REVIEW: Get Organized HQ Virtual Conference 2022

A couple weeks back was the Get Organized HQ virtual conference hosted by Get Organized HQ. I didn’t know much about this organization, but I saw Erica Lucas, Ashlynne Eaton mention it on their YouTube community tabs. It was free, so I thought I would give it a shot.

About the Conference and Getting a Ticket

The conference was free to attend. But the free ticket only gave you access to that day’s sessions and then you would lose access. For $29 – $49 USD (depending on when you got it), you could get the All-Access Pass that included full access to all the videos, summery notes of the sessions and a few other items.

I’m willing to put myself through from tortuous books for this blog. But until the blog is big enough to get sponsored, I’m not spending money for y’all! So this will only be a review of the free portion of the conference.

Getting the actual ticket was a bit of a mess. I tried using Erica’s link to get mine but none of the buttons on the site worked. I emailed their tech support, which was really responsive. They gave me a different link that also didn’t work. I was able to fix it by accessing the website in Incognito Mode of Chrome. So if you are reading this in 2023 and having the same issue at the next conference, try that.

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The format

The conference is not the same as going to an IRL one. The sessions are all pre-recorded videos, and in the Facebook group for the conference there’s a thread for each session.

The conference was Monday-Friday and there were over 100 speakers. It seemed like mostly YouTubers and Podcasters. Speakers that you’ve heard of if you follow my blog: Dana K. White (See my reviews of Decluttering at the Speed of Life, and Organizing for the Rest of Us), Diane Boden (see my review of Minimalist Mom).

I didn’t end up attending as many of the sessions as I would have liked for the fullest review. But I was busy with work and general life stuff. But based on the sessions I attended, I think I have enough info to let know you know if it’s worth attending next year.

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I’ll give mini reviews of each session and give final thoughts at the end.

Kay Patterson (The Organized Soprano) – Organized Work From Home Space

I’ve watched a few of Kay’s YouTube videos before and I like her content. I didn’t mind this session, but I did click out after noticing I wasn’t really paying attention. One thing that kinda bugged me about this sessions is that she would use a lot of stock footage. Which isn’t an issue, but she would use that instead of footage of her desk when she was referring to what she does at home. Despite her referencing her desk throughout the video, you don’t really see it that much.

Turns out she recycled the content for Get Organized HQ and this video below has more of the visuals I was missing:

Mariela Merino – Helping Friends and Family Declutter

Her session was 27 mins long, and I zoned out and clicked out at the 15 min mark. The information in the video wasn’t bad. I just found the video boring, so I upped the speed to 1.5x so I could wrap up the vid.

In general, it’s about being patient and slowly working though the process of helping your loved ones go through their stuff. She mentioned her experience of helping her borderline hoarder parents with decluttering their house, which was nice to have someone that’s done it talk on the process.

I think that the chapter about helping others declutter for Decluttering at the Speed of Life covers the same information if you feel like you’ve missed out.

I also think it’s good to get your parents to read The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning. I’ve sent it to my mom when she’s was mentioning her estate planning. I personally didn’t like the style it was written in but it’s got #BoomerHumor, which is maybe best since they’re the generation with all the stuff.

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Shireen Fitzgerald – Developing Minimalist Money Habits

This one I did watch the whole way, the first time I ran through it. It was about 25 minutes. The session can basically be summarized into the following:

  • Have a budget of your fixed expenses and look over your purchases of the past year and really reflect on it.
  • Figure out what you enjoy and what drives you and focus your time/money into that.
  • Find a way to save money on the stuff you get. Either by buying second hand, waiting for a sale, and maybe you won’t want it by the time it’s on sale
  • Get over the fear of missing out (FOMO) about stuff. If you get nice stuff, you get the #lifestylecreep and that will eat your budget very quickly.

The video was pretty meandering, I think if you want really focused tips to develop ‘minimalist’ habits you can watch these two videos in less time than Shireen’s session:

Christine (Frugal Fit Mom) – Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half With No Coupons

I think Christine is a good presenter and her video was tightly edited. But these tips are not particularly creative or unheard of. I’ll save you 26 mins by linking a couple random articles I found off of Pinterest that cover the same tips:

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Erica Lucas – How to Declutter and Organize Your Books at Home

I’ve been following Erica since Oct. 2019, so maybe I’m biased when I say this was the best session I watched. Maybe because it was ten mins long. She edited it nicely to show B-roll of the things she was taking about and the tips were decent.

Also she was the only person I watched that specifically mentioned Get Organized HQ, which makes me question if everyone else just submitted a random premade video. She did plug her own website and book decluttering resources so if the title of that talk interested you, just click this link.

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Hailey McAra – Organized Craft Room Tour

I love craft room tour videos. I used to always had craft room tours, soap making videos and planner videos running in the background when I was in university as I was doing homework.

I think she has a good way of organizing her room. I checked her YouTube Channel and she doesn’t seem to have a recent room tour, so that might have been a conference exclusive. She uses soooo much plastic and expensive containers, I cannot imagine someone that isn’t a professional implementing any of her storage methods. But the room is really really pretty.

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Diane Boden – Sentimental Decluttering

Diane… I’m pretty disappointed in you. This was the worst session I attended. Personally, I don’t think that Diane should have been discussing sentimental clutter. Based on her books and podcasts, she doesn’t come off as a particularly sentimental person.

This video was an interview between her and a conference host, and she took it from her car. I understand that sometimes you do stuff from your car: the acoustics can be decent, and your kids can’t bug you, but this was a planned interview. Why wasn’t she somewhere a touch more professional?

Also her advice was really boiler plate, generic stuff because she didn’t really have much experience with the areas the interviewer was asking about. Like the interviewer was asking about dealing with items that are left behind by a deceased loved one. Diane didn’t really have good advice, because fortunately she’s not had to live through that experience yet.

Overall a disappointing and pretty lazy interview.

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Tracy Lynn – Gradual Decluttering — Creating a Home You Love

I though this one was alright. Tracy is a good presenter and I liked that she had slides with good before and after shots.

Her method is about the slow declutter process. She mentioned that your clutter didn’t happen overnight, so getting it out shouldn’t either. And, honestly, more people need to hear that. I think that home decorating shows have given us all unrealistic expectations on that department.

