Simplify Your Spaces

Use What You Have

One of my (many) mantras is Simplify Simplify Simplify.  It covers so many areas of a person’s life and it can make a HUGE difference in your stress level.  Where do you start?  What does it mean to simplify your life?

One of the easiest ways is to declutter your living space.  In fact, it’s one of the first things you should do when you decide you want to live a more peaceful life.  Being surrounded by junk, trash, and clutter in general clogs up your brain and makes it harder to relax.

Don’t worry … I’m not asking you to clean out every closet in your house this week.  I’m asking you to start small and easy … and it doesn’t get much easier than this.

It’s so simple …. just use what you have.  I know that sounds ridiculous.  Of course people use what they have.  They can’t use what they don’t have or use what their neighbor has.  Unless they gave you a key when they went on vacation so you could water their plants and they forgot to get the key back so now you “borrow” toilet paper from them when they’re gone and you’re too lazy to go to the store.  Wait … don’t do that.  That’s creepy.

Here’s how you start …. take an inventory of sorts.  What do you have?

During my Paxilated years, I was constantly buying things (charging them to credit cards), because I didn’t have the ability to feel happy about anything and I thought that buying myself stuff would make me happy just for a moment.  Over a hundred bottles of nail polish later … I wasn’t any happier, had way too much nail polish to store in my house and a lot of credit card debt.  It wasn’t just nail polish … it was clothes, shampoo, conditioner, body washes, candles, jewelry, etc. etc.  It was A LOT OF STUFF.

I’m trying my hardest to use up all of my nail polish before buying any more.  I don’t need another bottle.  I have pretty much every shade under the sun.

About three years ago we opened a shopping account with Melaleuca and started buying all of our cleaning products, personal care products (body wash, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.), vitamins and essential oils from that company.  It’s another way we’ve simplified things.  However, we still have stuff from other brands that we need to use PLUS I’ve ordered new stuff without checking to see if we already had some in the cabinet.  I’m slowly working my way through a vast collection of face masks and to remind myself to use them, they are lined up on the window sill in my bathroom along with some body scrubs and shampoo I need to use.

It works with food too.  Go through your cabinets and find boxes, bags and cans of stuff you need to use.  We put it out on the cabinet as a visual reminder that we don’t need to go on a big shopping trip until we use what we have.  We might run to the store to buy a few things that go with what we already have in order to make an actual meal, but we don’t allow ourselves to buy mass quantities of food until we use what we have.

So there’s your challenge for the week.  What do you have in your house that you need to use instead of buying something new?    Simplify Simplify Simplify


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