Tips & Tricks: December 2013

Quote of the Month
“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”
Bill Copeland

The Secret’s Out

Are you one of those folks who do a major clean up when you know there are people coming over? Does that ‘major clean up’ involve stuffing items into large black trash bags and gigantic plastic tubs?

Now that the bulk of visitations have taken place, are you now faced with bags and boxes filled with all the odds and ends of daily living? Will those bags and boxes get shoved downstairs on in the back of a closet until you have ‘time’ to deal with it?

The goal of this month’s newsletter is to encourage you to set an actual goal that will have you slowly (but surely) conquering each bag and each box until they are gone. Set a goal – even one bag a week – and go through the ‘stuff of daily living’ and find new homes for all of it. Think about the most likely place you can store the items that you use. Think about the best charity to donate the items you don’t use.

Continuing on with the theme of turning down the volume of more stuff, try these strategies in your home.

1. Take a look in your kitchen cabinets and gather up all chipped, mismatched, ugly, unused items and remove them from the house. Goodwill and other drop off charity places will appreciate these items….creative shoppers will find uses for all of it.
2. Go in your bathroom and search for expired medicines – don’t flush them. You can either drop them off at your local pharmacy or you can mix them up with a gross concoction in the kitchen, wrap it in foil and toss it in the trash. The goal is to have the medicine well hidden so that pets and humans will not tamper with them.
3. While you’re in the bathroom, go in the vanity and under the sink and gather up all your samples, old make up, no-longer-used hair and skin products and let them go. Old make up should be trashed but unused samples can go to charity.
4. Now that we are nearing the end of 2013, let’s take a brutal look at your magazines. Be bold and tell yourself that any magazines from 2012 and back can go. Be super bold and start the year off fresh and get rid of all of them. You can offer magazines to assisted living places, senior centers, doctor offices….but the quickest method is to recycle them ASAP.
5. File cabinets – that’s a really overwhelming place to go on your own…but if you are feeling really gutsy, take a peek and see if you can pull out the really old stuff that you haven’t looked at or touched in more than 10 years. You can take them to recycling with your old magazines or go right to Office Depot and have them shredded for a mere $1 a pound.

Back to our quote of the month – if you set a goal of tackling just one of these strategies, think about how great you’ll feel. You may even gain enough confidence to try another strategy next week.

If you get stuck and feel overwhelmed and hopeless, pop me an email and I’d love to help you get started.

Remember – it’s PROGRESS, not perfection – that’s my goal!

Minimalism is IN!

I’ve been subscribing to The Minimalists’ Blog, written by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. They are beginning their 100 city, 8 country “Everything That Remains Tour.” They’ll actually be in Baltimore (I already reserved my free tickets) and I encourage you to check out their website for more information.

“Integrating peace and order into your home.”

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in your home or office, contact me. Together, we can transform your home or office into a happy, tidy place where you can feel at peace.

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