Her main steps are the following:

  • Remove the trash
  • Put away stuff that doesn’t belong
  • Get a donation box in all the rooms in your house, and every time you see the box put an item into it. This way you will slowly get rid of stuff as you find them as you are just vibing through life.
  • Actually get rid of the stuff.

Seems straightforward and slightly different from the Slob Come Clean method.

The one part I really didn’t like: how much stuff she puts in her attic. Typically attics are not supposed to be load bearing, so I’m not surprised she was having structural issues before she started decluttering. This is your PSA to not put random crap in your attic. It’s designed to hold your roof and not your shit.

Is the conference worth it?

It’s Free. So yeah sure, it’s worth picking up a ticket to watch a couple sessions, and make sure you unsubscribe from the mailing list after everything’s done.

The real question is, is the All Access Pass worth it? I don’t think so. All the videos are privately listed on YouTube, so if enjoyed a particular video you can download it from there. Pretty much all the topics covered are available for free with a quick search on Google or Pinterest if you want something in a different format.

There is a Facebook group with 18K people that’s really active that you can access if you got a free or paid ticket. So if you need that constant reminder to declutter or sense of community, joining that might be a good option for you.

I didn’t find this particularly life changing, and a lot of the topics don’t apply to me as a childless, non-Catholic, Canadian renter. But the whole thing does mostly fit in with the stereotypical mommy blog style of organizing and decluttering. Which isn’t a bad thing, the size of the Facebook group shows there is a demand for that type of content even if personally it’s not for me.

Will I attend next year? If I remember, probably. It’s free and gives me content for the blog. If Laura and Tasha from Get Organized HQ end up reading this, let me do a session! I have suggestions: Finding Declutter Locations that aren’t Value Village, The Art of Having Your Declutter Box Sit in Your Car for a Year or How to Maximize Storing Seasonal Stuff at Your Parents House Without them Noticing and Ask You to Pay for Your Own Storage Unit.

(I know I’m being facetious, but legit, Laura/Tasha DM me if you are looking for people for next year).

Have you heard of Get Organized HQ? Or gone to any of the sessions that I missed. I would be interested in hearing about it, since I entered this really cold and don’t know anything about them or previous years.

Please share the blog with your friends, and maybe next year I can afford the All Access Pass and review that too.

I Tracked All the Items I brought In and Out of My Life for 2 Years and This is What I Learnt

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may have noticed the monthly Inbound Vs Outbound series I have going on. This is where I track the items that I have brought in and decluttered from my life and I sometimes add a short reflection on the month.

August was the two year mark of me tracking, so I thought it would be a good time to really look through my previous posts and make one of those cool Sankey graphs I always see on reddit.

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Small Disclaimer:

I am not, and never claimed to be a minimalist. I read a lot of minimalist/decluttering books, which is the main reason I started this blog. We don’t need to examine why I’ve decided this is the style of books I almost exclusively read, even though I don’t really live the teaching.

So the charts below should not be taken as an example of what a minimalist is doing. Take it only as a snapshot of the life of random twenty-something year old.

Methodology:

This whole process was done without any amount of scientific rigor. For tracking, I used the OneNote app on my phone, and would keep a page for each month, that I would update as I got or removed something.

I will fully admit there’s some stuff that I forgot. So take the content of the graphs with a small grain of salt.

If you read my other posts you might know this already, but there are some events worth nothing during the past two years. I had moved into a two bedroom apartment with a roommate two months before I started tracking, and I moved once over the reporting period in with my fiancé (cute).

My parents also sold their house and moved about 4 hours away from me (instead of 30mins). They asked me to take back most of my crap, since they didn’t want to move it (fair enough).

I didn’t count how many things I had before I started this process, which would have been neat to have just to get a % of how much my stuff grew over two years.

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Defining Terms:

Inbound:

This is items that are entering my life.

Things I excluded were: groceries, my roommates or partners stuff and most toiletries and cleaning supplies. I did include beauty products and toiletries that I would consider more of a upgrade/nice to haves.

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So I didn’t count toilet paper, toothpastes, dish soap etc… in this list but I did include eye creams, artisanal body soaps and make-up. The area I labeled as ‘consumables’ is probably the area where there’s the highest level of miscounting. I would capture all the soaps and candles I would buy, but I rarely counted when I used them up.

Once I moved in with my partner, I did count a fair amount of communal items, mostly furniture and linens as items in this list. The main reason, is that I have more of the design eye in our relationship, so I was the driving force behind buying these items and felt that I should count them. I also counted the communal items that are for our cat. I guess mostly because the cat isn’t able to order stuff online by himself.

I broke down the inbound categories as the following:

Consumables: as explained before, consumables are physical items that can be used up. Mostly soaps and nail polishes cause that’s the kind of crap I like to buy.

Kitchen: this includes kitchenware, tableware and small kitchen appliances.

Plants:

Plants and generally anything required to keep them alive.

Clothing: this includes clothing, undergarments, outerwear, work PPE, jewelry and accessories

Furniture/Home Décor: furniture, linens, and home décor pieces (not included plants and pot covers which are counted in the plants section.

Books: I thought I had enough that it was worth separating it out, even if it’s the smallest section.

Candles: I have a junk load of candles.

Cat Stuff: Items needed to keep my cat alive and not bugging me constantly for food.

Other: Random bobs and ends that couldn’t be easily classified into other categories.

Outbound

Things that are leaving my home and life.

Buy Nothing: My neighborhood has a really active ‘buy nothing‘ Facebook group. The idea is that items can find second (or more) lives within the community and it reduce congestion to donation centers since the people that want a particular item are getting it directly. It’s a fantastic group and I’ve both given and received a lot of items this way.

I’ve also include returning or donating books to the Little Free Libraries under this section. Mostly due to them being grass roots programs that keep items in the community.

Gifted: I’m a super generous soul! 😛 But over time friends have shown interest in something I’ve looking to declutter, so they get first dibs.

Sold: Item sold either through Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Depop or others.

Recycled: One can argue that most recycling programs are basically ineffective and this should just count as garbage. But where possible, I tried to bring my items to specific recycling centers/organizations to get the best chance at being diverted from landfills.

