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New Year – Clean Start

New Year – Clean Start

I love the beginning of a new year and new cycle. These times hold such promise for fresh perspectives and different experiences. There is a catch, though. We often have to toss out some of the ‘old stuff’ to make room for new… or better yet, to simply just make room! This edition looks at a few tips to help us reduce and declutter. Clothes • Ask a Friend. Sometimes we need the trusted truth that only a dear friend can provide. I remember the brutal support from a friend telling me to ‘keep the memory’ and donate the dress – many times over as I went through a significant collection of out-of-date outfits bought for previous special events! • There is also the tried and true recommendation that if you haven’t worn it within the last year – it is time to share! If one year is a little too short a time frame for you to give them up, box these clothes and store them for an additional 6 months and see if you even notice! • Now you have a box all prepared and ready to be donated. • Another friend suggested that if a clothes item does not make you feel like a million bucks – it is time to let go and make space for something that does. Now that is a high bar! Paper Many of us are from a generation that straddled both paper and digital records. If you are a boomer like me, you likely keep both versions of your receipts and documents and have to learn to be disciplined to...