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Guest Blogger: DIY Mama Erin Reynolds-Why Now Is the Right Time to Downsize

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Regardless of who you are, life can be overwhelming at times. There is always something to be done, something to be cleaned, and something to be repaired. If you’re tired of feeling overwhelmed, now is the best time to downsize and reclaim control of your life.

 

Managing the Move

Starting the downsizing process now, as opposed to later, will help you begin to eliminate some of the stress in your life. However, once you find the home of your dreams, moving becomes the most difficult aspect. You need to sort your possessions to decide what you can give to family, sell, or donate. You also need to research moving companies ahead of time. This gives you the opportunity to compare pricing and contracts while checking reviews. Make sure you get a walk-through and that your deposit, should you need one, is minimal.

 

Saving Money

One of the most persuasive factors in downsizing is the amount of money you can save. Most of us realize that when we sell a larger home, we can pay off a smaller one outright. Even if you don’t cover the entire cost, having a sizable down payment will mean less interest in the long run. Yet, that isn’t the only way you could conserve your finances. Utilities should be minimized in a smaller home as it will use less energy to heat and cool. You may also save substantially on home insurance and property taxes, depending on your state.

 

Creating Time

Large homes can seem luxurious, but they end up eating away our precious free time. Many of us are lucky if we only work a 40-hour week. In fact, most of us work over that amount. As such, our leisure time is limited and precious. Instead of taking time to clean and maintain a large space, a small home is easy. When you live in the space you need, rather than the extra we have all been told to want, you end up with more time. Think of how long it takes to mow a big lawn. If you cut that lawn in half, you can commit those hours to something you enjoy.

 

Lowering Stress

When we have too much space, we tend to put things where they are convenient, rather than where they should be. If the stapler belongs in the office, but we use it in the entryway, we may just leave it. This can accumulate and create clutter and chaos. It’s hard for our minds to relax when we live in a disordered environment. We feel guilty for not cleaning up, and even our creativity can suffer. When we live in a smaller, more contained space, we have an easier time keeping things organized. This allows us to truly enjoy the time we spend in our homes.

 

Exploring New Things

Have you always wanted to live in the center of a city? It can be impossible when we look for giant homes, but it could be downright affordable if we scale down. There may be many benefits to living in a new area. This is your chance to give yourself what you have always wanted. A shorter commute? Better schools? More diverse culture? Near the beach? When you downsize, you have the opportunity to live the life of your dreams.

Greater Luxury

Living large does not mean living well. Smaller homes can offer luxury the way McMansions just can’t. When you have relatively small square footage, you can afford your ideal flooring. You can install smart tech in every room. There are fewer pieces to decorate, so you can buy what you want without compromising. You don’t need to be limited to the indoors, either. You can add a deck or veranda to extend the living space you have while enjoying fresh air and sunshine.

We all deserve simplicity. Having less to clean, look after, and maintain can free up more time than you realize. Not only that, but the money you save by doing so can also be life-changing.

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Posted by on January 22, 2019 in Organizing

 

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Honoring The Words of Dr Martin Luther King Jr!

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Posted by on January 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Happy 5th Anniversary As A Blogger!!!

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I laugh that my first blog wasn’t about Organizing. Morning Person 

The first couple of posts werent, but my intention was to create an organizing blog. My reasoning was that I could expand my business and presence to gain more business. (It has) I had no idea where this would lead (I gained a radio show from this.) I didn’t realize how much work it is. I have gotten so much pleasure from doing this. Thank you to my brother JR LeMar who is a longtime blogger himself . iblogalot  He helped me set up this blog!

Niche blogs such as this one take a longer time to find and gain an audience. Luckily organizing affects EVERYONE, so marketing this hasn’t been a huge challenge. I have expanded to Life Coaching and Health issues. I have a guilty pleasure, the CBS TV Show Big Brother and i have done a few posts on the show and they got me big readership numbers.

Five years! Over 1110 posts, 95% original content from ME! I have guest bloggers now! Last year I launched my Super Organizer University! The radio show is on iheartradio

I look forward to seeing where this blog goes from here. I have made some changes and will make a few more! Thank you for reading and subscribing to this.

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2019 in Me

 

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I Don’t Do New Years Resolutions!

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I am not a fan of the New Years Resolution. For me it has a negative association with not being serious or realistic. January 1st feels like a resetting and rebirth for many people. It is a chance to wrong your rights from the year before and start anew. Many people set a “resolution” and go hard the first couple of days or first couple of weeks and then go right back to the old behavior.

I’m about looking at the big picture and being honest with yourself. I am about setting some goals for the year. 

I dont view the new year as new. I view each Jan 1st as a continuation of my journey. I don’t discount or try to erase what I did or did not do the year before. I look at it and learn from it. I will use parts of it to help me do better in the new year.

I set goals and give myself the whole year to accomplish them. I give myself permission to set my own pacing and if it takes ALL year , that is fine. Also I may not start Jan 2nd, I may start Feb 1st…and that’s okay.

The MAIN goal for me is always to affect change and create habits that will realistically improve my life.  AS I say, small steps can lead to large rewards. I want things to STICK! And I give my permission to be human. There is no such thing as perfection!

I believe in all of you!!!

Happy 2019!

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2019 in Life Coaching

 

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Happy New Years Quotes!

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Posted by on January 1, 2019 in Life Coaching

 

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6 Tips on Avoiding Clutter After Christmas

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Christmas has happened. You may have duplicate gifts. You have gotten things you don’t want or need or like. Here are some things you could/can do so that you don’t just put them in places and add clutter to your space:

 

1- Some items may specifically be a great fit for a specific charity or cause. Give to them.

2- Give items to local school or church.

3- Give to friends or family you know could use them.

4- Homeless shelters

5- Women’s Groups that help women get on their feet again.

6- Goodwill/Salvation Army or any thrift store

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2018 in Organizing

 

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Have A Super Merry Christmas!

I hope your Christmas Day goes smoothly!

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Posted by on December 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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