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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.

Give up.

“Give up on yourself.
Begin taking action now, while being neurotic or imperfect, or a procrastinator, or unhealthy, or lazy, or any other label by which you inaccurately describe yourself.
Go ahead and be the best imperfect person you can be
and get started on those things you want to accomplish before you die.”
Shoma Morita

Pause

It is easier to take back a no than a yes.

Take time to pause before you agree to one more obligation, 
add one more item to your To Do list,
put one more thing on your plate (literally),
or buy another want that isn’t truly a need.

Mindfully choosing when to say no creates more space and time
to do the things you actually want,
and be with the people you truly love.

Note to self.

You are not too old and it’s not too late.

Choose the life whispering in your heart.

Focus on what you are keeping.

Instead of worrying about the items you are letting go, 
keep your attention on the things you’ve chosen to keep.
Remind yourself why they are important.

Don’t let the ‘what ifs’ and ‘just in case’ scenarios suck you away 
from creating spaces that support the life you desire.
Keep your energy and focus right in front of you.

Fall is the perfect visual reminder of how beautiful letting go can be.

When you’re 80. (or 40 for that matter)

When you’re 80 and you look back, will you say:
“I wish I would have watched more tv.” 
Or
“I so enjoyed the time I spent on adventures and in Mother Nature.”
“Darn, if only I’d spent more time shopping.”
Or
“I’m lucky to have spent so much time with the people I love.”
Or
“All my stuff was what gave my life meaning.”
Or
“Family, friends, moments of joy, moments of grace, 
and pausing to be grateful, made my imperfect life perfect.”

Containing

It may seem a clever solution to purchase attractive storage containers to hold your clutter.
However, if all they do is create a new place to stuff your stuff, even if it is an attractive place,
you still have clutter.  
It’s merely in a new location!

A necessary part of the organizing process is to sort through your stuff,
deciding what you really use and love and value.
Once those decisions have been made, then you can measure (literally) what you want to contain as well as measuring the space where you want to store it.

Before you scurry out to buy containers, look around your home.  
Are there baskets, boxes, totes or containers you already own that you can repurpose and use?
Do you have things that would not only hold things but spark pleasant memories
or associations when you looked at or used them? 
Do you associate certain activities with specific containers?  
Could that assist you in remembering what lives where?

It’s okay to want matching containers.
A uniform look and feel to storage solutions does eliminate visual clutter
and can add a sense of simplicity and calmness to a space.
You get to choose.
You are creating spaces that you enjoy and that support the life and activities that are important to you.

Be realistic.

This week’s idea:  Be Realistic

Set aside perfection.
Abandon your inner Marie Kondo.

Aim for small improvements, little changes.

Don’t worry about eating off the floor.  Start with being able to see the floor!

Sometimes people wait to declutter and organize until they have a whole day to work on the project, or until they have the perfect storage containers, or they purchase another bookcase.

Realistically, spending thirty minutes or an hour at a time will be the most productive.
Realistically, matching baskets look nice but won’t solve the problem.
Realistically, you’ll be more organized if you sort the books you already own.

It’s okay to lower your expectations from perfect to good.
(and much more likely that you’ll arrive at that place.)

Accept that you only have a limited amount of time, energy and interest. 
Remember who and what is most important in your life.

Having a color coded, neatly lined up sock drawer would be perfect.
But unnecessary.
Having a drawer where socks live, that is easy to access.
That’s good!

Be realistic.
Good really is good enough.

Gratitude is a verb.

You have an amazing and full life.
(Over full in some areas probably……)
Hot and cold running water.
A place to live.
People you adore, and who adore you.
Talents, skills, abilities.

Acknowledge all you have right now, today.

If you aren’t grateful for what you have now;
buying another pair of shoes,
a bigger house, a $50 raise, or having more stuff
isn’t going to make you happier in the ways that really matter.


“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”  Epictetus

Act as if

“If you want to be an artist, start acting like one.
It is easy, make stuff, show it to people, then make more stuff.
Make art every day. It’s a tonic, it’s a cure.” Deanne Fitzpatrick

Clutter gets in the way of people having the life they truly want.
Today act as if you have that life.
If you want to  spend more time with family and friends:  
Call someone and set up a time to be together.
If you want to get out of debt:  
Send a creditor money.  Even if it’s only $10, do it.
If you want your home to be a warm inviting place:
Invite someone over. 
Clear off the couch so there’ll be a place to sit.
If you want to change how you feel about your body:
Go for a walk.  
Ten minutes in one direction out your front door.

Stop waiting until you have more time, 
or more money 
or the body you had ten years ago.
Don’t let your clutter be an excuse to keep you from
doing the things you love or

Abundance or excess?

Abundance is different than excess.

Sharing in warm loving relationships is abundance.

Having subscriptions to five magazines you never read is excess.

Choosing to spend time on activities that feed your head and heart is abundance.

Holding on to equipment and supplies for hobbies that no longer interest  or delight you is excess.

Owning few things of higher quality is abundance.

Purchasing duplicates of items you already own but can’t find is excess.

Abundance lives in your heart.

Excess  dominates your surroundings.

By letting go of the excess you  choose abundance.