Minimalism – The Boston Film Premier on May 3, 2016

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About Minimalism

How might your life be better with less? Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives—clearing the clutter from life’s path so we can make room for the most important things.

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Making Organizing Easier

Do you struggle with how to organize?  Does it feel harder than it has too?  Here are 6 quick tips to make it easier.

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1. You don’t immediately toss unimportant stuff
Put a recycling bin next to your mail box and a shredder next to your door. The moment you get your mail, toss what you don’t need, shred personal info-marked things you don’t need and then immediately file what you need to file. Don’t put things in a basket to look at later. If you want to look at it later — just put it where it’s supposed to be anyway, and go look at it later there.

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2. You emotionally hold on to stuff you know you don’t need
This is always a tough one, since objects can have memories attached to them. But we’re not talking about that stuff. We’re talking about the hiking boots you’ve never worn once that you keep hanging on to because you might climb Everest one day. We’re talking about the “perfectly good” things you bought for a good reason but have never used once.When it comes to keeping organized, having more stuff than you need to organize is just silly. Less stuff, less things that will need organizing.

3. You’ve convinced yourself you don’t have enough room, and so have given up hope
Hey we get it. Having a tiny home is tough on staying organized, especially when you lack obvious storage. But don’t give up and give in. Kick that defeatist attitude to the curb! Pay attention to the first two tips in this post for sure. But then also make sure you’re maximizing the storage you do have. Got three inches under your bed? Use them! Have only one hanging rod in your closet? Come on — fit more in there! Don’t have any shelves above your doors or up high? You’ve got to be kidding me. If you don’t have room for the things you legitimately need, make room. But don’t make extra storage for future stuff, as you’ll definitely find something to fill it up with.

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4. You haven’t given yourself the right tools
The trick here is really giving yourself the right organizing tools that work for you. Spend a week or more really looking at your home and where the clutter collects. Are you someone who tosses clothes around your room when trying on outfits and never re-hangs them up? Either switch to drawers or plan your outfits ahead of time and place an over-the-door hanger in the room just for that purpose. Are you a chronic junk drawer creator? Fill it with dividers so you’re forced to stick to a system. You don’t have to get fancy and drop a ton of money at the Container Store, but do invest in the tools you’ll need if they’ll help you.

Organizing Tools

5. Your filing system is too complicated and so you never stick with it for long
If something is too complicated — or too hard to get to — you won’t stick with it. And sometimes being too specific with labels can work against you — when you come across something that doesn’t perfectly fit into a label you end up not putting it away and a pile gets started. (Hint – get rid of that paper – save it electronically, ask for information through an email – but the best idea – toss it!  Unless you need it for taxes or a current project – you don’t need it.)  File less.  Live more.
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6. You’re not asking for help when you need it or setting boundaries
There’s no shame in asking for organizing help from a friend if you need it. But you also need to learn to ask for help with the people you live with — work with them on showing them the organizational methods you’ve put into place and tell them it’s important they follow them, too.

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What ways do you think you’re making it harder to stay organized around your house? Share if you’ve figured out how to get over any of them! 

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Add more time to your day – wear the same outfit

Want to add more time to your week?  Wear the same outfit every day.  (Okay, maybe not the same exact shirt – but the same color, style, etc.)

 

Ditch decision fatigue, save time, save money – and have an organized closet.  Add style with jewelry, scarfs, belts and shoes – you can still dress fabulously even if you adopt this strategy.

 

Becoming Minimalist, Josh Becker
If you have ever wondered why some successful people choose to wear the same outfit everyday (Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs), or better yet, if you are considering adopting a more streamlined wardrobe yourself, here are 8 convincing reasons:

1. Fewer decisions. Decision fatigue refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after a long session of decision making. For people who make significant decisions every day, the removal of even one—choosing clothes in the morning—leaves them with more mental space and better productivity throughout the day.

This forms the basis for President Barack Obama’s limited fashion options, “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” Mark Zuckerberg cites similar rationale. One less frivolous decision in the morning leads to better decisions on things that really matter.

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2. Less time wasted. We have no idea how much of a burden our possessions have become until we begin to remove them. But when we do, we immediately discover a new life of freedom and opportunity. It was almost five years ago that I first experimented with Project 333—a personal challenge of wearing only 33 articles of clothing for a period of 3 months. The project is simple, life-changing, and wildly beneficial. I quickly discovered one of the greatest benefits of limiting my wardrobe: the gift of time. Getting ready in the morning became easier, quicker, and more efficient.

3. Less stress. Matilda Kahl, an art director in New York cites both decision fatigue and less time getting ready as her reason for wearing the same outfit everyday. But she adds another: less stress—specifically, less stress during the day over the decision she originally made in the morning. “Is this too formal? Is that too out there? Is this dress too short? Almost always, I’d choose something to wear I regretted as soon as I hit the subway platform.” But now, in her trademark silk white shirt and black trousers, she has one less source of anxiety during the day.

