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Simplifying vs Organizing

Monday, June 09, 2014

I JUST read an article on SparkPeople last night before I blogged about how getting organized is one of the best tools to help succeed in weight loss. This morning I open up an email and there is the title in BIG BOLD letters - Why Simplying instead of Organizing is Better! Boom! There ya go.

I was thinking last night that I AM organized ... I've got the compartmentalization part of the organization down. I set aside time to shop and cook once a week (same with laundry) and I have dedicated time given to at least 30 mins of minimal exercise on most days - let's not go to the "Are you working to your potential" part of that equation right now ,,, that's another battle for a different day. My point is I have the mechanics of the problem down pat.

That article title made a huge impact because Tim and I are attempting to simplify our lives in many different areas. We're trying to off-load things that we no longer have time for - our motorcycles - and things we won't have room for at the new place - one of my husband's trucks - no worries, he still has his favorite and a spare! emoticon We are talking about lowering the price of our country home AGAIN because we just want it gone ... Downsize and simplify! (Side note: If you ever try this, expect to find yourself trying to explain to people in the orbit of your life as to why in the world you would want to get rid of stuff ... unless you are a poor money manager, of course ... Makes me want to scream! No, we aren't broke and we don't need a loan! LOL ... we are SIMPLIFYING ... HONEST!)

Makes sense that in my eating, it will be much easier to go back to simple rather than trying to make elaborate food plans. A little meat, a lot of fresh stuff and cut way back on the non-essentials. I know all this stuff ... in my head ... but it was good to get a little reminder that it doesn't have to be complicated!

Good morning, y'all ... Welcome to a fabulous day!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ALOHAEV1 6/30/2014 10:44AM

    As always, I'm late to this party, however I am so glad I stopped by because I am trying to declutter what came from a huge bookcase into one 1/3 its size and you gave me the answer. Just simplify it.

Ditto on all the comments as well.

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SHARON10002 6/20/2014 12:16AM

    I totally agree, Eda. I have been doing the same thing the last couple of years, but as I make de-clutter and make room, DH manages to fill it right back in with something. emoticon Sigh . . .

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LYNETTEMOM 6/10/2014 1:00AM

    as usual, what you had to say really resonated for me. I am a collector, a clutter-bug, not quite a hoarder but I know I could slip into that if I'm not careful. I need to simplify but I find it really hard. I know that "stuff" is a crutch for me.
Tks for sharing your thoughts and experience.

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/9/2014 7:34PM

    The older I get the stronger the urge to do just that: simplify. Things: If it doesn't serve you, if you're serving it instead... time to let it go! Blessings!

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    We are simplifying as well with our move. You will be happy when it is done! Loved this blog...great thoughts.

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TRAVELGRRL 6/9/2014 8:55AM

    I agree with you totally -- simplifying creates time and space in your brain for what's really important. The more "stuff" you have, the more time & money it takes to care for it, insure it, store it, etc.

It is very freeing to get by with less.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/9/2014 8:47AM


OMG, having moved 5 times (SO FAR . . . **SIGH**) in 25 yrs. lemme tell you, decluttering, simplifying, TOSSING is hard, but soooooooooo worthwhile. I have found that it just gets easier as time goes by to maintain that simplicity. And yes, it's more than just "tossing" - it's about simplifying in EVERY area of life, including your lifestyle -- exercise and nutrition. Keeping it simple you are more likely to stick to it!

Good luck. HUGS on selling. It'll all be worth it in the end. And BTW, those who don't "get" your plan to simplify are probably more in need of that then anyone!

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EVIE4NOW 6/9/2014 8:43AM

  We are trying to simplify too. We are having a garage sale this week to do just that. A whole lot of work and I just hope a lot more room when it's done.

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