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The life [simplified] letter: The Power of One

The latest edition of the life [simplified] letter: The Power of One published on September 27, 2012 is now available. Enjoy!

The life [simplified] letter is written for my email subscribers. The email letter is my weekly musings on lifestyle design focusing on simplicity and ease where I share my successes and my tribulations. Email subscribers get each edition of the letter four days prior to it being posted here.

Every once in a while, I send little goodies that are only available through the email letter.

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Cheers, Catherine   Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada

The life [simplified] letter: The High Price of Stuff

The latest edition of the life [simplified] letter: The High Price of Stuff published on September 20, 2012 is now available. Enjoy!

The life [simplified] letter is written for my email subscribers. The email letter is my weekly musings on lifestyle design focusing on simplicity and ease where I share my successes and my tribulations. Email subscribers get each edition of the letter four days prior to it being posted here.

Every once in a while, I send little goodies that are only available through the email letter.

If you would like to get your own copy of the letter delivered right to your inbox, please subscribe. It’s free!

Cheers, Catherine   Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada

The life [simplified] letter: Spring Cleaning in the Fall

The latest edition of the life [simplified] letter: Spring Cleaning in the Fall published on September 13, 2102 is now available. Enjoy!

The life [simplified] letter is written for my email subscribers. The email letter is my weekly musings on lifestyle design focusing on simplicity and ease where I share my successes and my tribulations. Email subscribers get each edition of the letter four days prior to it being posted here.

Every once in a while, I send little goodies that are only available through the email letter.

If you would like to get your own copy of the letter delivered right to your inbox, please subscribe. It’s free!

Cheers, Catherine   Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada

life [simplified] letter – Unloading the Purse

This week I discuss simplifying the catch all purse.

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Have a great week!

Cheers, Catherine   Location:Edmonton, AB
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The life [simplified] letter: The Book Collection

The latest edition of the life [simplified] letter: The Book Collection published on August 9, 2012 is now available. Enjoy!

The life [simplified] letter is written for my email subscribers. The email letter is my weekly musings on lifestyle design focusing on simplicity and ease where I share my successes and my tribulations. Email subscribers get each edition of the letter four days prior to it being posted here.

Every once in a while, I send little goodies that are only available through the email letter.

If you would like to get your own copy of the letter delivered right to your inbox, please subscribe. It’s free!

Cheers, Catherine   Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada

Clutter Busting

Since quitting my job, I’ve been tackling projects around my house that never seemed to get done when I worked full time. My intention is to reduce the amount of clutter I have around my house to create a fresh perspective. I also want to simplify my surroundings. I use the following approach.

  • I select just one small area. For example I might start on one cupboard that is full of clutter.
  • I remove everything from inside.
  • I wipe the inside and outside the cupboard to ensure it is clean.
  • I take a moment to decide the purpose of this storage space. This step is important as it will determine what I put back into it. To avoid the problem of labeling the area “a catch all” where items go to get lost, I try to be as specific as I can. For example, I may decide the cupboard will be used to organize storage containers.
  • I sort through the contents that I removed from the cupboard. I return the things that will be stored in there. I ensure that I only return one of each item or only one set of each item. Why only one of each thing? It makes it easier to find an item. Besides I can only use one item at a time. It also makes me more conscientious about looking after what I have. If I only have one, I’ll make sure I put the item back where I found it.
  • Usually, I have a number of left over items that will not go back into the cupboard. I sort through those items and decide their fate. I create a pile to keep, a pile to sell, if the item could be worth some money, and a pile for donation.
  • If I am keeping items, I find a new home for them.
  • If I plan to sell an item, I will try to sell them on eBay, Craigslist, or Kijiji depending on the item.
  • The donation pile gets put into a box labelled for donation. Our city has a wonderful Reuse Centre that takes a large number of items. I will also donate to the Canadian Diabetes Association which will come a pick up used clothes and household items from the house.

After I finish one area, if I feel like it and have time, I move onto the next area to clutter bust. I always feel a sense of accomplishment when I’m finished.

Question: How do you tackle clutter around your home?

Cheers, Catherine, Location: Edmonton, AB

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addicted to organizing?

I’m a big fan of organizing. Although my approach now is different than it used to be, I still enjoy the idea of “everything with a place, and everything in its place.”

There is also a certain attraction to the tools of the trade. I love all the different containers and means of sorting things. There seems to be a container for everything. So when did this need to have stuff and then to ensure it is all organized come from?
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the sentimental value of stuff

Recently, my husband and I had a group of friends over for dinner. We started talking about our attachment to stuff. Of the three couples, each pair was well matched with their opposite when it came to their relationship to things; one would be a keeper and the other a tosser. Continue reading

lists

I’ve used lists for years. I’ve made to-do lists, Christmas card lists, shopping lists, wish lists… you name it.

I’ve recently discovered another use for lists. As I work to reduce my stuff, I’ve learning the power of lists to create motivation and momentum.

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