The Simple, Organized Life: Mindful Consumption

Why not ask a professional?  Guest Author Crystal Eakle is a licensed professional organizer who brings extensive experience to helping businesses and consumers organize their priorities, processes and possessions. In this post, Crystal offers advice to start de-cluttering your stuff.

In our earlier posts, we addressed mental de-cluttering and physical de-cluttering before moving into a tiny house. If you have made progress and successfully downsized, then our last step will resonate: keeping things downsized!

How to maintain mindful consumption

1. Practice the "catch and release" plan.

For every purchase coming into the household, an item has to leave. Ask yourself if you really need the new item and always ask yourself where the new item will be located in your tiny house.

2. Don't shop when you don't need something.

Your new life is all about the purposes, principals and priorities that you identified earlier. Does this item fit in with your new lifestyle?

3. De-clutter 15 minutes every day.

  • Start with a drawer or shelf and empty everything out.
  • Sort through the items and group the essential items and items you like, need or love into one pile. These are the items that can go back into the space.
  • Clean the space and return the keep items grouping like with like. An example would be kitchen utensils: the serving utensils should be with serving utensils and the cooking utensils with cooking utensils.
  • Donate or toss the remaining items that didn’t make the cut.
  • Repeat this process for every drawer, shelf, table top, closet, or any other area that you are de-cluttering. 

 

Crystal Eakle is licensed, bonded and insured and a member of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers), based in Beaufort, SC. She brings extensive experience to helping businesses and consumers organize their priorities, processes and possessions.

Reach Eakle:  crystaleakle-at-gmail-dot-com.
Connect with Crystal Eakle's on LinkedIn

See Posts:  Mental De-cluttering - Physical De-cluttering  

 

Written by Guest Blogger — April 14, 2014

Filed under: Creating Priorities   Crystal Eakle   Downsizing   Less Stuff   Physical Clutter  

The Simple, Organized Life: Physical De-cluttering

Why not ask a professional?  Guest Author Crystal Eakle is a licensed professional organizer who brings extensive experience to helping businesses and consumers organize their priorities, processes and possessions. In this post, Crystal offers advice to start de-cluttering your stuff.

Mindful versus mindless consumption

Now that your mind is clear and focused on a new tiny life, it's time to dive into mindful consumption. I’m talking about all the stuff.

Believe it or not mindless consumption is becoming a thing of the past. Consumers are now giving more consideration to what they are buying and the practices and people behind the products they are buying. Living smaller is the new way to live fuller.

Enter mindful consumption: that place where you have everything you need and nothing you don’t. Mindful consumption restores balance in everyday life leading to less stress and better overall health.

Benefits of less stuff

One of the benefits of mindful consumption is less stuff. Less stuff results in less stress because clutter is a distraction. Less distraction can result in better focus. Better focus allows you to be more efficient. Being more efficient creates a peaceful outlook, allowing you to relax. (It's okay to re-read this again.)

Having less stuff frees up space, allowing for more living and less looking for items, re-arranging items, storing items and trying to remember where things are.

Less stuff can also save money. People purchase storage units for items they don’t need any longer, resulting in hundreds of dollars spent on things that aren’t adding anything to their lives!

If living in a smaller space or tiny house is a priority, you’ll need to practice and maintain mindful consumption.

Mindful consumption guidelines

Here are the guidelines on how to get to mindful consumption that will lead you to a new life in a smaller space.

1. Watch less TV. Watching television exposes you to advertising which can lead to more consumption. If you are still adding items into your already full life, then ask yourself if living smaller is really a priority or just something fun to think about.

2. Pause before you buy something. Make a decision to wait 48 hours and re-evaluate before purchasing non-essential items. This pertains to online shopping as well. Visualize where the item will be located in your tiny house.

3. Consider repairing items as opposed to replacing them or, better yet, ask yourself if you really need the item at all.

4. Borrow items when practical, and especially for limited use.

5. Donate or recycle things. If you don’t use it, need it, or love it - let it go!

 

Crystal Eakle is licensed, bonded and insured and a member of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers), based in Beaufort, SC. She brings extensive experience to helping businesses and consumers organize their priorities, processes and possessions.

Reach Eakle:  crystaleakle-at-gmail-dot-com.
Connect with Crystal Eakle's on LinkedIn

Other Posts:  Mental De-cluttering - Mindful Consumption 

 

Written by Guest Blogger — March 31, 2014

Filed under: Creating Priorities   Crystal Eakle   Downsizing   Less Stuff   Physical Clutter  
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