Thursday, October 27, 2016

How to Let Go of Stuff


One of the most difficult parts to being successfully organized is letting go of all unused items. Why is it that we have such an attachment to so many materialistic things? Having luxurious items can create the idea of leisure or make one feel wealthy. Or you don’t give the items much thought. In essence excess items are tying you down and causing you more work to maintain them all.

So how do you reduce all of the extra frivolous items? How do you build the strength or courage to let go of the excess items?
Let us practice with the clothes closet. When staring at your closet what do you see? A colorful arrangement of clothes and accessories crammed into the tiny space? To start the letting go process, take everything out of your closet that you haven’t worn in one year. Now put them into large trash bags. You don’t have to donate them just yet. Just move the bag to a place in the house that you don’t often go (the basement or garage for example). How does it feel? Now is when you need strength. Try to get by without the items. Within a month or two you will eventually be able to get rid of them.
Did you need the dress you had been saving,“just in case”, or the suit that is too small and you might fit into it again?  The answer is probably no. Let someone else who actually needs the items use the item that you’ve been storing. What a relief to have the items gone.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Top 6 Items to Purge

Welcome to the OrganizER Blog. Although this blog is officially starting via electronics on October 20, 2016, I have been collecting content since the 1980s. Back then ideas were posted on the old fashioned item called PAPER and pictures and ideas were pinned to a bulletin board or scrap book. For this first post, I want to tell you where I am today with organizing.


Get rid of all the stuff!
I have been trying for years to keep my items at a minimum. I have made lists upon lists (which you will read during future posts) of ideas of what to keep and how to organize it.
No matter how hard I try to live a simple life with few possessions, I have been unsuccessful. Here is the first list to contemplate. This represents extra items that can potentially be purged.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Decorations
  • Movies
  • Craft Supplies
  • Paper
Does it matter?  Even if I purged my own stuff, society always produces more.  And I will probably consume what is produced. What will it take to change this over-consuming/over-producing society?

Let's start with keeping our own environment with as little belongings as necessary. Go.