Sunday, May 22, 2005


Yes, straightening out finances is decluttering.

I am totally restructuring the way I'm handling my money, modest as the amount I'm working with is. Instead of going in a hole year after year and depleting my finite and ... again, modest ... "retirement" funds, I am learning to live within my means ... again.

I feel like I'm 22 years old and virtually starting out, except that I have a small "retirement" fund. When I was 22, that was the very last thing on my mind.

Ironically, I'm enjoying being conscious of what I'm doing with my money. It's actually kind of fun instead of painful. Not knowing where I stood ... now, that was painful, as well as embarrassing. For the last few years, money has been a somewhat abstract concept ... and I ended up spending more than I made ... on everyday things ... nothing noteworthy, really.

I simply can't do that anymore. What would I do with my money if I were 22?

I would invest at least 10 percent of any check I cashed or money that came my way. I wouldn't waste my money on a lot of stuff. I would do things rather than have a lot of things that I had to store or move around. I would have rather had more travel experiences than a bunch of STUFF that I now have to contend with.

I'm slowly turning stuff into money. Even if I'm not making a profit, I no longer have to deal with the item. Ah, instead of dreaming of bigger and better, I envision space, elbow room, wabi sabi, and ... well just lightness. Ah.

Of course, every once in a while there is something I just "have to have." I suppose if I took out of the house 10 times what I bring into it, I might come out ahead!

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