18 Nov 2018

Something exciting to start my post – I had an opportunity to share a session on “Minimalism” last week at work! It was an informal presentation that I have to put up. While I am not expecting anyone to change overnight but I just wish that people could pay a little bit attention to the meaning behind it. 

Some colleagues are quite interested in the ideas while others are not so receptive to it. 

One colleague commented that you are creating karma to throw away stuffs. I literally rolled my eye at that comment. Stuffs aren’t living things… They have no life. While they can be useful IF you have any use for it, they are worthless and is consider as an “rubbish” if there is no use. In fact, by cluttering things, it affects your life, your mind and your health. How come you be creating karma if you are just helping yourself to LIVE BETTER. 

I have previously lend her my book (The life changing magic of tidying up) to read but it seems like nothing gets into her head. 

Well, I declared “helpless” for this case! While I can share my ideas, but if someone refused to change, then there is nothing I can do. Its their life after all… 

As for my minimalism efforts, I am still doing bit of everything that I can while constantly remind myself of the rules that I have set up. It is particularly difficult because I am planning for a vacation to South Korea. I needed to get some stuffs for the trip. And its year end! It means the festive season is here. I really hate gift exchange. It is meaningless and you ended up with things that you do not need. 

I have thought of not preparing anything because I will be out of town anyway. But there is still some colleagues I have to give. 

Other than that, there is always sales everywhere!!! (Best solution is not to look at them!) 

I purchased some stuffs during the 11.11 sales. But I have carefully selected the stuffs that I wanted to buy so I won’t ended up with more stuffs that I intended. 

I need to start looking into my stuffs again and ensure the extra ones are out of my life.  

Okay next topic is FANTASTIC BEASTS 2 have opened! I have watched it. While its still exciting to watch, but I feel that it’s too dark and less magical. I wanted to ask my sister to bring my nieces who got interested in Harry Potter not too long ago to watch. But I think it will be too dark for them. I love Newt though! It is a great character… 

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Minimalism update

Today I done some organisation/minimalsim so I thought I would write up. It has been a long time since I did anything major. Recently I was sick for 2 months. So during my down time, I realise that I STILL have too much stuffs and I am not really using some stuffs. So I have been wanting to re-start my organisation/minimalism project. I am far from what I wanted to achieve but I am working towards there.

So I went through my wardrobe + cupboards and throw away some stuffs. I also threw away stuffs I no longer used – an product of a Kickstarter project that I have supported (GREAT product but I get an headache from using it!) + some clothes, hobbies that I am no longer interested in – collecting miniature, analogue photography. It was a painful to remove them as although I do not spend time with them anymore, but I did invest my money in it. But in the end, I decided to take the plunge. And I feel….. so good!

So here is what I have learnt:
– THINK before investing into a new hobby. I am a Gemini which means I am always looking to try new things. It was really bad in the past but it get better these days. I am constantly reminding myself to be commit to the hobbies that I truly love.
– THINK before purchasing anything. I only buy things I really need and I will wait. Like recently, I am planning a trip to Korea so I need some winter clothings. I think through a few times before committing to get some things.
– Get QUALITY product if need to replace. Instead of buying something cheap that required replacement or duplicate because it doesn’t work that well, buy a quality product.
– Don’t get attached to things. Recently I have a conversation with a colleague. She asked me if I keep my paper planners (I used one every year). I said yes. Today, I realise that there is no point of keeping them if I don’t refer to them anymore. I threw away 3 of them. I would probably keep my hobonichi (the paper planner for this year) because I wrote a lot of stuffs in it. But the key point is try not to keep things because of the fond memories

After today, I would continue to organise further… There is still so much to be done!

28 July 2018

I decided to write an post as I have some time to kill before my nieces and nephew are here!

Fitbit
I finally gotten one! I have been thinking about getting one for 2 years! I finally decided to get because I am on this health programme with my insurer to clock in steps each day to get voucher. I can also clock in using my iPhone but it is very tiring to carry my phone everywhere I goes. I feel that it is not as accurate as well. Having a watch on my wrist is much easier. I was very wary of getting smartwatch after my encounter with Pebble. Never never get tech stuffs from startup company. I thought they were quite solid but it turns out to be… sigh I don’t even want to think about the amount that I have spend on this company. So I waited for 2 years before I was really sure about this.

So I purchased an Atla HR. It was an older model but I learnt from my past when dealing with Pebble is never get an expensive one. My main focus is anyway to clock in steps so I don’t need a lot of function.

I decided to get black although its boring. But its much cheaper. Again, never pay extra for special or limited edition. haha.

I purchased third party strap from aliexpress for USD3. Introduced to an fellow colleague. She say its fake. I was like so what lol. Honestly, nobody really cares if your strap is real or not. I mean as long as the watch is real right. I used third party strap all the times… even back in those Pebbles days. There is no right or wrong in this. You can get any handphone covers. Why do you have to restrict yourselves on your watch strap choice? Duh. And she complained the real strap is expensive. You think the real one is expensive and the third party one is fake. Then what do you want?

