Why Are You Doing This?

This month I will share with you 3 lessons I learned from having knee surgery a few weeks ago:

First lesson:  Why are you trying to get organized?  What is your overall goal?  Have a purpose for why you are working so hard to get organized.  Do you want to save money, reduce     clutter, increase productivity?  For me it became clear when my mom was here for a week taking care of me: to be able to find things easily and when I need them.  It was great when my mom asked where something was and I could just shout from the couch the exact location. Or when she was kind enough to put things away for me, she could tell exactly where everything went without a lot of searching.  For me I stay organized so that I can share my home with others and easily find what I need when I need it.  Bonus:  having a   clutter free house makes it a lot easier to hobble around on a cane– safety first! ☺

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Your Stuff or Your Life?

What is more important: your “stuff” or your life?  You are most likely to say your life (family, relationships, friends, etc.)  Yet many of us have seen the shows about Hoarders and see that sometimes the stuff becomes the focus.  Family, and even themselves, come second.  How does that happen?  Here’s how! 

I noticed on the TV there was a recall for a fan.  I bought a fan at the end of last summer.  Turns out to be the one on  recall.  I am too nervous to get the replacement part (it has already burned several houses down) and yet I think to myself > “I spent good money on that and only used it twice… I can’t throw it away.”  Well what the heck am I   going to do with it?  I know I don’t want to use it for fear of a fire, I know I don’t want the repair kit– so the only option is to keep it forever as a paperweight in the garage or toss it.  Why is this such a tough decision?  Because I spent money on it and barely used it…. not so hard to understand those who have too much stuff (like the Hoarders on TV). 

But my LIFE is more important >> so the fan is going in the trash.  What do you need to throw in the trash?