Thursday, December 12, 2013

TOO MUCH STUFF

We're leaving tomorrow for Denver. Squeezing in a little annual snowboarding before baby #4 decides to make his entry into the world next month, or thereabout. If you could see my suitcase right now, you wouldn't trust another thing I say. I don't know why I'm fretting about what to bring, because in the end, I'll just throw it all in there and wait for the weather to inspire what I need to wear. My internal heater is revved up with all this baby weight, that perhaps I won't be cold at all.

I'm a nervous nelly about traveling this late in my pregnancy. I'm considering kicking back a mini wine bottle to ease my nerves. But only considering. I couldn't be more excited to see a few wonderful friends, specifically Tiffany from The Dwelling Tree. We've been virtual friends for nearly a year, I guess, but we've never had the opportunity to physically spend time together. I can hardly wait to shower her with hugs and all kinds of southern love.

On to more important biz-ness...

My overly stuffed suitcase makes me realize something -- most of us have too much STUFF. And the more we have, the harder it is to keep tidy. This year, more than ever, I've learned the beauty of purging. Just get rid of everything you don't love. Or need. Typically, we wear only 10-20% of what's in our closet. Here are a few tips to go along with your new love for purging:

  • Take better care of what you have. Use Woolite. Hang dry. And like I'm still trying to teach my husband, wash like fabrics and colors together. Don't wash your yucky bath towels with your office attire.
  • Use good hangers. 
  • Organize your closet. My clothes have always been organized like a rainbow, and I feel it helps me dress quicker because I know exactly where to look to find a shirt to match these pants.
  • Stop over-buying. My husband is notorious for having 10 shirts with similar colors and styles. (Does it sound like I'm picking on the hubs? Don't worry -- he knows his habits humor me.) When you find a piece of clothing at the store, you might want to think on it first. Go home and check your closet to ensure you don't already have something similar.


How about your desk? Better yet, your kitchen island? Does it look like mine -- in a state of I CAN'T FIND ANYTHING? If your counters are pristine, we can no longer be friends. Or maybe we can be friends if you move in with me and keep my counters tidy.

So my advice about papers: Throw it away!

I'm nothing, if not the pot calling the kettle black. And being the hypocrite that I am, my paper needs sorting, filing, and tossing. But the skinny is this: you don't really need that much. After having lost a lot after my divorce, I learned to survive fairly well on very few things.

  • Make your Smartphone earn its keep. We don't need to keep every graduation announcements, invitation -- plug those calendar events into your phone and set an alarm or reminder.
  • Catalogs -- throw those babies away! You're most likely able to find them online.
  • Bills -- set up automatic bill pay!
Do you have any tidying tips to share?






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