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aisa_basia is doing 35 things including…

use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without

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aisa_basia has written 22 entries about this goal

June 4, 2014: Live without; Donated more stuff to Savers store

I’m not sure if I ever get to be an extreme minimalist. That’s just not my style because it’s too sterile. Based on my current self assessment, I’m still a hoarder/pack rat and I desire to change that. Cleaning and organizing is not my cup of tea and I get bore with such task easily. I rather do something I like – creating instead of cleaning.

At the moment, I am not working so I can’t use the excuse that “I don’t have time” because of work. I desire to simplify my material possession even more and I’m doing that at my own pace.

Today, I went to the Savers store again to donate the below items. I deserve to have a pat on the back because I did went into the store to browse around. However, I walked out empty handed – I bought nothing. Zero. Nada.

1 grass trimmer. I thought I gave this to my brother to drop it off a while back when he has the truck at the time. Don’t know how it gotten back into the shed. I rarely go back there and only see it laid in the shed 2 days ago when I was cleaning the back yard. I was determined to get rid of it so I made it fit into the trunk of my Corolla. It fell so good that the trimmer fit inside the trunk because it was empty; except a few empty re-usable bags.

1 acrylic stool. Was saving it for back yard bbq in case we get more than 3 guests. That never really happened so I removed it from the shed into the donate pile.

1 French style bulletin board. It didn’t really fit in with the decor nor have a practical use.

2 brand new pictures frames with price tag still on them.

Almost 10 books.

I desire to simplify my material possession beyond today’s effort. I do have a lot more to be donated but it’s still a work in progress.

As I continue to de-clutter, spring cleaning and simplify my environment, I am affirming the follow:

*Simplicity in my outer world, aligns me with simplicity internally.
*I live simply, with what I need, love, and has meaning for me.
*I keep my personal space free of excess and clutter.
*Possessions do not feed my spirit. I am liberated from the desire to hoard things. I let go so there is room for something better to come in.
*I want to be a good steward, and so I must let things that no longer serves me go somewhere that they can be better cherished, properly used.
*Have nothing in my house that I do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. (Adapt from William Morris’s quote).

In gratitude,

May 28, 2014: Live without

Lately, I felt a little “stuck or stagnant” with my life; and I’m easily agitate and have angry thoughts over trivial matter. I notice this change in my behavior even before I read about the quarrelsome star for this year. I stayed up late last night to read about the stars and possible cures. Some of the recommended cures is way out of my budget so I decided to use/recycle ones that I already had on hand. I adjust/move or shift a few minor things in troubled corner around until it feel better.

Along with the tweeting, shifting things around, some items are out of place or no longer serve its purpose. I own a lot of stuff and I acquired stuff faster than I can let go. I’ve derailed from the voluntary simplicity train for a while; and I decided to get back on track right at that moment. It felt like it is now or never so into the “Donate basket” the extraneous stuff went to; otherwise, I will change my mind and remove it out of the “donation” basket and I maybe back to square one.

Today, I made 2 different donations at 2 different stops.

Stop # 1: Sacred Hear: 1 big bag of clothing (lots of professional wardrobe, bath mat, diaper, etc…)
30+ boxes of mixed drink, nearing expiration. The have a closet service and food pantry program so I know the items donated will be giving out immediately.

Stop # 2: Oval bath mirror. 1 big bag of assorted household decors, house hold stuff, 1 Nuwave alike oven. I got another better, new one the day before so I’m practicing in with the new, out with the old.

I desire to simplify my material possession beyond today’s effort. I do have a lot more to donated but it’s still a work in progress.

As I continue to de-clutter, spring cleaning and simplify my environment, I am affirming as follow:

*Possessions do not feed my spirit. I am liberated from the desire to hoard things.
*I say goodbye to things in my life that are blocking my spiritual growth.
*I release my chaotic monkey mind. My mind is clear of distractions. I am focused.
*I let go of anything that does not define my highest purpose in this life time.
*Today, I choose to let go. I let go of any desires that do not serve my purpose.
*I let go of HOW things will happen and allow them to occur the way the Universe desires.
*I release myself from the grips of fear and allow myself to flow freely with my passion.
*I release myself from the grips of all negative emotions and all myself to only think positive thoughts.
*I let go of all that is holding me back and connect only with my higher self.

Live simply,

May 24, 2014: Donated stuff

Today, I made an effort to leave the house and take the sale-able stuff to Savers store for donation.

I was able to do without:

*2 crystal candle holders
*1 plastic basket
*2 empty watch boxes. It wasn’t being used as I removed the watches and had it brought over sea. Didn’t want the custom giving us a hard time so my brother wore the watches instead.
*1 metal, 3 tiered, fold-able corner shelf.

I had more to donated but it’s still a work i progress.

As I continue to de-clutter, spring cleaning and simplify my environment, I am affirming as follow:

*Present Me is tired of carrying the clutter of Past Me and Future Me. I’m letting all that’s unnecessary GO.
*Possessions do not feed my spirit. I am liberated from the desire to hoard things.
*I say goodbye to things in my life that are blocking my spiritual growth.
*I experience life as a joyous dance, and make perfect progress in getting and staying organized

Throw Out 50 Things - week # 3 - Purging the dresser and closet.

