Category Archives: Zero Waste/Minimalism/Downshifting

Journal 1 – Minimalist Lifestyle *De-cluttering*

Last time I introduced to you the meaning of Minimalist Lifestyle and how can we start doing it. Since then, I started segregating things (What to donate, to sell, to throw). My husband and I were very busy for 2 days now, cleaning and de-cluttering. And since we do not yet have cupboards & cabinets in our kitchen, these tasks were really overwhelming.

I finished cleaning & selecting stuffs just now, I took some shower afterwards and now at 11:38pm exactly, I thought of writing and sharing to you this experience.

De-cluttering is a task which needs real time decision. It was quite hard to say goodbye to items which have sentimental values (like they were given by your aunt, your mother, etc.). This day, I started to segregate, washed the items and put them in a sack for donation. Here it goes;

I’m saying goodbye to these items & donate to Habitat ReStore: (photos soon)

1. Plastic Dinnerware Storage

2. Canned goods organizer

3. Utensils divider

4. Rice bowl

5. Plastic pitchers (pitchers, bottles, tumbler)

6. Power Floss (for oral care)

7. Shoes (2 pairs of baby rubber shoes, 1 pair black shoes, 1 pair rubber shoes, etc.)

8. Pre-loved Clothes

9. Jalousies 3pcs *From ROADRACTSC Office

10. and others

Some items will be for online garage sale for a month, if no buyers it will also be donated:

1. Microwave Oven (Big, needed transformer, 110volts). This is imported from US, still covered with plastics.

Price: P500

2. Small rice cooker (need transformer, 110 volts)

Price: P200

3. Oven toaster (Asahi brand)

Price: P200

4. Coffee filter (Big)

Price: P100

5. Baby stroller (Color:blue, ideal for new born to 1 yr old babies)

Price: P500

6. AOWA Vacuum Cleaner

7. Pre-loved clothes (will be selling also at my bazaar on Sept 14-16)

And I also have segregated wastes and ready for selling/donation:

1. Carton boxes and scratch papers (1sack)

2. Plastics/metals/aluminum tin cans that can be sold (2 sacks)

3. Hard plastics, tetra packs, etc. for donation to Green Antz (2 sacks)

While these are a little hardwork, just take in mind the “why’s” and “who’s”:

  • Why will you do it?
  • Why donate?
  • Who will benefit?
  • Why let go?

I’m really eager to have these items delivered or picked up by Habitat ReStore asap. But we still need to de-clutter everything so we can donate it all at the same time, to save time & resources too.

To buy items from my online garage sale, please like and message my online store at

Shop at Everything Bunting

Let me know once you started your de-cluttering journey 😚

Love,

Bunting 😎

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Starting a Minimalist Lifestyle – WHY and How can you do it?

Minimalist Living?

Minimalist living is an all inclusive lifestyle – having a minimal, clutter-free environment is a large part of it, but it’s so much more than that. The minimalist lifestyle includes looking at the way you spend your time, your money, and even the way you think. – tinylife.com

Personally, here are some of the reasons why I started a minimalist lifestyle;.

  • to lessen stress and anxiety
  • to clear up my mind and help me to focus on the more important things
  • freedom from pressure to pursue more material possessions
  • less time spent in cleaning and organizing things,
  • more time spent with loved ones
  • freedom to do more things I love like traveling and joining advocacy-driven events
  • to help others benefit from my clutter

JOIN Me on my journey, and try it for yourself too!

To help us getting started, let us begin with the obvious –getting rid of clutter.

Decluttering simply means to get rid of some things in a place. So where will we bring these “Things” that we decluttered? Maybe, this is one of the few questions you have in mind in decluttering. The usual beneficial activities that we can do with our useful clutters are:

  • Having a garage sale
  • Sell it online
  • Hand it down to relatives/friends

While I tried to do all of the above, I even signed up to various apps offering online selling–clutter still build up and it’s just stock in a box waiting to be sold or waiting forever.

I’m glad while searching for minimalism and decluttering, I found a deeper purpose. I found Habitat for Humanity “ReStore” Philippines!

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Philippines or simply “Habitat ReStore”, is a one of a kind in Asia. It is the only warehouse in Asia that accepts donations and sells it for charity fundraising purposes to help Filipino families live a better life by ReStore.

ReStore is a Habitat for Humanity’s non-profit home improvement charity and donation center offering new and gently-used furniture, home decor, appliances, building materials, sporting goods, toys, and other home and office items. Donated merchandise are offered to the public at lower than market value. All proceeds help fund Habitat’s mission of building homes, communities, and hope.

So are you ready to start decluttering? Saying goodbye to items we once loved is a heartbreaking, sentimental moment, believe me, we might have second thoughts in giving away these items. But we can be motivated if we try to think of the families who will benefit from our deeds.

I suggest you have 3 boxes while you do the decluttering (of course big items like furniture cannot be boxed so please just label it).

  1. YES Box (are items you are whole heartedly wanted to give away)
  2. MAYBE box (are items you are still thinking of its use to your life)
  3. NO box (are items you cannot give away as of the moment

Remember, decluttering should be decided whole-heartedly and do not force yourself especially if this is your first time to do it.

