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Simplifying Around the House: 16 - 20

16. Consolidate hobby items in designated containers. That way, all your supplies will be on hand when you need them.
17. If you start a new hobby, drop an out-of-favor one (along with its equipment and supplies).
18. Adopt the “one in, one out” rule: when you purchase something new, get rid of something old.
19. Don’t start collections. Avoid the clutter, and save your money, by channeling your energy and creativity into something more productive.
20. Get rid of one item every day. At the end of the year, you’ll have 365 less things to worry about!


16. I do have my hobby containers separated out into relatively simple boxes in the closet.  The big issue is that the boxes are not really accessible because of how we have stacked things in our guest closet.  So, I'd really like to work on getting that closet in a more functional state. 


17. Dropping an old out-of-favor hobby for a new one might actually be difficult for me.  I have a lot of hobbies that are hanging around, although I still feel like I want to give them a go.  I'll draw the limit at the ones that I have gear for, though and won't add a new one until I get some of these started and see where I want to go with them.  In the pipeline - embroidery, calligraphy, mosaics, bead jewelry, swimming, biking, kayaking (well, not all of these have equipment lying around my house...)


18. I do want to hold true to the one in, one out rule.  Since I'm not supposed to be buying anything, this shouldn't be too difficult.  I want to make sure that I continue to remove as I bring in rather than give myself credits.  I'm really aiming to create a new rule one in, ten out!


19. Collections.  If you asked me, I would tell you that I don't collect anything.  If you looked around my house, you'd find teapots, books, kitchen gadgets and loads of turtles.  I am fully prepared to stop the collecting in its tracks, since I don't really seek out these things and I certainly don't intend to open up a new category of collecting.  It's already a challenge to battle the dust of a Brooklyn apartment without having to negotiate tchotchke clutter. 


20. In fits and starts, I am working on removing things from the house.  Right now, I have a giveaway pile that does keep growing, although I have a hard time getting it out the door since I have a non-cooperative clutterbug spouse. Starting today, however, I commit to getting rid of one thing per day.  I'll try to keep a round-up on here to keep myself in giveaway mode, noting those things that make it into the giveaway pile.  Getting things to goodwill will be bonus points. 


Action Items: 

  • Organize guest closet with shelves for hobby boxes. 
  • Get rid of one item per day.  Report back weekly. 
  • Pick one idle hobby per month to work on.  Decide if it's worth keeping related items in the house. 

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