Spell Saab

I know my generation is used to having maids and their parents’ money at their disposal but this is unacceptable for me. I was lucky enough to have grown up in a household with our yayas taking care of laundry and cooking but my mother knew better than to spoil us. She instilled within us a “duties first” attitude every morning. Absolutely no TV until we took a shower, brushed our teeth and made our beds. She also asked us to at least bring our finished plates to the kitchen after eating. I groaned, I protested, but I am grateful to know the basics.

I’ve been living mama and yaya-free for 9 years now – 6 years with Maxx and Frank, 3 years alone. Actually, that’s 1 year alone and almost 2 years with my #JoeyBear. Hehe.

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It’s not easy keeping it clean when you’re used to coming home to a spotless place because of your kasambahays. I didn’t want to be dependent on others though! I needed to keep a clean space for a clear head without taking up too much time! So here, I’ve come up with a list to share with you younger bunch! Start cleaning up after yourselves, guyzzz. You’ll need it for the real world.

  1. Stop Bringing Stuff Home – Stop buying stuff. You can’t even afford it, who are you kidding?! Haha! But even if you can afford it, it doesn’t mean you should buy it! Once you stop the stream of items coming in and continue disposing of your existing items, you will find that your room isn’t so tiny after all.
  2. Have a Place For Everything – For the things you can’t help but bring home, make sure you have a place for them. Those receipts should be placed in that small envelope in your drawer. Those movie tickets with your crush will go in your cute shoebox of keepsakes. Can you buy a new jacket? Yes? Ok, but should you? Is there space in your closet? Go back to tip #1: Make sure you’ve disposed of items you don’t use anymore before purchasing new ones so clutter doesn’t occur.
  3. The One-Minute Rule – I’ve been following this for weeks now and it’s amazing. I learned it from reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and she said that before deciding to put off something for later, try to determine if it will take less than a minute to do. If it will take just a minute or less, THEN DO IT. Done with your cereal bowl? Washing it will take 30 seconds max so why not do it now? This makes cleaning up so much easier compared to leaving everything for later and having to spend more time putting things back in their place.
  4. De-clutter One Thing At A Time – I know it seems like such a scary challenge to clean your whole room right this minute and disrupt your whole day. You don’t have to! You can just clean one drawer of clothes today. Open that box of old school files tomorrow. Look through your beauty products in the bathroom the next day (I bet marami nang expired dun!!). Don’t get overwhelmed by big tasks, target the smaller ones first and it will be a breeze.
  5. Categorize – Keep, Throw, Donate, Sell. These 4 categories are all you need! Keep if you REALLY need it. For clothes, keep if you’ve used it in the last 6 months or it’s really very beautiful and you know for sure you’ll wear it again. Throw that underwear with holes in it. Throw that old coffee-stained draft for your assignment written last year. Donate that big stuffed animal your ex-boyfriend gave you. Donate free t-shirts you got from events you went to (you’re never gonna wear them). Sell that really nice Topshop dress that you only later on realized doesn’t seem to flatter your body type. Remember when you thought you were going to start making friendship bracelets so you bought an awesome friendship bracelet making kit but you ended up only making one bracelet that you didn’t even give to anyone so it wasn’t a friendship bracelet but just a self bracelet? Yeah, you need to sell that kit.

No time for a garage sale? No problem. You can do what I do and just post random stuff I find in my room on OLX.ph! Check out my items here. So far it’s a lot of shoes haha but I’ll be adding stuff every week as I’m de-cluttering my place to get ready to move!

Barangay OLX’s message is simple: magbawas ng gamit sa bahay para gumaan ang buhay. Watch this fun video of Barangay OLX and sing along using the lyrics posted below!

Halina at tayo’y magbenta,
Sa OLX ka pumunta,
Ang hindi na ginagamit,
Cellphone, TV o damit,
Ibenta na sa OLX.
Ipahayag mo sa mundo,
ang gamit na ibebenta mo.
Magbawas ng kalat sa bahay,
I feel good at gumaan ang buhay.
Come and join me, it’s for everybody.
Just Post- Usap- Deal, believe me it’s that easy,
Simple lang at mabilis gamitin,
Thank you po, next time, sa uulitin!
Halina at tayo’y magbenta,
Sa OLX ka pumunta,
Ang hindi na ginagamit,
Cellphone, TV o damit,
Ibenta na sa OLX.

I’ve personally sold a lot of shoes, iPhone speakers, a blu-ray player, and more. I’m thinking of allotting an hour everyday to answer queries because it’s no joke how easy it is to make money while clearing your space with OLX!

And yes, as I mentioned in my previous post about OLX , there’s an app for your phone to make it even easier to say yes to yaman! If you want to do it the old-fashioned way (omg, old-fashioned na ang computer?! Hahaha) – just click here to sell your items now!

Happy de-cluttering!!!

September 1, 2014

Saab

11 Comments

  1. Reply

    Grace Poraque

    August 30, 2014

    Thanks for the wonderful tips. Sometimes it’s just hard to let go of my old stuff even if Im not using them anymore.Maybe I’ll try it one at a time.

  2. Reply

    Tin

    August 31, 2014

    Great tips Ate Saab! Exactly what I need! :)
    Ate Saab, I can’t open the link going to your items po :( I’m so excited to check it out!!!
    btw, Ate Saab anong brand po ng pants ang pinaka bet nyo?

    love lots,
    Tin

    • Reply

      Saab

      September 1, 2014

      AY nakalimutan ko yung link!!

      My only pants are from Levi’s and Topshop!

  3. Reply

    ClareBear

    September 1, 2014

    Millennials * :)

    • Reply

      Saab

      September 1, 2014

      UGH di ako cinorrect ng computer!!!!! That’s what I have you guys for :* Thanks!

  4. Reply

    Cristina Blardony

    September 3, 2014

    Hey Saab,

    If you’re thinking of decluttering, check out this website by these two guys called The Minamlists. It also has a 30 day minimalist challenge where you have to get rid of one thing on day one, 2 things on day 2, and by the end of the month you’ll be getting rid of 30 things! It’s hard but you feel great at the end. Hope you like it!
    http://www.theminimalists.com/game/

    • Reply

      Saab

      September 5, 2014

      Oooooooooooooooh ma-try nga!!!!!

  5. Reply

    Ann

    September 5, 2014

    Very useful! Hope you can also share tips on must-dos in leaving dogs alone at home (eg. re his/her food, ensure he/she doesn’t poop/pee anywhere, etc). Thanks!

    • Reply

      Saab

      September 5, 2014

      Okay!!:D

  6. Reply

    Nyze

    September 10, 2014

    Natuwa na sana ko dun sa Keds na Red kaso pang hobbit ung size ng paa ko eh. Haha!

    • Reply

      Saab

      September 11, 2014

      Sorry dear!!

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