Garbage: I threw it in the TRASH.

Dead plants: It happened enough that it got it’s own section.

Donated: Similar to recycled where possible I donated to specific organizations before donating to Value Village (which I avoid donating to since a lot of the material goes to landfill and it’s a for-profit corporation, it’s just the closest one to my house).

Used Up: consumables like soap or candles that I’ve finished

Okay now that I’ve put as much text you will scroll over as a recipe for a vegan lasagna, here’s the actual graph:

This graph probably doesn’t surprise anyone that’s ever lived with me. I brought more things in than taken out. More proof that I’m not a very much not a minimalist.

I think if I actually counted more accurately, the numbers would be more or less the same. I donated a lot of clothing and items that were still at my parent’s house when they were moving. I just counted each bag. Although, I might just be deflecting since I want to think that I got rid of a good amount of stuff over the two years.

How many items that came in stuck around?

Over 330 items over two years I brought into my home, what stayed in my life?

Reflections on both graphs in no particular order

  • The main take away from the past two years is that I’m very bad at keeping plants alive
RIP
  • I think the fact that most of the stuff I brought in is still around is a good sign?
  • Since my parents wanting me to take back my crap, I’ve really had to confront the type of person I want to be with regards to my objects. I can’t passively keep random stuff from my childhood or university since I literally don’t have the room to store it. I still have a couple small boxes in a closet of keepsakes that don’t fully make sense to display but I can’t bring myself to get rid of. But there was a couple of months in summer 2021 where I was mostly working on decluttering that stuff.
  • My closet has changed a lot. COVID was a non-trivial factor in that regard. I bought a lot more athleisure items, as I got more comfy with working from home. Additionally, my current company is bit more relaxed compared to the very corporate office culture I used to work in. I’m not saying I got rid of all my office wear as I still have a fair amount. But I parted ways with a lot of items that were older that I was no longer touching or no longer fit. I’m also not in my early twenties and some of the clothes naturally got rotated out.
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What was my best Inbound?

This one is a bit hard. There are items that I use every day, like my furniture, or kitchen stuff. I appreciate these items but it would feel weird calling them my best items, even if they’ve improved my life.

There are some clothes that I’ve gotten a lot of wear out of that I really like.

I have my engagement ring, which is gorgeous and a very meaningful symbol of the love my fiancé and I have for each other. You know, that cheesy stuff. So that would be the best item that came into my life.

What is my worst Inbound?

This is a lot easier. The top three worst items I brought into my life in the past two years:

3. The Rosemary Christmas Tree. It was an impulse purchase, at Farm Boy (basically Canadian Whole Foods). I loved the idea of having a small Christmas tree and that it’s something useful. The thing died within, like, a week of purchase. Later I saw a similar plant at Costco, with a cover pot for ~$3 less. It was just an unfortunate purchase. I’ve killed a lot plants but this one was extra disappointing, since it also killed the holiday spirit of the house.

This caption turned out to be a lie.

2. The Duvet Comforter From Maison Tess. I will spare you the details of my multi month search for a nice duvet comforter. Finally, I bit the bullet, and got one from Maison Tess. I like that it was a Canadian company and the reviews I saw were generally fine., much better than Amazon, Etsy or big box stores. So I placed order while it was on sale (and thus non-refundable 😭).

I liked the colour and it was very soft. But also the thing sheds like a husky in the spring. There were flecks of blue fluff on all the sheets, on me, my pajamas, the cat, everywhere. I made the mistake of doing the first wash with a towel and a couple other linens, and had to rewash everything since it got covered in blue. Not great, and none of the reviews mentioned this! I still have the cover and it’s been relegated to a guest linen, since it looks nice but is too high maintenance for regular use.

1. Skinny Jeans from Frank and Oak. I seriously need to stop buying clothes online and final sale. I measured myself like four times and placed the order for a new pair of black jeans. They arrived and they were nowhere close to the right size. It’s actually upsetting. I tried reselling them to no avail. I offered them to a few close friends and this is the reverse Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, since they fit no one. They eventually found a home with my friend’s sister. I’m happy I was able to find someone that can get use out of them. But they were a frustrating presence before that point, so big regrets. They made me feel bad about my body, and that’s lame as hell.

So what did I learn?

1. Stop buying things final sale.

I like a good deal as much as the next person. But the risk of buying something and not having the option to return it is not great. I’m a strong advocate for buying secondhand, and reviewing this list made me notice that I don’t practice what I preach as much as I would like too. For a while that was due to COVID restrictions since second hand shops were not letting people try stuff on. But after a certain point, I can look at this and see I’m just a hypocrite that is lazy and just impulse buys stuff online. Which is not a very minimalist or eco conscious thing to do.

2. Growing plants is hard.

It took a while and a lot of sacrifice but I can finally say with some confidence that I’m a plant person. I think if I had any suggestions in this area, it’s to built your collection slowly. Also to look at FB Marketplace or Kijiji for plants. The plant community is really active and you can typically get big common plants for a better price than big box stores or nurseries (milage may vary, don’t @ me).

3. Decluttering takes time, especially if there’s no deadline.

My most productive decluttering months were right when I gave notice to my landlords that I was moving. I don’t think I’m original in saying, I hate the idea of moving crap I don’t need. So the deadline is a great motivator. There were long stretches of time where I just had random junk in my trunk since I was waiting for the moment to drop off the stuff. Don’t be like me, please take the time to finish the declutter. I had the chance to do the drop offs, but I wouldn’t organize my life well enough to stop at the charity or recycling center on the way to groceries or something.

4. I own too many candles.

I’m not mad, but it’s the truth. I’m slowly making my way through them and gifting them to friends. At the moment I’m on a full candle buying ban, and plant to stay that way until I’ve finished all of them up. so that may be a while.

5. Teamwork makes the dreamwork.

I’m sure you don’t need a random blog post to tell you that friends are cool. They’ve been a great at talking me out of buying random crap. A few items have also been gifted their way. But just calling me on my shit when needed. Thanks guys!

I’ve also benefited immensely from living in a big city with really active communities for reduce waste. The biggest have been the Buy Nothing groups, which has been a great way to bring in and take out items from my life. There’s also more charities in my city where I’ve been able to be really specific with where the items I have are donated.

