Zero Waste Swap: Lunch Kit Edition

One alarming discovery I’ve had after doing a series of decluttering is this: I contribute a lot of harm to our environment in the form of waste—plastic waste, in particular. My desire to remedy this frustration led me to learn more about the zero waste movement, and I have since challenged myself to exert conscious effort in lowering my environmental impact, starting with my lunch kit.

Here are just some of the items included in my zero waste lunch kit:

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Three Ways Minimalism Improved My Life

It has been a little over a month since I launched Minimalism Journal—time does fly by very fast! As I celebrate my little one-month milestone, I thought I’d write about something different. In my previous posts, I’ve mostly focused on physical and digital decluttering—but minimalism is so much more than that. Sure, my journey began with the physical. However, now I’m seeing that minimalism is beginning to affect other areas of my life, and so I’d like to share with you the benefits I’ve been enjoying since labeling myself as a “minimalist.”

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Reflections on Doing a 30-day Money Saving Challenge

Part of my efforts towards living minimally is being more conscious with my saving and spending habits. My spending habits are all too familiar to me, but I don’t think I even have saving habits. What I do know is that I save what’s left of my previous paycheck, as well as the money I earn from doing commission work (which, admittedly, isn’t always big). This, of course, is not the ideal way to save financially. Budgeting is also a bit overwhelming for me, so I thought of starting small instead. I searched online for ways to save more efficiently, and came across a 30-day money saving challenge. I read through the prompts and thought they were doable and manageable, so I decided to take it on.

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Clearing Clutter from My Workspace

It’s about time I extend my minimalist practices to the workplace as well, starting with my very own desk. After many years of working the same job in the same company, I’ve come to realize that I don’t even use (or remember owning!) half of the things I own and helplessly store in my small drawers. At the same time, minimalism and productivity are said to go well together, and this is another benefit of minimalism that I would want to enjoy. So when it was time for me to set up my workspace, I had a very strategic approach.

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The Post-decluttering Predicament Part 1: Selling My Stuff

When decluttering, the question I ask myself is: “What do I need to keep?” rather than, “What do I need to get rid of?” This helps me in maintaining my focus on the items I consider to be necessary. If a certain item doesn’t make it on my to-keep list, it’s considered “excess stuff.” But what do I do with these excess stuff?

In this series, I will share my experiences on the different options I had when parting ways with excess stuff. For Part 1 of this series, I will focus on one of the first options we tend to consider when an item no longer fulfills the purpose it once had: selling it.

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Rehoming Books

I felt like Andy giving away his beloved toys…

I used to be that person who romanticized books so much. I thought that nothing could beat the smell, the feel, and intimacy a book can give to its reader. Reading has been (and is still) such a huge part of who I am.

Over the years, I have collected so many books. They came to me as gifts, bargain hunts, and impulse purchases. It was not enough that I borrow a book—I must have a copy of it, because I knew that I would always want to revisit the pages and relive the experiences of my favorite characters.

Recently, however, I have not had the abundance of time to read and reread. And if ever I do feel the urge to read a new book, or revisit a chapter of something I’ve already read before, I would opt to do so on my iPad. Once I became conscious of this habit I’ve apparently developed, I started digitizing my book collection. Doing this made it easy for me to finally push through with something I’ve long thought of doing: passing my physical books forward.

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I Quit Netflix

I signed up for a Netflix account because the idea of having access to so many movies and TV shows anytime, anywhere was too difficult to resist. But Netflix culture really wasn’t for me—I’m not a binge-watcher and am very picky about what I watch. Still, I kept my Netflix account in case I feel any desire to watch something.

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Beginning My Journey to Minimalism

Hi, I’m Gen. I’m 25 years old and I’ve recently made a choice to live a minimalist lifestyle.

Welcome to Minimalism Journal. Here, I will be writing entries as a way to track my process as I make my transition into living minimally. For my first entry, I want to disclose a few information to establish what you can expect should you decide to stick with me through my journey (which I wish you will!).

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