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    Quote Originally Posted by kyuuei View Post
    Your wall looks a little bit like John Nashs' in A Beautiful Mind when he lost his marbles.






    Here's a few of my simple organization ideas:

    -I bought 12x Akro-Mils containers and neatly fit almost everything I own into a small storage closet which I rent for $25/month. For anyone organizing their stuff like this, let me encourage you, it is well worth the peace of mind once you're finished.

    I highly recommend these, they are the only type of bin you can stack as high as you want without the lids cracking under the weight.




    -I got a portable 2Tb hard drive and put it in a hard case protector. I use a laptop and a document scanner which is about 2" thick and the width of a piece of paper to scan stuff and save it along with our typically backup (legally ripped workout DVDs and movies, legal documents, even my wife's recipes) to the drive. If I need to fax anything, I use an online fax service, and instead of printing things I just view them on the laptop... I can even open a PDF document and sign it digitally, then fax it without touching a piece of paper. So in this way, I rarely need to print anything unless it's for someone else, and if I'm the recipient of the print-out, I can just scan it and throw away or shred it.


    -My wife and I share a Gmail account which syncs our google calendar and task list to both of our Android phones, which are set up identically with widgets for our google tasks, calendar, up to date weather, gmail, etc. She or I can put an item on the task list widget and it shows up on the others' phone. Pretty awesome.


    I'll add more if I think of them.

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    I have a couple ideas that help one out if they want to get rid of some of their hair equipment.

    - Curlers: Bobby pins do a number of things.. and a ton of them can be kept in a very small spot.. And. this girl's tutorial on how to curl your hair with just bobby pins really does work. I have thick, curly hair and without any sprays or gels my curls kept for two days. My mother has thin curly hair and hers kept the same amount of time. All you do is twirl small sections of damp hair around your finger(s) (the more fingers you use the bigger the curl) and pin it down to your head and allow your hair to dry. It's preferred to keep it in for at least overnight, I kept mine in for about half a day longer and did two fingers and my curls were ridiculous.

    - Smoothing cremes: If you really have too many frizzy strands, here's what I do all the time and it eliminated the need for expensive smoothing cremes. I just used a light body lotion. Something scentless, fast absorbing, etc. A little bit of body lotion does the same thing for my hair all the time, and it isn't any worse for your hair than all the stuff in the smoothing cremes. It's another tip that is great for travel since you probably would carry lotion with you. I use scented lotions as well for the tips of my hair sometimes too.

    - Straightener: I have one, I swear I do, but it might as well be my sister's--it lives at her house and I'm too lazy and style my hair too often to reclaim it. The few times I've wanted my hair straighter and didn't have it, all I did was use my tiny hair dryer after conditioning my hair, my hair brush, and I put the hair dryer near my hair and brushed it down. They do it at salons all the time and it works for making your hair straight enough to pass, and it turns out this is actually faster than straightening my hair especially since it's so long.. (My hair got a reputation for killing a flat iron in high school when it was down to my thighs.. by the time it reached the ends it had lost the heat required to straighten the entire length in one pull. We used a regular clothing iron after 15 minutes of trying.)

    - Gels and hair spray: I find that mousse, for me, is a really happy marriage of these two products and it works very very well with damp hair.

    - Crimping iron: Does anyone but me still like that crimped look? I didn't have an iron though, I just took very small tiny sections of damp hair and braided it, tied it off with those small elastic ties, and left my hair like that for a day. Also, corn rolls in your hair will do the same thing, but the braiding is probably easier and faster for people who don't know how to do that.

    I really didn't replace my hair dryer.. since most hotels come with one and I don't have to travel with it, and it's so tiny it doesn't take up much room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyuuei View Post
    ... >.>.. Im still having so much difficulty with the hygiene stuff. I have tons of perfume still, and tons of soaps, lotions, and such that I use occasionally but I cannot seem to find a decent replacement for these things with something that multitasks more. So if any ladies are having issues with this, please let me know any tricks you've done to reduce the clutter. The only thing I've been successful at is re-using the items in my cleaning products to make them smell great.
    It depends what products you use regularly and couldn't do without. Without a list it's hard to know what to cut back.

    -I find that hair conditioner works as well or better than shaving cream
    -I don't own any perfumes as they're irritating to me as well as many other people. If you love them, though, keep them. But even then, every product that has a smell is going to clash with all the other smells, so it's probably good to minimize scents in everything and focus on one smell.
    -Only keep the hair products that actually make a big difference for your hair (I use none because none make much difference for me)
    -body wash is pretty useless IMO. Just use soap in the smelly areas and nothing anywhere else. If you're filthy head to toe soap still works for that. Scented soaps aren't really needed, it will wash off anyway.
    -one body lotion and one face lotion is really all most young people need for lotions. Maybe a hand cream if your hands (or feet) get really chapped and regular lotion doesn't cut it. Baby (or other) oil and aloe vera gel can be good moisturizers, too.

