3 Different Challenges From Living Well, Living Less For October and Beyond

Ruth Soukup
I am sharing 3 Challenges that Ruth offers for the month of October.
You can pick one or work on 2 or all 3.
Taking tips from all of them.
That is what I am working on.

I know I am limited in what I do right now anyhow.
Yet, I need and want to focus on getting things RIGHT for Danny and I.

For me.

So I am taking what I can from each of the 3 challenges. Reading everything I can.
I have time for that.
Implementing them will take some doing. I will be doing almost everything ON MY OWN.

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I will read and learn and try what I can.
Then in November I can strive for even more.

I won’t worry about Thanksgiving week. I certainly won’t worry about December.
If I can get Danny to DO anything I will gladly say YES.
December is My Birthday, Christmas Eve, Christmas New Years Eve  Then We have New Year Day and  January 3 his Danny’s Birthday.
A Christmas Party at Work. Tree Trimming At home.

After The Holidays though :
Watch Out.
I will have read everything possible. Tried a few things. I will have a head start

I am really excited about this challenge even though we are doing it differently.
WE means ME…..Sighing as I am writing this.
Danny is too stressed out to even approach him with something like this.
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I will Use the guidelines from this now. Come January, I will be ready to ACT ON THEM.

I would love to be in a position where we had enough food in our freezer and pantry to go a few months without having to go to the grocery store.
Ruth’s plan here is to use what you already have stocked up in your pantry and freezer.
You can buy necessities like toilet paper or do emergency repairs. Weekly/by weekly milk and produce runs are ok. ”
That is what I will do my best to do. For my end of things.
Danny is still going to get his wine. He is getting the cheap jug anyway.
He will get his snacks for work and we will have a few for after he gets home from work. We value those times.
I am planning more veggies though and fewer chips.
I make my own dips anyway so that has helped us a lot.
I am getting 4 cases of Diet Pepsi.
ONLY. That is going to be hard for me.
I need to cut back anyway.
If Danny asks me if I want to go to AllStar’s before we go to Walmart, I will say NO.
I often do anyway.
Danny doesn’t always ask.
No eating out after my Doctor Visits. I should be ok there.

It will be hard because I NEED TO GET OUT.
I do enjoy the food but then I eat things I can’t eat at home and shouldn’t eat out.

I will miss just getting out with Danny.

We are getting busy at the park so that takes up more and more time. I pray I can get back there soon.


“For one whole month, we’ll focus on practical ways to rethink our spending habits and discover new ways to use the things we have. We’ll start by planning what we’ll eat, since it is hard to think about anything else when you’re hungry! We’ll then focus on getting our homes in order, creating a soothing space where we enjoy spending our time. From there we will look at ways to creatively use the things we already have on hand, as well as fun ways to get the things we need for free and even make more money. We’ll finish our challenge by looking ahead to the future, since the whole point is to set ourselves up for long-term success.

If you’re nervous about joining because you’ve already made commitments for October, or because you have a birthday or special event planned, or because you don’t have enough food on hand to last a whole month, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered! On Day 1 we account (and budget) for any of those special circumstances, so you can still participate in the challenge without any guilt about “cheating.”

“Then, beginning October 1st, you’ll receive 31 practical and easy to implement daily ideas for planning your meals, getting your home in order, and becoming more creative—all without spending a dime.”
Read more at http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2015/09/29/get-ready-for-31-days-of-living-well-spending-zero-last-minute-details/#iiT5s5PP8Ar0JFm6.99

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There are 3 Different Challenges To Choose From In ALL. The one I have been talking about .  1.Living Well Spending ZERO
2.Living Well Spending LESS
(This one should be very easy TO WORK ON.)
3. 31 Days To A Clutter Free Life
(This one will be a lot harder. Danny is a pack rat. I love THINGS ….Nick Knacks . I like Journals and Notebooks. I won’t give those up.
I want to get rid of the CLUTTER IN OUR LIVES.
Outside clutter. )

“What if, a month from now, your life could be different?

  • What if you could reset your finances & kick start your budget?
  • What if you could find less heartache & less stress, but more joy & peace in your life?
  • What if you could organize & declutter every room in your home?

Here at LWSL, we believe that while month isn’t a long time, it is long enough to make a big difference.  

As such, we have developed several different 31 Day challenges for you to choose from.

