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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.

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.

 

 

 

Store it at the store.

Yup.
Let the store store it.
They have way more room than you do,
far more sophisticated inventory control and plenty of staff to manage it.

When the need arises, go to the store and buy the item you need.
No point in spending your money to buy and store things you aren’t using.

If you buy multiples, you need to create storage spaces for them.
If you buy things ‘just in case’, invisible Justin Case is using your home
to store his things.
If it’s ‘on sale’ but you don’t need or use it, you didn’t save money: You spent
money unnecessarily.

Let the store be the store and let your house be home.

What does it mean?

Every item in your home has a story.
Where it came from.
What makes it valuable and important.
Why you keep it.

Some of the stories are brief and utilitarian.
Some are long and complicated and full of drama.
Some you may have even forgotten, although you hold onto the item.

Maybe some of the stories and the items 
no longer are important, or useful, or necessary, or even true.

Maybe you’d remember the story, even if you let go of the item.

You’re the one who decided about the story,
gave the item meaning,
and decided to give it a home in your house.

Could it be the end of the story for some things?
Or at least the end of the thing?

Pay attention to the stories you tell yourself.
Make sure your home is a reflection of the life story you want to be living.

 

 

 

One action.

What is one thing you could do right now,
in two minutes or less,
to address one cluttered place in your home?

Hang up a few clothes?
Load some items into the dishwasher?
Clear off the coffee table?
Recycle the pile of junk mail?

Instead of thinking “I don’t have time to deal with all of this”,
deal with one little piece of it.
Just start somewhere,
with one small action.

The piles and clutter accumulated one piece at a time.
You can take care of them in the same way.

If you really want your home to look, feel and function
more easily: 
Devote two minutes of time,
right now,
to one place.

If nothing changes, nothing changes.

 

Did you say ‘Thank You’?

Anxious letting something go because “It was a gift.”?

How thoughtful of your spouse, friend, parent, 
child, sibling,  or co worker to think of you.
And your total obligation to that thoughtfulness is to say “Thank You.”

You don’t have to 
wear the item,
eat the item,
use the item,
display the item, 
or keep it.

You get to decide what lives in your house.
What you want to wear, eat, spend time using,
or have on display.
It’s your house, remember?

If the giver notices or comments about your use
or lack of, or where the gift is:
That’s really about them-their neediness,
their taste and their sense of what’s important,
beautiful or useful.

Would you want a gift you gave to become clutter 
in someone else life or home?
(I think not)

“Thank you” is enough.
Really.

Start small

Sure your closet is chaos.
The garage has a tiny path.
The pile of papers on your desk is precarious.
You know you have a dining room table-it’s holding up the piles.

If it all seems daunting and a wee bit overwhelming,
narrow your focus.
Start with the floor in the closet,
the area just inside the door to the garage,
the left side of the desk.

Set a timer for ten minutes.
Sort, toss, pile like with like.
Stop after ten minutes.
See the difference.
There will be a difference!

Allow the progress to inspire you.

All this clutter didn’t appear in ten minutes,
it will take more than ten minutes to get the situation under control.
But, starting small and devoting time and energy to the situation
will change the look, feel and function of an area.

You can do this.
Change is possible.
Just start.

 

Enough is enough.

You are enough.
You have enough.

More isn’t better.
More is often merely the same thing, again and again.

By setting limits on what you’ll own,
who you will spend your time with,
and where you will put your energy,
you will create time and space for the life you want to live.

Enough really is enough!