Okay, for my goal of 10K everyday, I have been doing well for the past 4 days. Lol. But its weekend. I charged up my Fitbit (just got it yesterday) and clock in much lesser today. But its good as I am being reminded to walk every now and then.

Minimalism 
I decided to give up my plan to minimise books LOL. I mean I do borrow from the library or read e-books. But I decided not to restrict myself from buying books. But I would buy only books that I am really sure on! I purchased Marie Kondo’s book recently even though I have read it before. I know that I would refer to this book very often. So I decided to purchase it.

I am currently organisation my DVD/CD. I threw all of my VCD collection. It was a good decision because I would never play them again. I throw away some DVDs and CD casing… leaving only the disc itself. And I organised them into CD pouches. I haven’t buy DVD and CD for like a long time. Whenever possible, I purchase them on iTune instead. 🙂

Then, as usual, I am trying to reduce my stationaries. I “donated” some parts of it to my nieces by putting them in the common area for them to use when they comes over. Other than that, I would try to use them as much as possible.

I minimise my wardrobe every now and then. Of course, I have tried to avoid purchasing  whenever possible.

Will be continuing to work on this.

3 March 2018

It is weekend. I have some free time so I decided to write a post!

Reading
I have gotten into the reading “mode”. I have a book at my office’s table for some light lunchtime reading. It is a productive way of spending my lunch hours when I bring my own food. Yay!

Other than that, I have also completed Surprise Me from  Sophie Kinsella. It wasn’t as good as her previous novels. I really love the previous one – My Not So Perfect Life. But Surprise Me isn’t half there. I was abit hesitating because the Kindle version is so expensive. It is USD14! I had to get the kindle version because I don’t have much space for books. So I can only get books that I would really read and re-read.

I have Thinking, Fast and Slow next on my list. It was a book that I have wanting to complete. But somehow, I couldn’t complete. And then, I have The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I feel ineffective recently and need this classic book to reboot me.

Watching less TV series
I am being committed to watch less tv series.. at least for this month. I came to realise that I watched too much of it but then it’s my own life. Why should I let it affected me. I should be doing things that make me happy. But I decided to watch lesser this month to focus on other things like reading!

Lasik
After hesitating for years, I decided to do something this year. I have signed up for a information talk – mainly to get free discount and consultation lol but I would be booking an appointment and doing the thing if I am able to. I have been reading abit of information here and there. It sounds scary but I guess it is definitely  worth it. I am scared, nervous but excited!

Hobonichi Drawer Pouch
I hate Hobonichi. I am always craving for their covers, accessories and now this!
I am obsessed with stationary and organisation.  So…
But then, I have not get it as it is too expensive! It is probably high quality and lasting etc. And it could the one. pencil. case. that. I. need. But no.. I just couldn’t justify spending so much on this. Some other pouch from Lihit lab or Kokuyo are way cheaper. Beside that, there isn’t a pattern/colour that I really want. Black is my usual choice but no, it’s just too plain. If I am going to spend like $60 on a pouch, it got to be the one that I really love. I like the picnic design. Its cute, colourful and everything. But I am not sure I am going to go for it as I would be seeing it for a few good years. None of the other patterns appeal to me. And yellow. It’s a colour that I want to like. But I am not sure if it is not going to be my colour. So if they ever come out with a colour that I really loves (e.g. maroon), I will not be buying it.

FieldNote subscription
So I have FN subscription for a year now? It is fun to get new FN every season. Now that the subscription is due soon. I am thinking if I should continue? I really love FN for its simple design and quality paper. But I obviously have too much of it. I am attracted to the fact that they are released on limited edition,

New spending behaviour
I am so happy that I am spending less now. My colleague even told me that she want to learn from me as I am really thrifty. It is not so true in some way. I likes to save up and spend on things that I really need. So whenever I see anything, I would think and consider if I need it. It is the same for online shopping. Yes, I still browse them but I am checking out stuffs less often. I would only get stuffs that I really need. 😀 I am actively writing them in my Hobo or in a googledrive doc that I keep track of. I would spend on things that I really need. Working towards my minimalism goal as usual 😀

Minimalism
I think I am stuck in a roadblock. I done some stuffs over the past 1-2 months. But I am at a loss on what I should be doing next. I am clearing things, not splurging on things that I do not need and sticking to having only one for most stuffs. I bought a couple of books for inspiration. I am so Hermione sometimes. When in doubt, go to the library.

 

 

 

 

Easier to find things!

This week I discovered one of the many benefits of minimalism – Easier to find things!

I was never a messy person. In fact, I organised my things very well! I have many things in my room but I knew where I placed my stuffs. In the past, I was able to find things.. but it takes some times and more efforts to locate. But with lesser things, there is lesser areas to look for and hence, the time spend on searching will cut down. I was looking for an old octopus card in preparation for my upcoming trip to Hong Kong next week. In the past before I started cutting down things massively, I have 4-5 areas to look for in my room. But with the massive minimalism, I know straightaway and only have one area to look for..where I put all my traveling stuffs and its not there. So I am quite sure its with someone else or I have simply forgot that I have returned it!

