A Little Reorganizing

Friday August 09, 2013   

Home organizing.
I don’t often feel a need to change things in my home. I put a lot of thought and care into it when I first moved so I’m pretty content with things. But every so often I get this itch. Where something just doesn’t feel right and needs a change. A new shelf here, new kitchenware there.

Often there’s no real need for the change. Nothing is broken or outgrown. So I try to redecorate or find solutions using items from other areas of the house rather than rushing out to buy something new. Today was one of those days. I recycled things, moved books & magazines, and reorganized. Swapping out decor between the bedroom and home office. These refreshes are good enough to satisfy my craving for a change.

I can get really sidetracked in the middle of the whole process. Demotivated. And I just end up going through old photos or magazines for a while. One of the shelves I worked on today contained some old CUTiE issues and others.

Wow this one is so old the Nintendo GameCube was still relevant!

For the first time today I recycled some of my Japanese magazines. Mostly JJ and Non-no from years back. I have honestly kept every single one I ever bought going back all the way to 2003. It was my thing. But in recent years I’ve gone through a “material things are just things” evolution and I’m OK with saying good-bye to them. As needed. As in, next time I move they won’t be coming with me. For now though, I still have most of them on my bookcase which is all right with me.

That fine line between sentiment and value can get blurred easily. My mother is a pac rat. My father, a minimalist. I am both. I’ll hold on to things for sentimental reasons at first but then I get into purge moods and I let it all go and it feels wonderful! I don’t let myself regret purges. They’re too freeing to regret :)


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16 Responses to “A Little Reorganizing”

  1. eri says:

    Game Cube!!! Awesome.

    I’ve been going through the same kind of purging lately, with clothing. It’s hard but it really does make me feel better. I should do magazines next, as I learned from my last move, they can get VERY heavy. ;) Someone has said to me, the less you have, the less you have to worry about, or something like that. I think it’s very true.

    How do you organize magazine pages that you want to reference later? I see you scan some of them. I’ve been just using adhesive tabs to mark pages I want to go back to but thinking about scanning them and saving them to Evernote. Just curious how you organize them, either physically or digitally.

  2. Joyce says:

    Lol this is me everytime I want to clean my mini library. I end up reading stuff. I’m also a packrat except I’m kinda wrecky with magazines so I end up throwing them away anyway.

  3. Milly says:

    I totally know what you mean! When I moved back home from school, I just used my room like a storage room, but when my mom couldn’t stand my room being so messy anymore, it took me two days to clean up and chuck away all the things I held onto for whatever reason. It felt really good being able to throw away things that I thought were important, but really weren’t at all! Now, I don’t even remember what I chucked out and I have been able to live just as well without whatever it was. Although it was a bit hard at first, now it’s much easier when I think “will I ever need this in the future?” “is this really important enough to take up space?” “just how valuable is this?” :)

  4. Alana says:

    I feel the same way too! At the moment I have been donating and selling much of my belongings, although I do keep the ones that I really like or sentimental things. Before though, I would keep practically everything because I always thought there are sentimental values of things that really doesn’t have much in it. Going through this is a very liberating experience.

    Oh, and hello, I am a reader of yours I think for 2 years, but this is my first time commenting :3 I enjoy reading your blog posts :D and I hope to get my hands on some of those bath salts soon that you have posted~

  5. cardiac says:

    I exactly know how you feel!I’m the same! Have done this a few weeks ago…

  6. Jennifer says:

    I know what you mean!!! I love this post so much, because I am a bit of both, and I crave that simplistic clean feeling you get from a purge, but I love having everything and anything from waaaay back. I guess I just haven’t gotten to the stage where I really feel no regret from getting rid of the things I don’t need. New goal found:)

  7. Jenny says:

    I like holding on to things too. Unfortunately I haven’t really gotten a “purge” phase yet, so I’m still hoarding stuff. For me, it’s definitely holding on to clothes. There’s a lot of things I don’t wear from years ago, but I don’t want to part with it.

  8. Fiona says:

    I tend to hoard my japanese magazines as well because they’re expensive! But living in the city, there’s not too much space for material possessions so once in a while I will cut out and file inspirations from magazines and just recycle the whole bunch. Purging is good!

  9. Thao says:

    Are you planning to donate the magazines? Maybe a local library or bookstore?

    Been feeling the purge for my wardrobe. Back in high school and college, it was all about buying as much cheap clothes that I can get….allowing me to do laundry as least often as possible…And I love collecting free t-shirts from events. And like my parents, I would hoard… Now, I’ve donated most of my clothes and am being more selective with my clothes. It’s becoming more about the quality now that I can afford things outside of Forever21. Lol….

  10. Leslie says:

    Haha oh my gosh the issue at the very top in the first picture is the first ever issue of cutie I bought as well. I still love looking at old magazines it’s such a trip!

  11. Sewon says:

    It’s so hard for me to throw out magazines and books, for some reason. But it’s always refreshing once it’s done. :)

  12. cin says:

    omg cutie!! i remember when i used to read them over and over~

  13. Amelia says:

    I feel the same way. I can purge a lot of things in my life, but I will hold on to the weirdest things i.e. a map I used the first time I was in Stockholm (both faded, wrinkly from an impromptu rain and with some wear and tear for being so folded).

  14. Kate says:

    I totally feel you re: being a bit of both pack rat and minimalist. I love the power of the purge. Trying to help my mother go through my father’s belongings after his recent passing really helped me focus on just how much material things DON’T need to be saved forever!

  15. bianca says:

    ohmergerd I actually have two like 40lbs bags of magazines I’m donating today, I figured theres some girl out there who will never get the chance to go to a japanese bookstore or even go to Japan, and regardless of its age she will love it and it will inspire her to be different. Because I was once that girl. Knowing that that girl is still out there helps me get rid of half this crap instead of feeling like I NEED IT

  16. Amanda says:

    Hi, i’m a very old lurker of your blog ^ ^;…for some reason I just happened to think of the name “sushi-cat” again and was curious to see whether or not you still had your site up or not, it’s awesome to see that you are still blogging ^ ^. I feel the same way…I have so many old japanese magazines that I just read once and never touched again, I wonder whether I should just sell or toss them out T-T…but the feeling of nostalgia I get while glancing at them can be kind of nice lol

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