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    omg i have to move out by this week. i'm still on this.
    i'm only bringing stuff i need to my new place. i'll post
    pics of my containers when i'm at my new place.

    i really really love trying to categorize stuff, it makes
    me understand what sort of items i own and what
    proper storage i'll need. makes me see where the
    messes happen.

    i think i'm so messy because i don't have a place
    for everything! i just throw shit around!

    aaaand my new place has a walkin closet that's
    about 60% SMALLER than the place i'm moving
    out, so i've finally made my self go through, every
    single piece of clothing item. i think my trouble
    has always been i just like to do things fast and
    get it over with. in the past i would have dumped
    my entire drawer into a container. but now.
    piece by piece.

    omg i have so many underwear and bras i have
    to throw out!

    this is my current place in the living room i took this a few days ago:
    i only ended up keeping a handful of items in that pile o'mess. the
    rest i put it in boxes .. in categories!!! and donating it to a charity.

    before


    after
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    to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag,
    and begin slitting throats.
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    Those pictures rock @mmhmm !! Yeah nothing motivates you to downsize like moving to a smaller place. The before picture looks like Jock's been living there for a week.
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    so i found this amazing charity that uses donations
    to fund start ups for a slum community in bangkok.

    and i bit the bullet and donated everything i didn't
    'need' for my move to my new place. i just had
    to close my eyes and tell them "just go take it
    take everything". all my stuff filled the hallways
    of the service entrance. (though i had to go digging
    through one box, because i hadn't gone through
    it yet, and omg, all my vintage cartier was in there.
    whew.)

    thought jock asks why can't i just sell my vintage
    stuff, it just has to do with finding the right buyer
    who'll pay the right prices.

    foto:



    and i've condensed everything i own into 15 boxes.
    feels SO good. @kyuuei omg love love this challenge.

    i'm unpacking now, and i think i will also carefully
    do through things while i unpack to make sure everything
    has a proper place, and if not, i'll get rid of it too.
    every normal man must be tempted, at times,
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    and begin slitting throats.
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    That's really impressive, @mmhmm! It must feel liberating to not have so many things owning your physical space and your attention.
    *You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.
    *Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Usehername View Post
    That's really impressive, @mmhmm! It must feel liberating to not have so many things owning your physical space and your attention.
    oh my goodness, yes! sooo liberating, while cleaning things out
    i found my school backpacks that i used in 7th grade! and i was
    in 7th grade 20 years ago!
    every normal man must be tempted, at times,
    to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag,
    and begin slitting throats.
    h.l. mencken

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    Absolutely delightful!! I love the photos too! I'll be posting a massive amount of photos once I return home since we'll also be moving to a smaller house, although a better designed one by far.. and I won't be taking even half of the stuff we currently have with us.. More like a quarter.

    Go @mmhmm !!

    As for me.. I'll continue to write up the weeks, and when I get back to Djibouti I'll narrow things down further, and when I get home.. this challenge is going to be a huge undertaking since I'll be doing it for two people instead of myself.

    I wrote up the wardrobe lists though for my parents.. My mother has 100 articles of clothing, and my father has 75, and 25 articles each of storage clothes if they need 'new' clothing for any reason, bagged and sealed and all of it fitting into a single closet instead of having drawers and cabinetry everywhere. More than enough for the both of them too, they're simple people those two. My mother's getting a whole new wardrobe when I return home, with clothes that fit for a change.
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    Thought I forgot about this, didn't yall! Hah!

    Week 5: Food, Laundry and cleaners.. a catch-all week really.

    This is a good week to go through several smaller categories and clean them out to make them more functional with the shape the rest of the house is coming into lately!

    People usually stockpile one of these three categories.. Maybe you're good about using up the food you buy, and only keep on hand the necessary staples, but chances are the laundry room is used for things besides laundry.. or under the sinks and the linen closet is stuffed full of old cleaning supplies you never use.

    For food, it is pretty simple. Pull it out, decide what you eat, and throw out old stuff or things that cannot be donated. Re-organize staples or things you have multiple packages of.. Large containers that seal off sugar and flour better seem old fashioned, but they work and keep the things you use less of fresh for longer. Make spaces in your cabinetry for particular foods. Freezers are another culprit where people tend to stock-pile food. If you write on a note taped to the door of the freezer what is in there, you'll quickly notice if you have too much. If you think you need something from the store, you can check it first.

    You could go full-blown kitchen minimalism and toss out gadgets you never use or have replaced with better ones.