In the past, I would tend to spend so much times on these few areas that I thought I have kept the thing. I wouldn’t just give up if it is not found in these few areas. I would most likely to search the whole room. Even though I feel that I organised well, but since it cannot be located, I would think that I must have misplaced it somewhere else. But with lesser things, there is even better organisation and you would know that its not possible for it to be elsewhere. Even if I do ended up searching the whole room, because there is lesser things, I will not spend so much time!

 

I always say the process of becoming an minimalist is very hard. Especially for people like me who is obsessed with things, shopping & belongings. Over the past couple of years, I changed a lot but I always feel that there is still something not quite done properly. Sometimes, I am happy with my progress as I felt that I have “given up” a lot of things. But sometimes, I feel frustrated as I still have a lot of things. There is no deny that I am still in the “learning” stage. It has taken so much of my time as I am still working my way towards the ultimate target of having less things for real.

So for the past years or so, I am not buying things like before. I don’t buy that many shoes, bags or even clothes. When I go to the malls, I can “shop” around the whole day but didn’t buy anything at all. It was quite hard to do that in the past. It is an achievement that I am proud of but I still find myself questioning the buying decisions that I have made. I always feel that minimalism is not about not going for shopping at all. I mean if you really need that shoes because your old one is worn out/broke etc, you should go ahead and just buy it. But the general concept is buy only when you need it and keep things to the minimum. So I felt that shopping do play an important part.  This is one main factor that I felt is contributing to my success/failure. I really need to work on making smarter buying decision. For e.g. I subscribed to an harry potter wearable box even though I knew that I have too much shirts. I have since unsubscribed as of last Monday. Finally! I am always thinking of a way to better manage all these. But the best method  is probably to avoid – e.g. avoid the malls if I can! But it doesn’t always work of course. I guess I have to train my brain to process my buying decision carefully :p I told a friend that I no longer buy things at the first instant I see. This is very important for me as I need to ask myself by thinking carefully if it’s a want or need. And most of the times, it’s just an “want” which means 1) I do not need it. If I buy, it will ended up being “unloved” somewhere in my house 2) I already have that product. Another dress? No thanks. 3) I can live without it.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to purchase a book that I came across on the “minimalism” subject. I bought this book as I really wanted to get more inspiration. I felt that I am not doing enough especially for the past one year or so. So I started reading it today.

I was very impressed that the author lived with only a few things in his life. So of course, it inspired me to start doing some decluttering… But I probably cannot get to that stage yet….

So here’s what I have done:
1) Declutter my bookshelves. The author threw/sold his bookshelf. But I could never do that. Some books like the harry potter series are still important to me! But I was inspired to sort through my books. In the end, I have 2 stacks of books which I decided to giveaway. Most probably I will deposit at the library or something 🙂 At the same time, I am going to consider my future books purchasing carefully. This is another milestone for me because I never touch books in the past. I always said I would never throw away any books because you would always have use for them. But it was of course not true. Unless it’s Harry Potter, I wouldn’t read them a second time. Many minimalists go digital by purchasing ebooks on Kindle etc. I do own an Kindle. But I still prefer flipping books every now and then. Of course there is the library which I can access for free! Well, I guess I really need to work on this.
2) Declutter facial/cosmetic – I kept a box of makeup products (Memebox days!) just in case I need someday. But I never uses them as I don’t apply makeup in my daily life. I tried throwing some. But after thinking, I threw some more! There is still some left just in case. I uses other stuffs like facial products, lotions etc more often. But I decided to get rid of some. So I threw some away too.
3) Threw a couple of random stuffs like cover for my old iPhone.

I am happy with what I have done as I have wanting to do something about these things for a long time. At the same time, this inspired me to further work on other areas. I will probably scheduled time everyday next week to do 10-15 mins of quick decluttering! As usual, I am looking to live with lesser things 🙂

Organising, decluttering and Minimalising

Recently, professional organisers are in the news. Who are they – In short, they help clients to organise and decluttering. Some clients paid them for their service and advices. Some have no idea what to do about the mess and want to be organise! Hence, they decided to engage an expert!

I wrote about Decluttering 101 about 2 years ago. It is not 101 tips but it is a good 23 pointers to get you started.

I am not against getting professional advice or help. But most of the stuffs are pretty much common senses. Throw what you don’t need or never use for a long time. Organise the rest by using plastic containers etc. Keep things to a minimum. And don’t buy things you don’t need. Most people have a problem (Myself included) because they are attached to their belonging… and likes to shop for things.

Professional organiser/expert are good for the first use. But they are not to help everytime you have a mess. It’s all about habits. Those professional organsier/expert mainly (?) gives tips on keeping your stuffs organise. BUT I don’t think they actually provide the root cause of the problem. In the first place, if you don’t have so much stuffs, you wouldn’t have the mess to deal with. So at the same time, CHANGE your habits! For e.g. do not go to the malls for window shopping as you know you would end up buying 1 or 2 things. Find other activities to do – walk at the park!

So organising and decluttering should conclude with a minimalising!