Sure this takes a bit more time to organize, but I’ve found that taking the time to actually care where my crap is going has made me more conscious of what I bring in. I don’t want to waste the time getting rid of junk in the future.

I know that might not work for every one, I’ve probably sunk a few hours over the past two years between meet ups, researching charities, figuring out drop offs and posting items online to resell that I know not everyone can afford to do that. But I would recommend looking into what your community has in regards to Buy Nothing groups, swaps, community run libraries and charities, just so it’s in the back of your mind if you are decluttering.

6. Nostalgia sells really well on eBay

I didn’t make a huge amount of money selling stuff. That wasn’t the main point for me, it was about getting shit out of my apartment. The exception being selling some of the toys and tech from my childhood on eBay. Even without being tested or graded, and sometimes with parts missing, I was able to sell stuff within minutes or days of posting it. Pokémon cards withstanding, that market is very competitive, and I just didn’t have good quality cards that were worth posting.

This might change with a looming recession, and people discretionary spending on nostalgia gets tighten. But if you have stuff from the 80s – 2000’s, I would definitely recommended trying to sell it online before other methods of decluttering.

Conclusion

If you actually read this all the way to the end, thank you! I believe this is my longest post to date, so I appreciate you taking the time.

I’m going to continue the Inbound vs Outbound series, I’ve gotten a hang of tracking stuff and I find it interesting to look back on it. I’m hoping one day to hit some sort of minimalism/decluttering Nirvana where there’s a month were there’s no items being brought into or out of my life expect for food. I don’t expect that moment will come any time soon, so in the meantime expect more updates on that front.

If you have any thoughts or have tried tracking your household items I would love to hear about it int the comments.

BOOK Review: Minimalista by Shira Gill

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Minimalista is the first book by Shira Gill, an organizing expect who’s been featured pretty much anywhere fancy, Opera, Goop, Vogue and even one of my Dad’s favorite magazines, Dwell.

I didn’t know that she was that well known. I saw this book in Libby as a recommended title for the spring cleaning and put it on hold. I’m glad I read it, it’s probably one of the best minimalism books I’ve read this year.

I vibed with the way it was written, even if it’s sorta cheugy, girlbossy. I though Gill’s writing was funny and the information was clear and concise.

Part One is an overview of minimalism and how to declutter. This book is definitely more about the aesthetics of the minimalism rather than the lifestyle, as Part Two of the book is all about decluttering your space and how to style it.

Her vibe is very Pinterest-y and I hate to say it again, cheugy. Not the Minion memes part of the cheugy, but the hanging your wide brimmed hat on your wall as a statement piece part of cheugy.

From her website. Confirms she loves wide brimmed hats
From google but to show the vibe of the book

Part One of Minimalista is the better part in my opinion. She covers the steps of decluttering as well as how to get the stuff out of your house pretty well.

I thought Part Two was a tad long since it was a room by room breakdown. As someone who only really has three rooms in their apartment, most of that section didn’t apply to me.

The last comment I had about Minimalista, is something I liked, but makes me sound petty. I liked that this book has two very obvious digs at The Home Edit. I tried reading that book after trying to watch The Home Edit show on Netflix until my partner asked me to shut it off because of the yelling.

Gill comments on how her organizing system isn’t about making everything a rainbow, the staple of The Home Edit system. Gill also comments on how jars filled with spiral Oreos are really silly. Which are valid criticisms, since The Home Edit is definitely too focus on the visual aspect of home decor to the point where it seems like a hard system to actually live with.

I quickly Googled to see if there was any beef between the two brands and I didn’t find anything. It’s probably just that they are direct competition in the niche of “Female lead, home organizing brands which have been featured on Goop”.

Shira Gill would never…

To wrap up, I would recommend the book. If you were active on Pinterest at the height of its popularity, I think you would enjoy the vibe of this book the most.

The information is solid, and I found it still current, despite my dated references throughout this post suggesting otherwise. If you see it at the library, I would say give it a flip through. It’s probably worth looking at the physical copy over the digital. I read the book on my phone and I think some of the photos and layouts were lost in the digitization process, based on the pics of physical book I’ve seen online.

Two books I didn’t hate in a row? Is that even allowed? You can read my most recent book review of Minimal Mom by Diane Boden here, and see all my book reviews here. If you’ve heard of Shira Gill or this book before I would love to hear about it in the comments.

What’s in My Bag as a Civil Engineer

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So this isn’t fully on brand for the content of the blog, but I wanted to share it anyways. I was recently spring cleaning and thought I should also tackle my work bag in the process. It had gotten weirdly heavy as of late, so it was probably worth looking at.

Most of my work is doing inspections of existing buildings, with a bit of new construction from time to time. So I end up in all sorts of different environments and types of work in a week. Which will probably show with the stuff I carry with me.

My work bag is a navy backpack with faux leather accents. As seen below being checked out by a cat I was taking care of at the time.

So what was in my bag. I took it all out and made a flat lay.

  • Wallet: pretty standard
  • Extra Mask: The worst feeling is when your mask breaks and you awkwardly have to hold it as you go to the reception of the building you are reviewing and ask if you can bum a new one. I totally have never done that… But I like to have a couple extras a back up.
  • Two notebooks: Not sure why I had two. I removed the smaller one from the bag. The larger one lives on my clipboard (not shown) and I typically use that or a pad of paper to write my site notes.
  • Measuring tape: to measure stuff on site to confirm it’s the size it’s supposed to be. Or if I’m bored, I can see how much of the tape I can pull out before it collapses
  • Screw driver: great for opening access hatches, or removing the cover off a piece of equipment.
  • Flashlight: there’s a flashlight on my phone, but it’s good to have one that’s a bit more powerful. Work sends me to some pretty dark and scary places sometimes. It also kinda acts as a laser pointer when I’m trying to show something to a client or colleagues, where I can just shine the light on the thing that I’m talking about.
  • Four pens: I keep losing them on site, so I would rather have too many than not enough. It’s nice to have multiple colors on hand if you need to mark up a drawing or highlight something in your notes.
  • Two sets of gloves: as the seasons change, I don’t think I need to carry both. One pair is my fall/winter set of gloves. The other pair have some grip to them incase you need to lift something dirty.
  • One USB key: pretty helpful to have on hand.
  • Camera and charger: I know many people just use their phone for site photos. But an old school point and shoot doesn’t drain the battery of my cell, and typically the zoom is better.
  • Wet film thickness gauge: used to measure the thickness of liquid coatings.
  • Random charging cables: to charge my phone or connect it to my laptop when I’m on the road. The other is for my camera. I have no idea why the latter is in my bag since my computer has an SD port for transferring files.
  • Reusable Bags: Good for if I’m picking up groceries after work, and generally a nice thing to have. Probably don’t need to be carrying two of them at all times.
  • Sunglasses: got to look cool on site 😎.

