a balanced life


The old me did not have a clue as to what constituted a
balanced life.

Today I woke up very early, made myself a cup of tea and
crawled back into bed to read.

The old me would never have done that.

The old me would have jumped onto computer and started to

The old me did not realize that that sort of drive did not
produce more, but less.

Do you see a theme here?

The old me never understood that in order to succeed in
life you [ finger pointing ] you must have balance.


Faith… and I could go on…

Do you live a balanced life?

so why not >>>gift ideas for Fort Lauderdale

I have a suggestion.

But first let me set the scene.

Black Friday is behind us [ don’t get me started on this one ] and the
big countdown to the December holidays.

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas tis the season
to shop. A lot.

Crowded malls,
Crowded parking,
Crowds of people.

This year why not turn back the clocks to a time when>>>>

You made a card.
You made a gift

All by hand.
With thought
And with care.

No standing on lines
No mad dash to spend crazy amounts of money.



Why not?

less is MORE | the coffee trick

less is more coffee

So they say drinking too much caffeine is bad for you. It
is said that consuming excess amounts of coffee or tea is


Hey as I mature this is the last thing I want to do… we
are talking wrinkles here and well…. enough said.


In this battle to stay hydrated I have got into the habit of
drinking water, a lot of water.

And [ here is today’s tip ]

I use a smaller cup to drink my morning coffee. Sounds
simple but it works.

Me thinks that because there is less to drink I savor every
sip. And a bonus is because I am savoring every mouthful I tend
to drink slower.

I stop
I drink
I think

It’s a really good trick.

Let me know if you try it…

You know the drill…less is MORE…always

Birch Box [ and others that can clutter your life ]

birchbox clutter Do you pay for a monthly subscription box?

It seems to be all the rage today to purchase what I call “discovery boxes”.
These are the monthly subscription boxes to sample products be it
beauty items, food and wines, stationery, goodies for your pets,
hygiene products for men [ razors ] and socks to name a few.

I suppose as a manufacturer, these boxes are a great way to gain
exposure and sell more of their product. And I guess this concept
could be used for testing an product. Great idea.

When one of the original offerings, BirchBox came to market, I was all in.

Each month I waited patiently for my boxed goodies to arrive in the
mail. This was sort of like Christmas in July. The BirchBox arrived with the
sample products all neatly tucked under a blanket of tissue paper.
There was, and probably still is a description card detailing all the lotion,
potions and makeups. Heaven.

Then about three months into my subscription I realized that I was
starting a collection of unused and unwanted products. This made
the products that I did enjoy very expensive. More importantly I cannot
say I actually went out and purchased any of the items I “loved”.


Come to think of it, I think I even saved the boxes. Talking about clutter!

So I cancelled the subscription and I had a clear out.

I think it is so easy to be sucked into these subscription/discovery boxes.
The idea of receiving “ this known parcel of goodies ” each month can be
very alluring and well, sort of intoxicating.

“What will the box contain this month? Will the stationary be pink or blue?
Will the wine be Argentine or Australian? Will Miss Evie love her new toy? “


I get the concept. However I would suggest if you have a monthly
subscription[s] that you consider if the box and its contents are adding value to your
I would recommend that you ask yourself is there a purpose to this monthly expense?


Are you adding to your clutter, your “stuff?
Are you just caught up in the hype of marketing and receiving the “ latest and greatest” each month?

It is your call.

Just my observation.

As always, less is MORE

10 Ways to clean out in Fort Lauderdale.

The journey to a less is MORE lifestyle, a
minimalist way of living starts with one

It starts with a decision to clean out, clear out, remove
clutter from your life.

An easy way to get into a less is MORE, minimalist mindset is
to remove clutter that no longer serves a purpose, adds value or
meaning to your life.

Simplicity is the start.

It’s a clear out of your stuff that is dead weight.

As you go through your home, garage, car or storage facility remember to ask two important declutter questions.

Does this item add value to my life?
Does this item have a purpose?

To help you along the way, I have created a list of ways

Trade-In items in the Fort Lauderdale.

Note: Many of the companies are nationwide so “google them
to find your local organization and drop off points.

Sell It Yourself

There are two general ways to sell your unwanted items.

[1] Online
[2] The old fashion way- in person method

Let’s first look online. There are a variety of online
websites that you can use to sell your belongings. Some are free
and others charge a percentage of the sales price or a posting fee.

