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Today’s Word: estimate

Today’s Word: estimate

October 23, 2018 =========

☆  estimate  見積もる

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If you estimate a quantity or value, then you make an approximate guess or calculation of it. Most budgets work by getting you to estimate your income and expense for the month ahead and then allocate your spending according to how much you estimated. I used to do this, but it wasn’t long before I realized that I always estimated incorrectly – I estimated my income too high and my expenses too low! Big disaster! Ha ha.

Now I use a budget where you don’t have to estimate your income. Instead, you don’t allocate your income until you actually get it. That way there is no needRead more about Today’s Word: estimate[…]

Today’s Word: allocate

Today’s Word: allocate

October 22, 2018 =========

☆  allocate  計上する

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If you allocate something for a particular purpose, you use it for that purpose. So, for this month’s topic, you can talk about your budget and how you allocate your money. Like I mentioned the other day, the Australian financial adviser I follow recommends that you allocate 60% of your income to daily expenses. Then allocate 20% to your emergency fund. Then allocate 10% to your short-term goals. And then allocate the final 10% to your “splurge fund,” which is money that you can splurge (Oct 6th word) on anything you want.  

I like the idea of allocating my money into goals and money for splurging.Read more about Today’s Word: allocate[…]

Today’s Word: personality

Today’s Word: personality

October 21, 2018 =========

☆  personality  性格

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You might be wondering what the word personality has to do with the topic of saving money. Or maybe you already know that we all have different money personalities. It turns out that there is a new industry in the USA, and it’s a hybrid of financial planning and psychology: it is “financial psychology”. Have you heard of it?

Financial psychology is all about finding out what your money personality is, and taking steps to make the best of your personality. There are four main types: Money Avoidant (these people don’t want to be greedy), Money Worshipper (these people think more money will make them happier), MoneyRead more about Today’s Word: personality[…]

Today’s Word: balance

Today’s Word: balance

October 20, 2018 =========

☆  balance  残高

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The balance in your bank account is the amount of money you have in it. Back in the “olden days”, you could go into a bank and say to the teller, “I’d like to check the balance in my account please.” However, these days, you would probably just use the ATM to check your balance. Or even your phone! In fact, I can’t really remember the last time I used an actual person or ATM to check my balance. All my banking is done online or on my phone.

When I do use the ATM to withdraw money, I always take the receipt or choose “no receipt”Read more about Today’s Word: balance[…]

Today’s Word: strategy

Today’s Word: strategy

October 19, 2018 =========

☆  strategy  戦略

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A few years ago, I read a book about a 9-Step strategy for financial peace of mind. I thought it would be great because it was written by an Australian guy, so it was suitable for my situation. When I read it though, I felt it didn’t match with the financial strategy I was currently using – which was from the USA. So, I decided not to follow his 9-step strategy and kept using my American system.

Fast forward to September 2018, and I had a big AHA moment about how the American software I currently use can fit within the strategies that the Australian financial advisorRead more about Today’s Word: strategy[…]

Today’s Word: emergency fund

Today’s Word: emergency fund

October 18, 2018 =========

☆  emergency fund  臨時予算

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An emergency fund is the money that you budget for… can you guess? Yes, emergencies! Too easy! The problem in Australia is that most people don’t have an emergency fund. This means they have no peace of mind, and that if they have an emergency – car breaks down, kids get sick, they lose their job etc. – then they have no money to help them cope with that situation.

Most finance experts recommend that your emergency fund should be at least 3 to 6 months’ worth of your expenses! That way, if you do lose your job or get sick, then you have enough moneyRead more about Today’s Word: emergency fund[…]

Today’s Word: peace of mind

Today’s Word: peace of mind

October 17, 2018 =========

☆  peace of mind  安心

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If something gives you peace of mind, it stops you from worrying about that problem or difficulty. All of the books I have read about finances suggest having enough money for peace of mind. All the authors suggest having some savings set aside just for emergencies. This will give you peace of mind because you know you won’t need a credit card or a loan if you have an emergency. And of course, they suggest that you save for your retirement.

