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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.

Close the circle.

Every activity has a beginning, a middle, and an end.
Clutter can be a result of failing to do the final part of the task.  (Squirrel!)

You wash the clothes, dry the clothes, but then leave them in pile on the sofa.
(They never make it to the closet or dresser)
You make the tea, drink the tea, but leave the cup on the counter.
(Put it in the dishwasher)
You bring in the mail, set in on the desk, but never open or deal with it.
(Recycle the junk mail, decide what needs immediate attention, pay what’s due)

Try envisioning the circles that goes with tasks of daily living.
Make an effort to complete the task now.
Close one circle before you move on to your next activity.
A tiny bit of mindfulness and awareness will help eliminate
piles, unfinished chores, and help reduce your clutter.
Close the circle.

Focus on what you’re keeping.

Keep your focus on the things you are keeping, 
not on what you’re letting go.

The things you really use.
The clothes you actually wear.
The objects you love that evoke great memories.

Someone else will put that tool to use.
Those clothes will fit and be worn by someone right now.
Those donated books will be read, vases will hold bouquets,
and kids will play with the toys.

Your excess was in your way,
cluttering up your space, and
stealing time and energy from the life you want to live.

Feel generous about what you’re giving away.
Be grateful for what you keep.

Good enough is perfect.

Perfectionism is debilitating.
I want you to embrace adaptive imperfection.
We aren’t settling for less;  
we are engaging in adaptive routines that help us live and function and thrive.
Good enough is perfect.  KC Davis   (https://www.strugglecare.com)

Reach. Walk. Hike.

We know it’s important for things in our house to have a home.
When trying to decide where that home should be, accessibility is key.

The things you use most frequently need the closest and most easy access.
Think in terms of Reach, Walk or Hike.
Keep the items within Reach that you use on a regular basis.
Consider a Walk location for things you need on a less frequent basis.
Hike to those items you use, but don’t require prime real estate.

Reach, Walk and Hike locations can be in the same room.
Think kitchen-what items do you use multiple times a day?
Which things are you willing to Walk to access?
A Hike just may mean a top shelf or the back of a cupboard.

In your office, which items need a Reach home? 
What makes more sense to have to Hike to access?

Top drawers are usually Reach locations.
Garages and attics Hikes.

Use your daily habits and routines to assist you in finding the best,
most logical homes for the mechanics of daily living.
Make it easy to get the things you use, and easy to put them away.


Let it go.

Those decisions have been made.

Mental and emotional clutter can be as challenging as the physical stuff.
Learning to let go, forgive yourself (and others), and move on
will make today easier.
And give you more space for the life you want to live.
Like they say, There’s a reason the windshield is big and the rear view mirror is small.
You’re not going that way……..

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.