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Tuesday Tidbit – How to Celebrate NO Dirty Dishes Day

How to Celebrate No Dirty Dishes Day

There really is a No Dirty Dishes Day. It’s on May 18th and here is how to celebrate.

One of my clients had enough dishes to fill the sink, fill the dish drying rack on the counter, fill the dishwasher, and still have many around the house. It became an art form for the teenagers in the home to stack more dirty dishes without anything falling over.

It also became a battle – a real battle to enlist the help of anyone to wash the dishes.

The solution was S I M P L E… reduce the number of dishes.

When you have what you need on a daily basis you will wash dishes, and it won’t take that long. When dishes pile up and up and up it can take hours to catch up and no one wants any part of that chore.

Sharing the bounty of your dishes will bless someone else and in the end, it will be a relief to you and your family. Sometimes it is tough love with an easy solution that creates new habits.

Have questions about how we might work together? Let’s simply start the conversation. Either call or email me to find out how or if we should take your downsizing and organizing journey together.

Tuesday Tidbit – Unusual “Holiday” This Week

Cherish an Antique Day outtaspaceorganizing.comApril 9th is Cherish An Antique Day. We often pack up crates or boxes of stuff from family or long-gone relatives without much thought. We know we have it (sometimes we forget what we have too!) and we keep it hidden without much thought to integrating it into our home or our lives or to pass it on.

We just store it.

Sometimes it is just the opposite and we have lots and lots of stuff out and it all blends in with everything else and we don’t see it.

It’s all jumbled together.

This week, try an experiment. Either rescue one item from storage or move one item from a collection and give it a spot of its own. Put it out to enjoy and see how you feel about it.

At the end of the week, ask yourself the following: Did you notice it? Did it bring you joy? If you love it and want to display it with love and intention, then go for it. If, however, you didn’t notice it or it didn’t bring you joy, perhaps it is time to let it go to someone else.

You will actually honor and respect the previous owner more by giving it new life with someone else somewhere else, instead of keeping it hidden in a box or crate.

Tuesday Tidbit – What do we collect more than can koozies?

What do we collect more than can koozies?

The top contender in many kitchens for a larger collection than can koozies (you can argue to spell this cozie) is… Yup – coffee mugs!

We are given them as gifts (okay, some are really wonderful, especially the ones kids or grandkids made), we get them as prizes, and we get them as practical jokes.

We dutifully rearrange the cupboard or drawers to accommodate all of them. Why? You tell me, but usually it is habit or even guilt.

Let’s be honest, how many are you using at one time? Depending on the number of coffee, tea, cocoa drinkers, or visitors, I’m betting six, maybe eight tops.

Here is an easy solution. Gather all of them out of the cupboard, or from around the house, and put them on the counter. You might be surprised at how many you really have. Seeing all of them should help you to quickly pick out the one or two you always grab first. Then pick a few more and donate the rest. You’ll love the space you created and you will also be more mindful when another comes into your home. Don’t be afraid to keep a new favorite, but consider letting one go.

Tuesday Tidbit – When to Declutter the Sentimental Stuff

When to Declutter the Sentimental Stuff outtaspaceorganizing.comAt a recent talk to a group of retired educators about Downsizing With Dignity, I asked this question: “Do you start with or end with the sentimental stuff?” One person thought you should start with it because it would be the most challenging. You’d feel really good to have that part done. Good point.

However, going through sentimental stuff takes time, it is more complicated and emotional. Often you are tripping down memory lane so far that you get stuck. Then you get discouraged. Then you just stop.

Typically, you will have more success, and therefore, more motivation, if you start with the low hanging fruit – the simple stuff. Why? We crave results, clearer spaces, and it is just plain easier.

If you’ve worked like crazy, made life changes, and lost 50 pounds, your closet is a great place to start. Culling the “before” size(s) is reinforcement of your accomplishment with every item you share with someone else. The reminders of “before” are out the door to bless someone else and you will free up space in your mind and closet. It’s the simpler path.

I’d love to help you identify the low hanging fruit to start you on your journey. Let’s simply start the conversation. Either call or email me to find out more.

Tuesday Tidbit – Be Heard Day Be Heard Day

Today March 7, 2017 is Be Heard Day and this is a tricky topic to bring into the light.

When others, especially family, clean out their closets, basements, and garages, buy new furniture, or move, there is unwanted stuff. Some stuff you may actually want or need, some will find its way to a donation site, maybe the recycling center, but who gets “gifted” the other stuff?

You do! The stuff you don’t want, need, like, or even have room for.

You may be told that this “treasure” (you’ve always thought it was hideous), belonged to great Aunt Betty who you never met and have no connection to, and that you “should” take it. For the giver, this is the easy way out.

What are you to do? You learn to say no, thank you”.

One of the best times to use these three simple words is BEFORE they are needed. It is a preemptive move. Use it BEFORE the packing, BEFORE the moving, BEFORE the furniture shopping, and continue to say it until you are heard.

You get to live with the treasures that create a peaceful and calm home for you and your family, not the stuff no one else wanted.

Try it, just say no, thank you”.