Knowing that you will have enough money for retirement, can give you the biggest peace of mind possible. In Australia, most older people whoRead more about Today’s Word: peace of mind[…]

Today’s Word: expense

Today’s Word: expense

October 16, 2018 =========

☆  expense  出費

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Yesterday we talked about the money that comes in, your income. Today, we’re talking about the money that goes out: your expenses. An expense is something that costs you money. So, for most people, the obvious expenses are rent or mortgage payments, food and clothing. Most finance books say that those are the three expenses you cannot avoid. You have to have somewhere to live, something to eat, and something to wear.

However, any other expenses are things that you can cut out to save money. For example, instead of buying a coffee each morning from Starbucks, you can make coffee at home. Or you can “brownRead more about Today’s Word: expense[…]

Today’s Word: income

Today’s Word: income

October 15, 2018 =========

☆  income  収入

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Your income is the money that you earn or receive from your company for working. In Australia, owning your own home is the “Australian Dream” but the house prices are very high as we are in a property boom. There are often news articles about families on low incomes and whether they can afford to buy their home or not.

The book on investment that I am currently reading says that 60% of your income should be used for daily expenses – including rent or mortgage. The other 40% of your income should be used for savings and investments. However, like the newspaper articles, this is almostRead more about Today’s Word: income[…]

Today’s Word: affordable

Today’s Word: affordable

October 14, 2018 =========

☆  affordable  手頃な

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This week’s useful phrase is “I’m looking for an apartment in an affordable location.” In Australia, the prices of houses and apartments varies greatly depending on the location. Even just the suburb name or city name can change the price from affordable to ridiculously expensive! So, the new house, with more bedrooms and a garden in a bad location will be more affordable than a small, old house in the “rich” suburb.

Is this true in Japan too? What affects the price of an apartment or house? Is it the location? The size of the property? Are older houses more affordable than new ones? When you areRead more about Today’s Word: affordable[…]

Today’s Word: broke

Today’s Word: broke

October 13, 2018 =========

☆  broke  金欠の

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This is an informal word which means you have no money. You can use it in these kinds of sentences:

I hate being broke all the time!
When I was a student, I was so broke, I only ever ate Cup Ramen.
What do you mean you’re broke, you only got paid yesterday!
Don’t ask me to pay, I’m broke too!

Another funny sentence you might hear about this word is that someone is broke because their money finished before the month did. In other words, they have a few days left in the month, but no money.

Have you ever been broke? What did you do to get out of thatRead more about Today’s Word: broke[…]

Today’s Word: automatic

Today’s Word: automatic

October 12, 2018 =========

☆  automatic   自動的な

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One of the best things you can do for your financial future is set up an automatic savings plan. In Australia, you can often ask your employer to do this for you. So, for example, if your salary is $5,000, your employer takes out money for tax and for your retirement before paying you the money. This is automatic, so your salary would actually be $4,000 in the bank (for example).

However, you can also your employer to put part of your salary into another account before you even get it. That way, from your $4,000 payment, the company pays $3,000 into your bank account and $1,000Read more about Today’s Word: automatic[…]

Today’s Word: emotional

Today’s Word: emotional

October 11, 2018 =========

☆  emotional  感情的な

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I think that one of the biggest barriers to becoming financially independent is the emotional feelings that come up when we are talking about money and trying to make financial decisions. In fact, some research has shown that people who feel that they are emotional thinkers tend to put off making decisions about money and things like saving for retirement.

Interestingly though, the research also found that those emotional people felt able to make lifestyle decisions quite easily. So, the researchers suggested that they should think about “a decision about your life in retirement” (an emotional lifestyle decision) instead of thinking about “a decision about financial investmentsRead more about Today’s Word: emotional[…]

Today’s Word: logical

Today’s Word: logical

October 10, 2018    =========

☆  logical  合理的な

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Something that is logical seems reasonable or sensible in the circumstances. So, in a financial situation, many books talk about debt and the logical choice is to pay off debt before starting a savings plan. Does this seem logical to you?

The financial guru that I follow says this is actually not the logical thing to do. He suggests that if you have $100 spare cash, then $50 should go as a debt payment and $50 should go into savings. He says this is the most logical solution because emergencies always happen, and if you pay off debt but don’t also put away money, then whenRead more about Today’s Word: logical[…]

Today’s Word: realistic

Today’s Word: realistic

October 9, 2018   =========

☆  realistic  現実的な

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You can use realistic in two ways when talking about your financial situation. Firstly, you can be realistic about your situation, meaning that you accept and recognize your situation and try to be practical about it. For example, you might need to be realistic about how much rent you can afford to pay each month if you want to live in Tokyo. In other words, you need to have a realistic view of what you can afford.