Here are sample of the items you can declutter and donate to Habitat ReStore:

unused furnitures
old, unused furnitures
Christmas decors
Tiles – you can also buy these as donations for only P3.00 per tile
Toilet covers
doorknobs, cabinet handles, etc
bathroom fixtures
Paint
Paintings
Paintings
Lighting fixtures
Shower heads
wigs
hardware tools

 

hardware tools
Shoes
Suitcases, sports equipments
Sporting goods
Sporting goods
Pre-loved clothes
Shoes
Mugs

 

Office machines

 

I guess just like me, you were amazed of the numerous list that we can declutter and donate. Here’s a quick list:

Items for donation are but not limited to:

🏡Antiques & Collectibles

🛋Cabinets & Countertops

🚪Doors & Windows

🏡Floor & Wall Tiles

🛋🛏Indoor & Outdoor Furniture

⏰⏳Home Décor & Accessories

🛏🛌Large & Small Appliance

🏡Lawn & Garden Tools

💡Lighting & Electrical Fixtures

🔧 Lumber, Molding & Trim

🔧Plumbing Materials

🍽Kitchen Supplies & Equipment

🛁Sanitary & Bath Ware

🚣‍♂️Fitness & Sporting Equipment

🌇 Office Equipment

🎶Musical Instruments

🔦Tools & Hardware

🎱Toys

📒Books

👪 Clothes

👠👡Shoes

Please keep in mind that while all donations are helpful, they emphasized that they need new or gently used items that are in good working condition. Habitat ReStore doesn’t have much resources yet to facilitate major repairs.

Cannot think of an item to donate yet? Well, you can also buy from their store things you might need to organize your house at the same time help in charity.

Like these lovely baskets to help you organize your things while you do some de-cluttering.

We (with the CEO) on behalf of ROAD RENT A CAR TSC have partnered with Habitat for Humanity ReStore for a Community Development Project for a donation drive to help build homes for the indigenous people. We aim to donate usable items and collect as much as we can until October 28, 2018.

Donations may be directly given to Habitat ReStore Warehouse in Las Pinas along Alabang-Zapote Road in between DBP Village and Shell Gas station, just before Sm Southmall if coming from Alabang. They are open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 7pm. Just have your name and number listed under ROAD when you drop your donations, we might have a surprise gift for you 😚🎁

ROAD Members may also bring their donations on October 28, during the Celebration of the Gen. Trias Coop Week. Just contact me at 0916-2584161 or via fb page : ROAD RENT A CAR

Thinking of other ways to help?

  • You may just simply shop from their store
  • Volunteer as a transport partner to carry the goods during the donation campaign

Hope this will be a GOOD REASON to start your journey to Minimalism.

My journey into Zero Waste Lifestyle — my beginnings

We often read it in social media regarding living the Zero Waste lifestyle. I became curious about it and started adopting it a month ago. But before this Zero Waste advocacy, former environmental groups already started campaigns in saving our Mother Earth.

Here is my story;

I’ve been an environmental advocate since I was in my grade school years, oftentimes joining school events with campaign on environmental protection. When I was in high school, I was even elected as the “Garbage Manager”, funny how it was called but it simply mean I am the one in charge with the strict implementation of the “no littering” policy in the classroom. Usually, the advocacy where just slogan making contests, campus campaigns, and the like.

When I was in college, I joined Earthsavers Movement then I remember before facebook came I even joined a social media site called “Care2Connect” , in there environmental advocates may just click a cause and already “donating” just by using the site. It was like a facebook where you can interact with fellow advocates. It has been years ago since I last visited the site.

I also signed up with GreenPeace Philippines last 2014. A GreenPeace staff asked me to sign-up with their newsletter and so did I. I also had an account enrolled to automatically deduct some donation for Greenpeace but my involvement with the organization stopped sometime in 2017 due to change of e-mail address and busy schedule. Occasionally, I’ve been receiving thank you notes and some gifts like keychains, memopads and the like.

GREENPEACE Philippines

Beginning 2018, since I am mostly online and browsing through social media, I found Zero Waste Filipina facebook page and got inspired with eco-bricks and on reducing the amount of plastics we use. Before this, it is normal for our family to segregate the wastes — Paper, plastic bottles and the like, cans, metals and so on and once accumulated we then sell it to the Junk Shop. We usually earn P80 to P130 from these junks.

Now, I did research on eco bricks and was inclined to watching Zero Wastes advocacy, read blogs on how to do it. We not only segregate the items above, but also added to segregate plastics of all types – soft and hard, sachets of all types, everything. In short, the waste going to the garbage for the garbage truck were remarkably reduced.

I will share to you how to make an eco brick on my next blog post and maybe share my journey on how I am adjusting to the “Zero Waste Lifestyle” along with adopting “minimalism” and “downshifting.”

You will also see how the youngest eco-bricker can actually do it 🙂

Right now, as I am writing this blog, I came across an organization in Cavite, of course via facebook, the EcoBricks Cavite. Did some chat with the admin, and I am more happy than ever to talk to someone who shares the same advocacy. I was hoping to participate too on their next Eco environmental events as I did at the Tree Planting and Wild animal releasing at Pico De Loro Mountain Range last June 15, 2018 with PCLEDO’s Head Mr. Alvin Mojica. ( Provincial Cooperative Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development Office (PCLEDO).

As if by chance, while deeply learning this Zero Waste Lifestyle, I was invited to the first zero-waste and sustainable fair in Manila, inspired by brands and individuals who are passionate towards saving the earth — The Good Trade, this coming July 21-22 in Central Square, Bonifacio Global City.

Be there too, get to know the event and show your support in the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/386775985157453/?ti=cl

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