[Downsizing Zeal] Limited Access Space

I only use the larger bedroom of this apartment-mansion for storage. It doesn’t have an overhead light and I’ve intentionally avoided plugged in a lamp to access things at night. I only use the room for seldom-used things or things I know I want to keep, which helps me focus my downsizing efforts on the stuff in the living room area. Without a dedicated “safe zone” space for downsizing, I might feel like keeping everything.

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[Downsizing Zeal] Noisy Kitchen Arrangements

I am writing this essay leaned up against my dishwasher, looking at my cluttered freezer full of magnets collected over the years, with the soft thudding of the neighbor kids screaming, yelling, and running all over the apartment just past this wall. They were quiet for a few weeks after the police were called. Now they’re back at it. But what’s actually more stressful than that is all the noise from these magnets and decorations.

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[Downsizing Zeal] What’d I Donate…?

Three days after I donated enough donations to fill my trunk, I couldn’t remember what I donated as I was filling out my tax information, and in some small way, I think that’s great. My attachment to the old gloves and perhaps remaining school supplies was so minimal that my memory had wiped clean their existence from my former possession. Once I would have mourned the loss of stuff, now I enjoy the free space.

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[Rowing Machine] 2019: Week 21 {238.5} “Change Controllable Variables”

I have many excuses that impede my ability to row. Some are excusable; most are not. An acceptable excuse is “I don’t have the time to row before going somewhere with a short timeframe.” “Not feeling like it” is not. Even on days when I have had abundant time, I have not been consistently going to the gym, so even though I enjoy rowing, I shouldn’t berate myself for not going. What can I control?

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[Downsizing Zeal] Disposable Income Myth

“You don’t really want it. You’re just spending money.[1]” I’ve, fortunately, lived a life where I’ve never been without money or food. That shouldn’t be a luxury, but it is. The more I drive around the desolate city I’m contracting in, the more I ask myself: What if I had no disposable income? What if I couldn’t leisurely buy two packs of gum just because? What if I thought like that, but positively, going forward?

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[Downsizing Zeal] Lovingly Disowning Albums

Just because you don’t own a particular set of songs doesn’t mean you hate them. Just because you enjoy another set of songs, but don’t love them, doesn’t mean you should keep them- no matter how little space they may take up. Just because you love a particular set of songs doesn’t mean you need to own them, especially if you only listen to them about once every few years. It’s OK to sell albums.

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[Sober Living] Hate Being Sober

I hate being the buzz kill of parties, where people will openly talk about getting high or drinking, and having to excuse myself from the situation. I hate that sort of awkwardness because although it’s my right to live without people being inebriated in various states of consciousness all around me, really, it’s more of a weakness that others can and have exploited. It’s just unfortunate that I can’t live in a calm, serene moderation.

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[Downsizing Zeal] 30-Minute Miscellaneous Box

Over half of my possessions are in miscellaneous boxes. One box I had in my bedroom had a blanket, socks, and underwear, so it went into my bedroom, but below that were plastic and paper bags. It didn’t take me a half hour to sort through, but combining all the mental energy it cost me thinking about it, wondering how it got to be so bad, and dedicating the time to fixing it exceeded 30 minutes.

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[Downsizing Zeal] Queue for Review

Not everything you own is valuable! After donating another trunkful of things to a thrift store and with the apartment clearing up nicely, I’m beginning to learn to accurately access how much value an object has to me in terms of aesthetic, nostalgia, utility. After I donate another miscellaneous amount of furniture, I can then set up shelving dedicated to queueing up items for review. Not everything needs to be cut, but everything needs review.

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[Downsizing Zeal] Space For Clutter

Having learned my lesson about materialistic mismanagement, I now have certain places in my living room for clutter in certain stages. This rack is the final stop before items go out for donations [soon: sales]. I’ve said my “goodbyes” to everything on this rack, so it’s easier to get it out of the door. There’s a nice psychological side effect to having a shelf like this: I compulsively want to fill this rack with stuff.

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