Are you An Organized Minimalist?
Are You An Organized Minimalist?
I know I am not. I live within my means, but if I had more money I would probably buy more stuff. That said, I am not a minimalist, but if I were I would be saving more and spending less and at the same time, trying to not complicate my life by trying to manage my time better.
What is the definition of a minimalist anyway?
I would say if you want to know just Google it!
A person who lives modestly and doesn't try to fill every corner of their house, property and closet with any and everything possible! Right? Well, my definition of a minimalist is someone who is careful not to waste money, buy in excess or live a complicated and chaotic lifestyle.
But I may be wrong.
Steps to minimize starts with writing a list of your personal material inventory.
1. Start by having at least a 2-drawer letter size metal file cabinet and hanging file folders with tabs and lots of ink jet printer paper.
2. Type down everything you own from A-to-Z. This is good for keeping track on what you own in case you get it all destroyed in a catastrophy. If you can, save the list for insurance purposes at least, but moreover, do this so you can know how long you have owned something. For instance, A is for automobile.
3. You can inventory your automobiles, your automobile insurance, and your automobile spare parts and keep record of your fill up dates and oil change dates and part numbers for oil, air filters, spark plugs, wires and hoses. Tires and batteries and so on. That way you can keep track of when you need to get get a tune-up, rotate your tires, have your ignition system and keep track of when the last time you had your tires checked for nails, flats, slow leaks, tread wear and the list goes on and on.
4. Household items such as coffee maker, toaster, microwave oven, vacuum cleaner and bags and filters, television set, DVR, VCR, DVD and other electronics, including a list of the model numbers for the electronic devices, remote controls and keep your owners manuals for everything in your home along with respective warranties, batteries and so on and so forth.
5. Keep record of all medicine, vitamin and mineral supplements, refill dates and doctor appointments with phone numbers and names of doctors and so on.
6. Keep maps for places that you travel to in the file cabinet.
7. Keep a list of newspaper and magazine subscriptions.
8. Phone numbers of every account you have online and off line, including your Internet Service Provider, any online account that deals with monthly recurring billing for automatic payments, renewal dates and amounts, toll-free numbers of all business, insurance, medical and personal and other numbers that can be there at a glance, in the event you need to cancel an account with places such as HULU, Amazon, your Internet Service Provider, and your cable t.v. account.
9. List all jewelry, clothing, sporting and hunting equipment.
10. Have copies of everything on the list and in separate hanging files of all of the above on a disc or an external hard drive and stored in a fire proof safe.
11. Have photographs of your household inventory as well as your house, your car, your SUV, boat, bike hover board, drone or whatever else you own with serial numbers and keep all this in a safe for insurance purposes in case of fire, flood, hurricane, earth quake and so on.
So does this sound like something a minimalist would do?
A minimalist is a person who tries to simplify their life. Starting with keeping track of all your personal items, accounts and have them filed alphabetically is a start.
Next you need to inventory your food, your bathroom toiletries, your kitchen and cleaning supplies so you can know when it is time to re-stock on those.
To keep life simple, start eliminating items from your inventory that you simply do not need or have not used in over a year or two. If after one or two years, you have not used that VCR camcorder, or those old boots or those 100 books or records or magazines it's time to give them to a charity ASAP. Cutting back on the number of forks, knives, spoons, bowls, plates, glasses, cups and pots and pans can greatly eliminate needless excess house hold inventory.
Do, on the other hand, have paper, pens, note books, ink for your printer, film for your camera and extra batteries for your remote controls so in the future if you run out you have a place in the closet or a dresser drawer to find it. And do not forget, light bulbs, gasoline for the lawn mower and store paper towels, bar soap and dish and laundry soap in ready supply along with the basics like bleach, window cleaner, raid bug spray, antiseptic spray along with sunblock, bandages, peroxide, isopropyl alcohol, extra cotton gauze, cotton balls and so on.
Do most people just think this stuff is in their home already? If you look around and see for yourself, you are likely to see that many of the items mentioned here in this post, are in limited supply at any given time. Getting rid of the things you do not need and getting the things you in fact, do need is the start of organization and on some level, we all are disorganized. Weather or not you are a minimalist or a hoarder or just a collector, keeping track of it all and organizing where you put things can minimize your stress from having no idea where you placed that screwdriver, that bag of nails or hammer when time comes when you have to fix something, replace a broken pipe, a roofing shingle or just want to know where the car keys were last time you laid them down. :)
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