storage spaces

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I recently watched a YouTube video about storage spaces. You know the buildings

Where you store your “stuff”. Items that you cannot house in your home or dare I say garage…

Articles you just simply cannot live without, so you tell yourself.

Items that years ago would have been considered trash.

So what is the point of a storage facility a.k.a  storage space.

I guess your “valuable junk” could have been put into some landfill causing havoc>>>

So on a positive note your “valuable items” are now  quietly hidden from view in the modern day form of a large garbage bin [ which btw you are paying $$$ for ].

Earlier today I decided to have look at the number of storage units in my local town of 101,871 residents. Believe it or not, and yes believe it there are 11 storage facilities in my local neck of the woods [ just west of Fort Lauderdale, Florida ]

So tell me>>>

Why spend the money for the storage space?

Think of the time and energy going back and forth to fill the unit?

Is it the “out of sight, out of mind” theory in practice here? Could be.

Me thinks, that a storage facility still takes space up in your mind too.

Thoughts?

less is MORE…. always.

shopping malls

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Okay

If it seems like I am always nagging

or harping on something.

Like an old woman or a spouse.

Honestly.

I am not.

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These posts are simply my opinion.

Opinion you ask? What does she [ Carolyn ] have to say now?

Glad you asked.

I don’t get the obsession woman, and probably men have with shopping malls and shopping in general as a pass time.

It appears to me that shopping is a hobby to too many people.

How sad.

Why in the world would you want to spend a sunny afternoon in a closed off building- with hundreds if not thousands people all spending money they probably don’t have, buying items they probably do not need.

Eating junk food from a food court that is so bad for your health.

Geezzz I am on a roll now…

What internal need does shopping fill?
What is missing?
Where have we, as a society, gone wrong?

Has the world gone mad?

What happened to the time when on a weekend you would spend this time with family? Or play a sport in the fresh air, have and meal and conversations with friends, relax in a park, visit an elderly relative or neighbor, go to a play or movie, for goodness sake… read a book…. I could go on but you get my drift.

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I better calm down…. easy Carolyn, get a grip.

Well, at the end of the day, we all have the right to live our lives as as we see fit. I guess there is no wrong or right, BUT I ask you to ponder.

To stop.

To think.

Is spending time shopping worthy of your time? What is the real reason you spend time walking the halls of your local mall.

I am signing out now, I have had my rant.

You know my thoughts on this all

less is MORE… Always

P.S. If you have read this post, here is an article that well, rocks me to the core. 🙁

 

 

 

 

rainy day purchases :(

carolyn chebaro less is moreRecently I was in a friend’s kitchen. She was cleaning out her

cabinets. I noticed she had two large containers of restaurant sized

cinnamon sticks.

I reckon if you lay those logs of deliciousness end to end they would

reach into the middle of Atlantic Ocean.

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And

When I asked my friend “Why in the world would any one family [of two] need to purchase miles and miles of this spice”

[Okay I was a bit more tack full, just ]

The answer I received was  “ They were on sale and I never know when I might need them”.

The rainy day purchase concept in full bloom.

What!

Come on!

You must be joking!

Now I get it, trying to save a bit here and a bit there when an item is on sale. Buying items for that rainy day that is another story.

Let’s be reasonable.

When was the last time you purchased something for the “chance

In a million” time you might use that widget, paper dollie or spare car antenna?

Think long and hard.

Rainy day purchases, hogwash.

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They almost never happen.

Ever.

Less is MORE….always.

it may be a cliche…

carolyn chebaro lless is moreA place for everything and everything in its place .You have probably

heard this expression as a child growing up but man is it true.  

This mindset can be implement in both your personal and business life.

Here you are…

You see if I know where my possessions are I feel content. I feel

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In “order”.

And

In a weird sort of way, I feel like I am respectful of my belongings.

They all have a value to me. They have their own place.

And

This applies to both my personal life and my business. Shoes are

In one place, spare keys in another [ which as you know are a major

concern to me! ]

In business for example, Client files are in a cloud, accounts payable are all set up, marketing to my soulmate clients is place and ready to roll.

And on and on.

I love this concept because, well you can stay focused.

So your momma was right you know… a place for everything and everything

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In its place has real value in today’s world.

Really

 

#lessisMORE

The “old” way

carolyn chebaro less is moreRecently, Miss Evie and I, she is the one smiling in the picture, took a dander up to West Palm Beach.

[ You might of heard of West Palm Beach as a certain president has a home up there.]

I love the drive up to this eastern coast of Florida.There are some pretty cool views of the Atlantic Ocean. If I close my eyes I can see them in my mind’s eye now as I type. Life slows down driving up that two lane road for me.

Relaxation.

The journey is about 1 ½ hours.

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There is an elegant street in West Palm Beach called Worth Avenue. Every chic designer shop

Can be found lining the tree lined street there:, YSL,Tiffany, Brooks Brothers … the lot. Off the main thoroughfare are snazzy shops and eateries. The appearance and ambiance is very European and the whole atmosphere reeks of sophistication [ and money].

This part  of the Sunshine State is home to many billionaires. Sprinkled about them are those residents that come from “old” money , meaning their wealth was been passed down from generation to generation.

And

Here is I LOVE about Worth Avenue.

The“old” way the shops close at 5:30 pm and they are closed on Sunday.

Imagine.

Magical.

Do you remember when stores, clothing, grocery, hardware to name a few called it a day and closed up, went home in the late afternoon or early evening? We all spent time with the family at a dining room table together. Laughter, Stories. Fun.

Somehow as a consumer you were able to purchase all you needed, you planned your day. Enough was enough. The term “shop till you drop” was never in vogue.

