#CutTheCrap Challenge: Clean the Garage Part 1

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For many, the garage is the trigger that sets off the detonation to do something about all of the stuff that is compiling.  This area of the home can become the catch-all to many things… thus, making it one of the most intimidating areas to dive into and de-clutter.

For this reason, we will be splitting this part of the challenge into two parts.

Part 1: Disposal

Part 2:  Organize

We don’t know what you use your garage for.  So, we don’t know what types of things gets caught in its web of convenience for storage.  It can become the perfect ‘out of sight, out of mind’ for the items that  you don’t take the time to store or throw away… until months go by, and you discover that the garage looks like an episode of Hoarders.

Well… don’t panic.

For part 1, all we are going to do is go through the garage and  get rid of what can be gotten rid of.  Keep your eyes open for:

  • Pop cans that can be returned to the store or recycling center.
  • Empty boxes.
  • Trash that didn’t make its way to the dumpster.
  • Tools that are out of place that can be easily put back on the shelf.
  • Items that you have been intending on taking to a donation location.
  • That pair of scissors you’ve been looking for.
  • etc…

Part 1 of the garage clean up is simple: Get the obvious stuff out of the way, and do it immediately.

While you are doing this, chances are good that you are going to be have more detailed organizational thoughts running through your mind… and that is good.  But until you get through this round of getting the ‘junk’ out of there, don’t give in to the urge to start shuffling things around yet.

Dream for a while first about what you can actually do in the garage to make it a space that has purpose for your minimalist journey.  Then go on to PART 2… You’ll be glad you did.

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#CutTheCrap Challenge: Learn from Others

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We live at a time when there are endless opportunities to see and learn from others in a way that has never been possible before. Google is nearly always at our fingertips, and a world of answers, advice and suggestions are there whenever and wherever we need it.

Navigating your life in an effort to simplify, declutter, and be more intentional is not a new concept… and in the digital age, others have been documenting their journeys and offering helpful insight to anyone willing to take not. It is a great time for the collaboration of learning with others.  By learning from and about others… we are able to develop our understanding about simple living and minimalism… but also go deeper into the knowledge of our self.

Maybe you will be able to learn from the mistakes of others, so that you don’t make a potential mistake that sets you back.

You don’t have to have all of the answers today… but you should be making a conscious effort to develop your strengths by learning from others’ strengths… how they know that they are successful… the steps they took in their journey… obstacles they have had to overcome…

Then, you use this new knowledge to refine the steps that you need to take… and continue on.

Here is a list of folks that inspire us… spend some time reading their words… bookmark their pages… and carry on…

Florida Minimalist

Simple Living Over 50

Youthful Minimalist

More Time Than Money

Becoming Minimalist

Lorilee Lippencott

If you know of any good sites to add to this list, please leave a comment below… and we’ll keep it building.

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