Last September, I wrote about the problem of having too much stuff at work. This is a good time, in the dog days of summer, to look at what you have too much of at home. Now would be a good time to cull the excess, straighten the stuff and lighten up your living area to make room in your life for new opportunities in the upcoming fall.
- Catalogs – The summer season seed and plant catalogs, summer clothing
- Magazines – Older than three months
- Books – Read (or partially read) and no longer wanted that currently linger by the nightstand or on the coffee table
- DVD’s or Old media (video tapes) – Watched or no longer wanted
- Dishes – Anything broken or chipped. Worn specialty thermos mugs and glasses
- Appliances – no longer working, or the “old one”
- Pens and pencils – broken, disliked or worn
- Stationary products – time to cull out the excess and keep only what you might use
- Exercise or sporting equipment – ignored or dusty
- Summer clothes or shoes – torn, worn, too tight, too large or ripped
Look around – the search key words or descriptive adverbs or adjectives to keep in mind might be:
- Not Quite Up To Par
- Other (meaning you already have others available for use – think shampoo, soaps)
- Not Loved
- Make Do
Donate or recycle what you can and discard the rest. If you are not quite sure – consider my Use It Up Week Concept. By taking stock of your environment now, you will be making space for new opportunities in the upcoming and near future.
Want to reduce your excess at work? Read my earlier posting – Thinking about Excess.