In a previous post (July 2019), I described minimalism and my beginning progress on that road. To repeat a quote from Joshua Becker of the becomingminimalist.com blog, “minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.” Initially, I wondered what it would look like and how it would feel to declutter the things I did not use. Slow and steady progress has marked my experience. I am hoping to find clarity toward future goals as a result of the decluttering process. (Click on Read More to continue.)
I have wanted to write a post about minimalism for a while now but found the prospect daunting. Minimalism seems like an intriguing lifestyle but I don’t really grasp what it’s all about. In my mind minimalism means painting my walls white, reducing my furniture to half (all white) and having no hobbies or interests (hence none of the supporting stuff). That scenario has seemed unrealistic to me in the past. Curious though, I recently delved deeper into the philosophy of minimalism. Here are my new understanding and personal thoughts. (Click on Read More to continue)
No one, absolutely no one, considers decluttering their old cans of paint is anything near fun. Most people put it off until they have sold their home and need to get that paint out! I highly suggest that this task is put on your To Do List. Set a date and dream up a great reward for yourself when it’s done. Your future self will thank you and, best of all, it’s not difficult! (Click on Read More to continue)
Have you finished the first step by removing old files and folders? Now it’s time to make a second pass to organize your personal files. Follow these tips to make them orderly and self-explanatory.
1. FILES AND FOLDERS
Ready to declutter your computer files? If not, here are some great reasons to decide to get started:
The process can be done piecemeal for manageability and repeated on a regular basis to keep the computer running smoothly. (In an upcoming post, we focus on organizing files.) Click on "Read More" for decluttering steps.
I recently had the unfortunate experience of an email meltdown, which took many hours to fix. My inbox was filled with thousands of emails and their duplicates. Computer viruses were partly to blame but my own negligence was also a factor. Long story short – I cleaned up the mess and vowed to keep it under control. Here’s how I decluttered thousands of messages and instituted a management system for the future. Could your emails use some decluttering too? (Click on Read More)
Do you struggle with too much stuff? Are you overwhelmed by too many commitments? Do you feel like your mind is running away with itself? It’s really not difficult to simplify your life. Focus on these seven areas for simplicity and enjoyment.
1. PAPERS Reduce snail mail that comes into the home. Declutter files and boxes of paper. Establish a filing system to eliminate unsightly paper piles.
2. CLOTHES Go through closets, drawers and storage bins. Cull the pieces that have not been worn or are no longer wanted.
3. SHOES Handle each pair of shoes and boots. Be realistic about what you wear or expect to wear some day. Get rid of the rest.
4. ACTIVITIES Re-evaluate why you are involved in each activity. Cut back on those that are no longer enjoyable or do not support personal goals.
5. PURCHASES Delay new purchases for a couple days. Be honest about whether the purchase is a need or a want. Remember, the less you have the less you have to maintain.
6. EMAILS Take time to go through the inbox. Delete unneeded emails. Unsubscribe from email lists. Set up rules that separate emails into folders automatically.
7. EXPECTATIONS Release ideas of perfectionism. Be grateful for what you have.
As we contemplate a new year, who doesn’t dream to make our lives better, eliminate bad habits or just take more responsibility for our lives? As I’ve blogged in the past, the New Year is a wonderfully energetic time to make resolutions. However, this year I’m approaching resolutions from a broader perspective. Simplicity - the state of being uncomplicated. What about intentionally working on simplicity as a way to bring about positive changes? Here’s my thought process:
Simplify > Focus > Achieve goals
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Do you love the holiday season or do you dread it? No matter how we feel there is simply no option but to make the best of this time of year. We are each responsible for making celebratory choices that minimize stress but still nurture the magic of the season. After all this is truly a special time of year regardless of our religious or spiritual beliefs. Here are two survival tips to follow as we experience the holiday bustle: keep the season simple and give freely (not what you think). (click on Read More)
According to nationaldaycalendar.com the home economists at Whirlpool Home Appliances established the Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day in 1999 to encourage families to prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday. Indeed, autumn is a good time to freshen up the fridge and make room for fresh seasonal foods. There are three parts to cleaning a refrigerator: decluttering the contents, washing the inside and cleaning the outside. If your time and energy are limited it might be more manageable to focus on just one aspect at a time by breaking the job down into three or more sessions.
Declutter the inside to remove old and unused food. Work shelf by shelf. Remove the contents and decide whether each item is still good and/or wanted. Get rid of the old stuff and replace the keepers. (Click on Read More ...)
Carol Martin-Ward, encouraging practical ideas for easy organizing