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Sunday, April 26th, 2009
8:27 pm
For my job, I've lived on a college campus for the past two years (it's a full-time salary job, similar to a hall director, not a part-time, student RA job). Living on campus, I've had very little space, which I used as an opportunity to simplify my life.

Well, I'm very likely quitting my job at the end of this school year in order to pursue graduate school in the fall. This will mean moving into a house or apartment. I want to keep my simplified lifestyle once I move, but I don't want my house/apt to look completely bare/empty! Any advice on how to accumulate things (I will need furniture, dishes, etc., of which I have only minimal amounts here) without going overboard?
Thursday, January 15th, 2009
2:30 am
Did anyone make any resolutions about simplifying or de-cluttering this year? If so, what are your resolutions, and what steps are you currently taking to simplify?
Monday, August 25th, 2008
10:06 pm
I am planning on moving in a year or two, and would like to continue moving semi-frequently after that. I have been thinking about how little I really need, and wondering how much it would take to pare my "stuff" down so that everything I need can be transported in one trip in my car. I'm thinking this may be especially useful for when I move, but I kind of like the idea of starting to get rid of stuff now, so that I'm used to the smaller amount by the time I move. Does anyone have suggestions for how you decide what to keep and what to get rid of? Or how to condense by buying multi-tasking "stuff" (ex: I plan to save all of the music I own on an external hard drive sometime in the near future, so that I can get rid of all of my CDs. . . this will also hold all of my photos etc. for if my computer crashes!)? Any other thoughts on simplifying like this?
Thursday, April 17th, 2008
5:14 pm
spring cleaning
Is anyone doing any spring cleaning? What are you doing to make your life easier and less cluttered during this season? I am getting ready to put away all of my winter clothes and don't know the best way to go about it - this is the first time in many years that I haven't had enough room to keep all of my clothes in my closet/drawers year round. Any advice? Does anyone else have any spring cleaning questions?
Thursday, February 7th, 2008
2:45 pm
simplifying money - Wesabe.com
A couple months ago I stumbled across a website all about money - paying off debt, saving up, investing, etc. You can upload your own bank/spending information and it shows you tips other people have posted on message boards based on what you spend your money on. I *love* talking about money, so this site is great for me! Also, its much easier to keep your finances organized and make wise spending decisions when you feel somewhat accountable for it - either because you are keeping a budget and have to see if you followed it, or because you have other people you are continually discussing goals/financial plans/etc with. If you want to check it out, go here!

Another blog about finances and managing money that I find particularly interesting: My Open Wallet
Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
11:19 am
Did anyone make New Year's resolutions having to do with simplifying, organizing, or decluttering?

I went home for 2 weeks over Christmas, and before I left I gathered virtually everything I don't currently use (particularly spring/summer clothes, etc) to put in storage until I can use them again. When I returned it made me so happy to look around and see how neat and clean everything was, I almost didn't want to bring in my suitcases to unpack and add anything to my beautiful space!

Also, I bought a really cute cloth shopping bag (unfortunately I can't find a picture of it anywhere to post here). Since I live alone, it should be plenty big enough to hold my groceries from any trip to the market! No more plastic bags cluttering up my home (or the landfills!).
Monday, December 10th, 2007
12:43 pm

i just spent a few minutes looking through my bank statements and organizing them, and thought i would post about my method for that.

i have a checking account, savings account, cd, credit card, and roth ira all through my bank. this makes it very easy for me to manage my accounts online, since i can view them all on the same page when i log in to my bank's website. (i receive monthly paper statements about each account, but dont really look at them since i look at my accounts nearly daily online.)

when i opened my roth ira, i was given a binder to put my monthly statements in, and my prospectus and other pertinent information go in the front and back pockets.

since i absolutely love binders, i wondered how it had never occurred to me to use binders for all of my bank statements!

so, i put all of my bank statements from each of my other accounts (checking, savings, cd, cc) in a binder, with a separator between each account. every month or two, i sit down w/ all of the bank statements ive received, and file them in the binder.

at the end of this year, i will either label the binder '2007' and stick it in my filing cabinet, or i will remove my statements by section and put them into folders/files in my filing cabinet (i havent yet decided which).

many people have switched to paperless bills, viewing everything online only. i am a big fan or this idea in theory, but i like having my paper copies *just in case* something would happen to the computers. . .

12:07 am

i created this group today b/c lj seems to be severely lacking in the declutter/simplify/organize type communities.

this is the first community ive created, so let me know if you have any advice from that side of things too.

please post any tips you have about simplifying or organizing your life, and ask any questions you think others may be able to help you answer!
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