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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.

Match ’em up.

Falling under the category of How many is enough?
would be food storage containers.

(Rubbermaid, Ziplock, Tupperware, old yogurt containers…..
you know of what I speak)

Haul them all out of the cupboard, drawer, shelves where you keep them.
First:  Get rid of any that are stained, or misshapen.
Second:  Match all the bottoms to their lids.
(If you have a bottom with no lid, or vice versa-out it goes)
Third:  Group like sized ones together so you can see how many of which sizes you have.

Now, realistically consider how often you have things that need to be stored in these containers.
Think how many you would honestly use in one week.
(Do you really want to be keeping leftovers for more than a week?  
Other than maybe in the freezer?
And that can be problematic)

Decide how many is enough.
Which size do you use?
What style do you prefer?

Storing the lid on the container it belongs to keeps the area from becoming chaotic (again).
The other option is nesting the containers and
having one container to store all the lids. 
Chances are you came across a lidless container when you did your sorting….

Now, choose one drawer, or one shelf to be the home for these containers.
One should be plenty.
Seriously, real estate in your kitchen is too valuable to be using it for 
Justin Case storage.

Look again

Often we are so used to how a space looks and feels we no longer notice it.

Try taking a photo of the top of your desk,
the kitchen counter,
your linen closet, or
the garage.

Looking at the photo, what jumps out?
What can you see as excess? 
What doesn’t belong there?
What haven’t you recently used, touched, or needed?
Can you see like things that should be grouped together?

There is something about the remove that a photo can offer
which helps us see what we have been ignoring,
or procrastinating about, or just no longer even register in our minds.

A photo may be worth a thousand words,
or a least enough to help us rethink a space in our lives!

Where to store things.

Let the store be the store.
(as in, where things are stored)

Okay, I understand that buying in bulk can save you money.
And that having a back up of things you use frequently may be helpful.

However,
If adequate storage is already an issue in your home,
or you end up throwing things away because they go bad before you use them,
or the warehouse price wasn’t really a bargain:
You need to let the store be where things are stored.
Not your house.
(That’s why it’s called a ‘store’)

When does stocking up, drift into hoarding?
Or come from a scarcity mindset?

Trust living from abundance,
and knowing you can get what you need if you need it.

Let your house be a home.
​And the store be the store.

Be kind to your future self.

Do things now that your future self will appreciate.

Spend a few minutes each night tidying up the kitchen.
Your morning self will start the day in less chaos.

Run the dishwasher every night.  (it doesn’t have to be full…)
You’ll have a clean cup for your morning tea.

Don’t just fold the laundry, put it away.
Getting dressed will be easier.

Put your bills on auto pay.
Free your future self from over due notices and late fees.

What simple things can you do right now
that the you in an hour, or a day,
or a week will appreciate?
Small acts of kindness and self care 
move you toward an easier, less complicated and calmer life.

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.