De-Clutter Update #4

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.

De-Clutter Update #3

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.

Is it better to be.. “broke”?

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I captured this photo while passing through Shizuoka on a road trip to Kyoto

A year ago, I was going to wait 8 more years to move to Japan. Isn’t that just ridiculous? Well see, there’s a reason. I wanted to have $50,000 before I go and I wanted to obtain this money by joining the military and saving.

While this plan might sound financially solid, it was silly. Continue reading →