Not shown but also in my bag:

  • A boatload of receipts and random papers.
  • A small first aid kit, that’s mostly Band-Aids, alcohol wipes and advil.
  • A plastic cutlery set: never know when your burrito bowl order won’t come with a fork.
  • Period Products: pretty self explanatory.
  • Business cards: I store business cards everywhere. My jacket pockets, my bag, my car, anywhere. I still find old business cards from the job I had 4 years ago from time to time.
  • A water bottle or travel mug: these items don’t live in my bag since they are always being used or washed but if I’m out of the house I generally will have one of them in side pockets.
  • Personal Protective Equipment: these items don’t live in my bag full time, and I take whatever is appropriate to the site I’m going too. In general I have an extra hi-vis and my harness for working at heights just living in my car.

I carry so much stuff…

So this exercise made me realize how much stuff I carry at all times. I probably can take some of this stuff out and only pack what I think I need when I go to site. But that involves way more planning, and I don’t want to do it.

In general, I need to make more of an effort to go through and clean my bag. I found so so many receipts, post-its and change. I probably could have gotten like two fancy lattes with the money that was sitting at the bottom of the bag.

Is there something weird you have to carry as part of your job or commute? I would love to read about in the comments.

Bonus Content: Here’s a video of what the cat found when he stuck his head in my bag.

BOOK REVIEW: Organizing for the Rest of Us By Dana K. White

Dana K. White is a staple is in the decluttering/minimalist space. I see her second book Decluttering at the Speed of Life referenced pretty regularly on r/declutter as the book to read if you are interested in owning less stuff.  

I read a portion of Decluttering at the Speed of Life a few years ago, but didn’t have the time to finish it before it was automatically returned to the library on Libby. From what I remember, I enjoyed it and planned to revisit it for the blog.  

Her most recent book Organizing for the Rest of Us: 100 Realistic Strategies to Keep Any House Under Control is not a decluttering book, it’s a cleaning, and home maintenance book.  

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This book is a pretty easy read. Each of the 100 strategies are only couple of pages and Dana K. White doesn’t expect you to incorporate all of them.

That being said, it did take a bit longer than expected to finish. Almost every time I picked it up, I would read a couple pages and I would get an urge to clean something. It feels weird to read about how you should do your dishes every day when your sink is full of the pots from yesterday’s dinner.  

So in a way, the book was pretty effective at its purpose for promoting an organized and clean home. Even if it’s not in the way she intended.  

The book discusses a concept of the three levels of cleaning, most of the strategies in the book fall into one of three different levels. They are the following:

1) Declutter

It’s hard to clean when you have too much crap that doesn’t have a home. She gives a very brief overview on how to declutter a space. And recommends reading her other book for more details. I think she gave the right amount of info for someone who hasn’t read her other works, but not bog down the pacing of this book. 

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2) Daily maintenance

This is the bulk of the strategies. White is a big believer small cleans every day. I understand why dishes every day or sweeping or laundry makes the longer term flow of the household nicer. In practice that isn’t something I want to do for myself.

3) Deep cleaning

This is like the tips for how to clean your baseboards. Or the big seasonal cleans that really elevates a space from tidy to clean.  

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Again each chapter/strategy is really short. The book isn’t heavy with many anecdotes or extra filler, which I appreciate. I enjoyed White’s voice throughout, she seems like a really funny person.  

Overall, I think the book is a quick read and good for people that need that kick in the butt to clean their space. Or are overwhelmed on how to do it.

I did notice that the things I resonated with most in this book (the levels of clean, daily dishes, laundry days) have their own blog posts of her website. If you are curious about this book I would start there, since she has years of content at your disposal.

If you are interested in reading any reviews of decluttering or minimalism, book you can read my rankings of Minimalism and Decluttering books here.

Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book off of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

BOOK Review: Consumed by Aja Barber

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If you pay attention to any sustainable fashion Instagram or social media, you’ve probably heard of Consumed, the first book by Aja Barber.  

The book is a pretty recent release (Oct 2021). I think I’m the first person to read the copy from the library since it was in spotless condition. Which doesn’t effect my review, I’m just happy it happened.   

Consumed: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism is the full title of the book and the book’s thesis statement. Aja Barber covers a lot of ground in a relatively short book and I think she does really well. 

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The book is spilt into two parts. I’ll just use the description on Aja’s website since it’s more concise than anything I could write:  

Part one: I expose you to the endemic injustices in our consumer industries and the uncomfortable history of the textile industry; one which brokered slavery, racism and today’s wealth inequality. 

Part two: In the second ‘unlearning’ half of the book, I will help you to understand the uncomfortable truth behind why you consume the way you do. 

Aja’s writing style is really inviting and it feels like a friend talking about something they’re super passion about. Like instead of a researcher/journalism trying to lecture you. There were so many moments I wanted to Snapchat or post what I was reading of my Instagram. I was really connecting with what was written and wanted to share it with people!

As mentioned earlier, the book covers a lot of ground and deals with many difficult topics. Such as the condition of garment factories, destruction of the environment, racism in the fashion industry and more. 

I think she covers all the topics really well and sensitively. Although, one criticism I have: there were spots I wish she went a bit deeper. I’ve read some of the books referenced and I think it would have strengthen her points if she included more info from those books here. 

One example being the Bangladesh factory fires. I think it would have benefited with more details for people that didn’t know that happened or forgot about it. Like a couple more sentences just explaining the impacts. Like how the doors were chained. Or that a lot of the survivors or families didn’t get any compensation from the fund raising or government. Would have helped really shine a light on how shit these manufacturing conditions can be.

