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March 16, 2009

LESS IS MORE – IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL CRISIS

No-one needs to tell you what’s going on these days: frozen funds, crushing credit card debt, companies going belly up, and we won’t mention the stock market. The repercussions are hurting us all. But here’s something we’d like you to think about.

It’s easy to point the finger at the government or lenders. How could they have let this happen? Did the government force any of us to go into credit card debt, to buy a home we couldn’t afford, to keep up with the Joneses with new cars every couple of years, the latest gadgets, clothes, shoes, and holidays? No, the time of personal reckoning has come: a life of living off of borrowed money, and suddenly its all come to a screeching halt. We need to change the way we think about our finances, and clear out the financial clutter that is ruining our lives.

Are you drowning in the stuff that chokes your home and life? that You only have the space you have. You can only fit so much into your home. By the same token, you only have so much money. In this land of plenty, where more is always better, we’ve been acting like our bank accounts are bottomless. All of this is a way to get more: more money, more clothes, more gadgets, more of the latest and the best, more of all it, more ‘more’.

 

However, the news is clear: like it or not, we have to get used to it. We can either rail against it, continuing to drown in debt, or we can use this crisis to create a new path of hope, happiness, and well being for ourselves and our families. With crisis comes great opportunity – if we are brave enough to seize it.

Have you noticed that it almost always takes a crisis for people to make big changes in their lives? Even though it may fly in the face of what we’ve been conditioned to believe, more simply is not better, for ourselves or for our planet. We need to fundamentally reframe our attitudes towards our stuff and how we spend money if we want to improve the quality of our lives and the future of our families.

Conquer clutter and also wade through financial clutter, clearing a path to financial health and harmony. It’s not about the stuff. Experience has shown again and again that if you focus on ‘the stuff’, you are never going to get to the root causes of your cluttered lives. It’s the same thing about debt: if you just look at the money aspect, you will never get to the root of financial distress. You can make spread sheets and create elaborate budgets or speak with financial advisors until the cows come home, but you have to get at the root of your consumption, deal with it in an honest way, and create a vision for the life you want for yourself.

 

January 7, 2009

Holiday Organisation

The holidays are a busy time. Why? Everyone’s shopping. Sunbaking. BBQing. Travelling. And buying more, more, more! When you’re busy, things tend to slip around the house. Bills fall behind. And with all that shopping, more stuff sneaks into your home. Start the year right by taking control of post-holiday clutter.

Purge the Chrissy decorations

When you take down your decorations—whether it’s the lights on the house or the ornaments on the tree—it’s a great time to sort through old, unused, or broken decorations. Also limit decorations to the space you have, and clearly label the boxes in which they’re stored. Use different boxes for type of decoration (eg lights or the tree) to avoid confusion and help keep order. A little effort here will pay off next Christmas!

Use the right storage containers

Using divided boxes for tree ornaments and padding for lights to ensure that expensive items are not crushed or damaged in storage. Large, plastic stackable bins are great for lights, decorations, and larger seasonal items. Label them clearly and store them in the less-trafficked zone of your home or garage.

Create clear labels and attach one to the front of each bin so that you can clearly and quickly find what you’re looking for!

December 20, 2008

Declutter Your Finances Part 2

Filed under: declutter, Finance, home, lifestyle, Organisation, organization, organize — inspiredhoney @ 12:38 am

Chat with friends and neighbours, and figure out how you can save a little money by pooling your resources together. Perhaps a neighbourhood DVD library so everyone can borrow movies. A great way to save some money, meet your neighbours and save the price of a movie and that mad-expensive popcorn.

Want to redecorate your living room, but don’t want to spend the money on new furniture? Instead, trade couches with a friend or family member and save $2,000! If are both in similar condition, and you have similar taste – everyone wins!

Get creative for gift-giving! Use the plums from your plum tree to make jelly and jam for all your friends instead of spending $350 on gifts. Say $30 for buying the cans or jars, the sugar and wrapping paper. Use your printer to personalise the label. Great activity that the kids can be involved in too.

December 10, 2008

Declutter Your Finances Part 1

·        Make a little money from all the stuff that’s lying around. Designer-label clothing and shoes, musical instruments, collectibles, sporting goods and even car parts can all generate a good amount of money on online auction sites or in consignment stores. Every little bit helps!

·        Chat with friends and neighbours, and figure out how you can save a little money by pooling your resources together. Organise a neighbourhood DVD library so everyone can borrow movies. It’s a great way to save some money, meet your neighbours and save the price of a movie and crazy-expensive popcorn.

·       Enlist the help of the whole family and collect every magazine and catalogue you can find in the house, gather them in one room and arrange them into piles. Decide what magazines and catalogues you just don’t need or read anymore. Go online or call to immediately cancel the subscriptions.

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