Week 2: Simplify Your Stuff Newsletter

Week Two: Simplify Your Stuff

I've discovered that it's hard for me to control my clutter unless I have a really important reason to do it. Some people enjoy sorting through things -- it's part of their nature, and they can't help themselves. But a lot of us just don't enjoy it at all. We would rather be reading or talking with a friend.

In fact, I've found that entertaining is one of the few things that really motivates me to get rid of clutter! If I want my place to look halfway decent when friends come over, I must straighten things up!

But I also have grown to understand that my space doesn't have to look perfect when entertaining. I believe a house should look lived in. Plus, are my friends really going to think less of me if my space is a little cluttered? Once when I was cleaning before company arrived, my daughter -- then about 12 years old -- said, "Do you really think you're going to fool people?" Of course not! My friends knew I was a somewhat messy person, and it made no difference in how they felt about me. Besides, I often felt inferior when I would go into perfect houses. Now, none of my friends have to feel that way!

Though being forced to straighten up can be a quick answer, it doesn't solve the entire problem. The real key to controlling clutter is to just have less stuff. The less stuff you have, the less time you will spend straightening up your home. After all, last week we talked about cutting time-wasters out of our day. How much time are you spending on housekeeping and digging through clutter?

This brings me to WEEK TWO. This week, we're going to concentrate on how our stuff makes us feel, why we collect stuff and how we can start letting go of stuff that we just don't need.

* Get your Week Two assignments on simplifying your stuff right here.*

Plus, check in every Monday on the Simplify Your Life main page to get all of your weekly assignments -- and more!


Cecile Andrews
Simplicity Guru

Scroll down for more in this newsletter:
*You're Slowing Down and Doing Less!
*8 Ways to Streamline Your Stuff
*Chat LIVE with Cecile!

You're Slowing Down and Doing Less!

Congratulations on completing Week One of the Simplify Your Life Community Challenge. Week One's topic was slowing down and cutting back. And surprise, surprise, most of you said you need to cut back on how much time you spend on the Internet and how much television you watch.

Share your ideas on how to slow down and cut down on time-wasters with the rest of our simplicity circle -- right here on the Simplify Your Life message board.

Here's what you said about what you want to do less:
"I want to watch less television. I am an at-home mom of a 2-year-old and our days revolve around what's on TV." --camille1971

"Ironic, but I realize while I'm typing this that being on the computer is a big time-waster for me. I will limit my time to no more than an hour per day and try to save some of it for an after-dinner treat when the kids are asleep." --okura2

"Here I thought I was the only one. I waste a lot of time on the computer. I have my own home-based business, and it is SO EASY to waste time doing absolutely nothing on the computer. This time could be put to good use doing fun things or organizing the house." --sherialee

Here's how you're slowing down:
"I will assemble the school lunches the night before and wait to have my breakfast after husband and kids have left. Then I'll have a leisurely breakfast sitting down with the paper." --okura2

"The one thing I'm going to work on this week is to slow down my speech. Sometimes I talk very rapidly, like everything is urgent when it isn't." --catcollier

"When members of my immediate staff come in to my office, I want to stop what I am doing and listen to them. I have this awful habit of putting people off for 'a few minutes,' then forgetting to get back to them." --joyinher40s

Streamline Your Stuff

Get more ideas on how to manage your space with HGTV star Mary Ellen Pinkham's 8 ways to streamline your stuff.
Chat Live with Cecile!

Come to our LIVE Simplify Your Life chat Wednesday, October 23, at 9pm ET. Community Challenge leader Cecile Andrews will be there to talk about ways you can simplify your stuff. It will be a great opportunity to meet other women in our growing simplicity circle and share your struggles or your inspirations. Hope to see you there!
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