I believe Aja was trying not to be too much of a downer. I also think she assumes the reader may know more about some of these topics before picking up the book. So I understand why some topics were kept on the shorter side.

The second half of the book is about unlearning and the actionable steps a consumer can take. The main one she mentioned is writing to law makers. And there’s an example letter! Additionally, introductions is open letter Aja wrote to fast fashion companies. That one isn’t one you can copy since it was specific to her. But between the two of them, you got a good starting point to help you write your own letter.  

I love example letters!

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This book is one of the few new releases that mention Covid and didn’t annoy me the heck out of me. Fast fashion companies have fucked over so many garment workers over the past few years. It really drives home about what she’s been writing that took place before 2020. Fast fashion will take any opportunity, including a pandemic to be…   

If/when this book gets a second edition it would be interesting to see what the updates will be. So far, they are pretty depressing… I believe there are some lost wage class actions that have been filed since publication. 

Update since writing the draft review: there’s been a few wins. See below:

Apart for the normal, write to the government, and stop buying crap from Shein, she does include other tips. I think that her approach is very nuanced. Aja Barber seems aware that for the regular person, fully quitting fast fashion is a marathon, not a race. Additionally, the tips aren’t the same as once I’ve read in other books or online.  

Overall, I loved the book and I’ve been recommending it to all my friends! I recommend it to you too. It was really eye opening without being too overwhelming.


If you are interested in review of other books about fast fashion, I have one for Fashionopolis by Dana Thomas. You can also find all my book reviews here.

BOOK REVIEW: Declutter Like a Mother by Allie Casazza

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Declutter Like a Mother is the most recent book by stay-at-home mom, turned blogger, turned entrepreneur, Allie Casazza. She found many benefits in decluttering/minimizing. This book explores the steps she’s given her consulting clients to go through their belongings.

Before I get too deep into the review, I got this book off NetGalley. So I didn’t pay for this book (thanks). But most importantly, I’m not the intended demographic for this book: I’m not a mother. Casazza does mention early on that this book can be read by anyone. But I got called Mama enough times, that I’m not convinced that this is true.

My largest gripe about this book and something that makes it feel less evergreen, despite it being a new release (Sept 2021) is the number of references to her programs and website. Very early in the book you discover that this book is basically a promotion tool for her online program for decluttering your home (priced at $397 USD at the time of writing). The chapter on tackling children’s bedrooms seems sparse, and Casazza happens to offers a program on her website specifically for decluttering children rooms ($349 USD).

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You can definitely read the book and follow the steps and likely get a declutter. But the majority of the steps are really light on details. Which is a mixed bag. I dislike books that are too repetitive when it comes to the declutter process (The Minimalist Home was slightly guilty of this). But this swung the other direction.

For example, the Chapter about clothing. Which is big enough of a topic that there are many books just tackling that, was really really vague. She mentioned keeping what fits and you enjoy having. Then goes on a multi-paragraph discussion of how her favorite underwear are the high-rise Spanx, and why it’s her favorite. I didn’t find that helpful to my own closet pair down process.

But that is jumping ahead…

The closet isn’t the first area she recommends you declutter. Which is very refreshing for this style of book. That fresh feeling was short lived though. Because the title of the chapter starting the declutter method dang near killed me:

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Some people may find that chapter title funny. Maybe people will appreciate random Fergie reference from a song that came out in 2003, that was used in another chapter title. But I just find the writing style very dated. I would have completed believed you if you had told me this book came out in, like, 2014-2017 during the high of the Chevron, mint green, maxi dress era of life.

The book is a very easy read.

Despite me thinking the writing style was dated, it was straightforward, and easy to follow. I wish the book was more detailed, and didn’t reference her website as much. After the chapters about the declutter, she did have a FAQ and testimonial section that was an interesting addition. I would have liked it expanded as well. She mentions having clients, I would loved to know more about of their common road blocks and how to get past them. But I guess that’s something only people in the paid course get to know.

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But what did she suggest to do to declutter like a mother?

In general, you are asked to visualize the intention you have for the space and keep items that serve that purpose. She was really clear at multiple times in the book, that the program isn’t about minimalism, but “it’s about having less of what doesn’t matter in order to make room for what does”

I actually did a bunch of research to confirm that sentence wasn’t plagiarized from one of the minimalism girlies. I was that convinced that I had read that before somewhere else. But that’s a me problem, not the books.

She calls her lifestyle “simplicitism”, which feels impossible to pronounce and harder to explain. But it’s minimalism: the movement, not the aesthetic or art style. There was a whole chapter about how to keep going and not let the idea of minimalism (dudes that only own three shirts and can fit everything they own in a backpack) distract you from how you want your space to be used.

Sidebar: I’m kinda annoyed that the aesthetic of a minimalist lifestyle is so ingrained in the movement. Like it feels like anyone that doesn’t only wear black has to over explain or dissociate with the philosophy. Which feels silly in a time where we really should be stopping our overconsumption as society. For a bunch of reasons that I don’t need to get into right now. Like, I guess I’m guilty of that too. This whole blog is about how I’m not a minimalism, but enjoy reading about it. I’ve read enough books trying to dispel the myths of minimalism to see this is a trope of the genre. I think this book was the one that continued about it the longest.

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I’m not saying these two are the reason everyone feels they have to justify their minimalism exitance, but I’m not not saying that either. /EndSidebarRant
I have a few other notes that I want to include here. As I didn’t know where else to put it:
  • There is talk of god and religion. It’s only in the introduction and afterword if that’s something you would want to skip over.
  • Really encourages buying containers or tray for each room. This feels like something you should wait until your declutter more spaces before doing. Mostly to confirm you don’t already have something that would do the job.
  • She wants you to get rid of all your glasses and mugs and only use mason jars.
  • “Life is too short to drink out of a fugly mug” – Page 93.
  • I haven’t read Girl Wash Your Face or other books by Rachel Hollis. So I might be out of line, but I find there are a fair amount of similarities. Both talk about poop in there books, both are small business owner turn book/internet empire, and both quote Maya Angelou. Allie, unlike Racheal, attributes the quote. So that’s a plus to this book for sure!
  • I briefly checked out the Goodreads reviews after writing my first draft of this post. Despite Allie really not wanting this book to be about minimalism, most positive reviews mentioned that’s what they got from it.

