Mind full or mindful? Day 8 of 31 Days of Organizing

mind full or mindfulFor this week’s worth of 31 Days of Organizing, we’re going to go inside…inside our heads. Let’s get introspective!

There’s a beautiful illustration I love (though I don’t know the original source of it nor the illustrator’s name). It’s called Mind full or Mindful?  and I feel it speaks to each and every one of us in the modern world.

After all, we’re expected to be “on” 24/7/365. To be available, connected, and plugged in. Our minds are filled with thoughts that fly around like the snow flakes in a wildly shaken snow globe, driving us to distraction.

Part of why I wrote my Make Some Room Manifesto was to ask people to slow down. The Manifesto even shares 20 easy ways to do that.

What I’d like to request of you this week is for you to slow down. Make some room to just breathe. Don’t eat lunch at your desk. Quit working at 5pm. Go for a walk. Sit and stare out at the trees. Find a bird feeder and watch the birdies do their birdie thing.

These small moments of slowing down…of making room…they change you. Your mind settled down. Your blood pressure drops. Your heart-rate and breathing slow.

Give yourself the gift of making some room to a bit of nothing this week.

Make Some Room,

Angie

P.S. Not sure how to do this? Fearful you’ll miss out on something? Scared of what happens when you get quiet? I can help.

 

Useful and beautiful? (Day 7 of 31 Days of Organizing)

One of my favorite quotes in the world:

useful and beatiful“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”  (by William Morris)

This quote makes my heart sing. I find it the perfect instruction for anyone struggling with clutter – I mean, how nicer can it get than “useful and beautiful?

Stuff is just stuff until we attach some value to it. And that value can be:

  • Monetary
  • Emotional
  • Useful
  • Beautiful
  • Positive
  • Negative

The trick is to decide which value(s) matter most to you and then apply that as you’re de-cluttering.

Often, we hold onto things because they have emotional or monetary value. If however, you decide it’s more important that things be functional (useful) and beautiful, then it’s easier to make the call that it’s time to get rid of the shell mirror gifted to you by your great aunt (because while it may be functional you don’t find it to be beautiful).

Begin by deciding what your values are (like useful and beautiful). Then thoughtfully de-clutter using that frame of mind.

Make Some Room,

Angie

P.S. Thanks for forwarding this note on to anyone you think could benefit.

Too much stuff (Day 6 of 31 Days of Organizing)

I spent Thanksgiving weekend with my family at a state park in South Carolina. We rented a cabin (it was more like a duplex), went skeet shooting, and learned a bit of archery (I hit the target once – yay me!).

At one point, my sister’s boyfriend and I were sitting in the living room talking. He was sharing how much traveling he was having to do this year and confessed that my sister had to ban him from bringing home any more “free toiletries” from hotels. He laughed and said, “We probably have enough for both of us to use for six months!”

That, of course, got me thinking about how we all have too much stuff of one kind or another.

So, for the weekend, I present you with a list of stuff you probably have too much of. Feel free to start purging immediately!

  1. Towels and sheets
  2. Glasses and mugs
  3. Travel-sized hotel freebies
  4. Bluerays, DVDs, and VHS tapes (yes, a number of people still have lots and lots of them)
  5. Canned food (have you actually checked those expiration dates recently?)
  6. Books (sad to say, but it’s true)
  7. Office supplies (really? five boxes of #2 pencils?)
  8. Clothes and shoes
  9. Knick-knacks (or as my husband calls them: stuff to dust)
  10. Storage containers

By just tackling one category at a time, you can make a huge difference in the amount of clutter in your life.

Hop to it!

Make Some Room,
Angie

P.S. Thanks for forwarding this note on to anyone you think could benefit.

P.P.S. A recent workshop attendee of mine gave me a great testimonial: “Angie has a rare gift for recognizing the obstacles confronting entrepreneurs, and creating the individual system for achieving person goals.” I’d love to help you achieve your business and personal goals.

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