The second way is to set a realistic goal for your finances, meaning a goal that you can reasonably expect to achieve. For example, you might want to sayRead more about Today’s Word: realistic[…]

Today’s Word: cautious

Today’s Word: cautious

October 8, 2018      =========

☆  cautious  控えめな

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Are you cautious and careful with your money? From what I have seen while living in Japan, most Japanese people are cautious compared to Westerners. When I lived in Japan, credit cards were not very common, and most people saved money. In America and Australia, most people have credit cards, and a lot of debt. Unfortunately, being cautious and careful with money doesn’t seem to be common in these countries!

The quote for this week is by Joe Moore, an American celebrity, and he says, “The time to save money is when you have some.” This seems to be a cautious and good way to thinkRead more about Today’s Word: cautious[…]

Today’s Word: review

Today’s Word: review

October 7, 2018 =========

☆  review   (支出などを)見直す

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Do you review your spending? As I said earlier in the week, I track my spending, down to the last cent! The only thing I don’t do that much is actually review my spending. At the end of the month, I always plan to go back through my spending and review where I spent money and what I spent it on… but then I forget!

One book I read recommended that at the end of the month, you review your bank statement or credit card statement to check your spending. He suggested categorizing each expense so that you can easily see where you are spending money.Read more about Today’s Word: review[…]

Today’s Word: splurge

Today’s Word: splurge

October 6, 2018 =========

☆  splurge   散財する

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If you splurge on something, it means that you spend a lot of money, usually on things that you don’t need. I just saw the movie, Crazy Rich Asians. Have you seen it? I really enjoyed the movie, so I splurged on the e-book, and the two other books in the series, China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems. I read the first book very quickly. And am now reading the second one, China Rich Girlfriend. They are fun books, but all of the characters splurge on such expensive things all the time, it’s like a whole other world to me!

For example, one character in theRead more about Today’s Word: splurge[…]

Today’s Word: track spending

Today’s Word: track spending

October 5, 2018 =========

☆  track spending  (支出を)記録する

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Do you track your spending? I use an app to track my spending. I record both incoming and outgoing money. I’ve been tracking my spending for years! Most of the time it is easy and I enjoy doing it, but sometimes, I get busy and forget to record something, so I need to think hard about where my money went so that I can track my spending accurately.

Last weekend for example I was missing $8… but because it was school holidays and we had been busy, I could not remember where I had spent the money. Did I buy a snack or some drinks? AnRead more about Today’s Word: track spending[…]

Today’s Word: cut down

Today’s Word: cut down

October 4, 2018 =========

☆  cut down  切り詰める

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If you use the word cut down in a financial situation, you mean that you spend less money. You can also use this word to do or use something less, for example cut down on coffee, or a businessman who wanted to cut down on travel and spend more time with his family. So, here are some examples on how you would use this word in a financial situation:

You always spend way too much on eating out, you should cut down!
If you are spending more than you earn, can you find ways to cut down?
Why not look at your credit card statement and see ifRead more about Today’s Word: cut down[…]

Today’s Word: blow

Today’s Word: blow

October 3, 2018          =========

☆  blow  浪費する

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If you blow a large amount of money, you spend it quickly on luxuries or in a wasteful way. For example, you might go to the casino and blow all your money within 30 minutes. Have you ever heard about lottery winners who win a huge amount of money and then just a few years later have no money again? This is usually because they blow all their money on luxury items and big houses and giving away money to family without really thinking!

Interestingly though, many financial gurus suggest that you have “money to blow” each payday. So, of course you put away money forRead more about Today’s Word: blow[…]

Today’s Word: regret

Today’s Word: regret

October 2, 2018      =========

☆  regret  後悔する

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Have you ever regretted anything you have bought? There’s nothing worse than the feeling of regret when you’ve spent money, right? Once, when I first started my business, I bought an online course that said it would include weekly coaching and help me get my website started. Of course, it didn’t! The course was terrible, and so was my coach…

I instantly regretted buying the course, but I couldn’t get a refund. Of course, nowadays, it’s pretty easy to get a refund for things you buy online, as most businesses offer a 100% money back guarantee, but still, many people feel regret, and even feel foolishRead more about Today’s Word: regret[…]

Today’s Word: put away

Today’s Word: put away

October 1, 2018     =========

☆  put away  貯金する

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Ooh, this month’s topic is Saving Money! Another favorite topic for me! Last month, a famous Australia financial “guru”, The Barefoot Investor released a new book for families – apparently it is the only kids’ money guide you’ll ever need. When I went to buy the book, it was $25 (expensive!!) However, the shop assistant said if I spent over $40 they gave me $5 cash back… so I looked around the store to find another $15 to spend on books! Ha ha!