Below I have listed four websites to explore:

Everything But The House
Facebook Marketplace

Here is a list of apps that can also add to your arsenal:


A great feature of these sights is that you can easily take a picture of
the items with your smartphone, press a few buttons and you are done.
Depending on what you are selling you will be amazed how quickly you get offers.

That’s right, you post a sales price of the item but expect some
negotiating. It is all part of the game.

Yard Sales help you declutter

declutter your stuff with a yard sale

You could take on the challenge and put up a few tables, buy a few Yard Sale
signs and sell your stuff in your own backyard or garage.


What about getting your entire community involved
for a community clean out and clear out? Good way to meet the neighbors too!

If you have a yard sale in Fort Lauderdale and have items that did not sell you and  just want to part company with them many cities in Broward County have a yard sale disposal program including Coconut Creek, Hollywood,
Lighthouse Point, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Park, Sea Ranch Lakes and Weston.

I suggest heading over to your local city website for further information.

Here is the bulk pickup schedule in Davie.

Taking it a bit further,

Rent a space in the Swap Shop and clear out.

rent a stall at the swap shop

The Swap Shop in Sunrise offers a daily rate. Twelve million people visit the
Swap Shop yearly. You have a good chance of selling your items with that amount of traffic and potential buyers.

Daily and weekly rates are available in this busy outdoor market. The Swap Shop opens early to allow you to set up and according to the Swap Shop website the fee is only $5 per day.

Specialty Stores are a good way to remove clutter from your space.

There are several specialty stores that will also purchase your unwanted items such as coins, jewelry, stamps and other collections.

If you are selling your jewelry consider speaking with the following:

Morningstar’s in Hollywood
Peoples Pawn and Jewelry  in Davie
Goldfellow is located Pines Pembroke Pines

Both Kay Jewelers and Zales will allow you to trade in your diamonds. They promote trading up but this is object of this exercise remember…

Less is MORE.

Several companies in the Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas will buy coins.

One such company is located in Lauderdale by the Sea, Commercial Rare Coins
and Precious Metals. There is the Fort Lauderdale Coin Club in Plantation also.
A simple google search will produce more offerings. If you can get a recommendation all the better, if not at least look for a google review.

Tropical Stamps and Coins in Fort Lauderdale is another choice for selling
stamp collections.

Another way to clear out is to look at your local Fort Lauderdale Consignment Shop. These stores come in all shapes and sizes. The concept here is you allow
a third party, the consignment shop to sell your goods. When the item is sold  they take a percentage of the sale.

There are consignment shops in Fort Lauderdale that will sell your clothing,
furniture [ some specialize in children’s furniture ], vintage items and decor
items. These all will help you on your way to becoming a minimalist in Fort Lauderdale.

Other companies that will buy your stuff include:

plus 1
vestiaire collective

Trade In Programs help you simplify

Trade in programs for techy/mobile phones are listed below. These are NOT to be confused with buying more stuff.

GameStop Store

And Best Buy -To find out what store accepts trade ins in Fort Lauderdale fill in this form

Auction Houses are another choice.

[Antiques… You never know the value of what you own ]

Sample Auctions in Hollywood


donate items to the salvation army

American Red Cross
Salvation Army. There are three local stores in Pembroke Pines Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale.
Habitat for Humanity ReStores  are located on Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale
Women in Distress in Lighthouse Point and this charity has a store located in Margate.

I recently had dealings with Hope South Florida a local organization that supports our Veterans in the Fort Lauderdale area. Well worth contacting [ imho ]

Reuse-Recycling Centers

Waste Management
Recycle Nation
Computer Recycling In Lauderhill 
Etronic Ewaste Hollywood
Auto Fort Lauderdale , for car parts.

Bulk Pick Up

Many cities in the Fort Lauderdale area offer scheduled bulk pick up. 

Donate to your local Fort Lauderdale Houses of Worship.

I hope you find my list of use. As you declutter you will free not only your
physical space but your mind. I know that is a bold
statement but it works. Do not trust me
but see for yourself.

And as you get rid of unwanted items you will feel
freer, cleaner, less stressed. You will create an
environment where you can literally see the trees through
the forest.

The recommendations above are simply my ideas and thoughts. I hope
the content will help you start your less is MORE minimalism journey. A minimalist lifestyle really is worth looking into 🙂 Carolyn Chebaro less is MORE

working 24/7 is just wrong

Recently I was approached by a business owner
to do some work for them, marketing stuff which I really


As you can imagine, my process in marketing and in fact
the operation of a business is less is MORE.

I have helped many business owners with their
Online marketing.


