i’m really energized to share:
- how i’ve minimized over the years and continue doing so,
- how to create organizing systems (sometimes by repurposing stuff you already have),
- maintaining those systems
some get defensive when i make these suggestions (hi, mom!). but i really don’t have a “holier than thou” attitude. if anything, it’s more like a “why-would-i-spend-my-limited-time-on-earth-looking-for-binder-clips?” attitude.
another misconception is that organizing takes all this time, but that’s only true initially, when you’re dealing with the long-ignored backlog of crapola, which you’ll never allow to accumulate again, right?
once you implement a system to streamline the clutter-y stuff it’s a question of simply upholding those habits, which is much easier than getting started and will add up to more time for what you enjoy.
the bonus to minimizing is how it also decreases the amount of time you spend thinking about and generally dealing with your possessions.
the general progression for minimizing is:
- getting rid of stuff
- staying rid of stuff
- repurposing stuff you have
- evaluating the meaning of your possessions
- reconsidering the setups of your space
i’ll tackle these over time, but i’ll start with a small example of how i turn spare change into big time cash money, or quarters for laundry.
when i told this procedure to a group of friends, one said, “you’re the only girl i know who does that!” and another commented, “that’s Julia, breaking gender stereotypes.”
so bear in mind that along with everything else i’m also fighting the good fight.
my apartment’s laundry machine only accepts quarters but doesn’t have a change machine. while it only takes a dollar to wash and a quaint 75 cents to dry, that’s seven quarters! when was the last time you had seven quarters lying around? exactly.
as pennies, nickels and dimes come in, i collect them in the gray dish thingy- actually the lid to an old Illy espresso container (repurposing win!). when that starts looking crowded, i know it’s time for action and refer to the hand-drawn chart.
along the top i listed the date and type of coin, so i add the coins from the tray to the last chart entry, which represents the current count in the baggie. once i have enough to wrap and exchange for quarters, i do so. if i don’t, the coins stay in the bag awaiting companions.
now, does this alone provide me with enough quarters? of course not. but it gives my loose change purpose, if you will, and prevents me from leaving it all over.
you win on all fronts:
- good thing #1: you’re getting money in a user-friendly format
- good thing #2: you’re eliminating clutter-generating coins
what do you do with your loose change?