For me, life seemed more rounded.

I know it might be difficult to recall, and for some of you that concept is completely alien but gosh, I miss those times.The days when consumerism and beating the Jones’ was not a national hobby and pastime.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not one to look back and say “ those good ole days” because,

Well I know life goes on and things change.[ I get it ]

But

This does not mean I, you, me, we have to participate in this type of lifestyle. I would like to think

We can all can create our own way of living.

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A time when you simply called it a day. Rest. Reflect. Await tomorrow to bring new adventures, experiences, expectations.

Less is MORE my friends.

Less is MORE.

 

Face smile movies

A few nights ago I was having a perusal [ as you do ] on YouTube.I stopped at a GQ interview with Hugh Grant.

The actor was chatting about all his various movies including, Four Weddings and A Funeral, Bridget Jones, Notting Hill and one of my all time favs, Love Actually. I have watched that scene where he dances by himself across the floors of 10 Downing Street zillions of times .

I love this guy and his movies.

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So

When the interview finished my heart was lighter, I had a smile on my face.

And

I got to thinking, those movies are happy movies, joy-filled movies, feel good movies. Less violence and sadness, MORE merry and jolly.

The world needs more of those movies, that type of entertainment.

Face smile movies.

What movies, actors do you enjoy, what movies warm your heart?  I would really love your suggestions in the comment box below.

Here is link to that interview I mentioned.

 

my God moment

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I recently decided to listen to podcasts in the car [ better the mind and all that stuff ].

Tootling down the road I had my eyes on the road and my ears listening to someone

Talk about ways to have a calm lifestyle.

I am all into this stuff.

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And

Did you know that one way to reduce stress is to stop and look at something green?

Who knew!

You are probably thinking, trees, grass, mountains and hill>>>right?

Fast forward.

I was stopped at a traffic light, first in line to take off when the lights changed [ and I usually put the pedal to the metal as soon as the lights change their color- bad habit I know ]

Zoom Zoom

And the lights turned green… GREEN. I did a double take, GREEN.

I looked at those traffic lights twice.

GREEN.

I hesitated to proceed forward.

GREEN.

And then to my right, out of the corner of my eye a red car ran the traffic light, four lanes of traffic to boot right past me.

So

Had I not been listening to that podcast about the color green>>>well I suspect I would not be putting together this blog post.

Grateful, so grateful for…

my God moment

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More storage needed

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And confession time [ again ] I play a game when I dander outside.

OR one might say I am nosy but I am intrigued by the of packages my neighbor receives. They are boxes of all shapes and sizes. In particular, my neighbor loves [ or perhaps lives for shopping for shoes ] Man …the number of shoes the woman buys is ridiculous.!!

I swear this past week I counted three pairs neatly left at her front door.

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Three.

I have not lowered myself to count the number of shoes she has purchased in a month but I am sure it is in the double digits.

Today when I went outside for a breath of fresh air I glanced over and saw this box. It was a storage unit for>>>> you got it>>>>shoes [ shown above ] If you were in the neighborhood you would have heard me laugh.

Yes indeedeee, a storage unit for the shoes that have been purchased.

But let’s get serious…

I can only think that something is missing. Now I am no psychologist, but looking from the “outside in” something is wrong. My neighbor is addicted to shopping, online, for shoes.  Serious.

Regardless

All this goes so against my less is MORE mindset. I mean, how many pairs of shoes can one human being wear at one time.  [ last time I recall, this to be ONE ]. I get it, perhaps you might need several colors and styles but come on.

If you have been following me you know how many pairs of shoes I own.

Three.

And I get this might be an extreme BUT this is all I have determined I need. Each of the pairs of shoes has a purpose. I feel happy with my three pairs of shoes. 

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This is my choice, I am not doing without.

Trust me…less is MORE always

 

 

 

TIP : email clear out

I recently picked up a tip from a friend.

We will call my friend, Joe, clears out his in box in his email account all the time. Actually he saw my email account and sort of said how can you deal with all those emails…what clutter?

So anti less is MORE right!

Like you, I just open the emails I want.. but never really delete, clear out the “box”. I guess you would never do this in your snail mail, I mean keep the junk mail in the physical biox,  so why would you do this online?

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So this weekend I started deleting all my emails, I now have “clean” boxes. It feels bloody marvelous!

Now

Of course BEFORE you do this make sure you put into folders or in the cloud those important emails. You might create a file in google drive or even save those emails in a file in your email account [ most if not all services offer this ] But I would really encourage you to clear out your online inbox.

And

Let us know if you do this.

I guess you can never stop learning.

And another wee tip from me:)

Less is MORE…. Always

#lessismore.

It is not about throwing stuff away.

Here is the thing.

Less is MORE is not about throwing or giving things away.

NOT at all.

All that happens when you do this is, typically, you buy more “stuff”. It is a vicious cycle. It is like the revolving door at Macy’s or any other big box store… around and around you go…

In the online world it is like HAVING to have an Amazon Prime account  [ or life is not worth living ]. Perhaps this is worse that the big box store.

Enter your credit card number

Press this button from the comfort of your home, office, car or at the beach.

Magic?

Buy Buy Buy

More More More

One of the premises of Less is MORE is about purchasing with intention. With purpose. Quality over quantity [ I will go over this in another post ]

This mindset is about discovering what is important to you. What items are worthy of your “space”.

I have found that once my external world is clearer so too is my internal world, my mind.

There is less clutter outside and therefore less clutter inside. My mind is able to think with intention, with purpose or not at all [ which is not a bad thing ].

Right?