52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week 46


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As I said last week I worked ahead this month to make sure that I reached my goal despite a busy end to the month.

week 46 beforeWhat I want to do first in the attic is make room to actually walk and sort through things. Last week I cleared enough space to put a recycling  bin, and a giveaway box.  This week I wanted to make a walk way through what is the biggest of the 3 wings of our attic.

I again snapped a picture before I began and then started up a podcast that was longer than 30 minutes and dug in.

week 46 doneBy the time the podcast finished I didn’t quite have a walk way through the entire wing but I was really close.

week 46 giveaway pileweek 46 giveaway pileI gave quite a bit away from this section of the attic and am feeling very good about my progress.

What area of your home did you declutter this week?

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Why The Tiny House Movement Has Me Wanting To Purge Deeper


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Lately I just can’t wait for Friday night to arrive! As soon as the house is tidied up for the day I hit the couch with the iPad set up on a stand in front of me and my knitting needles in my hands.

Other nights I skip the couch and head straight to bed where I prop up the iPad and snuggle deep under the covers–to watch episode after episode of Tiny House Nation & Tiny House Property Hunters on the FYI app.

Tiny House Living shows are altering my thoughts on possessions and clutter in a good way.

Yes, I am one of those people who is caught up in the Tiny House craze and it has me wanting to purge my home of possessions, even more than I already have during this year of decluttering an area of my home each and every week.

Why The Tiny House Movement Has Me Wanting To Purge Deeper

The Movement Shows It Is Possible To Live With Less

In the show Tiny House Nation the show host always visits the couple who they are building the tiny house for and laments over all the stuff they own and starts right away encouraging them to scale down their possessions.

Some soon to be tiny house owners have just a few things to get rid of, others have rooms and rooms of stuff to purge.

Yet at the end of the show when the TV crew visits them after 30 days of living in their new tiny home few seem to miss any of the possessions they donated, sold or threw away so that they could fit in such a tiny space.

In fact, at the end of more than a handful of tiny house living shows I hear the new house owners say, ” You won’t believe how much more stuff we have tossed since moving in,” but in the beginning of the episode they didn’t know how they were going to live with less.

The Movement Stresses Relationship Building Over Empire Building

When watching Tiny House Property Hunters I hear the house hunters say again and again that they are choosing a tiny home because it gives them more hours to be with those they love.

A tiny home comes with either a smaller mortgage or no mortgage, which means less hours need to be worked to pay it–and a tiny house is less square feet to maintain. Less maintenance frees up work hours.  Less square feet also means you have less room for possessions and therefore own less and spend less time cleaning, sorting, and maintaining your possessions.

All these things give you more time to spend building memories with those you love.

 Why These 2 Elements Of Tiny House Living Have Awakened A Desire In Me To Purge Deeper

I thought after 52 weeks of decluttering an area a week I would feel like I had truly simplified my possessions as much as possible. But after starting my tiny house TV show obsession I am looking around my home going, “We still have way too much.”

If a 300 square foot home can appear homey and spacious, surly my 2000 square foot home can too! And that has been my goal all along–to have a home that has a spacious feeling. But even after almost 52 weeks of decluttering, I have not yet reached my goal.

We still have things in boxes on the floor because they don’t have homes. I need to purge the cabinets we have deeper so I can give everything a home.

More important than a light and airy home environment though is my desire for more time to spend with loved ones.

I want to spend less time moving junk and more time outside moving with the ones I love (running, biking, kayaking, rollerblading, exploring, camping). I want to spend less time maintaining items and more time maintaining strong relationships  with those I love, as well as building new ones.

Which is why next year I am going to do another decluttering series to help me get rid of even more possessions. I am not giving out all the details yet, but let me tell you this series is going to challenge me to purge deep.

Have you become obsessed with tiny house living too? Is it changing your thoughts on how many possessions you truly need? Let me know in the comments below.

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6 Ways To Turn $6 Into The Money Making Mom Business Of Your Dreams


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Crystal sent me a copy of her new book Money Making Mom and a few treats.

How to start your Money Making Mom venture with just $6

One of the treats included was a jar of Jolly Ranchers and when my daughter opened it (hey, I am a mom, I rarely get to open my own gifts–especially if they are edible) she found a roll of dollar bills. 6 dollar bills to be exact. Why did Crystal include cash? Look at the cover of the book and I think you can see how the gift and the book relate perfectly.

That six dollars got me thinking. How could one take $6 and slowly grow a thriving business over time?

6 ways to turn six dollars into the money making mom business of your dreams

6 Ways To Turn $6 Into The Money Making Mom Business Of Your Dreams

1. Flip It

You can take the $6 and go to a yard sale or a thrift store in search of an item that is under valued. Clean the undervalued item up and resell it on eBay for a profit. Take that money and buy more undervalued products and repeat over and over until you are making enough to take a portion out of the profits each week for yourself.

Continue on this path if you are finding you love reselling items for a profit or until you have enough money to start the business that better suits your passions and talents.

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2. Blog It

If you get in on a  good domain name sale you can buy a domain with that $6 and then start on a free blog platform like Blogger. I know WordPress is the preferred blogging platform but I have seen some amazingly successful bloggers that have either started on Blogger and switched later or they find they love it so much they stick with it.

