this is not minimalism

this is NOT less is MORE.

this is just silly and has nothing
to do what I stand for.
my less is more lifestyle is realizing
that you can have a perfectly
exceptional life with less “stuff”.

less “stuff” means not only less physical items
and less “stuff’ that has no place in
your head.

and I have found out that less things
floating around in my head allows me
to grow, lead a peaceful life and bring
joy to those around me.

this is a less is more life.

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#lessismore….always folks.

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
that reply button and fill me in.

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less is more,my friendml
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

cash vs credit | the experiment

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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 🙂

the art of the de-clutter

 

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Imagine your closet neat, tidy, and organized; knowing
where everything is so you that can put your hand on that
blouse or that kitchen utensil quickly. Imagine your home having
a place for everything and everything is in its place.

Cool right.

Just think of the time [ and energy ] you would save?

No more overwhelm!

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You would feel in control. If you are looking for more time
in your day, this is a sure fire way to get it.

But how do you begin? But where to you
[ get rid of ] your stuff?

Here is help, 31 Ways To Pass It Forward [ and get rid of your “stuff”]

Well

There are many ways to clear out, sort through and de-clutter
“your stuff”. With this all in mind, I have put together a quick
cheat sheet with the method I use and a list of 31 places
where you can “Pass On Your Stuff” [ get rid of ].

And

The process all starts with one step.

A decision to do it.

Then

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Start slow. Don’t overdo it.

It’s very similar to starting a diet or exercise
routine. If you push yourself too hard in the beginning you
might not continue.

The “art of the de-clutter’ takes time.

I suggest setting 30 minutes aside on your first
day. Methodically go through your belongings.

When did I use or wear this last?
Does it fit? I hate to say it but… is it age appropriate?
Do I make use of this item? Hey, that rice maker in the drawer, really?
Will you ever really use this item or that?
Do I have duplicates or triplicates of this dress, pot, widget?

Work with the end in mind. Think of the clarity coming
Your way. The freedom in terms of physically and oh,
Dare I say, the mental stuff.

You can do this! I know you can…

Here is the list again in case you missed it.

 

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.

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