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KarenJane

Choose your favorite.

Overwhelmed by a shelf of mugs?
A pile of jeans?
A drawer of socks?

You realize you have too many,
but you can’t decide which to keep.

Start by setting aside your favorites.
The ones you use all the time,
the ones you reach for over and over.
The 25% you use 90% of the time!

Sure, they’re all ‘good’,
and you have used or worn them all once, maybe…
More isn’t better.
More is just one, over and over.

If you keep what you really like, use and enjoy:
You will be surrounded by your favorite things,
instead of overwhelmed by your things.

That money is gone.

Holding on to an item you don’t use or need doesn’t get you the money back.
Yes, you spent ‘good’ money on it.  (Is there bad money?)
And you either got value from the purchase or you didn’t.

Maybe it was an expensive item that you used many times so your cost per usage was quite low.
Maybe it was an expensive item that you never used, or only used once or twice.
Maybe it was on sale, or cheap.
It doesn’t matter.
The money is spent.

If you don’t use the item,
like the item,
only aspire to what the item represents:
Let it go.
Move on.

If you’re worried about wasting money; 
remember that next time you spend ‘good money’ for something.
Be a more mindful shopper.

No.

No.  I won’t Buy It Now.
No.  I don’t agree with you.
No.  I’m not going to watch just one more episode.
No.  I’m not interested in what you’re selling.
No.  I can’t stay any longer.
No.  To another bite, handful, scoop, drink.
No.  Thank you, but no.

It’s your time,
your energy,
your money,
your life.
Realize when enough is enough.

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One product. Multiple solutions.

A clear, over the door shoe organizer is a great storage and organizational solution.

Hung on the back of a door, 
not only are you taking advantage of unused vertical space,
you can easily see what you’re storing, and
have quick access.

Entry closet:
Store gloves and sun glasses, dog leashes and treats,
hats and flip flops.

Pantry:
Kid treats in the lower pockets, small cans and jars
that tend to get lost on the shelves, spice packets,
cake sprinkles and frosting tubes.

Office:
Extra pens, Sharpies, staples, Post-its,
printer cartridges, note cards, craft supplies and tape.

Kids room:
Small toys, Barbies, art supplies, 
socks and shoes.

Bathroom:
Extra soap, cotton swabs, wash cloths, 
medicines and first aid supplies. 
Give each person a row and let them store 
their own lotions and potions.

Door to the garage:
Frequently used tools (get them out of the junk drawer),
work gloves, gardening tools and supplies,
batteries, tape, flashlights and caulk.

Garage:
Cans of spray paint, 
miscellaneous boxes of nails and screws,
clamps, tape measures and fiddly bits.

Use the hanger to store things where you use them.
Keeping things visible makes it easier to see what you have, 
and know where it goes when you’re finished.
Small items tend to get lost on shelves, 
but are readily accessible in a pocket.

Remember:
Storage solutions don’t have to be expensive to be effective.

Make it easy

Make it easy to complete the task.
Eliminate all unnecessary steps.
Simplify.  Simplify.  Simplify.

Take the lid off the trash can.
Put the recycle bin right next to where you open the mail.
Keep your grocery list on your phone.
Pay your bills on line.
Don’t fold your underwear or socks.
File all your paid receipts in one folder.
(don’t bother with separate categories)
Put your dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher.

Make it a game to see how many steps you can eliminate and still get a task completed.
Make ‘good enough’ and ‘done’ your mantras.
Practice saying, “No.”

Save your time and energy for the activities 
and people you love.
The things that lift you up.

Help

Ask for help.

Here’s a surprise:  You can’t do it all.
(And even if you could, why would you want to?!?)

Asking for help doesn’t make you helpless or weak or not a tough guy/gal.
Allowing other people to assist and perhaps teach you, can open your life to new ways of doing things.
Letting other people do what they are good at can free up time and energy
for you to do what comes easily to you.

If you live with other people, ask one of them to be in charge of the laundry,
or to make sure the recycle bin get emptied, or the bills get paid, 
Have someone else mow the lawn and weed.
Use the shopping service at the grocery store.

Accepting help will relieve some of the pressure and stress around making your home
and life look and feel comfortable and supportive to you.

Whether it is someone else doing the vacuuming, 
asking for a referral for a good therapist, 
or requesting your family members to put away their own laundry:
Asking for help will create you more space and time in your own life.

A good life

“Imperfection is required for a good life.” KC Davis. 

How to Keep House While Drowning, a new book by KC Davis,
is the most thoughtful and compassionate book I have ever read about 
cleaning and organizing.
And ultimately about the importance of self care.

If you really want to change your life,
feel more organized and less stressed:
Let go of your need for perfection.

Be kind to yourself.

PS:  Of course, there are still practical and clever ideas that can
help you think about what you own,
manage how you structure your day,
and handle the mechanics of daily living
Which I will continue to share.

KC Davis:  https://www.strugglecare.com/about

Math

Ten isn’t ten times better than one.
It’s one, ten times over.

More isn’t better.
It’s just more.

Sometimes it fits our life and life style to have multiples of items.
Sometimes it makes things easier when we can readily access items
we use in different rooms of our house.
Other times duplicates just get in our way.
Or makes choosing what to wear, or do, or use more difficult.

Keeping track of, maintaining, and storing things we don’t use, love or value
takes time and energy, space and effort.

When facing a shelf filled with mugs,
ten pairs of jeans,
two sets of golf clubs,
or china for eight-
ask yourself:
How much is enough?

Experiment with having fewer things
in order to have more space.
And more time
for the key people and things that mean the most.

Choose a category

If organizing your closet or kitchen or garage or office seems
like an overwhelming and time consuming task,
just choose one category and start there.

Sort through your tee shirts.
Start with the shelf of mugs.
Tackle  the gardening tools.
Clear the top of your desk.

Ask:
How many _____________ is enough?
Do I really need, use or value this?
Is this left over from a past interest or way of doing things?
Could someone else use this right now?
Having I been holding onto this for Justin Case?

Little bites, twenty minutes at a time,
sorting and organizing one section/drawer/shelf will make a difference.

Make space for the life you want to be living.

What matters

“Just look at us.
All of us.
Quietly doing our own thing
  and trying to matter.
The earnestness is inspiring,
and heartbreaking at the same time.” 
 Amy Krouse Rosenthal

What matters in your life?
Or perhaps, more importantly, who?

What small thing can you do every day to make sure  
you are spending your time, energy and love 
​on what matters most to you.