    For laundry.. if you use it for storage as well, it should be stowed away carefully and efficiently so it is not in the way (a few boxes on the top shelf). Usually the laundry is not the problem, it is the clothes (hopefully fixed from the closet week!) and the storage (also hopefully fixed by now!) that make it seem heavier.

    Cleaners? Shouldn't take more than a few moments. If you use it, keep it. If you haven't touched it in a while, toss it out. Maybe organize it in a basket so you can carry them all anywhere you go, and then they won't be so scattered.

    It's a particularly easy week if you don't clean out the whole kitchen and keep your food nice and neat .. Though, we've never been nice and neat with food. That'd be a week's project in and of itself. Hah!
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    Week 6: Paperwork!

    With everything going digital, its really possible to not have a mountain of paperwork piling up everywhere. But we do anyways. Here's how you get rid of it.

    1. Stop it from coming into the door. This can be as simple as signing up for paperless billing and bank statements, signing up for do-not-mail lists, and minimizing the amount of catalogs you receive in the mail if you can just as easily view them online. An e-reader will replace dozens of books and magazines and those magazines are safe in the cloud when you aren't using/reading them. Usually they are cheaper too! Neat (a brand of hard and soft ware for paper organizing) is coming out with a mobile software so you can take pictures of receipts, save them, and toss them immediately.

    2. Scan and print to PDF. Scanning documents and saving them is so much easier. Search inquiries can be made, folders to organize them, and a catch-all folder to 'sort later' is SO much faster than going through stacks of paper documents.

    3. Protect the important stuff. Some things you just NEED to have in paper. In which case, I don't think a filing cabinet is sufficient protection. A small document locker that's fireproof and waterproof keeps your valuable documents safe and secure. A plastic crate-like box made for hanging files can keep some convenience documents and documents-to-scan at the ready. Neat scanners have a "to label" section so you can scan a document and deal with filing it digitally later. Saving to the cloud also means protecting from computer crashes.

    4. Don't create a to-do pile. Piling up papers means youll NEVER get to them until you roll your eyes. If it is a bill, open it and set it out on the desk right then and there. If it is something to reply to, same thing. If it is junk, toss it immediately. If you create a mail pile, and a to-do pile without ever giving each piece some attention you'll miss bills, let it stack up, and then roll your eyes and shove it all in a box.

    5. Pile everything together. There should be a small space for papers that are valid and necessary to keep, a lock box of important documents, and hopefully a scanner of some sort. Put it to use, and take the time to scan, print to PDF, and organize your life! Shred documents with your information on them, and enjoy how lovely everything is when paper isn't cluttering your home.
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    Week 7: Junk Drawers.

    We all have them. It doesn't matter if you lived in a room or a mansion... There's stuff. Lots of stuff. Tiny stuffs. They don't have a home, or direction, but you NEED them, I think... sometimes.. and so you go, "Hey! Im not utilizing this drawer! Im going to shove it all in there!" Sooner or later that drawer is overflowing, and you slam it shut and maybe even consider just dumping the whole thing into a trash can and pretending nothing happened.

    The thing about curing junk drawers is having a place for everything. If you need to set up a small mail-catch area at the front door so that you have a place for that letter opener you got for free from that convention your friend dragged you to last year, then that's what you need to do! Is it worth keeping one of those and doing all of that just to have a letter opener? Depends on how awesome those are to you. Medicine, storage devices, napkin rings (do people still use those?!) and all sorts of crap just collects.. it needs a home. If it doesn't have a home in your house, what good is it? Freeloading around in a corner doesn't make it useful.

    If you wanted it because you wanted to use it, put it out, in an easy to see and reach area on display and you'll use it. If you have no real intentions of using it, it needs to go away. This is the hardest part for me.. I have things I LOVE and I mean to use them, I really do!! ... But then I just don't. Sometimes I even get rid of things and then frowny-face when I decided, "Hey I could have used that thing just now." But if I really had wanted to use it, I probably would have by then at least once before.

    1. Dump that drawer out.
    2. Find a use for that drawer. If all of your stoage places have specific uses already, it doesn't leave room for all that junk to pile up in the first place.
    3. Make homes for the things you want to keep. I don't mean shove it on top of a box, or in a different drawer. Is it worth keeping, do you use it, and if you do find a place for it where you use it the most.
    4. Repurpose and toss out everything else.

