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My family and I have downsized our stuff, downsized our house and now I am super excited to take the next step. If you guys remember me talking about one of my biggest clutter pet peeves in my post 5 Simple Habits to Help Keep a Clean House Every Day; it’s those pesky papers that wind up all over the counters. Those miscellaneous papers absolutely make my skin crawl. In fact, I’ll even admit, I am quicker to throw things away (with total disregard of their importance) simply to avoid having them displayed across my counters. Let’s not even talk about the filing cabinet in our “office.” Finally it clicked in my head; I realized the best way to declutter, organize my life and office was by going paperless!
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Shopoholics: they’re everywhere. The accumulation of stuff these days has become something of an epidemic. It seems to be that there is always some reason to go out and spend. Personally, my shop-o-holic tendencies have varied through the years. From clothes and shoes to the latest trending super foods. Somehow I have managed to make excuses to buy it all and most of it, I never needed in the first place. Now I am proud to call myself a recovering shop-o-holic and I have got the key to spending less and saving more for those of you who find yourselves headed down the same path.
Life is no easy thang folks. I think we’ve all figured that out by now. However, I hold in my hands the most useful life hack for anyone of any age, gender, race or political stance. It’s kindness. You can roll your eyes, it’s fine, I get it. But the thing is, I know firsthand just how far a little kindness can go. Truth be told, kindness is hard especially when you’re not using it every day. Chances are a lot of you might think you are using kindness every day but I would be willing to bet you have overlooked a few places.
“When I hear somebody say, ‘Life is hard.’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?'” -Sydney Harris
In 2012 I started a new experiment. I vowed to speak no words of un-kindness. Like I said, “IT. WAS. HARD.” But despite the difficulties of watching my words, I began to notice huge changes take place in my life and the lives around me. I had to take steps, I even went through a grief period where I actually missed the negativity in my life. At times I felt like I would never be able to speak again. Then slowly, all those fears and struggles just melted away and my life has been on an upward stride ever since.