Tips & Inspiration for Organizing a Simpler Life
September 2013 – Vol. 12 No. 8

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
~Alan Cohen

Breaking up is hard to do

It’s so much quicker and easier to get organized when you have less stuff. So if you aren’t using something and don’t have an immediate need for it, just let it go.

Easier said than done, isn’t it?

We tend to develop emotional attachments to our stuff that make it difficult to let go even when we no longer love it. So we hold on and keep holding on in this unhealthy relationship. Why? Because breaking up is hard to do!

If you no longer love or value a thing, maybe it’s time to let go. Give that thing an opportunity to be loved by someone else. Give someone else a chance to love it. And give yourself some room to attract and welcome new things which may or may not be things at all.

Years ago, a bookstore manager who heard me speak wrote to thank me for inspiring her to clean up and clear out her cluttered apartment. Shortly after doing so, this single, 30-something woman met a man and before long, they were engaged. She told me that in her heart, she knew it was because she made the conscious choice to declutter her life – and put in the work it required – that she was able to have something she never would have had otherwise.

Think about the stuff that’s in your basement, attic, and garage. What’s your relationship with that stuff? Is it a healthy love relationship? Do you value it and want to keep it in your life? Or are they things with which you have an unhealthy relationship?

Choose to live in love, to surround yourself with positive energy and let go of those things that are no longer meaningful to you. Yes, it will be hard. But nothing worth doing is easy.

QUICK TIP: Letting go

Weigh the pain of letting go of stuff you aren’t using against the pain of living with it all. Sure, there’s a slight chance that you might miss something after it’s gone. But 99 percent of the time, you’ll never even think of it again. Have faith that you will make the right decision.

Excerpted from The One-Minute Organizer

Favorite organizing products and resources

As a professional organizer for the last 13 years, I’ve used and recommended a lot of organizing products, services and resources. Every month, in this column, I share my favorites.

Last month, I introduced you to Zippy Bags, a simple tool for organizing all kinds of things at home, in your office, and for travel. They’re like zippered freezer bags, but larger.

Jean Terry from The Netherlands wrote with some great tips for using these bags:

1. I pour kitty litter and dry cat food from heavy bags or boxes into Zippy Bags. I can fill them as full as I want and still be able to lift them.

2. Using Zippy Bags also allows the litter to be mixed with deodorant before going into the box.

3 The bags also come in handy when traveling with my pets. I don’t have to lug the heavy food or litter bags, but only take what is needed.

4. I put appliance instructions, receipts, guarantees and such into Zippy Bags and tape them to the back of the appliance.

5. I’ve cut thin cardboard such as cereal boxes to fit inside the Zippy bags. These “signs” can have the title of the contents and a picture if available.

6. Zippy Bags hold a nice collection of CDs when traveling.

7. When put into a Zippy bag, a favorite recipe or cookbook doesn’t get splattered with food or water.

8. My hobby is collecting craft supplies so I use lots of these to store my finished products to keep them safe and dry!

For more ways to use Zippy Bags, visit the website and if you decide get some, enter the coupon code ZIPPY to save 25% for a limited time only!

This month, I want to invite you to look at the service I use to remember birthdays and anniversaries. SendOutCards reminds me via email about upcoming special occasions so I don’t forget and then makes it easy to send cards and gifts.

This morning, I uploaded photos from our travels over the last few months and created a really unique and beautiful card for my husband’s birthday for just 93 cents, delivered for the additional cost of a stamp. Last week, my niece delivered a baby boy and in a matter of minutes, I selected a congratulations card and sent it with an American Express gift card and a baby rattle. In a couple of months, I’ll create a Christmas card and send it to my list of about 100 contacts with just a click of the mouse.

I’ve been using SendOutCards now for seven years and I can’t imagine life without it, especially now that we are on the road as full-time RVers. If you want to check it out, you’re welcome to send a few cards on me with no obligation.

For a look at more of my organizing favorites, Visit www.unclutter.com/favorites.

Shameless promotion: A peek at my life

If you’ve been getting my newsletter for awhile, you know that my husband and I recently sold about 95% of our belongings to hit the road as full-time RVers. I’ve been asked if I have missed anything.

One day I wanted to make quiche and discovered that I must have sold my quiche tin. Oh well, I made the quiche in a muffin tin instead – something I never thought to do before – and really enjoyed those muffin quiches!

I also missed my “fat” jeans. Now that we’re settled in one place for a few months, I have recommitted to eating well and exercising daily with the goal of getting back to my healthy weight.

So yes, I have missed two things – both of which I could easily buy if I really wanted them. But I don’t need them.

Was it hard getting rid of so much of what we had acquired over the years?

Yes. But we were excited about our decision to move from real estate to wheel estate. We had to make a choice. We could have all of our stuff or have this adventure, but we couldn’t have both. So we kept only those things that we couldn’t live without.

I invite you to take a peek at my life in a recent post I wrote on our blog at wwwFlyingTheKoop.com.

That’s all for this month. Until next month, keep it simple.

FULL DISCLOSURE: I, Donna Smallin Kuper, am an affiliate of many products that I recommend and endorse, so any given issue of this newsletter may contain affiliate links. If you click on a link and purchase something, I may receive a referral commission. All proceeds from affiliate programs go toward the continuation of this complimentary newsletter. Thanks in advance for your support! Please note that I only recommend products that I would recommend whether I got paid or not.

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