Would I recommend this book?

I’m learning more towards No than Yes. I do think that Allie does fill a niche in the ‘owning less crap’ space, even if it’s not really for me. But I don’t think the book provides enough info to its reader. Additionally, I don’t think its effective enough at it’s main goal: funneling people into joining her course. Like people are already paid for a product and it didn’t provide that much value. How can we be sure the next product won’t be the same…

This book is going into the “Marge Simpson going Mmmm” level of my tier list of book reviews (Link here to the whole list). You can also go there for more reviews of book I’ve read for the blog. The book isn’t terrible, and I’m pretty sure I’ll remember it. At the same time, it’s not really a value add.

That’s pretty much all I had for this book. Allie does have podcast. I’ve listened to one episode, and I have some thoughts. I will listen to a few more, and probably make a separate post about that in the future.

Update 2022-05-08:

So I was minding my own business, scrolling Pinterest and an old blog post of Casazza’s popped up on my feed. A Beginner’s Guide to a Minimalist Home and the introduction of this book are the same. The first seven paragraphs about walking around your home are basically verbatim. This explains why I thought the book had such intense mint green chevron vibes, they literally do.

Parts of the blog post were edited, but the majority was the same. I did a really quick scan of some of her other posts and didn’t see any moments this obvious of self-plagiarism, but many of the blog titles got reused.

This cements my feeling that this book was a lazy project to push her courses. I don’t think that she needs to write 100% new content for the book, but also think it’s weird to keep so much of it the same.

I personally don’t like a lot stuff I wrote 5 years ago and would likely rework it a lot if it was going to a publisher. I guess I assumed others would have a similar feeling.

If you have any thoughts about that, I would love to know.

Backsliding and Some Thoughts about my History with Stuff

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Although I do not consider myself a Minimalist (if I had to label myself I would say I’m a critic of the movement given how many books on the subject I shittalk). I do agree with the general idea that people in first world countries own too much crap. And owning the right amount of crap might have some positive knock-on effects to other parts of life.  

In the past 3-ish years I’ve been working really hard to stop buying extra stuff. There’s few of the reasons I fell into the trap of overconsumption and I just wanted shared them with you. Maybe you’ve had a similar experience.

Lifestyle creep: 

When I started my first real person job, I had only few work appropriate clothes collected from various summer office jobs. Not really enough to keep me going in a full time professional environment.  

I also was earning, like, 3 times what I was making at my part-time job. So the money might have gone a bit to my head and I spent a fair amount of cheddar on clothing and general lifestyle stuff.  

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Pretty much all the crap the finance books warn you about. For the first year and a half of my professional career I was a walking money-unconscious millennial stereotype. Lattes, avocados, ordering mixed drinks at restaurants, take out for lunch. The only spot I think I broke from the archetype your boomer parents are always complaining about is that I didn’t have credit card debt. #flex 

Although I didn’t have any debt, yet, the lifestyle was more expensive than it should be. I did notice this trend when I tried my hand at budgeting and have since taken more steps to be less wasteful with my spending. Also wasteful lifestyle wise as well. Hard to say I care about the environment but also buy from H&M

PayPal 

There are definitely some impulse purchases that would not be in my life if I didn’t have a PayPal account. It’s just too easy to complete the purchase. Which I know is the whole point of the service…  

PayPal knows the devices I’ve ordered from before so it will automatically log me in. So the friction between me seeing something stupid online and ordering it and basically zero. That might explain such purchases as: a few pairs of shoes I ordered while walking to the bus, a pack of holographic dickbutt stickers I ordered before bed, and an electric spinning wheel I saw on my Instagram feed…  

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Why did I order 50 of these?

Sidebar: don’t get me started on how much crap I’ve bought just cause I kept getting Instagram ads for it. Not proud of that.  

Adulting 

I don’t think the word adulting is still cool to say. But it was another way I ended up buying stuff. Once I moved out of my parents after university there were some things that I needed. And a lot of things I thought I needed but realistically was just wanted. Like did I need mixology set? Probably not, but it was the start of the the pandemic and I needed something to keep me busy.  

Writing all of this out is making me super aware of how basic I sound. Which, like I am, but… that’s not the point of this post.

Why did I decide to get my shit together? 

I feel like all the stories I read online or in books, have a very dramatic breaking point: either credit card debt, strained relationships with family, an epiphany after a health scare for example. My reasons were extremely underwhelming in comparison.

I knew I would eventually have to move out of the basement apartment which I had really cheap rent on. I needed to stop buying stuff and get rid of some of it because I was either going to move into a microscopic studio apartment or with a roommate. While paying double in rent than the space I currently had.  

So to make sure I could realistically live in whatever the space I was moving into I knew I needed to downsize.  

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If memory serves me right, I did have a passing interest in minimalism at this point. I read half of Marie Kondo in university, years prior (my friends and I had a good giggle at the part about folding socks and I pretty much gave up right after). I also listened to The Minimalist podcast and hated it. And read Joshua Becker’s book The Minimalism Home (review here).  

My most effective way I decluttered was surprisingly through the minimalism game  (Day 1, one item, Day 2 two items, … Day 31, thirty one items). Despite me just saying I hated the Minimalists. 

I didn’t play it the whole way through but I think I got to day 25. Which was still a good amount of things.  

I actually filmed all of it at the time. If I have any of the footage still I might make a video of it.  

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Archive photo of Day 21 of the Minimalism Game back in 2019

So I do the move, and it’s overall okay (this isn’t the move feature in this post, but the one the year before it). I’m sure my old roommate could point out (rightfully) that my stuff did take more than my share of the common space, such as kitchen or washroom cabinets.  

So my downsizing efforts weren’t perfect. No one was going to feature a picture of my room or apartment in their Pinterest boards. Unless they want their boards to be filled with bedrooms that have unpacked boxes of yarn.  

While living there, I started this Blog, and began tracking the stuff that was going in and out of my life. Sorta as a way to keep myself accountable to not buy weird crap, but also just to see if the crap I did buy was something I kept in the long run. 

