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What I know:

It isn't about our stuff.
It's about our connections.

Bigger. Better. More.
Rarely is.

Our best lives create space
in our homes and hearts
for the people and activities
that make us genuinely happy.

You must be present to win.

Don’t organize

Don’t organize what you don’t need.

If you don’t need it, use it, or value it:
Don’t waste time and energy organizing it.

Only create homes for things you want to have in your life right now.
No matter how cute the baskets,
legible the labels,
neat the piles-
If it isn’t part of the life you’re living now,
it’s clutter.

An easy way to organize your stuff may be
to get rid of most of it!

 

Not what, why.

It’s not about what you own.
It’s about why you own it.

What’s important to some people has little or no value to others.
Why you choose to keep some things and let others go;
is all about you and the value you place in specific objects.

We keep some things out of guilt or obligation.
We hold on to things from our past thinking that one day we might lead that life again.
We keep things that were a good deal, even if we have no place to store them.

It’s your home and your life.
You get to choose what things surrounds you.
Choose things that support the life you want to be living.
Items that reflect who and what you value.
Make sure the why story you tell yourself 
makes your heart light and your home comfortable.

 

 

Who you are

Life isn’t about what you have,
it’s about who you are.

Not your house, your clothes, your car,
your job, your salary, or 
any of your stuff.

It’s about what you value,
how you treat people, and 
what moves your heart.

Make sure where you put your thoughts,
your energy,
and your time
builds the life you truly want to be living.

It’s your one true amazing life,
how do you want to live it?

Don’t organize…

Don’t organize what you don’t need.

Don’t waste time or energy organizing things you no longer need, use, love or value.

Not matter how neat it looks,
the matching baskets,
the labels:  
If it doesn’t help you lead the life you want now-let it go.

 

Gifts

Think carefully before you give ‘things’ to other people.

Unless someone has specifically asked for a certain item,
don’t assume they want or need more stuff in their life.

People who matter to you would rather have time with you,
sharing an experience; than another thing they need to find a home and use for.

Make a memory with someone.
Add to your shared story.
Give the gift of your time and attention.

In ten years the gifts will be forgotten,
but your emotional connections will still have meaning.

 

 

Keeping up is easier than catching up.

Simple routines make it easier for you to maintain order and organization.

Always hanging up your clothes is less daunting than a chair piled high.
Opening mail everyday is easier than going through a bag full you stashed and ignored.
One load of laundry a day washed, folded and put away beats five baskets toppling over.

Don’t put it down, put it away.
If you can do it in two minutes or less, do it now.
Close the circle by completing the task.

A little bit done everyday means there’s only a little bit to do everyday.
Not hours worth at the end of the week.

Choose an easy life.

 

 

If you haven’t yet, you probably won’t.

The crock pot still in the box?
The pants with the tags still attached?
The free weights in the corner?

If you have it,
but haven’t opened it, started it, read it, worn it,
looked at in months; chances are really really good
you never will.

Let it go.
Give it away.
Move on with your life.

Pay closer attention to what you buy
and why.
Be realistic about the life you lead,
the time you have,
and what’s really important to you.

Your choices matter.

Focus on what you’re keeping.

Keep the things you use, need, love and value.
Create accessible homes for the items that make your life easier
and support the life you want to live.

Don’t focus on the things you are letting go.
Keep your energy on the value of the things you have chosen 
to make space for now.

You have plenty of room for the things that really matter.

Gratitude make letting go easier
and keeping things a conscious choice.

 

You can’t use what you can’t find.

It doesn’t matter if you own something,
or how many of them you have; 
if you can’t find them when you need them.

Store things where you use them.
Have homes for everything.
Return things to their homes
once you’re finished with them.

Stop wasting time, money and energy
trying to locate things you know you have
but haven’t organized.

 

Make it easy

Life is challenging and complicated enough
without letting clutter and disorganization make it worse.

Simple systems with the least amount of steps make life easier.

Keep your grocery list on your phone.
When you run low or out of something, note it right then.
Buy certain thing at certain stores?
Have a list for each store.

Open your mail over the recycle bin and immediately toss
papers you don’t need.

Keep a Donation bag in the laundry room (and in your closet).
Don’t keep hanging/rehanging things you don’t like, don’t fit, won’t wear.

Pay bills on line.

If you must file papers, file in broad categories.
Paid bills. Taxes 2019.  Important documents.
If you need to find something, you can spend time then looking.
(Most papers get filed and never looked at again,
so don’t waste time having too many specific folders)

Learn to say No.

The more complicated the task, the least likely you are to complete it.
Give yourself permission to choose the easy option.
Simplify as many tasks as possible.

Simple is good.
Easy is okay.
Really.