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Blog: Designing Your Life From The Inside Out
Donation Inspiration

Designing your life from the inside out means first making some space for that to happen.

When I was in high school, my father, during our annual spring cleaning rituals, would manage the purging process from the sidelines of my closet, chanting his favorite mantra . . . "when in doubt, throw it out." He would offer commentary on the contents of my closet . . .

"Those went out in the '60s." "Dad, they came back."

Despite a few discrepancies in taste, my father managed to instill in me what was later to evolve into my philosophy on "stuff." If you are in doubt about whether to keep something, then its benefit in your life is probably not worth the cost to keep it. Think about it . . . the more stuff you have, the more you have to organize, clean, fix, mend, fold, dust, move, store, repair, find, rearrange, and worry about. In other words, all the stuff that you have requires energy output from you in order to maintain it. And it follows, more stuff, more energy required. Less stuff means more of some of our most cherished commodities - time, space, peace of mind. The stuff you keep in your home should be used, loved and have positive associations. Anything else is dead weight. So when in doubt, throw it out . . . that is, if it's no longer of use to anyone. My Dad was going for the rhyme but really we donated our "throw outs" to various charities.

For unrivaled donation inspiration, check out Blueprint Magazine's "100 Reasons to Get Rid of It"

posted on: 11/4/2007 12:00:00 PM by Stacey Platt
category: The Mental Side

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Designing Your Life From The Inside Out

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With an M.B.A. from NYU's Stern School of Business as well as a 12-year daily yoga practice and 6 trips to India, Stacey brings a unique mix of attributes to her profession. As an organization consultant, Stacey is dedicated to helping clients with all aspects of home and office organizing including compassionate clutter reduction and painless paper management. As a coach, Stacey partners with clients to produce positive results, both personally and professionally, in order to create purposeful, fulfilling and extraordinary lives.

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