How ironic, I’m buying a book on financial advice, which recommends putting away money rather than spending it, and yet I wasRead more about Today’s Word: put away[…]

Today’s Word: opportunity

Today’s Word: opportunity

September 30, 2018 =========

☆  opportunity  機会

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An opportunity is a situation in which it is possible for you to do something that you want to do. A great word to end the month! You can think of this in two ways. Firstly, this month has been an opportunity to think about letting things go, and how that can make your life better.

Or maybe you have already begun letting go of things and that has brought new opportunities into your life, because you have more mental and physical space to notice those things.

For me, I have found that when I let go of the things I don’t truly love, then the opportunity forRead more about Today’s Word: opportunity[…]

Today’s Word: hoarder

Today’s Word: hoarder

September 29, 2018 =========

☆  hoarder   溜め込む人

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A hoarder is someone who saves and stores things, often secretly, because they are valuable to them, and they don’t want others to have those things. In Western culture, being a hoarder is actually not that unusual. People buy, and keep, a lot of things that they don’t really need. However, someone who jokingly says, “I’m a bit of a hoarder.” is probably able to throw things away if they really want to.

In 2009, there was an American reality TV show called Hoarders, which showed people who we real hoarders – people who kept so much stuff, a lot of it is just trash they shouldRead more about Today’s Word: hoarder[…]

Today’s Word: joy

Today’s Word: joy

September 28, 2018 =========

☆  joy  喜び

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Joy is a feeling of great happiness. When I first read KonMari’s book, I really loved the idea of organizing by category… however, the idea of holding something to see if it sparked joy seemed a little strange. And honestly, I still haven’t really used this test of joy to help me decide what to throw away and what to keep.

Have you ever tried the “spark joy” test to decide what possessions to keep? Did it work for you? If so, did you get some feeling of joy or was it more of an intellectual thought of joy? I think that is my problem, I focusRead more about Today’s Word: joy[…]

Today’s Word: thrift shop

Today’s Word: thrift shop

September 26, 2018 =========

☆  thrift shop  リサイクルショップ

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In Australia, most thrift shops are actually run by charities, and so the money from sales goes to help others, such as homeless people, children who have lost their families, and even dog shelters (for homeless dogs).

So, when people have things that are in good condition that they no longer use, but don’t want to or don’t have time to sell, they often donate those things to these thrift shops. Interestingly, depending on the location, you can find a real bargain for good quality items. In richer areas for example, you can find brand clothing and bags, and very nice furniture. Whereas, in the lessRead more about Today’s Word: thrift shop[…]

Today’s Word: possessions

Today’s Word: possessions

September 25, 2018 =========

☆  possessions  所有物

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This month’s final question: Do you have too many possessions? Recently, my answer to this is always “YES!!!” I think I have always felt this way, but more so after having kids, because things seem to accumulate much more quickly with kids around! A few years ago, I read a book by Dave Bruno, The 100 Thing Challenge. (It’s in Japanese too, https://preview.tinyurl.com/ycqhwzoa)

In the book, Bruno talks about how he got rid of almost everything he owned, and remade his life. The thing that interested me was about hobbies. He said that he had so many hobbies, but he was too busy taking care of theRead more about Today’s Word: possessions[…]

Today’s Word: desire

Today’s Word: desire

September 24, 2018 =========

☆  desire  望み

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A desire (noun) is a strong wish to do or have something. For example, “She has a strong desire to help and care for people.” It might seem strange to talk about things that you desire when we are on the topic of letting things go, but you could say something like this, “My biggest desire right now is a clutter-free home!”

