Optimized vs. Maximized: What are you?

Hi friends! I am back today with another minimalist Monday vlog. I know that I can get in the habit of pushing  through things quickly only to pile on more tasks and before we know it our life becomes a treadmill of productivity over balance.  Often it is just busy work tricking us into thinking we are being productive. I’d rather be effective than busy. I’d rather have an optimized live than a maximized one, how about you?


I’d love to know what you think in the comments below. This year has been a turning point for me and oddly enough it started by decluttering my house using the Konmari method from The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I know it won’t work for everyone but I am so thankful for the day that I pressed play on that audio book. It might be a good gift for someone who is struggling with clutter and overwhelm. I used to be maximized and my art studio was proof of that! Do you have any good books to recommend? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!


14 Responses

  1. Love it. Bought the book and have never felt so much relief. My home is coming together with out the clutter. I find it gets very easy to give away the more you do it. This will be a life saver as I do my older brother’s house too. Thanks for the inspiration.


  2. I wish I had listened to you last year when you mentioned the book. I’ve only been tidying for a week now and what a difference. Haven’t followed the book exactly since I did books before clothes because we are having a book table at our Christmas Bazaar and I wanted to donate my art books. I have a 16 by 23 craft room with a 6 by 11 closet. I can now see the floor!!!! It makes me so happy to go into it. Right now I’m doing my Christmas ornaments and I’m happy that 80 – 85% of them give me great joy.


    • that’s great! I am waiting until we bring the totes down from the attic before I declutter christmas decorations


  3. For me it has always been optimized. Use what you have on hand as an alternative or think a way of making without use of that thing.

    There are no books that I follow but it’s more on savings in terms of ca$h. That is my major factor in what item to buy.


  4. Becoming A Minimalist by Joshua Becker. Course is through the entire house and is 6-8 weeks long.


  5. I absolutely agree! Life is way too fast-paced these days, for me, anyway. Thanks for sharing. I love your videos. 👍❣️


  6. A side note…..only a very small portion of your donations to Goodwill goes to support the needy….08 on the dollar via snopes . If you can find another charity to donate your items to, think about it. Salvation army .93cents on the dollar.


  7. So far, I am a total failure at this. Bought the books, read a little, stopped. I’m overwhelmed. I have two studios so full I can hardly move. After many calls, I was able to give some fabric, etc. to the theatre dept. of a school. Don’t know what’s next.


    • Oh Martha, you are NOT a failure, I wish I could give you a hug. I can’t tell you how many times during Konmari in my studio that I dragged all of one type of stuff and it was so bad I couldn’t walk through and I could have cried and thought “what have I done?” but at that point I just had to go forward. I took many breaks. I would get to the point where I just didn’t know what to keep or discard and so I stopped and came back the next day. You only have so many good decisions in you in a day and then you are done, you can’t decide. It is called decision fatigue. I suggest you first decided what to keep and what to let go of before trying to rehome it, take it one step at a time. There is no point in keeping something that you won’t use or don’t want just because you can’t find someone else to take it. Sometimes it means accepting your tastes changed or you made a mistake in purchasing something. Well, you paid for that mistake once, you don’t have to keep paying for it by letting it live with you.

      It takes time and a lot of work but you can do it. You just might not be ready to let go of these things yet and that’s OK. Read the whole book before diving in again and I think you will be surprised at your success. BTW the audio book was key for me, I listened while I was illustrating a book and I couldn’t work on the declutter because I had a deadline. I was so excited to start after that project was done I took off running. It was my right time. You will find yours too:)

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    • Martha, you are not a failure. This is your beginning. It will be so nice when you are done! You are just overwhelmed now. I agree with Lindsey, step away and go at it again. I don’t think you need a time limit as long as you keep at it. Once you box or bag it up,don’t look back, feel good someone else is going to use it. I had fabric for yrs because it was gorgeous and I just had to “keep”it in case….. well I never used that gorgeous fabric,got rid of it, don’t remember what it looked like and if I ever need more, “they still make gorgeous fabric”. Don’t know what else you have to get rid off but we/I can help you find avenues. Some nursing homes quilt. If you have Amish, they would use it. Get a quilt made for yourself? Please don’t give up…you will feel better when your done. Hugs,hugs,hugs…..Susan


  8. Hi there – love your ideas, you are SO clever! Do you know of an akternative to the Spray M Boss product? It really does make tough cardstock easier to die cut and use with a cutting machine – but at £18.00 a bottle it is very expensive!!


  9. I need to catch up on your videos 🙂


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