easing into your day

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I have a box next to my bed where I keep ideas for these
posts. I am probably like you, my greatest ideas [ so I think ]
come just as I am about to fall asleep.

You too?

I guess this is because our minds and bodies are relaxing, switching
off so to speak.

A few weeks back I wrote an article about breaking your routine
and sometimes that is a good thing, sort of an adventure. But today
I want to talk about the positive aspects of a routine.

And

Easing into your day.

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I learned something recently. I have a holiday guest staying
with me for a while.

Each morning he wakes up and switches on the tablet and looks
at the news, he might turn on the radio or television AND this
is so unlike anything I do.

I ease into my day [ routine or no routine ] and I cannot
imagine starting my day any other way.

I walk Miss Evie, cause a girl has got to go after such a long
sleep.

I then do some quite meditating. A dear friend just gave me a
great app called Calm. Google it, it is great.

I then do some reading and writing [ in today’s environment it is
called journaling – but at the end of the day it is writing ] I write
my thoughts, my ideas and the people, events and things
that have brought me joy.

I ease into my day.

No loud music
No loud noise from the television.
Quiet

Now I know this is not possible for everyone. I get it>>>
But

I encourage you to ease into your day the best you can, it is so
rewarding, it is so calming and peaceful.

So

Try it and let me know in our Facebook group or hit
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less is more,my friendml
less is more.

a balanced life

Balance.

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.

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The old me would have jumped onto computer and started to
“work”.

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.

Balance.

Between
Family
Fun
Business
Exercise
Eating
Faith… and I could go on…

Do you life a balanced life?

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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
dehydrating.

And

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

So

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.

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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”.

And

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? “

And

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
life?.
I would recommend that you ask yourself is there a purpose to this monthly expense?

Or

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?

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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
step.

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.

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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
to

Sell
Donate
or
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
Ebay
Craigslist
Facebook Marketplace

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

Letgo
Recycler
Offerup
Oodle
Close5

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.

Or

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:

Apple
Gazelle
Gizmogul
Decluttr
swappa
depop
plus 1
therealreal
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.

Amazon
Walmart
GameStop Store
Apple

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 ]

Christies
Sotheby’s
Sample Auctions in Hollywood

Charities

donate items to the salvation army

Goodwill
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.

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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
love.

And

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

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I have helped many business owners with their
Online marketing.

And

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.

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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.

And

Today

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.

So

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
Review
Any article of clothing that still has its hanger in the back to front position
You have not used.
Toss
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.

Easy

Peesy

Next.

And

BTW

I would love to know if you follow this tip.

Theme Days | un-work

carolyn chebaro less is more

Recently I have learned something new, something I am adding
to my arsenal of less is MORE.

And

That is …

incorporating “Theme Days” into my life. Before I continue,
I must credit my friend Marianne Rutz. She implements this
strategy into her business. I have seen it in action. It works.

I like it and know, it can work in other areas of your life.

In a nutshell here is what a “Theme Day” is all about. As the name
suggests each day has a theme. So…

There are Work Theme Days, Play Theme Days, Household Chore
Theme Days…You get my drift.

I have decided to have a“Theme Day” for quiet reflection. A day of
Switching off. An un-work day.

My Quiet Reflection Theme Days will be:

A scheduled day where I tune in to me. I will do what I want, go
where I want , I will sleep, I will read, I will exercise [ or not ]
and I will STOP.

And

The key is, I have decided to have one THEME day in the middle of
the week, each and every month.

So here is how it will pan out>>>

[ The “Practical Aspect ]

I will schedule my Theme Day into my calendar each month…ie the day will be blocked off as busy.

And

So, if something business oriented comes along  I can legitimately
say I am “Out Of The Office” that day. No guilt, just a fact.

Done.

The evening before I will allow ONE extra hour to catch up and prepare for my Theme Day. It’s funny, how the day before a longer vacation/holiday we always, somehow and in some way get the necessary work accomplished.The same strategy
applies here.

