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How Much is Enough? – Organizing Tip

Posted by Sue on Jul 13, 2007  

A long while ago a sweet young Mom asked me HOW MUCH STUFF was the
right amount for her daughter.

At that time her daughter (I’ll call her Sara) was 4.  Toys,craft
materials, and children’s books were taking over the kitchen and
living room as well as Sara’s bedroom and it was making the whole
family miserable. These young parents wanted to provide as much
opportunity as possible but knew that something wasn’t working.

We talked about it for a while and my answer became,”How much
sould she (Sara – not the Mom! ) manage well and what does
she REALLY love?”

Working with that as our measuring stick we were able to figure out
what to do.

This has continued to be a key concept in helping folks make their
spaces work for them.

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Last week a long time friend and I stayed at a lovely monastery for
a brief retreat.  During lunch one of the monks asked what I do and
we were instantly into a discussion about clutter – yes, even monks!

Asked for my most important piece of advice,  I said, ” If you are
doing what you want to do and clutter isn’t causing problems, then
don’t worry about it. After a few seconds I added, “and less is more.”

There are so MANY helpful strategies. I keep a running list of them
to share with you over time, but bottom line, you have my most
crucial advice right here:

1)If you are doing what you want to do and clutter isn’t causing
problems, then don’t worry about it

2)Ask yourself: How much can I manage well and what do I REALLY
love?

and

3) Less is more.

Wishing you a wonderful couple of weeks. Comments and questions
always welcome.

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