In fact, this week’s quote is on point for this topic. “The most important things in life aren’t things.” (Anthony J. D’Angelo). In other words, the thing you desire doesn’t actually need to be a physical thing, it could be an emotional state or somethingRead more about Today’s Word: desire[…]

Today’s Word: candid

Today’s Word: candid

September 23, 2018 =========

☆  candid  ありのままの

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When you are candid about something, you speak honestly. I think this week’s quote is very candid. “You don’t need more space, you need less stuff.” (Carrie Higgins). This is so true, and honest, and yet, I think a lot of people would be offended or upset if someone said something so candid to them.

Whenever I hear someone say they are moving house, it is always (OK, 90% of the time) because the “need more space.” I almost fell into that trap last year! We have a 3-bedroom house and a big garden, so we definitely don’t need more space, but it’s easy to think thatRead more about Today’s Word: candid[…]

Today’s Word: difficult

Today’s Word: difficult

September 22, 2018 =========

☆  difficult   難しい

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Something that is difficult is not easy to do, understand, or deal with. So, for this month’s topic, I think a lot of people find that letting things go is difficult, right? Is this true for you? For me, it’s difficult to let go of things that I don’t need if they are still in good condition. I really don’t want to throw anything away into landfill or recycling if someone else can use it, but at the same time, I don’t have much time to spend selling my things.

When I lived in Japan, it was really difficult to get rid of things I no longerRead more about Today’s Word: difficult[…]

Today’s Word: overwhelmed

Today’s Word: overwhelmed

September 21, 2018 =========

☆  overwhelmed  圧倒された

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If something makes you feel overwhelmed, it affects you strongly and you don’t know how to deal with it. You might be overwhelmed by the crowds on the trains in Tokyo. Or overwhelmed by feelings about something that happened to you, either in the present or in the past. And, of course, for this month’s topic, you might feel overwhelmed by the number of things or the amount of clutter you have.

Last week, was the annual event of the Royal Adelaide Show. It is a 10-day event. The main purpose of it is to judge the show animals, but nowadays it’s great fun for everyone, withRead more about Today’s Word: overwhelmed[…]

Today’s Word: transformational

Today’s Word: transformational

September 20, 2018 =========

☆  transformational  転換の

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Something that is transformational is able to produce a big change or improvement in a situation. This week’s useful phrase is, “The KonMari method has been transformational for me.” In this case, the speaker probably had a lot of clutter and things in their house that they didn’t need or love, and following the KonMari method improved their situation greatly.

Have you ever had a transformational experience regarding letting go of things? For me, it was definitely clearing out my mum’s apartment last month. Even though her apartment didn’t look that cluttered and there weren’t things scattered everywhere, when we started going through everything, there was aRead more about Today’s Word: transformational[…]

Today’s Word: scattered

Today’s Word: scattered

September 19, 2018 =========

☆  scattered  散らかった

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Things that are scattered are spread over an area in an untidy or irregular way. In our house, the most common things to find scattered everywhere are toys and soccer balls. I heard a great suggestion about this, and that was to spend five minutes each night collecting the things that are scattered around the house and return them to their correct spot.

The thing is, this sounds so easy to do, and yet… ha ha! With the soccer balls – they are scattered all over the backyard and the sports box is broken so there is nowhere to pack them up. With the toys, I alwaysRead more about Today’s Word: scattered[…]

Today’s Word: inspiring

Today’s Word: inspiring

September 18, 2018 =========

☆  inspiring  元気づける

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Letting go of things and decluttering can be hard work. When I am losing steam and want to give up, I look for something inspiring to keep me motivated. One of my favorite places to find inspiring messages or photographs is on Instagram. I used to like Pinterest too, but that was too much for me! There were too many inspiring photos of ideas on how to declutter, and before-after photos. For me, too much choice is not inspiring, it’s just tiring!

Instead, on Instagram, I follow the hashtag #konmari and so every so often, some inspiring posts (only the really popular ones) come up in myRead more about Today’s Word: inspiring[…]

Today’s Word: life-changing

Today’s Word: life-changing

September 17, 2018 =========

☆  life-changing  人生を変える

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Something that is life-changing has such a strong effect that it changes your life. The word life-changing is probably a famous word now, thanks to the translation of the KonMari book! “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. What do you think about this title? Is it possible that tidying up and decluttering can be life-changing?

I’m not sure, but I think decluttering can definitely be life-changing for many people. Most of the people I know have too much “stuff”, and because of that, we spend too much time looking after our stuff, rather than living life! What a waste!