I will set up Out of Office messages On my email and on my telephone.

[ The “Mindset Aspect ]

This might be more difficult to achieve but it WILL be achievable, after all as Norman Vincent Peale says “ What the mind believes it can achieve” [ or something like that]

I will go into relax mode and I reckon for each of us this will be different. It might be a meal at your favorite restaurant, a glass of wine on the balcony, a long bath , hike with a pet…It could be starting a new book… having a massage or facial [ YES ] …etc.

Whatever it takes to switch off I am in…

And I imagine, once I have completed several of these
Theme Days I will realize their value and purpose. [ Time will tell ]

In today’s mad world of working 24/7 I think this so important. After all,
many religions have a day of quiet reflection, so I am bringing
this into my less is MORE lifestyle.

My “gut” tells me this is the way to go forward…and you know how I feel
about following your gut. I am very excited to un-work

and just stop. Who knows what I will uncover.

I will let you know it goes…

BTW

Here is the link to Marianne’s website. If you are a business owner
Wanting to grow your business Marianne is a someone
you must speak with.

cash vs credit | the experiment

carolyn chebaro less is more

Recently I have been shopping with…wait for it….

Cash

I know, hard to believe but I have been conducting an
Experiment.

I wanted to see how I would feel carrying around cash
again.
And the feeling I would get spending it.

Vs

Shopping with a debit/credit card.

A few observations:

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the feeling of cold hard cash
In my hand. It somehow made me feel powerful, sorta
In charge.

The rattle of coins in my hand well, to me there
Is nothing like it! Reminisce back to childhood days I guess.

When I purchased with cash I felt like I was buying with
A purpose. Now I know that must sound, well
Bizarre but I had the feeling of , “I worked for this, I have
A sense of pride”.

And when I spent cash I felt like I was more
In a circulating mode, passing around the good
That money brings.
I felt like I am giving back to the universe [ if you know
What I mean]

Shopping with a debit card was different.

I felt more rushed. More… get this done…. Gotta
Go….next.

I felt like I was on autopilot.

~Place debit card in
~Put in my security code
~Want cash back?
~Thanks and Have a Nice Day

The debit/credit card had no “value” to me. It was
just a shiny piece of Hard plastic. Dangerous.

Do you shop with cash or a card? Does any of the
Above ring true to you? I would really love to know.

Put your comments below 🙂

de-cluttering | the other kind as a caregiver

There are many forms of “clearing out”. Decluttering is one way:
getting rid of items that no longer have a purpose, no longer serve
you is another way. You need this clear out mindset in order to go
effectively go forward.

But

There is another form of clearing out and going forward. This
process is a bit more tricky.

This form of evolution comes after the role of caregiver is no longer yours.
And, dear reader I speak from experience.

This transition takes much longer and requires, in my opinion
courage and perseverance. For in an instant the life I knew was
changed, the years that followed, those precious caregiving years
took a toll on me. The role of caregiver was mine, and mine alone.

Stress.

When my greatest cheerleader was no longer on the physical plane I
was lost.

I did not realize this until recently.

And I can only think that it is the same for many in the same role.

It is not the “stuff” that needed to be cleared out, for me, that took
place years ago. I had to deal with the lack of purpose I felt.
Where did I now fit in? What was my new role?

And

My conclusion has been to take each day as it comes, step by
step. To set goals and go forward. I recently did this with a challenge
I gave myself in swimming. I still marvel on the feeling of
accomplishment that task gave me.

That fancy term, thrown about so often nowadays “ Self Care” really
comes into play.

Self-care comes in many forms. Sometimes it means taking a nice bath,
or a coffee in a quaint cafe. Other times,  for me it also has come to mean that quiet
reminder, that whisper in my hear ” I made a difference- look what I did”
Be proud, Stand tall”.

And

Finally, and in conclusion

Rely on friends, a good friend. For they often see things with a clearer eye. It is
as if they can see clearly because their windshield wipers are on, while your vision is clouded by the tears you still secretly cry.