No Spend November?

I already had plans to complete my first downsize next month, but in the spirit of minimalism (and an unquenchable desire for a challenge), I want to do a “no spend November” challenge and write about how it goes for me. I think it will be a good idea for a couple of reasons. For one, I am on a very low income right now and I really need to stop spending money. Second, I think it would be something like a “fast” and it would require me to pray, be more mindful, and appreciate spending money again in December. Maybe I can find or come up with some writing prompts to talk about during the challenge. Continue reading →

To Thrift or Not To Thrift

It’s that wonderful, yet dreadful time of the year. The time where my clothes have been worn til they’ve worn out, plus the change of the season. This fall, I am making considerably less income than any year before, so I’ve been thinking of thrifting my clothes for the fall and winter. Thrifting sounds like an adventure and a way to find decent clothes for a great price. Not to mention, thrifting is a great way to prevent waste. However, I am aware that it’s not that glamorous. The clothes are already worn, which means they may not last much longer considering the fact that I will be re-wearing them so often. I may have to visit several thrift stores to even find clothes that I find to be wearable and I could end up going to many stores and leaving empty handed.

So I’m not exactly sure about whether or not I will find my fall clothes at thrift shops or if I’ll find another way to bargain shop. Either way, I’ve got to figure it out soon because many of my clothes are going to have to go soon.

 

Anticipating My Next Downsize

 

I’m proud to say that I haven’t completely gone backwards since I picked up minimalism, but I’ve got to admit… I’ve sort of acquired some junk again. Granted, my definition of “a lot” is probably not much to the average person, I feel like I’ve got too much useless stuff and it’s getting very close to the time of my next downsize. I know I’ve got to start planning what I want to get rid of, what spaces I intend to clean out, and clear at least a couple of days ahead of time in preparation and that’s the things I’m looking forward to the least. Continue reading →

De-clutter update #5… or 6?

Well well well…

I knew I’d be blogging about my progression in minimalism, but I was surely hoping I wouldn’t be back to say that I royally screwed it up. Sorta.

Over the past year, I’ve gone through so many emotions and thoughts and I shopped to make myself feel better. My capsule wardrobe is now completely filled with lots of clothes that I do not and will not wear, my room had slowly gained clutter again, and my life was getting cluttered too. As a part of my efforts to regather myself, I am planning to go through my things and have another de-clutter session. Luckily, it shouldn’t take me even half as long as the first time did.

I’m looking back to getting back to the good habits and life outlooks that I had before. I do believe that my life is getting back on track. A little bit at a time.

 

It’s almost that tiiiiiime!

How long has it been since I wrote about switching to my capsule wardrobe? Hmm. The season’s will change in just a couple of months and I must say, I am actually looking forward to shopping! Buying new clothes is actually a lot more exciting to me since I don’t do it often. I get to pre-plan what I wanna buy, outfits I wanna make, etc…

I’m really enjoying tie-dye these days, so I’m hoping to buy 3 or 4 tie-dye kinds of shirts. I also think I’m going to keep it black this spring and summer. Besides my business professional pieces, that is. LE HAPPY has me really remembering how much I love some good old, punk, black fashion..

We’ll see though. 😉😉

Is “couponing” worth it?

I’ve heard people throwing around the words “extreme couponing” for some time now, but shopping with coupons is not something that I haven’t heard of before today. When I was a kid, I was going to ride with a friend to JapanFest (in fact I think it was my first time going) and before we left, her mom told her to put the coupon binder in the car. Well, my friend was just a kid and so she forgot, like kids do, and her mom punished us both by forcing us to leave the event early because she could not clip her coupons while she waited for us. Besides that, my only other thought of coupons are those old school dispensers that used to be in the grocery stores. I never took coupons seriously, even when I was broke. But since I decided to take this leap into my new lifestyle, the idea of shopping with coupons is beginning to seem relevant. I would really like to save as much money as I possibly can this year to prepare for my upcoming move and I’m thinking that shopping a bit frugally could support my goal. Coupons sound great to me because I’m not a huge fan of buying a bunch of cheap stuff that won’t work or last, but quality items that I can possibly buy at a discounted rate.

I don’t even know where I would start with coupons though. I’ve been recommended a couple of subscription services as well as a site called ebates. But I don’t have a clue as to how I can get into the world of couponing or if it is even really worth it. For now, it’s sort of a back-burner idea until I can get more insight, but I’ve already begun researching how I will stretch my pennies this year.

What do I do when I want more stuff

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So, my transition to a “minimalist” lifestyle has been very, very rewarding. Cleaning up only takes me about 10 minutes, I don’t miss ANY of the junk I got rid of (in fact, I can see myself getting rid of MORE junk I don’t touch), and I believe that I’ve saved money because I now think really long and hard before I bring something new into my home. I also really like to think of ways to make use of everything I already have. I was already doing this with food to save money and reduce waste and making this a part of my normal decision making has been so wonderful.

BUUUUUUTTTTT….!

Now, I sort of want some stuff.

I’m proud to say, I talked myself off of the ledge of buying more useless clothing and hair products. However, I have been wanting more makeup and make up brushes, I’ve been seriously thinkng about decorating my living room and bedroom more, I’ve been thinking about upgrading my phone and getting a new phone case, and I’ve decided that next year I will invest more time into my hobby- crafting. With that, I’ve been thinking of which specific craft I want to improve (I’m torn between sewing, jewelry making, and nail art) and then I am thinking of exactly what items I will need to purchase. Of course, these items will require storage space too..

I don’t know, I just feel like I think a little TOO hard these days about making purchases. Then again, is there even a such thing? Especially considering that 2018 is the year that I am supposed to be completing a second round of down-sizing because I am making my big move early to mid 2019.

I’ll probably do a bit of Google’ing on the topic before I buy anything… I think. But I sure do want to figure this thing out. I really, REALLY enjoy how non-cluttered my life has become since I downsized and I have no desire to live in a big mess like that again. At the same time, I don’t know how to handle my desires.