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2024 - Week 8

This week, I fought hard to make progress on my living areas. And I ran out of fucks a few times. I will eventually elaborate on that, I'm sure, but not right now. There will be more swearing in this post as it has been that kind of week. Decluttering & Minimalism This week is a big one for me on this front because I've been actioning my Living Room plans. I acquired display cases for my Funko POP dolls.  I also began combining my two IKEA PS cabinets into one for all my media to live in. This had me off to Home Depot for a small cut off saw to remove the four legs on the one unit. This is a fairly common IKEA hack. There are even holes that can be used to screw or bolt them together for safety. The saw helped, though I still needed to use my manual one as I wasn't comfortable with the sparks and noise. I try not to be an asshole neighbour. With the legs off, I needed a break for refueling as I hadn't eaten anything yet. The next day, I got it joined together with s
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