’ve been doing this forever and I use the apps to compile lists – just in case I ever go or move to these places!
    • They also give me inspiration for my home in the far future!
    • If you do end up booking a place with airbnb, you can use my code!
  20. make a calendar, plan, and grocery list for eating for the week
    • If you feel like you aren’t able to make one for yourself, you can download mine for free here!

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10 Tips for Starting Fresh & Decluttering

0CCE6210-F856-460F-9296-CC4FBB147C2FDo you have a lot of stuff in your home that’s weighing your mood down? Is it preventing your home from its full potential? Do you find it hard to relax when you’re home?

Are you thinking about getting rid of everything and starting over somewhere new?

You’ve come to the right place! Here are 10 tips for decluttering your space.

You can use these tips for something as simple as...

simply decluttering your permanent space in which you currently dwell.

Or for something more extreme, like...

getting rid of practically everything you own and never turning back.

That being said, let me tell you a little about myself – the extreme method!

At the end of April, my husband and I will be moving out of our 2 bedroom duplex and far far away from Minnesota.

Let me be a little more clear… we are getting rid of all of our stuff and we’re going to drive our car across the country and pursue the life of a traveling surgical tech (similar to that of a traveling nurse… and I’m comin’ too). We’ll be living in various furnished places – months at a time – and then moving onto the next!

You can read more about our move here & here.

Whether you’ve chosen to stick with your current home, or to jump into something new, we’ve compiled this list of dos & don’ts that will help you declutter and rid yourself of the messy sticky stuff surrounding your presence at home.

  1. Don’t Let Yourself get Overwhelmed
    I say this to myself everyday. You cannot get stressed. It ONLY makes things worse. Imagine: a chicken with its head chopped off running around a pile of clothes – that’s you as a stressed person with all of your crap in your house.

    • The absolute best way to sort this chaos within your head is to make a calendar. DO IT.
    • Use a gigantic poster board, fill out a planner, use a regular plain old 8.5 x 11 printer paper. No matter the medium, it will help you organize your goals and figure out how you will do everything.
    • Tip: Have your household brainstorm & compile ideas for things you can get done slowly over time. Or just do it on your own! Pick dates for goals. Throw the to-do ideas on the calendar and cross ’em off when completed!

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  1. Keep More Money
    Save as much money as possible. Make as much money as possible. Pay off your debts. Get a second job. Become a ride share driver. Lower your cost of living. Buy cheaper groceries (dry goods, cheaper grocery store, & bulk sections).

    • Todd & I made goals awhile back that we’d pay off our credit card, medical bills, and blah blah blah boring adult stuff like that before we move.
      Our thoughts are, “A fresh financial start will feel so good without all the money woes.”

 

  1. Get Rid of Things You Don’t Need
    Yeah OBVI! That’s what this post is about.
    So, you gotta scentsy warmer? some crusty scuba gear you never use? broken laundry baskets that have stabbed you x too many times? a handful of spoons that are a little scraped up on the sides and it makes eating cereal relatively miserable? books you will never re-read? a sad dead plant? a bowed out mirror that makes you look like tweedle dum? $3 Mossimo shirt you got because it was $3 and it somehow got shorter and wider? an IKEA LACK table that you have literally never cared about? GET IT OUT ALL OF YOUR LIFE.

    • Better yet, ask yourself “is this a practical item that i need long term? does it have extremely sentimental value? is it irreplaceable?” was the answer no? you know what to do.
    • Keep the letters, pictures and the art people made you. Stuff like that IS irreplaceable!! Todd & I have a little box full of sentimental stuff and I don’t think I could ever get rid of it. Emphasis on little box.

 

  1. Pay Attention to what You Use
    Throughout your daily life, ask yourself: “Is this something I know will be handy and I will want to use a lot?”
    Make a list as you go of these things you know you’ll really want to keep.

    • As I was getting dressed, I thought, “this flannel is a comfortable layer and it goes great with almost everything I own – I think I’ll keep this”, or, “this pullover is very warm and I can see myself having it long-term and getting good use out of it.”
    • I used my food processor – “this is replaceable and I don’t need it in the immediate future – I plan on getting rid of it.”

 

  1. Make a Budget
    Sounds boring, but it’s actually secretly fun and it makes things seem ALOT more approachable and goal oriented – just like making that calendar. Make an ongoing budget / list of items you know you will most likely need to buy.

    • For us, we will be camping between our living destinations. So we will need to scout out some essentials (i.e. sleeping bag, organizing tubs for the car, dry goods, emergency kits, etc.)
    • For you, this could mean getting good quality furniture that can help you organize things you do want to keep.

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  1. Sell Sell Sell
    Use local Facebook groups (safer and more personal than craigslist), OfferUp, and even eBay if you’re willing to put in extra effort for shipping.

    • For example, today I posted 12 items in a Facebook group and made around $150. It is way easier than you think!
    • It brings in extra money and it feels so empowering to get rid of it AND have some extra cash in your pocket. Record and note how much money you’re pulling in from all this – you’ll be surprised.

 

  1. Donate
    Donate what you can’t sell. There are plenty of drop off locations + centers that would love to be graced by your beloved belongings!

 

  1. Start with Small Goals
    You’ll feel accomplished when you reach smaller goals.
    You’ll also be motivated to accomplish more!

    • Ex: On 12/4/2018, I will get rid of 5 clothing items.
    • Ex: On 12/6/2018, I will take pictures and post my old bike on Offer Up.

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  1. Don’t Procrastinate
    Waiting until the last minute = putting yourself in a bad position on purpose. Why would you do that to yourself?!

    • You get to decide how smoothly this transition will go! So make it harmonious!

 

  1. Trust the Process
    It will all work out and it will feel so invigorating to have a fresh clean slate.

    • Have cold feet? Sometimes I feel nervous about our move. In the end, I have to trust that everything that happens to me is the best thing that can happen to me!

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