Many years ago, my brother was living in SanRead more about Today’s Word: life-changing[…]

Today’s Word: discard

Today’s Word: discard

September 16, 2018 =========

☆  discard  捨てる

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If you discard something, you get rid of it because you no longer need or want it. The most common thing we discard is the wrapping or the box that something we bought came in. For example, the shoe box our shoes came in, or the bag our fruit was in.

Recently, I read a book called Waste Not. It was very interesting! The author was trying not to create any trash that needed discarding. A few years ago, she decided to do Plastic Free July (http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/) meaning that during July, she would use NO plastics or as little plastics as possible, so that there was nothingRead more about Today’s Word: discard[…]

Today’s Word: sort

Today’s Word: sort

September 15, 2018 =========

☆  sort  分類する

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To sort something means to separate it into different categories or groups, usually so that you can do different things with them. A common decluttering method is the Four Box method. This is where you find four (large!) boxes and label them: Toss (throw away), Give Away/Sell, Store, and Put Away.

As you are cleaning up your house or apartment or even just one room, you sort everything into one of these four boxes. Don’t need it? Toss or Sell box. Need it sometimes, but not very often, put t in the Store box (for storage.) Use it regularly, then put it away (or in the washingRead more about Today’s Word: sort[…]

Today’s Word: toss

Today’s Word: toss

September 14, 2018 =========

☆  toss  投げる

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OK, so I think the translation might be a little strange for this month’s topic, right? Toss, definitely can be translated as “nageru” meaning to throw something in a careless way. However, in the topic of Letting Go, we are really talking about tossing something in the trash. Perhaps the translation is different? What do you think?

In any case, when you toss something out, you throw it away. You let it go, put it in the trash, and say goodbye to it forever! When we were clearing out my mum’s apartment, we certainly tossed a LOT into the trash. At first, I was devastated for theRead more about Today’s Word: toss[…]

Today’s Word: spur

Today’s Word: spur

September 13, 2018 =========

☆  spur  拍車をかける

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If something spurs you to do another thing, it encourages you to do it. For example, if you don’t like your job, it might spur you into finding a new one. If you see your friend’s travel photos on Instagram, it might spur you to decide to take an overseas trip this summer.

Talking of letting go, my mum’s death and clearing out her apartment spurred me to clear out my own house. Each day I would go to her house and help my siblings clear out her things, and then when I came home, even though I was physically and emotionally exhausted, I was spurred onRead more about Today’s Word: spur[…]

Today’s Word: visualize

Today’s Word: visualize

September 12, 2018 =========

☆  visualize  見える化する

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If you visualize something, you imagine what it is like by forming a mental picture of it. I think pretty much every decluttering book I’ve ever read has talked about visualizing your perfect room or house. What would your room or house look like if it were perfect for you, clutter free in the way that you want it to be? Apparently, if you can visualize your goal, then you will stay motivated to reach it.

What do you think about this idea? Are you able to visualize your goal, for example of a clutter-free home, or of being a confident English speaker? For me, it’s hardRead more about Today’s Word: visualize[…]

Today’s Word: tolerate

Today’s Word: tolerate

September 11, 2018 =========

☆  tolerate  大目に見る

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If you can tolerate something unpleasant or painful, it means you are able to bear it or put up with it. For some people, tolerating clutter is easy. They just don’t really “see” it. Of course, the clutter is there, but they are able to ignore it. For me, I can’t tolerate clutter at all. For a few days, it’s OK, but eventually I feel that I really “need” to clean up the mess.

If you check psychology research and Freud, there is a lot of information about clutter, and whether or not we can tolerate it. For example, if you have stuff on the floor andRead more about Today’s Word: tolerate[…]

Today’s Word: accumulate

Today’s Word: accumulate

September 10, 2018    =========

☆  accumulate  溜める

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This week’s useful phrase is, “It’s amazing how quickly we accumulate stuff.” I think I would change that to say, it’s sad, shocking, or ridiculous! When we moved from Tokyo to Australia, we decreased our belongings substantially. But now, after just six years we have accumulated so much again.

My mum moved into her apartment about five years ago, after my dad got sick and had to go to hospital. We sold so many things for her, so that she could downsize. And yet, in just five years, she had accumulated almost the same amount, maybe even more! How??!