4. Less wasted energy. Christopher Nolan has created several of the most critically and commercially successful films of the early 21st century. But, according to New York Times Magazine, he decided long ago it was “a waste of energy to choose anew what to wear each day.” Now, he settles instead for a dark, narrow-lapeled jacket over a blue dress shirt with black trousers over sensible shoes to wear each day.

Christopher offers an important distinction when he refers to “wasted energy.” Not only do large wardrobes require more decision-making, they also require more maintenance, more organization, and more shuffling around. Additionally, while a capsule wardrobe may not result in less laundry, it does result in both easier laundry and storage.

5. Feeling put together. Denaye Barahona is a young mother in Dallas, TX. This spring, she exchanged her full, disorganized closet for a minimal wardrobe of versatile pieces she loves to wear. She summarizes the difference like this, “Pre-capsule, my wardrobe was like the Cheesecake Factory menu. It went on for days and was overwhelming. Most of my options didn’t fit right, didn’t look right, or I just plain didn’t like. On the other hand, my capsule wardrobe is like a fine-dining restaurant. I have fewer choices but I can be sure all of the choices will be amazing. Not only do I look better, I feel better.”

Easy, versatile, and always put together. This is the promise and opportunity of a capsule wardrobe—and just one more reason the movement continues to grow.

6. Iconic. Alice Gregory is a writer living in New York City. Last year, her piece for J. Crew magazine brought a new word into my reasoning for wearing a uniform. She called it “Iconic. A cheap and easy way to feel famous.” She continues, “A uniform can be a way of performing maturity or, less charitably, impersonating it. A uniform insinuates the sort of sober priorities that ossify with age, as well as a deliberate past of editing and improving.”

Alice points out that wearing the same outfit everyday is a way of asserting your status as a protagonist. “This is the reason why characters in picture books never change their clothes: Children—like adults, if they’d only admit it—crave continuity. Adopting the habit of wearing a uniform is not unstylish—this is a classification that no longer applies.”

7. Less expense. Our closets are full of clothes and shoes purchased, but rarely worn. The average American family spends $1,700 on clothes annually. Which may not seem like a lot—until you consider that most clothing purchases are not based on need at all. In 1930, the average American woman owned nine outfits. Today, that figure is 30—one for every day of the month.

Living with a capsule wardrobe or adopting an iconic uniform removes most of the waste and expense from trial-and-error clothing purchases—not to mention all the time wasted shopping for items only to return later.

8. More peace. Last month, Drew Barrymore wrote an article for Refinery 29 highlighting her new stage of life and relationship with clothes. “For starters, I’m almost 40, and the 20s clothes don’t make sense anymore. And, after two babies, the 30s clothes don’t fit anymore. I am at a clothing crossroads, and it’s a painful one at times.” To counter these feelings, Drew put herself on a closet diet limiting her wardrobe and only buying items thoughtfully. Months later, her closet is “sane and happy.” Getting dressed is no longer a battle. And her fashion sense is “now calmer and more peaceful.”

We are a society drowning in our possessions. People are looking for freedom and rescue. They are searching for new solutions. No wonder the capsule wardrobe movement continues to grow.

Those who adopt minimalist principles in their wardrobe choices are discovering more productivity, less stress, less distraction, less expense, and more peace.

 

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Organized for Winter

After the monster snow storm which hit the east coast this weekend, I am sure many of you had your shovels, snow blowers and winter sports gear out.

Now that all that gear is out – what do you do with it?  How do you organize it?  Go vertical!  Here are two wonderful ideas which use wall space and vertical space to create organization.

What have you done in your space that you can recommend?

Hoping you have an organized day!

 

 

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Progress Not Perfection

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Organized doesn’t have to be a Pottery Barn catalog, or Martha Stewarts house, it’s one step at a time.

What step will you take today to be organized?

My pledge is to commit to:

  1.  Entering my business mileage every day (instead of waiting until the end of the year like I did for 2015)
  2. Reducing the volume of kitchen tools I owe each Monday night.  My goal is reduce my 50% – so my drawers are more open and organized, and I can see what I have and not forget to use it

Hope you have a warm, and organized, day!

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Organizing Stuffed Animals

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is about organizing kids stuffed animals.  The “stuffy” storage has stumped parents for years!

Boon solves for that problem!  Check out these zippered and contained stuffed animal holders.  They are small enough to fit under beds, be used as a cushion to sit on – or tuck away in a closet in a “space bag” type of way.  www.boon.com

Boon Stuffed Animal Storage Bag

 

Want the stuffed animals out and more easily accessible –

THE ZOO® is your Stuffed Animal Storage Solution

Do Your Kids Have A Pile Of Stuffed Animals Taking Up Precious Space?

If your kids are anything like mine, they’ve got a pile of stuffed animals strewn all over the floor or on the bed. We know your Kids will enjoy putting their stuffed animals away! To solve our stuffed animal storage problem. We tried using toy nets suspended in the corner and sneaking them to the basement, but this made it hard for the kids to play with them.  www.littlezookeepers.com

Zoo Stuffed Animal Storage

 

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