The first is called 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero, and focuses on an entire month of no spending (except on the barest essentials.)  Over the years, this challenge has become a monthly event here at LWSL, with thousands of readers participating at any given time.”31 Days of LWSZ graphic gray

“Our second challenge is called 31 Days of Less & More, and was hosted together with Edie of Life in Grace.  I’ve provided the 31 Days of Less–less heartache, less stress, and less stuff–while she focuses on the 31 Days of More–more joy, more peace, and more contentment.  Our posts were written to be read together each day and included a common challenge for each day.    You can find this series here.”

31 Days of Less & More. Join this month long, life-changing challenge to fill your life with less heartache but more joy, less stress but more peace, and less stuff but more contentment. Starts October 1st.....are you in?

31 Days of Less

 I am going to like this one.
Really like it. Sarah

“Part 1: Why Less? {Why More?}

Day 1: Less Heartache {More Joy

Day 2: Less Fear {More Courage}

Day 3: Less Bitterness {More Forgiveness}

Day 4:  Less Comparison {More Self Confidence}

Day 5: Less Self-Centeredness {More Service}

Day 6: Less Discord {More Harmony}

Day 7: Less Anxiety {More Rest}

Day 8: Less Judgment {More Acceptance}

Day 9: Less Disappointment {More Wonder}

Day 10:  Less Greed {More Generosity}

Day 11: Less Discontentment {More Gratitude}

Part 2: Less Stress {More Peace}

Day 12: Less Social Media {More Friendship}

Day 13: Less Email {More Hand Written Notes}

Day 14: Less Smart Phone {More Communication}

Day 15: Less Television {More Reading}

Day 16: Less Running Around {More Nesting}

Day 17: Less Mindless Spending {More Passionate Living}

Day 18: Less Catch-Up {More Planning}

Day 19: Less Sugar {More Cooking}

Day 20: Less Caffeine {More Exercise}

Day 21: Less Tension {More Patience}

Part 3:  Less Stuff {More Contentment}

Day 22: Less Paper Clutter {More Filing}

Day 23: Less Closet Chaos {More Closet Order}

Day 24: Less Kitchen Disorder {More Pretty Pantries}

Day 25: Less Bathroom Junk {More Personal Care}

Day 26: Less Bedroom Clutter {More Intimacy}

Day 27: Less in the Garage {More Utility Space}

Day 28: Less Craft Mess {More Creativity}

Day 29: Less Surface Clutter {More Meaningful Art}

Day 30: Less Holiday Overkill {More Memories}

Day 31: Less Coming In {More Contentment}”

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31 Days of Less & More

From Edie On:
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From Edie:
“Welcome to 31 Days of Less & More!   Ruth and I are so excited to share this series with you, and we truly hope and pray this will be an amazing, life-changing month for you…and us!  We will be encouraging lots of support and discussion on our Facebook pages, so be sure to “like” both Living Well Spending Less and Life in Grace on Facebook if you don’t already!

This is the overview page where you will be able to find all the links to each day’s posts.  All of the “Less” posts are found on Living Well Spending Less, while all of the “More” posts can be found here at Life in Grace.  Be sure to bookmark this page so that you can easily find a post or a challenge!http://www.lifeingraceblog.com/2013/09/31-days-of-moreday-1-why-more/



Less.  Of everything.

I sat kinda quiet and pondered the trend of LESS.   Maybe I’m just a rebel but I found myself conflicted.  I have watched my favorite people in the world (Ruth included) embrace simplicity and a lifestyle of  LESS in every way and I feel a twinge of guilt as I sit in my office;  home to no less than a thousand books.  I have more than enough of everything and it haunts me at times.  Ironically, though, I’m no stranger to less.  I grew up in a world of less and then lost  everything in a house fire a few years ago.  I always feel like the other shoe is about to drop.  I could get rid of more stuff, no doubt.  I could and I often do.  But having less doesn’t magically bring contentment and peace.  It’s not the answer, in and of itself to what ails our hearts and minds.   If we’re not careful to evaluate our motives,  LESS just becomes our next idol.  Welcome to the wonderful paradox and tension of being human.

We are so easily swept up into the predominating waves and trends of our day.  Or at least I am.  Our grandparents and great grandparents lived through the depression and so they were mercilessly frugal.  Our parents enjoyed the kind of economy that made hoarding even possible and they taught us to be consumers.  We push back and rage against the machine and get rid of  all our stuff, often to fill the void with something else.  What I think is more important is the why question.

