21 Surprising Statistics That Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own

A pretty interesting read if you are considering minimalism! 

Prepare for your jaw to drop on some shattering statistics.

 

Here are 21 surprising statistics about our clutter that help us understand how big of a problem our accumulation of stuff has become.

Source: 21 Surprising Statistics That Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own

 

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What Would Happen If You Did?

If there has been anything lingering in your brain the past, day, month or year, today just ask yourself:

What Would Happen If You Did?

 

Now go and do it or let it go and your life will be changed because you took action and made a decision.

🙂

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Made #homemade #oatmilk for the first time today.

Not bad,  but Definitely need to buy some cheesecloth! #diy #notyourmomnotyourmilk #milk #healthyliving #dairyfree

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Good but I had to cut it with club soda, too sour for me!

@kevitadrinks #gotitfree #gotitfromkevita #kombucha #raspberrylemon #tryingnewthings

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#Miamivice #Portland #voodoodoughnuts #donuts #selfie #thecolorsduke

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Trying for Minimalism Update

This is part of my journey to minimalism. I’m still extremely far from where I would like to be, but every single day my boyfriend and I are working towards it so we can have a better life.

An update on our previous efforts of moving towards minimalism. There is still a lot of stuff, but a lot less. Slowly but surely we will make the change. I feel a lot better being aware about everything that is in the house than just accepting it all. I could actually get rid of more, faster, but I want the change to stick, so I’m trying to not make any overly dramatic changes in hopes of avoiding going back to having too much.

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Twenty Years From Now…

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore.  Dream.  Discover.”

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How I Booked 2 National Commercials Back to Back!

How I Booked 2 National Commercials Back to Back

If you don’t watch the very long 23 minute video you won’t know what the hell I’m talking about because I didn’t really write it down in the blog…I didn’t have the energy, Below is really just links to resources. 

This video is my telling just about everything I could think of, there’s links below for reference and such.

Booking my first national commercial

Booking my first national commercial

My name is Jera Sky and here I will shed all my vulnerability and give you all my secrets that took years for me to compile and figure out. There’s probably some stuff I forgot, but this is definitely the majority of it. There’s also the people in your life you’re surrounding yourself with, if they’re not positive or helping to build you up they’re probably bringing you down. Also I don’t know everything, but I do know enough to book a national commercial. 🙂

After booking my 2nd national commercial!

After booking my 2nd national commercial!

Take every opportunity and give it 100%. Say yes, be open, learn how and when to say no. Face your fear, do more things that are scary, grow, learn read, become an amazing person. DO DO DO MORE!

Links to everything useful:

My Commercial agent:
Melissa at Minc Talent
http://minctalent.com/

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Hair by MateoJon!

My amazing Hair Guy – MateoJon:
http://www.mateojon.com/mateojon/Services.html

My Headshot Photographer and Friend, Melina Paez:
http://www.era88.com/

Commercial Workshop:
http://killiansworkshop.com/

Get your financials in order with Suze Orman’s advice. You Absolutely have to get yourself DEBT FREE as soon as possible, its a freedom that doesn’t make sense until you experience it, having been in debt before. You are going to have to sacrifice so much to do this, well I guess depending on how in debt you are, but responsibility and logging your daily spending is key. KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SPENDING YOUR MONEY ON, it adds up way faster than you think.:
http://www.suzeorman.com/

Learn about couponing, if you can find a site that specializes out of your state, that’s the best to follow since prices and coupons can be regional. I only print coupons from the web, no newspaper and I still save a ton of money!
http://www.couponaholic.net/
http://thekrazycouponlady.com/
http://coupons.com/

get these apps for rebates at your favorite stores!
SavingStar
Ibotta
Shopmium
Checkout 51
Target Cartwheel

Discount Gift Cards:
http://www.giftcardgranny.com/buy-gift-cards/

Frequent Flyer Blogs, learn how to do this but only after you’ve gotten yourself out of debt, otherwise you run the risk of putting yourself in a worse position:
http://millionmilesecrets.com/new-to-miles-points-start-here
http://www.flyertalk.com/

Improv:
http://losangeles.ucbtheatre.com/
http://www.groundlings.com/
http://ioimprov.com/west/

Stand up Comedy:
http://www.comicdante.com/

Know when to accept defeat and file for bankruptcy, you just don’t know how to manage your money, so you need to work on that.
https://www.legalzoom.com/articles/bankruptcy-basics-when-should-you-throw-in-the-towel
My bankruptcy lawyer:
http://www.simonresnik.com/

More from me:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2016045/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
http://veganfuckyeah.com/
https://twitter.com/jerasky
http://instagram.com/jerasky

My boyfriend, Brandon Weaver, is an actor too:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2358555/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Books I’ve read the past few years, (partial) just means I’m in the middle of it and haven’t finished it yet:
1. In flight by R. K. Lilley
2. Mile High up in the air book 2 by R. K. Lilley
3. Up to Me by M Leighton
4. Talking with My Mouth Full by Gail Simmons
5. Tough shit by Kevin Smith

Me and Kevin Smith!

