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How to Get Over those February Blues

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Yikes! It’s the third week of February already and I’m sure some of you are feeling it. You know what I’m talking about. The blues. The sad-that-you-just-can’t-shake. Maybe it’s a fleeting feeling; maybe you’ve had it all along. Now, I’m no doctor, so if you’re experiencing depression or debilitating sadness, you may want to go to a doctor. I’m hoping to help those who are experiencing the February blues.
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Minimalist Monday: Why Doing What You Love is Wrong

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We’ve all heard this before: do what you love; or if you love what you do, you’ll never feel like you’re working. And while that would be awesome, it’s not always possible. Hearing things like “do what you love,” might change what you decide to study, what you decide to read, and ultimately, what you decide to do.

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Fun Friday: Swap Party

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Going with the money-saving theme this week, I wanted to talk a little bit about swap parties because, really, who doesn’t love shopping?

As I have said before, it is always a good idea to cut back and think before you buy, but sometimes you still want to acquire some new clothes or home goods. What better way to do that than with a swap party? Look at the ideas below to create a fun swap party with your friends and family. A swap party is exactly what it sounds like—a party where you trade gently worn items with friends and family.

1. Obviously, the first thing you need to do is pick a date. Saturday mornings are usually good for swap parties, but pick a day that works best with your friends.

2. Then decide what types of things you want to swap. Do you want it to be just clothes? How about baby products? Home goods? Decide what to swap and make a list so that your guests know what to bring.

3. Then you should start thinking about space. Where do you want to have the swap? If it is nice out, you can make a large batch of lemonade and set up some tables or towels outside. If you don’t have any towels, you could line the ground with old linen or clothes so that the clothes and swap items don’t get wet.

4. Next, you should create an e-invitation or paper invitation so that your friends know that the event is taking place. Make sure you let them know that this is a free swap event and if they bring items, they can take items.

5. On the day of the event, you will want to set everything up so that people can see the items. Every person should bring a bag or a box so that they can take their new items home with them. Spend a few hours going through the items and picking out ones that you need or ones that might fit your home. Then, when everyone is finished, package the rest of the items and take them to a donation center.

6. To follow up the event, you could see if your guests will share pictures of their “new items” in their new homes. If your friends really like it, this swap event might become a regular thing for you guys!

Good luck.

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Minimalist Monday: Tiny Houses, Movement, and Thoughts

I’ve been thinking a lot about spaces.

How much do we need? Is it right to buy a giant house and then have to buy a lot of things to fill it with? Can we do more with less?

My parents’ generation grew up believing that more is more and that’s what they wanted, but I think the focus is shifting now. It seems like more people are willing (and excited) about doing more with less. If you look at all of the tiny house companies sprouting up, you’ll notice that living with less might actually be freeing.

So why do we feel like we need all of the extra space? When I was in Latvia, I noticed that many people lived in houses that most Americans would deem “tiny,” or even “miniature.” Some of these houses were slightly broken down and others still had their original wood intact. They are happy and lively in little houses, so can’t we be too? What can we do to be okay with less? Look at the list below for some ideas.

Think about what you need

This might be the most important step and I know I’ve talked about it before, but it can be really difficult to distinguish between need and want. What happens when you are redoing your house and you need a new stove, or you need a new record player? How do you decide?

One of the things that you may want to do is pay attention to advertising. Try to remember that when you walk by a particularly beautiful object in the store, a lot of thought was put in to making that object sell and making you, the customer, buy. We must try to break from the idea of “newer is better,” and see if we can re-use older things that we might already own or find.

Go through your house and look at all of the things you own. How many of those things are useless? Now, obviously, I understand sentimental value. I have trinkets out the wazoo. I purchase tiny objects from places I visit and I let them sit on my desk. I buy these things because they are “pretty,” or I think, “Ah! I might need that.” Or, “that would look nice in my kitchen.”

When I go beyond that, I have to start thinking not only about the object, but how was it made. Is it made in China? Is it made in a factory where the employees get paid less than minimum wage? I think, sometimes, thinking about what you don’t need has something to do with thinking about the morals behind owning that object.

It may be difficult, but see if you cannot purchase any needless items for a week. You might start to value the objects you do have.

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