Why do we do what we do?  

Why do we over consume?

 And is minimalism always or even necessarily

My portion of the series will provide a little push back to Ruth’s LESS— giving some thoughts and suggestions on what we could use more of in our lives.  What can we do with our selves, our stuff, our homes—to better serve those around us? Can we use our MORE and our LESS to serve our families and our world better?”


Commit to joining us for 31 days of Less & More!  Public accountability is a powerful motivator, so we strongly encourage you to let others know that you are IN!  Leave a comment below or on the Lifeingrace Facebook Page.  Even better, post about this challenge on your personal page so that your own friends & family can encourage and challenge you, or perhaps even join you!

  •   *   *

Are you ready for this challenge?  What are your fears or concerns?  What are you most excited about?”
31 Days of Less & More. Join this month long, life-changing challenge to fill your life with less heartache but more joy, less stress but more peace, and less stuff but more contentment. Starts October 1st.....are you in?



After a lifetime of always wanting more, I think I’ve finally come to a point where all I really want now is less.  Less distraction, less stress, less heartache, less stuff.  At the same time what I truly crave is purpose, joy, peace, and contentment.


Commit to joining us for 31 days of Less & More!  Public accountability is a powerful motivator, so we strongly encourage you to let others know that you are IN!  Leave a comment below or on the LWSL Facebook Page.  Even better, post about this challenge on your personal page so that your own friends & family can encourage and challenge you, or perhaps even join you!

  •   *   *

Are you ready for this challenge?  What are your fears or concerns?  What are you most excited about?”

Read more at http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2013/09/30/why-less-day-1/#GH8muKw89p12Atbg.99

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31 Days of Less & More. Join this month long, life-changing challenge to fill your life with less heartache but more joy, less stress but more peace, and less stuff but more contentment. Starts October 1st.....are you in?

“Our third challenge is called 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life, and offers a month of daily challenges for cleaning and decluttering every room in your home.  You can get all the details here.”

31 Days to a Clutter Free Life


“During this one-month challenge, we will:

  • Eliminate clutter in all areas of our homes and instead create functional spaces for all our family’s many activities.
  • Stop overcommitting and instead learn to say no without guilt.
  • Reduce stress in our homes and families by clearing out the excess stuff that takes up so much of our time and energy.
  • Create practical and functional storage solutions for every room in our homes.
  • Develop a working control center that keeps our entire family organized and on track.
  • Learn the four simple strategies to staying clutter free forever.

Believe me, I know all too well how stressful it can be to have a home packed to the gills, with an overbooked schedule to match!   After years of overspending caused nothing but a house full of chaos, I finally realized it was time for a massive change. I’ve started clearing my house of clutter, and this summer, (FROM SARAH- WINTER) you can too. Over the course of thirty-one simple but powerful daily assignments, this 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life challenge will empower and inspire all of us to clear our lives of the clutter that is filling up our homes, minds, and schedules, once and for all.

Clutter doesn’t have to control our live”

Read more at http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/clutterfreelife/#VWaOz5jOhPxKqgzR.99

15 Comments Add yours

  1. skullfunk says:

    You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I
    find this topic to be really something which I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me.
    I am looking forward for your next post, I
    will try to get the hang of it!


  2. I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your website. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for
    me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme?
    Exceptional work!


  3. belinda o says:

    Oops — delete that comment. I forgot it was public. Not a big deal if your readers see it, because none of them are likely to know my family, but I shouldn’t leave it out there.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I want to congratulate you on what you have here Sarah. It shows a lot of hard work and dedication. May all your efforts be mightily rewarded!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I really appreciate you saying that.
      It’s a lot of fun as well. Have a great rest of the weekend. 🙂


      1. Many thanks and many blessings to you Sarah.


  5. Thank you my Sarah for this post. It will really help to think about on things. I hope and pray all your goals will be achieved. Please bear in mind you have a friend here and I will always be here. Love lots – Shine 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I love knowing you are there. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I love to know you love me being here for you 🙂 Love lots-Shine. 🙂

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  6. belinda o says:

    Okay, I admit, I didn’t read everything here, but enough of it to hit home with me. I’ve already committed to ridding my little apartment of a lot of clutter, as well as (perhaps especially) my storage unit….so I’ll need to re-read some of this!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. There is a lot to read and I would have been surprised if you had read it all.
      I am getting a lot out of all three of them.

      Liked by 1 person

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