Sidebar #2: Just checked the posts for last year and most of the stuff I brought in I still have, minus some plants that died).  

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In the months leading to my most recent move, I got back into deep declutter mode. Since I didn’t want to waste time and energy moving stuff that doesn’t Spark Joy

Right before that move was probably the point I had the least amount of things since moving out of my parents as an adult. Although, based on the feedback of my friends that helped me move, it was still a lot of stuff.  

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From my most recent move

So where are we now?

If you’ve been paying attention to the blog (thanks by the way), you might have noticed that the past few months a lot of things have been coming in and not a lot going out. Which isn’t necessary a bad thing…  

Except I’m feeling the pull of some old habits resurface. Particularly the past few weeks with the week Black Friday and Boxing Day sales. I’m made a few purchases which were not as carefully thought-out as I would like in a perfect world. Examples being two plants from a local seller, and pots that I’ve seen on Instagram a million times.  

There were moments here and there were I did a bit better, like One of a Kind Show, which is a really large vendor sale of Canadian artists. Supporting locally made is something I value, and I’ve gone pretty friggin’ hard in the past.  

It’s been two years since I’ve been, I was excited to go, yet worried about over spending. I think I was pretty good. Mostly due to my partner rolling his eyes and making fun of me for having this blog while also wanting all of the things. I did end up getting a few items: a shirt, a sweater, some presents for my parents and a craft kit. Some people may find that was a lot but, again, better than previous years.  

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Me in said sweater yelling in the woods

After this I bought some pots I saw on instagram/online that I decided to order.  

That was definitely a willpower issues. Did I need pots? Not really… Especially since I regret the purchase as the colours on the website are not close to the actuals.  

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This time of year is kinda tough if you are trying to not buy things. The darkness gets to your bones. You lowkey feel like an animals trying to scavenge all the things you need to survive hibernation and it’s all on sale!  

It can be helpful if there’s stuff that have been on a list and you’re looking for a deal. But trying to not let that snowball into somethings larger, is really hard. Which is were I’m at. I’ve ordered a bunch of stuff online and for a short while I forgot what I ordered and when stuff that was arriving in the mail. So every day was a little surprise. Yay consumerism.  

But what would I have done differently?

The main one is listening to my partner when he was trying to talk me out of these purchases. He knows I’m trying to curb my spending. I would just look at him, giggle and hit the PayPal ‘buy now’ button.  

That’s probably why a lot of decluttering books mention having a accountability partner. Until you’ve fully ~shifted your mindset~ toward minimalism or whatever, it’s hard to not want to follow old, yet wasteful patterns. So having someone that you can mention wanting something and hear them telling you ‘NO’ can be powerful. As well as someone to discuss the feelings and just getting a dialog going can remind you why you want less stuff. 

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 Another tried and true things all the books mention is having a goal. I didn’t and I think I let that lost feeling manifested in weird ways. I don’t know if I’m fully over it now. But I’m high on that New Year’s Resolution good good and been able to go *checks calendar* 8 days without buying any crap.

Hopefully I will be able to keep up that energy throughout the year. This year, I have some savings goals, as well some environmental impact goals that I’m trying to keep top of mind as we continue into 2022.   

That pretty much it. This post ended up being a lot longer than expected. I mostly just wanted to write about feeling silly for buying so much crap through PayPal and how it made me feel like I was in my early twenties again and it just when from there. I would love to hear from you. What there something dumb you bought because of Instagram? Or because there was a Black Friday sale? I would love to hear about it.  

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Inbound vs Outbound #12 – August 2021

The point of this article is to see what I’ve purchased versus what I’ve decluttered in the month. The ultimate goal is to see, if over time, I’m bringing more into my life than taking out. Also if the things I do bring in are adding more value into my life in the long run since I’m documenting when it’s arriving.

I was packing to move this month. I tried my best to keep track of things but there’s a chance a lot was missed. Really tried to only to move stuff I want to keep (spoiler: mixed results).

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Inbound: 

  • A bar cart;
  • One T-shirt;
  • One legging and sports bra set; and
  • One vacuum.
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Outbound:

  • Two jewelry design boards (FB Marketplace);
  • A carry case filled beading supplies (FB Marketplace);
  • A fishing tackle of beading supplies (FB Marketplace);
  • Two glass Terrarium (FB Marketplace);
  • Two outdoor chair and stools (FB Marketplace);
  • One Fijifilm Instax and three packs of film (given to a friend);
  • Two packs of scrapbooking paper (given to a friend);
  • One Gameboy with games and carrier (eBay);
  • More random bag of beading supplies (Buy Nothing Group);
  • A bag of knit slippers my grandma gave me three years ago (hospital NICU);
  • About 4-5 bags of clothing and household items (donated);
  • A office/school supplies (Buy Nothing Group/Gifted);
  • 100 paper bags (FB marketplace);
  • One crochet bear (Buy Nothing Group);
  • One plastic Christmas tree (Garbage);
  • One plant my friend found on the side of the road and left at my old place (returned to the side of the road);
  • One bean bag chair (gifted to my roommate);
  • One dinning table (gifted to my roommate); and
  • One pocket Neopet (eBay).

As predicted in my July post, lots of movement this month. I’m at the new place and there is a lot of unpacking to do, which will discuss in future posts.

Inbound vs Outbound #11 – July 2021

The point of this article is to see what I’ve purchased versus what I’ve decluttered in the month. The ultimate goal is to see, if over time, I’m bringing more into my life than taking out. Also if the things I do bring in are adding more value into my life in the long run since I’m documenting when it’s arriving.

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Inbound: 

  • Two work shirts;
  • Hard hat;
  • Safety vet;
  • No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg;
  • Landfill by Tim Dee; and
  • Five self watering planters.

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Outbound:

  • One picture frame (Buy Nothing Group);
  • One lunch box (Sold on FB Marketplace);
  • Two blouses (Gifted to my friend);
  • One Peperomia Frost (Sold on FB Marketplace);
  • A bunch of black plastic takeout containers (case reused drop off); and
  • An old month guard (garbage)

I’m pretty sure I’m missing a few items this month. I posted a lot of things online and waiting for them to get sold. So hopefully I can get the outbound list a little longer in August.