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My minimalist adventures from decluttering to letting go to #MinsGame

Handmade Ladder

Photo of my handmade ladder being used in my new...

2015 July | Minimalist Challenge Game | Day 30

There are still more things to go, but this is...

2015 July | Minimalist Challenge Game | Day 29

I have a jewelry compartment organizer full of...

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Not quite a company. This is a personal blog. My name is Chrissy. Welcome to my previously Interior Design and Organization blog that has been redesigned into a minimalist blog with some add-on interests. On this site you will find lots of pictures, projects, and things I get myself into.

I have organized most of my life – from a young child organizing my toys and dolls to organizing just about everything in my house. I have helped friends organize their homes, colleagues organize their offices, and sometimes a mixture of the two. Until a few years ago, I thought moving things around, categorizing, and putting like things together would bring about a wonderful change in surroundings, but it still kept us cluttered.

For 4 years, I worked as an electrical and computer engineer. During my employment in my two engineering jobs, I always branched out and helped with the organization work associated with my jobs: documentation, parts lists, inventory, tidy file systems for computer and paper, chronological data, data back-ups, and comprehensive manuals. The organization worked here, but simplifications of processes were what made the biggest differences.

For 3 years, I was the owner of Functional Spaces, Inc., a Professional Organizing company. I helped many people get their spaces organized, home and office alike, however, my personal safety started to be questioned, so I decided to close down the business plus there seemed to be something missing. I needed a new way of looking at the big picture of clutter. I didn’t feel like I was making a difference.

For the last 9 years, I’ve been blogging and occasionally helping friends and family with organizing their spaces. The biggest change is I have figured out through experience that reducing the clutter and general amount of stuff is the way to go. If there is less and things still need to be organized, it is far easier to find things and do the things you really want to do… not keep working on the house.

I’ve been on quite an adventure these last few years and I plan to share my past experiences along with things that happen going forward. Go Minimalism!

Thank you for visiting!

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Recent Blog Posts

July 23, 2015 |

Simple Gluten-Free Cocoa Cookies

I am all about simple recipes that only have a few ingredients. It balances out the multi-ingredient smoothies I make each day. I made these cookies today and they were awesome. With wanting chocolate and there being a shortage in the house due to going through Whole30 twice now, it was a bit of a challenge. I managed to find a recipe that worked after some modification, but that’s not new for me. I found the original recipe for these cookies looking for a quick Whole30, Paleo, and/or grain-free cookie. The original recipe included palm shortening, chocolate chips, along with a few more things I either didn’t have/wasn’t going to use. That left me with...

June 5, 2014 |

Strawberry Waffles

Ingredients 2 1/4 cups Namaste Pancake & Waffle Mix 2 eggs lightly beaten 3 Tbsp unsweetened apple sauce 3/4 cup water 2 Tbsp brown sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 1 cup crushed fresh strawberries (other fruits like blueberries or apples could work too) Directions Mix all ingredients together (I mixed them together in the order listed above). Batter will be a little thicker (reminds me of almost pancake mix). Made 8 large waffles on a George Foreman Next Grilleration grill using waffle plates. Some photos from the preparation… Crushed strawberries with the use of my new Pampered Chef Mini Mix N Chop. Mixing the crushed strawberries in with the...

April 30, 2014 |

Chocolate Berry Banana Smoothie

Main Ingredients & Deviations 70g frozen strawberries (1/2 cup) 30g frozen blueberries (1/4 cup) 30-40g frozen bananas (1/2 small) 21g Chocolate Spirutein water ice My husband and I like our smoothies slightly different, so at this point the ingredients break into two deviations: Deviation 1: 120g fat-free milk Deviation 2: 50g yogurt 70g Kefir 70g milk Directions We use an immersion blender and two blender cups so we can make two different smoothies at the same time, but a blender or smoothie maker work just fine too. Add desired ingredients to blender of choice. With the immersion blender, I tend to add the fruit, then the protein powder, and then the liquids since that...

January 28, 2014 |

A Review: Clutterfree with Kids by Joshua Becker

Between his blog, BecomingMinimalist, and his books, Joshua Becker is a wealth of knowledge about minimalism, simplifying, and decluttering through his own experiences and the shared experiences of others. Clutterfree with Kids goes far beyond what the title suggests. It delves into clutterfree in all aspects of your life, gives practical advice about reducing kid clutter and just about any other type of clutter you can think of, and really gets you thinking through the questions posed. If you feel like your stuff is getting the best of you -or- if you’ve been organizing and no matter how much you organize, you never get ahead, this book is for you. I’ve been there – through the organizing and reorganizing...

June 24, 2013 |

Cookie Bars

Our cookie recipe has mutated. I wanted to see if I could make it even easier. Achieved! I used to make the cookie mixture and then drop small teaspoons of it onto a cookie sheet, however, I wanted to see what would happen if I just spread the mixture over the baking sheet and baked it – more like making brownies – and finally truly make a bar replacement. Well, I prefer this option so much more. It is faster and I can make the bars as small or as large as I want. I actually wanted to make them really small, so this 9″x13″ sheet was divided into 80 mini bars. I tried...

May 16, 2013 |

Healthier Eating | Part 2 | Snacks

Over the last month and a half, we’ve been trying to come up with healthy snacks including desserts. We think we have some good ones. Cracker Snacks Just about anything can be placed on any type of cracker and it is deemed a snack. After some searching, I found a rice/almond cracker that is quite good – Nut Thins. We’ve tried anything from peanut butter and cheese to almond butter and jelly to lunch meats and tomatoes. These come in really handy when we need something quick to eat as we are heading out the door, before exercising, or for taking with us. Salad The wonderful thing about salads is that they can be...

April 16, 2013 |

2-Ingredient Cookie (Modified)

I just happened to go onto Facebook for some reason – maybe my after-so-many-weeks visit – and saw a friend had posted a comment about losing weight eating cookies. I just had to look to see what she was talking about. This led me to an oh-so-simple recipe that fit my want to find a no added sugar (other than the sugar in 70% bittersweet chocolate) recipe that could possibly substitute for our bars or at least get us to the point where I could come up with something on my own. The only two necessary ingredients are the quick oats and the bananas. I added the other ingredients for fun and what awesome...

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