It’s been so windy and chilly here that I made this past weekend a home bound one.

I purged/declutterd/re-organized the top of the dresser in my bedroom. Put away the laundered clothes and re-decorate the top of the dresser so it can be more pleasing.

In the process of organizing the dresser, I was able to add to below items to my 50 items to throw out list>

No. 16 (qty 1): Black, long sleeved knit blouse. To be donated to Career Closet
No. 17(qty 2): Bras. To be donated to the Homeless Shelter down the street.
No. 18 (qty 1): Eileen Fisher sleeveless top – green. Expensive/quality stuff but the fit was not very flattering. To be donated to Career Closet
No. 19 (qty 1): Spaghetti strap camisole, black. To be donated to Career Closet
No. 20 (qty 2): Kasper grey skirt suit. To be donated to Career Closet
No. 21 (qty 2): Tahari grey checker skirt suit. To be donated to Career Closet
No. 22 (qty 1): Spense brand, short sleeve pink blouse. To be donated to Career Closet

My goal for my home/work environment is:
*I beautify my life by simplifying my surroundings thus reduced clutter.
*I enjoy keeping my home clean and orderly.
*I keep my home and workplace clean and tidy.
*I keep my office tidy and organized, and my mind follows suit.
*I simplify my life by only holding on to those things which empower me.
*My home and work environments are fresh and inspiring.
*My home is the epitome of beauty and function.
*Our home is completely clutter-free.

In simple living,

Throw Out 50 Things - week # 2 - Left over sweets from Halloween

I got home late from work due to bad traffic on Hallowwen day so I wasn’t able to finish passing out the sweets I have bought for the occasion.

Instead of candies, the last few years, depending on the deal I was getting, I bought either pastry, energy bars, etc…alternative to the traditional candies. The neighborhood kids never complained about my treat….because it’s still some form of sweet, only nicer than those cheap a….candies. Some neighbor give out 1 piece or even turned off the light. But that’s another story/entry.

This year, I bought many of the Little Debbie treats, like Cinnabon, Fudge square, etc…I only gave out about 2 boxes and candies. There’s still like 10 boxes of assorted stuff. I put them in a paper bag meaning to take over the nearby homeless shelter. And had them by the door since Halloween.

I decided to take the train into work today. I made the effort to take all of those sweets, and put some fresh fruits I bought last week and brought it to the shelter. This is a little after 8 am and there are many homeless folks checking out.

There were also pop tarts in that mix. I hoped the shelter’s workers would pass it out to the homeless folks. A little something for them to munch on before heading out to this freezing weather.

Only wished I had time to buy more/and the resources to give out more.

In a nut shell, I do without an assortment of 80 pieces of individual pastry/snacks and 5 oranges.

I am affirming the following for my home/surrounding environment:
*Everyday, I declutter one or more area of my life.
*I declutter my home on a weekly basis.
*I am keeping my home clean & orderly.
*I take care of my home with great respect and love.
*My home is orderly and clean.
*My home environment is clutter free.
*My home is filled with peace and happiness.

In simple living,

Facebook: do without!

I’ve done the FB cleaned out prior to reading an inspired entry here:

But I thought that was a good idea.

I removed all the former co-workers except 2 that is no longer career relevant nor do I keep in touch with. I consolidated all my family contact (our extended family is truly global) into the FAMILY list.

Therefore, all updates/entries will be visible by my family & 2 former co-workers.

Less updates to be posted about, less crappy information to be processed by my brain, eventhough it was on auto-updates.

Plus, who cared if my former colleague got drunk on Friday night and passed out on the street, lol.

Selective information or ignorance is bliss, in this case.

Throw Out 50 Things - week # 1

I’ve readh this book before and had good success on putting this declutter process into practice. I’ve only been back from my 2nd RTW trip for about 6 months and the American junk acquiring syndrom is creeping back onto me.

This past weekend, I decided to print out the “My Throw-Outs” list sold with the book (or check the author’s website for a copy) and re-practice the reduce/reuse/eliminate concept.

So far, I’ve managed to purge the following items. They will either be sold, donate or trash, depending on the condition of the items.