    But again, everyone's different, so if something is making you happier than the space it takes up and the price it costs, there's nothing wrong with keeping some indulgences, even if they aren't strictly necessary.
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    Traveling made me realize how much stuff I really still bring, even now, just because I simply can. I traveled for 10 days with a single snowboarding bag and a backpack. Seems impressive to others, but I still struggle to close the zipper. I brought some things that I really didn't end up needing at all. I used them, but that's not really the same as needing them. I ended up with 5 different jackets. I could have easily done away with two, or even three, of them. I brought two extra pairs of shoes just in case, and while I used them, I didn't need them at all. I could have gotten rid of a pair. I didn't end up using the scarf, nor the extra beanie that I brought just in case my helmet wasn't warm enough. I ended up using my ear-cover for both covering my ears and a scarf when I had my helmet on and it was sufficient. AND I still didn't bring a couple things I wish I would have--a couple pairs of small shorts.

    Still... The fact that I calculated most of my clothes right on the money, and didn't bring a ton of toys like I normally do (I brought my hard drive and ended up not touching it :c and my rubix cube goes with me everywhere regardless of if I touch it or not), and used nearly everything I brought is a REALLY good sign. I'm getting better at traveling for sure. My next big trip will tell me a lot more too.. what I prefer, what I need, what I can get rid of.. (The portable humidifier is the best thing I've ever bought.. It works well when I sleep at home, and if I sleep right next to it here in Colorado I can breathe while I sleep.. something I normally struggle with and end up sleeping hours extra as a result.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Randomnity View Post
    It depends what products you use regularly...
    The conditioner one is an interesting point. Originally, I had thought to switch from silicone-based products (like modern shampoo and conditioner) to try to help cure my dandruff problems.. but I am looking into a solid conditioner, which could replace my current shave bar.

    I struggle with perfume so much. I actually did get rid of a ton of it very recently, and I'm continuing to make it dwindle down.. I'm trying to get it down to three bottles.. >.> ... the stupidest part is I hardly ever wear it.

    Hair products drive me insane currently. Nothing really 'works' on my hair except for the henna that I stick in it now every couple of months. (The only complaint I have is that people ask me if I've dyed my hair. Its quite rude to me and I really don't like to explain how the henna works since it makes me sound desperate somehow to convince people it isn't a straight up hair dye... but I like the results too much to stop using it.) Modern shampoos and conditioners are so damn convenient, but I think that they're also the source of my over oily hair and minor dandruff problems. The all natural methods are not at all travel or military friendly.. and using nothing on hair as long as mine is impossible without smelling like a dirty hippy.

    I love love love bar soap. It travels so easily (a small sliver lasts a long time, and several slivers can keep in one travel container) and I found a bar soap that I really like for my face finally. But, same with everything.. I end up inheriting soaps from other places and in the process of trying to use them up I end up with a ton because they do actually last so long. This is only relieved slightly by the fact that I use bar soap to make my laundry detergent now.

    This one gives me a ton of grief as well.. I currently have.. 6 moisturizers. And that's really getting rid of a ton first. A mixture of baby oil and aftershave lotion for my shins and body since I have an awful condition on my shins, a face lotion that works no where else but my face, an eye cream because either of those are suitable for the eye area, petroleum jelly for my lips, hands, and feet, and a regular lotion for when I'm in too much of a rush to properly mix my normal baby oil and shave lotion together since it is mandatory that I moisturize twice daily. This isn't even counting the couple (4) tubes of lotions the dermatologist gave me that I never use but still need to have on hand. I really want to just find a lotion that does everything sufficiently and a face lotion and be done with it.. that'd be crazy easy. (I have an idea that if the solid conditioner is likable that I may be able to condition my skin in the shower and see if that helps..)

    .. Ideally, I'd like to have a set-up to where I have everything I need in my bathroom in a small tote and the small organizer in my shower, with a shelf or two in my bedroom's vanity occupied, and a kit capable of holding at least 2 weeks worth of essentials. I haven't been able to accomplish that yet.. :/ but I'm steadily working on it as I find products to replace others. Having one soap container to have my shampoo, conditioner (and a moisturizer and shave cream), body wash and face wash would be amazing.
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    My challenge has continued since I've been home. I've rid myself of stuff almost every week since coming home from my deployment. I'm about half-way through on my stuff being exactly the way I want it to be.. and I've been helping my parents out as well with it.

    - My mother and my father's wardrobe is now more efficient. They fit into everything they own, and it all fits neatly into the closet, which will eliminate the need for so much furniture in their new house's master room.
    - We eliminated a bunch of garbage and trash in the garage and back porch
    - While I cannot say the garage or back porch is done.. it's far from it.. we ended up making enough room so that our storage shed will be eliminated by the end of this month. (This is three months it's been pushed back.. but better late than never.)
    - We're continuously reducing stuff in the house and changing things to make it easier for the house to function and clean
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    I'm getting rid of my bedroom furniture. I completely decided it and I am absolutely happy with the decision. As soon as I finish minimizing the clothes I own so I don't need a wardrobe for them anymore, they'll all be gone. My sister may end up buying the bed and night stand off of me, I'm not sure yet, but cool if she does.

