Minimalism and me

I’m intrigued by Minimalism. I’m reading about it constantly.  I don’t really want to see and count how many things I live with – but to have a room not look cluttered and to love everything in a room is my dream.  Right now my home is filled with Ebay and Flea Market inventory.  The good news is, in just around 2 months we hope to be able to move most of this inventory into a pole barn and out of our residence.  Yay!

So my desire to finally have clean and clear surroundings may actually happen soon.

I’m also looking for ways to reduce my waste and overbuying.  I’ve finally got my budget sorted.  I started using an online budget tool which let me get all my credit cards and bills together in one place and analyse my spending.  With that done I’m finally looking at what I can cut back.  Right now I have no debt outside of the rental units I own with my sister.  And that makes me very relieved.  However I still don’t have a 6 month savings built up.  This is my goal now.

So to lessen how much I buy every month I’m starting a new plan. When I see something I want – I wait.  I’m making myself wait at least 2 weeks. Maybe a full month.  This will make me save for the item I want and also to see if I still really want it after that initial thought enters my head.

For example – right now I want a yarn winder.  I want you so bad!

But it’s in my amazon wish list.  And I’m waiting….

Auctions

My sister is a computer programmer with a shopping addiction. So she decided to start channeling that addiction into a business. She buys and sells antique and vintage items. And sometimes, plain, old crap.

I’m of two minds on this business. There is nothing more exciting than hearing her phone go off with bids on Sunday night. (Ebay app for Iphone). I’m part of the shipping department.

I’ve never discussed my anxiety issues with too many outside my family. But when we have to start packing I get the biggest anxiety attack and I get mean. So I don’t do the actual packing. I do the postage and labeling. I’m also the packaging materials acquisition expert.

Another problem I have is I’m an aspiring minimalist. This business and minimalism do not go together.

I guess you could call me a minimalist hoarder.