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.
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.
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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