Simplify your Life

My mission this year is to Simplify Life and I have just printed a new card to kick this resolution into 2012 and show you that I mean business!

Despite the millions of labor saving devices our ancestors never knew about, we are none the less generally too busy, stressed, over stimulated, overwhelmed and tired.  It is the modern curse.

So this year, I am going to focus my blog largely onto the subject of simplifying life. Physically and mentally.

And I am going to start with the very physical world of ‘stuff‘.  A world that we can, to a large extent, actually control and a world that can have a huge impact on our mental wellbeing.

Imagine your home clutter free and ordered.

No, I can’t either but you have to admit, it makes you feel good just thinking about it.

Clear sides, organized drawers, systems in place…

So, I am going to start small and kick off with some basic de-cluttering tips and one very manageable project.


Two-Top-Tips To Start With…

  • Just pick one small area to tackle.  One drawer, one cupboard, one corner…
  • Give yourself one hour to tackle the job and no more…

I began with my office drawers and gave myself one hour…

Looking good from the outside…

But the inside, these babies are filled with stuff.  Who knows what’s in there?

So, here’s what to do…

1. Take the drawers out and put them on the floor.

2. Take everything out of the drawers one by one and put in one of two piles – either KEEP or CHUCK.

3. Clean out empty drawers with a damp cloth.

4. Go through the KEEP pile and decide what is going back in the drawers and what needs to be put back somewhere else in the house.  Make little piles.

(I found a lot of stuff that needed to go into my small art cupboard in the kitchen and tons of sewing stuff that could be re-distributed into some mini-Ikea drawers I have for that purpose.  Strangely, I had lots of unused Christmas cards which I re-directed to my Christmas decoration box etc.)

4. See if more could be added to the CHUCK pile…be brutal, if you haven’t used it or thought about it for two years…chuck…

5. Throw away or re-cyle the CHUCK pile.

6. Scurry around the house putting away the bits and bobs from the KEEP pile that really live somewhere else and put everything else back in the two drawers in neat piles.

There you go!  That took me just under an hour and frankly, it made me want to do more.

Now it’s your turn – let me know what you can do in one hour….and no more.  I mean it, I am waiting to hear!

Back soon with more,


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About Ros

My name is Ros Wyatt and I live across the bay from San Francisco. I moved here from England fifteen years ago with my husband, two children and a dog. Since then I have had added one more child to the line up and work as a painting contractor, color consultant, blogger, and screen printer.
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