Thursday, March 26, 2015

I knew you were at a loss for weekend plans. Somehow I just knew.

That’s why I’ve hereby decreed the span of days between now and Sunday night to be Prime Opportunity to De-Muddle The Contents of Your Media Library (you’re welcome). This project is so easy your pitbull could do it. 

Weekend Assignment: Declutter Your DVDs & CDs! 

So here’s what you do:

Gather all the movies and cds–the ones in the car, the ones in the binder, the ones still in your players–together into one sorting spot.

Get rid of all the horribly scratched ones that you know for a fact no longer play. Toss them; do I need to say? You can certainly try whatever methods are recommended for de-scratching them, but be warned that means you’ll have to actually do that, not just plan to. 

Donate all the movies or music your children have outgrown. Or that you have.

Please let go of the cases whose respective disks you have long since misplaced. Do you want to spend your whole life sitting around waiting for the other sock/earring/DVD to show up? Or do you maybe just want to live it? I thought as much.

Which movies and cds should you keep? The ones you want to watch and listen to, silly! The ones that are your tried and true favorites, that you’ll happily play another six hundred times.

Now corral all your keepers in a manner which might be described as lovely by someone else in addition to you.

Oh! Oh, hey guess what! It’s so convenient; we covered corralling options earlier this week! Look at that. Full circle. Cohesion. Weekend.

Image credits: Sticotti Residence, Architecture by Alejandro Sticotti, Photo by Cristobal Palma via Dwell

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

how to cut down on clutter- fast! Pass it on!

If you want to know the easiest, quickest method to cutting the clutter at home it’s this: stop bringing clutter home.

Say what?!

I know.

I realize this rule of thumb doesn’t address the clutter that may already be in your house. That’s okay; I have a zillion other posts aimed at just that.

But Living Simply is a multi-fronted approach; what’s coming in is as crucial as what’s going out and what’s staying. The trouble is that far too many people discount the impact of the things they bring into their homes on a daily basis. 

I’m talking about things that from the get-go are little clutter artifacts:

- Paper pamphlets you’re handed at appointments or meetings that actually contain no pertinent information you don’t already know or wouldn’t first think to access online.

- Free hand-outs like pens, stress balls, notepads. Oh dear lord, the notepads. Pfizer gives them to you and your hotels give them to you and your office gives them to you and houses everywhere are drowning in notepads! 

- Not to mention the cosmetics samples the saleswoman so generously stuffs in your bag at the point of purchase, at the pronouncement of which you feign, “ohhhh, thank you so much.”

You take all these things, and you stuff them in your bags and then you truck them on home. Like shuttles. You shuttle the shit into your sanctuary. Your sanctuary!

And then one by one by one by one these valueless, purposeless things build upon each other.

A drawer becomes a cupboard becomes a closet becomes a room becomes a house becomes a life and if you think I am over exaggerating you are sorely mistaken.

So if you want to know the easiest way to cut down on your clutter, I’ll tell you: stop bringing clutter home with you.

The less you bring into your space, the less you have to deal with, the less you have to one day feel guilty over wasting or getting rid of, the less you have to sort out and wade through to get to the stuff that actually matters to you.

Let your walls be a boundary. Let your entryway be the barrier past which no clutter shall pass. Keep your recycle bin and your shredder and your donation bag right there and deposit those things immediately. Or, better yet, kindly pass on accepting them in the first place. 

Image credit: The Curtis Casa 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

You might well be apt to mistakenly assume that today’s post is merely the latest installment in John Oliver’s “How Is This Still A Thing?” Series. Before you do, allow me to assuage your doubt: it sincerely still is.

In households all across this fine nation of ours and beyond, whole shelves and walls and nay–rooms!–are currently occupied by disks of the audio or video variety. This might do fine enough for the time being, but when the moment arrives that you need to transport yourself and your belongings elsewhere, like, say, to a different house across town, the chaotic storage state of those disks will begin to appear to you as far more of an issue than ever before.

Such has been the case with not one but three of my clients as of late, who, their lives in transit, have found themselves coming head-to-head with, or buried beneath small plastic cases as it were, their respective media.

How might one corral all the cases more compactly than before? Or generally store them in such a fashion that playing the disks becomes a very real possibility?

Answers, my puppets, below. 
Finally! Space efficient options for keeping cds and dvds organized!

1. Artisan 240 Disc Black Faux Leather DVD Album with Title Cover Page Capacity

2. Acrylic CD and DVD Rack

3. 120-Disc Acrylic Storage Box

4. DiscSox HiDef Pro // DiscSox CD Pro

5. Leslie Dame CD-612LD Solid Hardwood Mission Style Multimedia Storage Cabinet with Library Card Catalog Style Doors

6. SEI Black Steel Wall-Mount CD Rack

7. Basic Cube Shelving