What Propels You?

This year I’ve been making small changes in my life, starting with organizing what I own into manageable amounts. With four kids, a husband, a grumpy cat and an eager dog, it’s important sometimes to pare down a little.  From bath towels, to appliances, to even puzzles, I’m working to simplify. Too many things around the house leads to messes and then I can’t find anything. When I pull everything out to locate something I have to put it back, but I’m not solving the problem–not really.

Puzzles now leave more room for living and fun.

With that in mind, I’ve started re-organizing everything I own in a series of small, manageable pieces.

I had had a pile of puzzles literally on top of a cabinet since the holidays. For four months! Why? Because I planned for us to do some of the over 20 puzzles for fun. The sheer number of them, however, led to us doing none of them, and there they sat, from December until March (company often remarked at how many puzzles we had for those four months).

The other day I grabbed a pair of scissors, some sealable storage bags, and a recycling bin and went to work. Ninety minutes later, I had whittled down what was a massive collection of boxes filled with puzzles into more orderly bags with the pieces of our prizes pasttimes (300 pieces or less, since the larger puzzles need their boxes). What’s more, the bags are easier to store, upright, in a box in the game closet for easy sorting and access.

Close-up of map puzzles, some of our very favorites.

No more broken, taped boxes with more space than puzzle pieces, the necessary picture on the front of the box and age recommendations are still readily with us, visible, ready for an afternoon (or 10 minutes, depending on the number of pieces) of entertainment. Find a puzzle piece on the floor later? No worries; just remove the sleek bag from the box in its upright position, and reseal the bag once the piece goes home again. No more tumbling towers of puzzles!

What’s more, I literally recycled an entire bag of cardboard in the process as well by getting rid of dozens of box bottoms and sides. We even gave a few puzzles away to friends we knew would enjoy them.

It might not seem like much on the face of it; a few dozen puzzles made easier to access, easier to sort and easier to enjoy (and some re-homed), but shouldn’t that be what life is about? Fun shouldn’t have to take so much darned work, and even just an hour of week of small, bite-sized changes made around the house to organize makes for a year of successful housekeeping efforts. Now more time can be spent making good memories and not digging the 10 year old out from under a pile of toppled boxes.

Less clutter and less worry propels me; what propels you?

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  1. Ha! We are kindred spirits. :) I JUST did the same with my daughter’s wooden puzzles. We had the opposite problem though. We had them ALL in a box together, with puzzle boards on top. When you wanted to assemble one, you first had to find the board you wanted, then find the pieces that went with it. Very frustrating!

    I sorted them out, put the pieces and boards together in zip top baggies and now store them vertically in the same box. SO much easier! Great idea for the boxed ones, too. We only have a few of those, but it seems like such a great storage idea.

    • I’m glad to know I’m not the only puzzle collector. We were to the point where we were too scared to remove boxes to slip pieces in and ended up with pieces everywhere; now there are no excuses.

  2. What propels me is my feet! :D

    Glad you were able to organize your puzzles. I like things neat and tidy and consider myself to be a minimalist cohabiting with a mediumist.

    There is one thing I need to do though…file my “papers” in the lovely file folders I bought months ago…must do this soon!

  3. I am an avid declutterer/er
    To point where I have to do it in secret, because my husband and daughter start spluttering and going red in the face about what is going in the “clutter” bag and what is not.
    Apprently everyting is worth keeping in their eyes, even the stuff that has not seen the “light of day” for months.

    My moto is, “if it doesnt have a home or hasnt been used in the last 6 months, then its into the clutter bag!!!” Some times I might stretch it to 12 months but only for very special things, like presents. sshhh Don’t tell the hubby!

    Decluttering is one of the most satisfying jobs as far as I am concerned, but I think my husband has another name for it, “addiction”……
    And we wont talk about the OCD my children think I have with the vacuum.

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