I see one common thread.

Far too many of them try to accomplish more and
consequently do very little effectively.

These entrepreneurs believe [ in my opinion incorrectly ]
they must be active on every social media platform. Wrong.

Many entrepreneurs are under the wrong illusion
that success means working 24/7. Wrong again.

Somehow these business owners have bought into
the idea that they must work every hour that God gives them.
If it means working to two in the morning, they simply sip
gallons of strong coffee to keep going.

Now I am all for hard work. However it must be as focused
as possible. Somehow in the west we have fallen into
a trap where we live to work and not work to live.

This is just wrong.

back to front | de-clutter tip

It is my wish that as the weeks roll by
and you read my thoughts on a
less is MORE lifestyle, a minimalist lifestyle you will be
inspired to take action, even a small step.



I have one tip to start you on your
way to declutter your closet not only in Davie, Miami or Fort Lauderdale, Florida but in your spot on the planet.


Let’s talk ce-cluttering the clothing in your closet

If you are

Not sure which item[s] to donate or
give away?

Here is a tip on determining if you are
getting use out of your clothes.

decluttering in fort lauderdale,tips, less is more carolyn chebaro

Turn the hangers back to front.
Wait one month
Any article of clothing that still has its hanger in the back to front position
You have not used.
You haven’t worn this skirt, pair of trousers,top or dress in a month.

That item has no purpose, no value. Maybe you do not
feel good in that dress, or top? Doesnot matter.
This article of clothing is taking up space.

Donate it, sell it, pass it on.






I would love to know if you follow this tip.

Minimalism and a dog’s life in Davie, Florida

a dogs life in Davie Florida Less is MOREThis morning I was sitting in the doggie
park watching Miss Evie greet her day in Davie, Florida.

Sniff, sniff here,
Toilet action there.

And other things.

Like looking at the clouds above,
Watching the birds fly,
Have a good smell of the air around,
Running after a squirrel that tormented her,
Lounging on the green carpet under her round [ and cute ] belly.

Not a care in the world. Miss Evie lives a minimalist life!

And it occurred to me…

Just maybe we should all live a dog’s life.

Let me explain.

Miss Evie takes life easy.
She does not want for anything [ really ].
She is satisfied with what she has, she does not need “stuff”
….and ole shoe is sufficient.
It appears that she is happy.
She does not have to prove her value to me or any other four legged creatures.

Miss Evie is her own ” woman” so to speak :).

She stops often to smell the roses.

So maybe,
Just maybe, if you were able to speak directly to her..

I reckon she would say

Stop, roll in the grass, stick out your tongue, don’t take life so seriously and

Less is MORE you Humans, less is MORE.

try this, doing nothing in Fort Lauderdale

carolyn chebaro less is more

It’s a strange thing doing nothing. I mean, have you ever
really tried to sit and relax.

When I say the art of doing nothing, I mean nothing.

Just sitting,
Just being quiet.

No music playing in the background,
No podcast on your smartphone,
No television rambling on in the next room.


Try it.

It’s not easy right?

I have found this exercise to be very
rewarding however it has taken me many
many years to master. In all honesty I still
have to concentrate on doing nothing. Oxymoron.


I know some of my greatest ideas and inspirations
have popped into my world when I switch off. They
appear almost out of the blue, like the phone call
from a friend you have not heard from in a while.

And in those quiet moments I have also learned…

That all in my world will be taken care of,
I have no need to worry,
what I need will come to me.

I just have to have patience and wait.

And do nothing, doing less but in the end
getting so much MORE.

human contact

human contact less is more

I was sitting on my balcony this past week having
My coffee and nibbling at an orange. I do this most
Mornings [ yes, I admit, I am very lucky ]

During this time, I watched two young men
greet each other.

Their meeting caught me to by surprise.
The two did not shake hands but hand punched each
Other. [ Gosh I hope I got that right, the hand punching thing.
You know where people acknowledge someone by putting their
Knuckles to knuckles .

I have seen this before but never really contemplated this

Interesting how gestures have changed over the year and yet
remain the same.

In my world a firm handshake is appropriate. If I am familiar
With the other party this turns into a hug.

This knuckle to knuckle communication made me
realize that the more things change, the more
they remain the same.

Human contact, in whatever form is very

Sure it is great to host a business meeting online.
using say, zoom or one of the other online meeting
programs.This form of communication saves time, money and energy.

But that human contact, that knuckle to knuckle is
so important. It lifts me up, makes me feel part of the whole.

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