June 9th Link Love

Phew! I’m all moved in. But definitely not all unpacked. Priority for unpacking this weekend was the main living area, which included the kitchen. Let me tell you, fitting all of my crap into that tiny little kitchen was quite the nightmare. There was more than one instance where I sat amidst a sea of kitchen ware, and almost called it a day. Special thanks to my fiancée who gave me the necessary encouragement to persevere and get it all squared away (while he tackled living room area)

Remember how I said we had too much stuff that was lurking in storage and needed to be gotten rid of? Here’s a few highlights of what got chucked out to the garage for future banishment to yard sales or the garbage:

  • I had 20 frying pans all worth about $1. Now I have three.
  • Two bags full of mismatched tupper ware.
  • 18 beer glasses, kept three.
  • A stack of textbooks as tall as me, destined for amazon.
  • I swear we inherited every plate from every room mate we’ve had over the last five years. Down to four.

Stuff still isn’t REALLY under control in the kitchen zone, but it’s manageable for the time being. My goal is to accomplish ONE thing per day on weekdays with regard to storing and organizing, with all efforts currently focused on the bedroom where there is a slowly diminishing mound of garbage bags full of clothing, towels and blankets waiting to be addressed.

But I didn’t write this post to talk about moving, I’m writing it to give some love to some great bloggers who wrote some particularly awesome posts in the last few weeks.

Links I Love

David at Prairie EcoThrifter wrote about  whether or not environmental groups should accept money from polluters. I’m a big environmentalist and gave my opinion in the comments.

Erika at From Shopping to Saving wrote a hilarious post about things us personal finance bloggers do. She hit the nail right on the head.

Jessica at Mo Money Mo Houses recaps what you can get for free on your birthday, totally going to use some of these.

John at Married (with Debt) explains why throwing every single penny at debt repayment can backfire. I’ve been a victim of this before.

Andrea at So Over Debt highlights the awesomeness of being a hermit. As a former hermit, she brought back fond memories.

Bloggers Who Like Me

These blogs have mentioned My Alternate Life recently.

From Shopping to Saving

Evolving Personal Finance

Mo Money Mo Houses

Daily Money Shot

Financial Uproar

 Thanks for the great writing guys! You really brighten my day.

  • http://www.modestmoney.com/ Modest Money

    Wow 20 frying pans and 18 beer glasses!?  You two were ready for some serious party hosting.  A small kitchen will definitely help limit that kind of hoarding.  My ex had that kind of problem when I helped her move into her new apartment.  She just had way more kitchen stuff than could possibly fit in those cupboards.

    • JordannK

      Exactly, there just literally wasn’t enough space. I got the essentials in, but there is absolutely no room for anything else.

  • http://www.fromshoppingtosaving.com/ From Shopping to Saving

    You brighten my day Jordann! Btw, congrats on winning the book giveaway through Financial Uproar :)

    You did a fabulous job with downsizing!!!

    • JordannK

      Thanks! I’ve got a long way to go and lots of stuff to sort through, but we got a good start at it this weekend.

  • http://carefulcents.com/ Carrie Smith

    That’s one thing I’m not looking forward to when I move – all the random crap I’ve collected over the past few years. I live a pretty minimal lifestyle, but somehow stuff still creeps in. Especially clothes and shoes…Ima girl, what can I say?! Lol

    • JordannK

      Finding ways to stop the creep of stuff is one of my biggest challenges. If you’ve got any tips let me know!

  • http://marriedwithdebt.com/ John @MarriedWithDebt

    It’s amazing how kitchen cabinets seem designed to hold everything you’ve ever owned. I think we need to go through ours and toss some old ones too. Thanks for the mention! Hope your move-in settles down.

    • JordannK

      Thanks! It seems to be simmering but we’ve still got a long way to go.

  • http://twitter.com/seedebtrun See Debt Run

    I’m scratching my head at “20 frying pans.”  Were you running a restaurant??  ;)  Great job consolidating!  
    -M 

    • JordannK

      I think we inherited the kitchen ware of every room-mate we’ve ever had, plus my mother loves giving kitchen stuff as a gift. It was very excessive!

  • http://www.makingsenseofcents.com/ Michelle

    Moving can be such a hassle!  Good luck unpacking :)

    • JordannK

      Thanks!

  • http://belowhermeans.wordpress.com/ B. (Below Her Means)

    Gotta love minimizing!

    • JordannK

      Yup! It’s tough but worth it.

  • http://www.momoneymohouses.com/ Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses

    Thanks for the mention! I’d say the free icecream cone at Marble Slab was probably my fav bday freebie :)

  • http://twitter.com/prairieecothrif Miss T

    Glad you are getting all settled. It has to be a great feeling. The little touches will come but at least you can feel more under control.

    Good for you on downsizing too. I am constantly trying to minimize what we have and only keep the things we use. It seems to be a constant work in progress.

    Thanks for the inclusion too. Much appreciated.