The thing is, though, unfortunately, accumulating stuff isRead more about Today’s Word: accumulate[…]

Today’s Word: order

Today’s Word: order

September 9, 2018   =========

☆  order  整頓

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When something is in order, everything is in the correct or expected place. I must admit, having my house in order is one of my favorite things! Unfortunately, with kids in the house, it rarely happens! In fact, the only time it is in order is if they are at school or in bed! Ha ha!

After clearing out my mum’s apartment, I realized that she had no order in her house at all. It must have been terribly difficult for her to find the things she wanted or needed. I think the main reason was because she actually had too many things, so it wasRead more about Today’s Word: order[…]

Today’s Word: category

Today’s Word: category

September 8, 2018      =========

☆  category  カテゴリー

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If you divide things into a category, you divide them into groups that are similar in some way. As I’m sure you know, the KonMari method divides our things into categories so that we can sort through them in the best order. She uses categories like clothing, books, papers and sentimental items.

I love the idea of sorting through things by category, because then you are finished, right? But each time I try, I can never actually finish – when I did the clothing category, there were always things in the washing basket, or the clothes I was wearing, or winter clothes that were packed away.Read more about Today’s Word: category[…]

Today’s Word: destination

Today’s Word: destination

September 7, 2018 =========

☆  destination  目的地

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When we talk about our destination, of course we usually mean the place where we are going, the city or country for example. However, we can also use the word destination to talk about the end of our journey, or our goal. In this situation, the word destination means the place you want to arrive at emotionally or physically, in your world.

So, when you think about letting go, and decluttering, what is your destination? Where do you want to be when you are finished? This might mean an actual change in location, such as moving house. Or more simply, just a clean house, clutter free,Read more about Today’s Word: destination[…]

Today’s Word: method

Today’s Word: method

September 6, 2018 =========

☆  method  方法

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This week’s useful phrase is, “I love the KonMari method, have you heard of it?” I’m guessing that in Japan, everyone has heard of it, but in Australia, even though the English translation is a best-seller, not everyone has heard of her method.

For decluttering, I think that is one of the trickiest things – choosing a method to use. The 5-minutes a day method. The one item a day method for 365 days. The closet hanger method (when you turn all your coat hangers around to one direction, and then if you wear the clothes, you put the hanger back to the other direction. The youRead more about Today’s Word: method[…]

Today’s Word: restlessness

Today’s Word: restlessness

September 5, 2018 =========

☆  restlessness   落ち着かないこと

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A feeling of restlessness means that you can’t relax, and you feel jumpy, nervous, or unsettled. Interestingly, if you look on Google for example sentences, you’ll find a lot of sentences about “the restlessness of the tribes” or “the religious followers were experiencing a restlessness like never before.” In other words, it seems like a formal word, used in novels or even non-fiction and news reports.

However, you can use it just to describe your own feelings of not being able to relax. Here are some ways:

I just have a feeling of restlessness, that I can’t shake. (shake – get rid of)
I don’t know why he experiencesRead more about Today’s Word: restlessness[…]

Today’s Word: clutter

Today’s Word: clutter

September 4, 2018 =========

☆  clutter  ガラクタ

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Have you ever tried to get rid of clutter? I have, many times! Unfortunately, it always comes I really loved the KonMari method of getting rid of clutter, by asking the question of whether you want to keep it, rather than whether you want to throw it away.

However, when I was dealing with my mum’s clutter it was much easier. “Does anyone want this?” Yes – they got to keep it. No? Then it went for sale or to a charity shop.

Have you ever heard of “dostanding”? It’s a Swedish word, mixing the words “death” and “cleaning” and it’s the idea of getting rid of clutterRead more about Today’s Word: clutter[…]

Today’s Word: breaking point

Today’s Word: breaking point

September 3, 2018     =========

☆  breaking point  限界

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Another interesting thing that has shown up for me this past few months, has been how strong we can be even when we think we are not. With a young baby and breaking my ankle in February, I thought I had reached my breaking point, but somehow, I kept on with everything (with a LOT of help from my family, of course, thanks guys!)

And then, it was winter – I dislike winter – a lot! It’s so cold here, and the houses are not made for winter, they are made for summer, so they stay cool (well actually, cold) all year round. So, IRead more about Today’s Word: breaking point[…]