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.
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. 😉😉
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.
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.
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.
I’ve officially hit a standstill. I’m not saying it in a bad way, but it’s happened. Somehow I’ve been able to make junk of what little I do have and getting through my paper waste seems impossible. I’ve made great progress on my wardrobe though. I got rid of a large amount of clothing that I don’t/won’t wear and I’m down to only what I do wear- which will serve as the foundation to my soon to be capsule wardrobe. I’m not really sure of what I “need” or need to to right about now, but I just want to..
get rid of.. no, organize my things. Hopefully this will be the last of my de-clutter updates for the year. In 2018, my goal will be to downsize (over time) to having the absolute minimum. Within 1-2 months of my big move, I should have downsized to about 2-3 suitcases before making my final purge. We’ll see how this goes.
I. Have. Paper. Everywhere.
I am having the most difficult time managing paper and paper waste. I spent over an hour shredding a week ago and now I’m up to my neck again! Well… not up to my neck, but how do I still have junk left laying around?? I just don’t get it and since the semester has started back up, the paper will only increase! I want to create a DIY filing system of some sort, but there’s so many options and so little time to make a decision…
Also, I’m trying to figure out when to buy something new and when to “ride something until the wheels fall off”. Specifically my laptop. In 2016 I purchased a laptop to replace this one that I’ve been using since 2013. Unfortunately for me, I hated the new laptop and after hardly one year of use, I just couldn’t use it anymore. $600 in the drain. Now, my 4 year old laptop is barely holding on for its life (keyboard issues, wifi adapter doesn’t work, CD port falling off) and I just feel this urge to get a new laptop. I don’t know if I should just try to… refurbish and clean up this laptop to make it “feel” new again, or… The other issue is that the laptop is a bit bulky and heavy and I have to bring it with me to school everyday. I don’t want to have a third laptop and I don’t want to spend the money on a new one. So… I just don’t know, but I sure hope that my 4th update is a lot more positive.
I’m making so much progress with my journey to minimalism. I actually thought that this would be a lot more difficult, but I guess when the timing is right, things will usually just fall into place. I’ve managed to get rid of a TON of junk and trinkets, about 45% of my paper waste, and maybe 25% of my unused clothes. I’ve also re-organized my kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. My place is almost looking like an entirely different apartment and I needed the changes. This is my last full year of university and a little switch up matches my attitude this semester. (A post I may write later today). Continue reading →