Posts Tagged ‘minimize’

Simplify:  Downsizing, minimizing or minimalizing and repurposing all bring to mind living within or beneath one’s means, wouldn’t you say? This would make us think of living a simple life, living with less, cleaning up and getting rid of unwanted or unnecessary stuff. Lately this has been on my mind, perhaps because we are now officially into Spring and the weather has been a positive motivation toward getting things done. It has been my goal for some time to have LESS “stuff” in our home, keeping in mind the saying that “Less is more”.

This whole concept of simplicity in general may be easier said than done. A lot of us have things that we just do not want, need or can no longer maintain, all “stuff”.

Keep It Or Not?  One way I have found useful in order to determine if I can do without an item is to put it in a specific place for a period of 6 months. This may seem to be a long period of time and for some items, it is. It may not be necessary to hold on to something for six months, especially if it will not be used or needed again, however this is just for items that I am not sure about. Then, I will set an alarm on my phone and at the 6 month time, go to my designated spot and evaluate whether i need the item (perhaps seasonal clothing, camping items, etc.) If I am still not using the item in question by this time, it can go one of two ways: either it can go directly to one of 3 piles, “donations”, “keep” or “sell” or secondly, it can stay right where it is for another set time period to see whether it will be useful in the future.

We can downsize, as mentioned in this article, minimalize in order to live a simpler lifestyle and repurpose the items that we already have, in order to make our lives easier and more green.

Storage:  Homes in the US just do not seem to be built with sufficient storage for the families that fill them these days. We usually end up with more stuff than we may want or need, but we do need a place to put our belongings.  For me, this time-tested idea does require that I have a specific location in my home or storage buildings and garages set aside to be a temporary holding place for “stuff”. I have a GPB storage building, which is easy to set up with labeled sections for items that need to be stored.

Portable storage buildings from GPB, Inc make a lot of sense because they can be set up and leveled and kept dry and vermin/bug-free. Why would you want to invest in a portable storage building if you are trying to get rid of extra “stuff”?  Two reasons to invest in a portable building include:  (1) It can be moved in the future if you want to sell it back or trade it in for a larger (or smaller) building, (2) In case your family moves in the future it is fairly easy to move the building as well – so the building can even be a temporary storage place (3) Portable buildings add value to home and property and the building could be sold already installed if you choose.

Solve:  We are interested in how to solve the problem of too much stuff and not enough simplicity and a great solution is to just make the decision and get it done.  We know what we can live with and without and just taking the initiative to solve the problem is really what is required.  What if you knew you could buy a car that was nice for your family: it had great safety features, got good gas mileage and was the right size, plus it allowed you to save money to go on a vacation or two extra per year.  Even if the car has a few cons or things you didn’t like as much, would you invest in it?  Most people would buy that car.  How willing are we to part with items (or “stuff”) that could make us money, help others, save us money on taxes or go right into our savings account?  Like that great car, we can make sound decisions to solve our “stuff” problem by taking the steps now and deciding what we want to keep, sell or donate.  In the meantime, a great step toward solving our storage problem is to look into a portable storage building, garage or utility shed from GPB, Inc., a trusted source for secure and sturdy storage structures across the USA.

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