For how to start making money from that blog check out

3. Buy Poster Board & A King Sized Sharpie

No, you are not creating a job out of drawing caricatures at the local park. Unless you are very artistic, if so–go for it! Why I am having you buy bright poster board and a king sized sharpie? You are going to host a huge yard sale. (psst…my local dollar store sells both items for $1 each. Yours probably does too).

Spend a week going through your home room by room, possession by possession and be ruthless. Put everything you can in a sell pile. Take a week cleaning up the stuff in the sell pile and finding out appropriate yard sale prices for it in your area. Then use the poster board and sharpie to make awesome yard sale signs to place in key areas in your neighborhood. You can be thrifty and cut them in half and still make decent signs out of them–double the signs for half the price.

Advertise your sale on Facebook in yard sale groups, on your personal page, and ask your friends to share your status (make sure you set it to public so it has the most eyes on it). You can also list your yard sale for free on Craigslist.

Use all the proceeds from the sale to fund your business idea.

For more ideas on hosting a great yard sale, see my best tips that have caused me to have sales as profitable  as $600 in one day.

4. Craft It

If you have made someone a handmade gift before and they won’t stop raving about it, chances are you might have a product that will sell. Use the $6 to buy craft supplies (here is an article I wrote about how to save money on them which should help stretch that $6 further). Sell your finished product at a profit and reinvest, buying enough supplies to make more than one. Repeat and repeat and soon you should have enough to buy in bulk and create in bulk.

Not sure where to sell your handmade items?

Start with this simple way to sell your crafts.

If you have just the right environment this idea might work for you too.

Once you have more than just one item (I heard 40 items is a good number to start with) look into selling on Etsy or Shopify. Both are low cost platforms for craft sellers. Here is a great eBook I read on starting your own Etsy shop and if this idea interests you, check out The Brilliant Business Mom’s website & podcast where they often give Etsy shop tips but they also talk about all other sorts of businesses as well .

5. Bank it

No, we are not being like the servant in the bible who buried the money his master gave him, although he didn’t even put it in the bank, and his master was really mad about that too since in those days they actually earned good interest on banked money–now not so much.

What I am suggesting is that you open up a bank account with that $6 and then start using Swagbucks to earn SB points that you can convert to PayPal and then through PayPal you can transfer your money to your account and pool it with your $6 and hopefully soon you will have enough money to begin your business idea.

I have readers that report earnings of $100 a month from Swagbucks so depending on the cost of getting your business it might not take that long to get the money you need.

To make the process go even faster, start using the ibotta app Receipt Hog, and Berry Cart when you shop –all 3 have a PayPal payout option. You could also buy all your online purchase through Ebates  who offer cash backs that you can cash out through Pay Pal.

Here are articles I have written to help you going with these sites and apps

A small trickle of income here and there can soon become a river--Crystal Paine says so in her book! and I have seen it happen here on my blog (my income is currently more like a small creek, but it is growing steadily)

6. Print it

In no way am I suggesting you start printing your own money–that is 100% illegal (just in case you didn’t somehow already know that).

This idea will work well for service business ideas. Perhaps you love to walk and wouldn’t mind bringing a dog or two along with you and get paid for it. Perhaps you want to provide in-home childcare. There are a tonne of service jobs out there that don’t require you to go out and buy anything right away–you simply offer your labor & time.

Whatever your service talent you could take advantage of photo deals to advertise them for under $6.

(before I go further with this idea please note: some service jobs require licenses or that special steps be followed to protect both the server and the person being served. Check with your local governing office for details before you begin)

Here is my idea, business cards can get expensive and the free deal ones always come out looking cheesy (trust me on that one). Plus, business cards get easily lost. However, recently I ordered 101 prints for free using a Shutterfly code I got from the sites Facebook page and paid less than $6 to have them shipped to my house.

What I suggest you do is make up a 4 by 6 printable using the free area of the website Pic Monkey that is a good visual representation of your business and includes all the important information in print, such as how to best contact you, your credentials, your website address, and your social media accounts.  Basically put on the printable whatever you would normally find on a business card.

You could also use a  head shot of yourself, or another picture that shows your business in action and then put the lettering on top using the font area of Pic Monkey. Just make sure it is the same size as a 4 by 6. Use google to help figure it out.

Hand out these 4 by 6 prints to people like you would a business card. Put them up on community bulletin boards. Pass them out to your neighbors who might need the service your provide or know someone who does.

Don’t forget to also take the download of the printable you made and upload it to your social media accounts to further make use of it to advertise your service.

Got another idea of how to get a business idea off the ground for just $6 or less? I would love to read about it–share it in the comment section at the bottom of this post.

How to become a money making mom

If you are serious about wanting to start an at-home business so that you can be a Money Making Mom, I highly recommend reading Money Making Mom. It will cost you more than $6 to purchase but it will pay you back in dividends–not only in money that you will make from implementing the advice Crystal shares, but in inspiration and encouragement to not just start a business, but keep at it when the going gets tough.

I have already highlighted several pages of my copy to look back at again and again on those low days when I feel like giving up on this whole work-at-home mom gig. So my suggestion, make sure you have a highlighter ready when you start reading your copy of Money Making Mom because there are going to be words in the pages of the book that you too will need to return to for a pep talk now and again.

Go Grab Your Copy Of Money Making Mom Today

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