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As we head into week two of our Stop the Madness theme, we want to discuss simplifying at home and in life. When you remove stuff physically and mentally, you allow room for new things to enter.  This is a great time to clean out your closets, cabinets, and garage and donate 20-25% of the “stuff” you’re not using to a needy cause. It’s also a great time to step away from any relationships that are toxic or no longer serve you! Clearing the clutter is a fantastic way to feel lighter, more focused, and less stressed.

Something to Think About
Why do we keep so many things that we don’t use? If you’re like most, you may be thinking of that “someday” use for things. If you like something you aren’t using, give it to someone who would appreciate it and use it. They will embrace it and think of you each time they use it.

Weekly Challenge
Clean out some of your “stuff,” including toxic relationships, and simplify.

Words of Wisdom
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. – Hans Hofmann

As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness, weakness. – Henry David Thoreau

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. – Leonardo da Vinci

The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed – it is a process of elimination. – Elbert Hubbard

Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life. -Katherine F. Gerould

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