    I really became accustomed to sleeping on the floor in Africa, and I really like the idea of my bed not taking up a ton of space in my room.. and, hopefully, I'll be able to hold everything I need in my closet anyways.
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    Everyday Minimalist is an amazing website for inspiration for lady clothes and closets. Picture heavy, and amazing attention to detail. The woman isn't a 100-item-list lady, but she can pack a 6-week trip to another country in a carry on bag. (This is a long-standing goal of mine..)

    Anyways, we minimized the toys the kids play with, and it is a bit refreshing. Great for us--we hardly have anything to clean--and great on them because they don't miss any of it. What we have set up for them now:
    - A tee-pee that's ever-living in our backyard porch. They play in it constant, escape from us inside of it, and generally act like little wildlings.
    - A bench that they climb all over with storage inside. This holds every single one of their smaller toys (trucks, cars, "I LIGHT UP AND SING BECAUSE EFF YOU KYU!"-mickey mouses, etc). If they get a new one, an old toy about that size leaves.
    - A small battery-powered driving truck and a pair of bikes. The truck was $10 at a garage sale, I couldn't pass it up, and some good old fashioned bikes for them to pedal around on in more open spaces.
    - A sheet drawn all over. We put this over the dining room table or coffee table and WHAM! An instant play house. At first, we had pop up tents and tunnels for them to run all over and around.. but this takes up WAY less space and they play with it just as much.
    - A mattress. They sleep on it, technically, but they use it as a trampoline just as much.
    - A color wonder kit. Best invention ever for small kids. Coloring without supervision is just a grand thing all around.
    - Two cups. We don't use bath tub toys, but they seem to do just fine with having two regular old drinking cups in the tub to scoop and dump water.
    - And finally, a foam football they share.

    Convincing a spoil-happy mother/grandma, and two sisters to somehow minimize what they have here at our house to only this was no easy task. I feel quite accomplished.

    Pictures on wardrobe do-overs coming soon.
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    Books! Dear Lord I got rid of so many books! Over 100 left my shelves to be sold yesterday.

    I have a sizable stack that needs to be converted to digital copies, and another stack that needs to be sold as well.

    I'm working on ways to rid of a few more.. I think if I had a paperwhite kindle as well as my fire I could just buy all of these books in digital copies and only keep my textbooks and my favorite series. But for now, its good effort.

    I'm comparing the books that will be cheaper to make digital via 1dollarscan.com vs buying it outright on amazon.

    Also, on my trip was the first time ever I'd traveled by plane with only carry-on items. 10 days and one carry on + a backpack, and I was okay! I really did run out of clothes at the very end (I ended up wearing a t-shirt I bought to go home in) but it was a great learning experience and I know for sure I can travel like this for longer now that I know what I need and how to pack it.

    Also, another moment on goo hoarding: I've been trying meticulously to use up all of the soaps and lotions in my bathroom. I'm going to do a huge purge of my bathroom (again.. I know..) to narrow things way down. In the end, I really wanted solid shampoos to be the way to go for me (so simple, way cheaper, easy to carry, etc.) but traditional shampoos and conditioners are just the quicker and more convenient way to go overall. Maybe if I ever find a solid conditioner that doesn't suck the story will be different.

    Also, I realized one way I was hoarding stuff was that I actually liked using it so much that I stopped using it for fear of running out. My favorite perfume is no longer being made by Avon, so I cannot buy it anymore... so I tend to save it for special occasions, but then it just sits there for a year easily without use. Also, my favorite powder of all time is the Wraith scent from Moonalisa that @ReadingRainbows bought me a couple Christmas's ago.. but I never use it now that it is halfway empty because I simply don't want to run out.

    It was really interesting to identify this tonight... If I cannot get anymore either way, I might as well enjoy it instead of hoarding it.
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    More work on books, and more work with my goo hoarding problem.

    I'll work with those for a little while, and then I need to focus on the small details. I have items that I have already 'gotten rid of' in the sense that I've let them go, but I haven't been active enough in selling them off.

    Clothes going out to donation, books are being sold, things are being listed on Craigslist, and goos are being tossed out.

    After that, I really think I need to hunker down on papers.. Papers are another beast I constantly wrestle with.
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    I have a solution to your paper problem:


    (or something like it)

    You can easily run through a stack of papers and anything that looks questionably important, just run it through the scanner. Later, you can sort through the images and rename them with descriptions/sort them into folders or just leave them as is, knowing anything important is safe somewhere on your hard drive.

    I used to be an engineer and had a "paper problem"... now the stack never gets more than 10 sheets deep, and I never find myself needing a document I threw away.

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