Baby Steps to Minimalism

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My bathroom in 2017 after I did some dollar tree crafts and gave it a make over.

When I first began my journey into minimalism, I had to learn how to conquer clutter. Honestly, I was darn near a hoarder considering how I liked to hold onto junk and the struggle for me to keep my clutter at a minimum seemed like an impossible hurdle to get over.I did three things to minimize clutter permanently. Continue reading “Baby Steps to Minimalism”

Hindsight : A Look Back At My First 3 Posts (Part 3)

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For my last post in this series, I’m going to examine my 3rd post on this lovely blog of mine. The topic is one that is really crazy to me because, 2 years later, I’m actually about to have to act on the things that I wrote about. Continue reading “Hindsight : A Look Back At My First 3 Posts (Part 3)”

Hindsight : A Look Back At My First 3 Posts (Part 2)

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This is a continuation of a series, analyzing my first 3 posts and seeing how I feel 2 years later. I am also doing this to (privately) analyze my growth as a writer. Continue reading “Hindsight : A Look Back At My First 3 Posts (Part 2)”

Hindsight : A Look Back At My First 3 Posts (Part 1)

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My first post on this blog was nearly 2 years ago and I thought it’d be nice to see where life has taken me and if I still feel the same way.

Post 1: Five Reasons I Want to Become A Minimalist

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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 “No Spend November?”

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.

 

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.

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.

Declutter Update #2

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 “Declutter Update #2”