Brand new, never use candle pouring/making kit: to be sold (qty:1)
*Brand new, never opened baby toys meant as gifts for my trip abroad but didn’t get included due to excess baggage allowance: to be sold (qty:2).
*Brand new, never worn silk camisole that were part of a business suite that’s too tight for my comfort. To be donated to Career Closet here in San Jose, CA: (qty:1)
*Brand new, never use pie baking steamer – ceramic red bird that I felt obliged to buy as fund raising from a former co-worker. To be donated (qty:1)
*Gentle lit a few time, a large, winter pine scent, pillar candle. I don’t have a container that fit it so I lined it with a glass dish but almost never use because I felt unsafe. To be donated to Savers. Someone can get better use out of it than me. (qty:1)
*The broken thermostat we replaced last week. Tossed into trash (qty:1)
*Summer lemonade/waster jar. Nothing is wrong with it, except the water flow is so slow. I bought a removeable lid water container recently so it fit perfectly in the new fridge. To be donated (qty:1)
*Replaced vanity faucet from the master bath. We recently upgrade to new backsplash, mirror & faucet set so this gotta go. It’s perfectly functional, just no longer fit out style. To be donated to Savers(qty:1)
*Like new condition, plastic Japanese style bento lunch box (slim style, like pencil box) that I used as first aid kit container for my RTW trip. Swap out with plastic evelope with zip to save space. To be donated to Savers (qty:1)
*Desk style/size business check binder, from former business. Shredded all the remaining blank checks and purged the binder. To be donated to Savers (qty:1)
*Brand new glass shade/cover to a ceiling light fixture for the laundry room that I could no longer find the actual light fixture.
I’m sure with other things, the light fixture might re-surface after I donated the glass shade. To be donated to Savers (qty:1)

It sounds a lot – but so far, that’s already 13 items on the Throw Out list that got purged.

I’m confidence I can add plenty of things to the list soon, to make the 50 things.

I affirm and letting go of all clutter or anything that’s no longer of benefits to my soul.
*I am striving toward volunteer simplicity as my new adoption of minimalist lifestyle are positive and fulfilling.
*I am focusing on fulfilling experiences instead of clutter accumulation.
*I beautify my life by simplifying my surroundings.
*I clean my home so that my mind can be clear and inspired
*I de-clutter my home on a weekly basis
*I enjoy keeping my home clean and orderly.

Addendum: 12-01-2013
I dropped all of the above “donated” items to Savers store. Although small, I always feel lighter based on the amount of donation I dropped off, each and every time.

Did without the medicine cabinet

Part of our recent bathroom remodeling, we went from old, big bulky medicine cabinets with the 3 splits mirrors. I’ve never like that medicine cabinet because the mirrors is composed of 3 smaller mirrors. It always seems like the mirrors is slicing through you which is a creepy feeling for me.

Anyhow, we got rid of that medicine cabinet and donated it to the Habitat For Humanity rehab store. Then we turned around and bought a medicine cabinet, although smaller, came with one full piece of mirror.

It was in good shape but needed a refresh coat of paint. I painted it to match with the bathroom vanity cabinet paint’s color. This is what happen when your visualization got the better of you. It felt too dark and heavy top because of the new brown/gold tiles.

It took many mirrors but we opted for the frame-less one from Ikea for my own bath.

Suddenly, we no longer needed the medicine cabinet. All that priming and painting for nothing.

After a couple of weeks of sitting in the door of the guest room and took up valuable space, it became a sore eye for me.

I finally took the whole thing and donated it to the Saver which would benefit the local Hope Services.

It was such a relief to remove it from my home premise and make room to welcome new stuff into my life.

Mirrors mirrors on the wall - went to Savers the thrift shop for Hope Services!

Well, for whatever dog gone reason, I didn’t successfully made any sales on Craigslist after I came back from my recent RTW trip. Either the stuff I posted on Craigslist (almost new) are just boring household stuff that could be dime a dozen or I’m just not too lucky. I’ve posted it for weeks and weeks and even got some one kept flagging my ad for removal. What’s so offensive about posting household stuff?

Anyway, last night, I decided I have had it with the failed Craigslilst’s listing. I preferred to get the cash from selling the stuff but since it was such a long tailed ones, I had it went into my donation box.

I drove straight to Savers, about 20 minutes before their closing time and dropped off the donation.

*Donated: 2 gold trim, square, decorative mirrors that I only used 2 x for a trade show.
*Donated: 1 brand new, still in wrap, decorative tree branch/bunch that I never use.
*Small Sudoku book that was part the 52 ways to say Grace pack I bought a few days ago. Didn’t use it, or need it so it went to the donation pile.
*A bunch of wedding game/sensual romance game kits that I originally wanted to list on Ebay. After putting some thoughts about dealing with all the fees and dreadful packing/shipment, I find it’s better off to the donation center so some local souls can purchase it through Savers.

I affirm and letting go of all clutter. I am practicing “less is more” because if it doesn’t nourish my soul, I want to get rid of it.
I let go of all negativity that rests in my body and mind.

Back yard clean up, part II- Do without, July 18th, 2013

Yesterday, was backyard clean up, part II. I trim over grown tree branches and weed that has taken over the yard during my recent RTW trip. My dear….dear brother has already done the majority of the de-weed while I was gone upon the “clean up” letter issued by the complex management.

Yesterday, was the routine/upkeep clean up. It wasn’t too bad since it just maintenance up keep mode. I walked away from the task with:

*Recycled: Do without 3 additional wooden flower pots. In great condition but looked a bit weather. Tossed into the recycling bin.
*Donated: 2 large brown plastic garbage bins.
*Donated: 1 fold-able baker racks used to house various flower pots in the back yard.

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