6. The Nerdist by Chris Hardwick
7. The Tao of Show Business by Dallas Tracers
8. Peter Criss: Makeup to Breakup. My life in and out of KISS
9. Why now is the time to crush it! Cash in on your passion by Gary Vaynerchuck
10. Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson
11. The Hangmans Daughter by Oliver Potsch (not all, couldn’t get into it)
12. How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis (i had a lady laugh at me for reading this and tried to make me feel bad about it, showed her! )
13. No Regrets by Ace Frehley
14. My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall
15. UNlabel byMarc Ecko
16. Just A Geek by Wil Wheaton
17. The Long Hard Road Out of Hell by Marilyn Manson
18. Seven Deadly Sins by Corey Taylor
19.Entwined With You by Sylvia Day
20. Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe (50%)
21. Blink by Malcom Gladwell
22. Bonkers by Jennifer Saunders (33%)
23 Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx
24. Outliers by Malcom Gladwell
25. David and Goliath by Malcom Gladwell
26. Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch
27. The 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss
28. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
29. What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell
30. The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell
31. Girl Walks Into A Bar by Rachel Dratch
32. Guts by Kristen Johnston
33. Attempting Normal by Marc Maron
34. Coreyography by Corey Feldman
35. Melissa explains it all by Melissa Joan Hart
36. Is it just me? By Miranda Hart
37. Bonkers by Jennifer Saunders (at 58% now)
38. One more thing by BJ Novak (partial)
39. Divergent by (partial)
40. Breakfast at Tiffany ‘s by Truman Capote (partial)
41. Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos (partial)

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Me and Nia Vardalos!

42. Write and sell your damn book by Paul Jarvis (partial)
43. Everything I Know by Paul Jarvis
44. Strip off your Fear by Betsy Talbott
45. Actors trade secrets by Ericka Hoo

46. My life as a white trash zombie by Diana Rowland

47. Even white trash zombies get the blues by Diana Rowland (partial)
48. Zen and the Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss
19. Mental Training for Skydiving and Life by John DeRosalia
50-52. 50 Shades of grey trilogy by EL James
53-58 Twilight series (yes i found the midnight sun draft too) by Stephenie Meyer

There’s more too, but I forget to write stuff down and if I don’t it’s long gone from the list!

Best of luck on your journey!

All my love,

Jera Sky

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How to Live With Less Stuff

We’ve been selling some things here and there to help fund our trip to Japan.

Here’s some tips to learn how to live with less and DO EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED.

1. Start small – throw away something (or donate) you know you won’t miss tomorrow. For example all those papers you have magneted to the fridge, that you don’t even look at, or even one of those too many magnets you have on the fridge. I did this just yesterday!

2. Every time you bring something new into the house, take something out, that way you’re not adding more to your pile. This way you’re already widdling down, since you’ve stopped adding. It’s like debt, you have to commit to stopping charging things in order to begin to tackle that mound. If you’re having money troubles, this tactic will help clear your head more and eventually help you to make this just a habit, rather than something you have to force yourself to do. Seems silly, but it’s actually harder to do than you think and it makes you much more aware of your surroundings, what’s in your house and what you are doing day to day.

3. Have a yard sale or a craigslist yard sale (you post a bunch of pictures of the stuff you’re selling and list names and prices below, update after each sale). Give yourself a time frame to getting rid of those things. Example, yard sale: at 4pm, anything not sold goes to friends on facebook, good will or your local charity and you can get a receipt to write off the amount on your taxes (bonus!). craigslist: list one weekend, renew during the week and by the end of the 2nd weekend anything not sold gets the boot like before.

4. If you have more than 1 of something, get rid of the duplicate. For example – 2 laptops, one you use, the other needs something, but you “could still get money out of it”. Either sell it for parts on an ebay auction – They let you do 100 free auctions a month nowadays, so take advantage, list it for 99 cents plus the actual cost for shipping and if it’s really worth something it’ll sell for way more, if it’s not it may not sell at all. Have some old broken phones – there are people on craigslist that will pay you for your old phones – look in the “wanted” section of for sale or just do a search in the for sale, they usually pop up. Or again list it on ebay for free and take the gamble. Everyone love vegas right?! Now you can play in your own home and actually have a real shot at some cash.

5. Go through your wardrobe and toss (or donate or give to friends, come one people need I say it every time?!) anything you haven’t worn in the last year. Why? because you’re not going to wear it, you’ve forgotten you have it and you don’t feel comfortable in it. There will never be a right time for you and that too tight t shirt that you weren’t even sure about when you bought it, but it was oh such a good price. Every time you toss something you never wear, you open up your closet to the possibilities of finding something new that you would never have otherwise stumbled across. Why? Because the universe rewards those who are brave, can detach from inanimate objects and who can let go. Trust me.

6. Think about what you are missing in your life, not stuff, experiences, things you wanted to do as a kid and still haven’t done. Make a list. This should fuel your fire and go back to the top and repeat. If you can start getting rid 1 thing every day you’ll be amazed at how good you feel by the end of the month. And you may even have some extra cash to take yourself to that fancy restaurant you’ve always wanted to try but never thought you could afford. Or take your loved one(s) out on a day trip and use the cash for snacks and goodies to fuel the adventure. My advice is to splurge more on experiences and stop spending money on things that will keep you a prisoner in your own home. As you open yourself up, it will be so hard at first, but each time it will get easier and you don’t even know the possibilities of what you’re opening yourself up to. You may find new friends, maybe you’ll find the love of your life that you just wouldn’t have been open to receiving before. Life is full of balance, and if you give you shall receive.

7. Watch an episode of Hoarders and see your future if you don’t start letting go! (suggested by Alejandrina)

8. Comment with your tips on letting go!

As you go on in life, all your stuff quite literally becomes your baggage on your journey, if you’ve got less in your “life backpack” you can go farther. –Jera Sky

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