Why Less Really Can Be So Much More
By Sandy Schroeder
Each time I clear the clutter off my desk, I think of the quote, “Less is more.” Now I can actually find the notes that I need, and the clear space invites work.
If you understand how much can be accomplished when you get rid of clutter, you may endorse these reminders. I tend to hang onto all sorts of things, which makes these tips even more important.
Go through your closet – Try grouping by color or season. Then go back again to pull out things that you have not worn in the last six months. Now pull out others that are a size too small. Soon you will have a working wardrobe that’s easier to use.
Smarten up food shopping – Take the time to make a real list, and look for bargains. Then avoid the center aisles where all of the pastries, cookies, and processed foods lurk. Spend more time in fresh produce, and check the fish counter. Allow yourself one bag of cookies or chips, and replace the other junk food choices with nuts, yogurt or fresh fruit.
Try rotating your treasures – You may have many collector pieces that you value. Choose a few to feature, and store the rest. When the next season rolls around, rotate a few of the treasures. If some treasures never make it out of the closet, you might consider donating them.
Keep it light when you travel – Develop travel basics that cover most trips. You might even keep a few of those clothes pressed and ready, if you travel a lot. Stick with one or two colors. The lighter the bags the easier the trip may be.
Encourage your family to help – Starting kids out early to sort and sift can teach a valuable habit. Start slowly, and carefully tuck the treasures away that are being eliminated, in case they change their minds! They may enjoy the process as their rooms become neater.
Turn clutter into dollars – Your whole family may respond if you sell off items that are seldom used. Then you can purchase something the whole family might enjoy, or use the cash to fund an extra trip.
Teach the value of giving - As you move clutter out of the house, get the kids to help. Donate to your community charities, and teach the lessons of sharing.
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