Simplify Your Life

What does that mean to you?

To me, it means to uncomplicate. Too many unworn clothes in your closet? Too many shoes you don’t like? Too much stress about your spaces? If this is familiar, come on a journey with me too uncomplicate your life too.

I’m going to tackle these physical spaces:

1) Clothes. A woman can seriously have too many clothes. I am going to identify and remove all of the clothing that I either don’t wear, doesn’t fit or don’t like the way it feels on.file-jan-24-9-04-23-pm

2. Shoes. I have shoes in my closet that I can’t even stand on my feet. Just the sight of them give an instant pain recall of the last time I wore them… but they’re still there… stressing me out every time I catch a glimpse of them… GONE! Bye!

3. Craft Supplies. I don’t just have craft supplies… I have like a victory garden of craft supplies. I mean like a serious over abundance. I have it stuffed here, and covered up there. If I could just part with most of my craft supplies, then I would be 80% cleaned out in this house. It’s almost embarrasing to say. I doubt that I’m the only one out there with this problem. I’m always concerned that *maybe* I’ll “need” it someday for something. The truth is, I’ve held onto it, carried it through moves, and added to it over the years. It’s a perfect metaphor for the stress in my life. I’m challenging myself to let it go, along with all of the extra over abundance of stress in my life.

4. Office Paperwork. Other people CAN’T hold onto all the paperwork that comes into a home like we do. There HAS to be a better way. I have a stack of crfile-jan-24-9-05-03-pmap to file from the past 6 months because it it quite literally my nemasis. I despise all of the filing, but somehow, i’m the one in my family that got strapped with it. I will have to share the strategy that I come up with for handling the filing. If anyone anywhere has any suggestions, I’m totally open to them: Save me!

What you see in this picture is a blue plastic box full of to-file paperwork overflowing. On top of it, sadly, is a full bag full of to-file paperwork as well. We had one of my kids birthday parties last weekend, and I tried to hide it under my desk and pushed the chair up to it. OMGoodness… seriously? I’m so done with all of that.

5. Coats. True or False, I am a grown woman who still has her letter jacket. True. I have a hard time parting with those types of things. I’ve realized that I can’t let them go, not because I want them, but because I know the value they hold for my mother. She’s the one that kept those things all these years, not me. Part of me wants to ask her if she wants my crap back… but the more adult-like woman in me knows that she gave them to me for me to make the decision on them. I can’t imagine that she would *want* my clutter back. So, in grown-up fashion, I’m going to get rid of them myself. Besides, even if I held onto the letter jacket to save for a future granddaughter, it would be dust by then. That just doesn’t make sense to me.

So that’s my challenge to myself. What do you think you’ve been holding onto that you could part with? I’d love to hear about them. Maybe it could inspire another area of my life to uncomplicate too. I just want to walk into the different areas of my life and feel less stressed about that space, ya know? I can imagine what my closet will feel like when I walk into it clean and uncluttered… can you? I can feel the calm inside when I imagine it. I simply MUST bring it to life… what about you?


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