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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.

The hard stuff

Choosing to do hard stuff now
will lead to more choices and 
opportunities later.

Thank you

What a year we are experiencing.
Challenging, to say the least.

I know that getting and staying organized can be a challenge-even on good days.
Papers, clutter, and stuff seems to appear overnight.
Trying to manage our lives and homes amid these even more challenging circumstances
is hard.

I appreciate that you are trying.
I am grateful that you take the time to read these tips,
and maybe try some of the ideas I offer.
I’m grateful that you are showing up for your own amazing life.
(even when it doesn’t seem very amazing…)

As you take a moment or two for reflection on what you are grateful for in your own life:
Please put yourself on that list.
Acknowledge the gifts you bring to the world.

Now more than ever, the world needs us to show up-
with open hearts, open minds and compassion,  
for all of us.

The light in me sees and honors the light in you.

An option; not a solution.

Even if it is labled, neatly boxed and stacked out of sight,
if you don’t need it, use or love it; it’s clutter.

Your house is a home, not a storage unit.

Not deciding about items is an option, 
but not a serious solution.
Sentimental things can be challenging to let go.

One solution is to cull through collections, 
keeping a few of the most significant pieces.
And letting go of the rest.

Create a Sentimental box.
Use it to hold pieces that are evocative of times or places
that resonates in your head and heart.
Be a selective curator.

Make decisions and find solutions 
that will free up space for the life you have now.
​And the life you are creating as you move forward.

Close the circle

The majority of clutter is the result of failing to complete the final step in a process.

Setting the dirty dish on the counter, instead of putting it in the dishwasher.
Throwing your coat on the chair instead of putting it on the hook.
Piling the junk mail on the table instead of tossing it in the recycle bin.
Leaving the shopping bag on the chair instead of putting the purchases away.
You get the idea…

Each of these is an example of not closing the circle.
Not following through to complete the task.

Sometimes it’s a result of being distracted,
sometimes you think you don’t have time,
sometimes it’s just being a tiny bit lazy….

The first step in changing your behaviors and routines is to become aware that you have them.
Then something as simple as the phrase Close the circle,
will prompt you to make a different choice
or act in a way that gets you the results you intend.

Let go of an expectation

“There is literally nothing in nature that blooms all year long, so do not expect yourself to do so.”— liryae

Take a look around

All that clutter used to be money.

(I know, I’ve mentioned this before…..)

Holding onto to things you’re not using, don’t love or value 
doesn’t get the money back.
It’s not a waste to get rid of it now.
It was a waste to have purchased it then.

Make space for the life you really want to be living.

The power of empathy

Small change

Change happens with small steps and big priorities. Jay Shetty

Identify a priority and then decide on one small step to move you in that direction.

Get up five minutes earlier.
Put you dirty dish into the dishwasher.
Set up auto pay for reoccurring bills.
Hang up your jacket instead of tossing it on the chair.
Turn off the alerts on your phone.
Call someone you love.

You get to choose what’s important to you.
You decide how and where you spend your time and your money.

If nothing changes, nothing changes…..

Things change

When things change inside of us, things around us change.

Making the decision to buy fewer things,
to deal with our paperwork on a regular basis, or
to put things away instead of just down;
changes the way our homes look, feel and function.

Those physical changes are the direct result of us making
conscious decisions about what’s important to us.
Choosing to act in small and different ways to create positive results.

If we know the only constant is change,
then allowing ourselves to guide those changes
can move our lives to the place where who we truly are inside
is made known to the world through our actions.

Winter Coats

No, I’m not talking about the cute little number with the fur collar and deep pockets hanging in the hall closet.

I’m talking about the items in your refrigerator that have furry little green or white or blue coats on them.
The mystery blobs, the jars you opened months ago, the hard, dried up chunks of cheese, or the four bites of leftover chicken you were going to toss into a salad-two weeks ago.

Clutter doesn’t just happen on chairs or in closets, garages and desk tops.
Anywhere in our homes where we have things we’re not using (or eating), 
that we don’t need, (giant economy on sale size) and 
are keeping out of guilt or obligation (I really should eat those leftovers for lunch) 
we have clutter.  
Including our refrigerators and freezers.

Just like things migrate to the back of our closets, items disappear to the back of the fridge and into the freezer.
It’s hard to wear clothes we don’t know we have, 
and difficult to eat food that we don’t remember we’ve saved;
especially if we don’t really even like it. 

If the truth is you never eat leftovers, stop putting them into containers and stacking them in the fridge.
(That realization may lead to you being able to purge your cupboard of excess plastic containers too!)

If certain vegetables always end up as limp slimy messes, buy less.  
The monetary savings of buying in large quantities is only economical if you actually eat the food.

(And don’t ask me to taste that off smelling milk to see if it’s bad……..)

Emptying, sorting and eliminating the clutter from refrigerators and freezers 
can make meal preparation easier, 
help remind us which foods we really do eat and enjoy, 
and help us better manage our food budget.

Store your winter coat in the closet.
Not on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator.