Less Clutter More Calm The Marian Way

Marian Taylor

Whether you are in the workforce, an at-home parent, or retired most everyone can agree that the home they dream of should be a place to unwind, a place of calm and relaxation. If you want to change your lifestyle from chaos to calm then the best way is to remove the excess that is clogging your space, mind, and spirit. I believe that you cannot be an organized carefree person without first reducing the excess stuff and personal belongings that is clogging your space. The Marian Way is to only have in your immediate space what you use every day. For instance, if your kitchen gadget drawer is overflowing ask yourself what gadgets do you use every day. Chances are there are a lot of multiples or gadgets that you use certain times of the year. If you are limited on space do you really need a turkey baster in the drawer when you only use it in November and or December? A better location would be to store the baster either in your roaster pan or with the November or December holiday decorations box. This will alleviate wasting valuable time digging through excess in your gadget drawer.

With that, here are 5 more solutions to help you reduce the excess in your home.

1. Remove and reduce 1/3 of your clothing.

If your closets are full of clothes from another era, another size that you are hoping to get into, or from a life that you used to live then its time to let them go. Not only will you free up valuable space but you will save time getting dressed. Clearing closet clutter will simplify your lifestyle immediately.

2. Clear your hotspot: A hotspot is an area where you tend to leave items that pile up. It is the dumping ground or the area that catches all of your papers, mail, keys, eye glasses, and more. Create a daily habit of clearing your hotspot before you make dinner or before bed.

3. A place for everything and everything in its place. I’m sure you have heard this age old saying one or more times, but it is so true. I used to have an excess of cheaters (magnifying reading glasses) yet I could never find any. I designated a drawer where I would return the glasses when I was finished using them. I have now reduced that number to two. When everything has a home, you save time and money because you can easily locate items that you need rather than running to the store to purchase another.

4. Avoid reading ads and clipping coupons. When my children were young, every Sunday they would help me scour the Sunday ads and coupon section.  I would be making a list of all the new and improved items that I thought I had to have. When I stopped reading those ads and couponing I actually stopped wasting money on items that I didn’t really need but purchased because it was the latest and greatest.

5. Tackle smaller tasks first. Start with the smallest job and simplest room first. If you start with the most complicated job, you may find yourself discouraged and throw your hands up and quit. Accomplishing small jobs will give you the confidence to keep going. Break down a large job into smaller more manageable tasks. Setting a timer even for 15 minutes will keep you on task.

Marian Taylor, Founder of The Marian Way, is a bi-weekly columnist for Topsail Times Newspaper. She shares solutions that gifts you back your freedom of time and reduces the excess that you have in your home and that will bring you more joy and ease! Contents and logos from this online posting have been used with permission.

Marian Taylor

Founder, The Marian Way

Marian Taylor

Founder, The Marian Way

Marian’s mission is to support people in living a simple, and beautiful lifestyle. As a professional downsizer and relocation specialist for 10+ years she knows firsthand what it takes to help people let go of their “excess”, with her time-tested tools, tips, and solutions.