    I thought I'd post this here too while I'm at it.. but ways of re-purposing t-shirts. If you're looking for a way to use old t-shirts and/or clothes, there's a hundred tutorials online. Depending on the amount of clothing you have, you can have some really cool stuff like a new bath rug or entry-way mat, a bean-bag chair, or produce/reusable shopping bags. The thing about reusable shopping bags is... they need to be washed! They get food items on them, they touch a hundred surfaces.. they can get nasty pretty quickly. And usually stores make them out of annoying plastic-y fabrics that won't hold up to washing and long-term use. A heavyweight t-shirt however is easy to wash, easy to make into a bag, and breathes and sanitizes way better. Also, you get the bonus of having whatever designs you want on it. A small mesh bag with a few t-shirts tucked into it and you have portable reusable bags for free without losing a t-shirt that you loved just because it had a ripped sleeve.

    There are lots of ways to hack and recycle materials you already have. If you're nervous about losing items, it might be worth looking around online to see if you can repurpose it into something really awesome and more out of the way or useful.

    I was cleaning the other evening.. and although it only took me an hour to do all of the deep cleaning.. I thought to myself, "I don't feel like organizing all this stuff.." It really is a pain to have so many clothes that laundry is annoying to do and put away. It is kinda irking to have to re-organize and dust off so much gear. If things become annoying to do and maintain.. it is a good time to re-evaluate if you have too much stuff.

    I read a story about how this woman had her home broken into for burglary. Only... she was a minimalist. The thief took off with some lipstick, a few bucks in cash, and some old coins. It really was a really cool story to read.. To think that you wouldn't have to really worry about too much even if you were gone a long time because there isn't much to lose in the first place.. and the valuables you DO own you probably take with you? It's an awesome idea.
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    My closet layout:

    - Work out clothes
    - Lounge clothes for sleeping and being inside
    - Everyday wear
    - Winter warmth
    - Dressy clothes
    - Formal business attire
    - Specialty clothes

    1. Work out clothes
    - Basketball shorts generally suit my purpose. 3 pairs
    - T-shirts usually suit me just fine, and tanks in the summer. 3 pairs each
    - A pair of jogging pants and a long sleeve shirt will keep me moving in winter. 2 pairs.
    - A pair of running shoes

    2. Lounge clothes
    - A pair of winter pajamas to keep me warm while moving around the house.
    - Some simple shorts and tanks. 2 pairs each
    - A pair of sandals

    3. Everyday wear
    - Cargo shorts, my first go-to clothing item. 3 pairs
    - T-shirts, my second go-to item. 5 shirts
    - A pair of skating shoes
    - Some cargo pants. 3 pairs
    - Light jackets and over shirts. 4

    4. Winter Warmth
    - Hoodies and light jackets. 2
    - Fashionable jacket for work 2
    - Heavy jacket 1
    - Thermals 1 set
    - A pair of heavy boots for my feet, they'll also double as work boots

    5. Dressy clothing
    - Summer dresses. 4
    - Skirts and matching tops. 2
    - Fitted jeans. 2
    - Winter sweater, skirt, and leggings outfit. 1
    - 2 pairs of shoes to match these

    6. Business and work clothing
    - 3 pairs of slacks. White, gray, black.
    - 3 Button down shirts. Colored ones and one white one.
    - A pencil skirt
    - A modest full-length dress
    - A pair of high heels to match it all
    - A pair of flat shoes to match as well

    7. Specialty clothes
    - Swimming. 2 trunks and 2 tops. One cover up. One pair of sandals.
    - Snowboarding. 2 jackets and 2 pants. 2 sets of thermals. 7 socks. two beanies. A pair of gloves. A helmet.
    - Work clothes. A pair of rough, loose jeans. Spandex. A long sleeve shirt.
    - Costumes. One tupperware box's worth of costumes. I can't bring myself to eliminate this section much more than that.

    I also cannot limit my army gear and clothes since many of things I own I am signed for and have to turn in much later on.. so they'll go in two big tupperware storage containers.

    I'll have a large tupperware storage container that will have some of my extra clothes--when a pair of shorts has had it and finally makes its way to be recycled, I'll have a back up set that I haven't worn in enough time that people will think they're new. I can 'go shopping' in that box when I get an itch too.

    90% of these things on the list I already own. I'll make some room in my budget, eventually, to secure some quality items that I really do require--a tailored white button down shirt is a classic that can be used in so many ways it seems unfair to not have one. Some thermals and another set of snowboarding clothing would also be really nice, but they're not necessary right now.

    Anyways.. Looking at this list, it seems REALLY hard to downsize my closet to contain just this in my wardrobe. We'll see how it balances out in the actual house.. but it is a pretty good start. The list rounds out to approximately 100 items.
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