Look at the Big Picture

Time for a new perspective. Time to look at the big picture. The Big Picture photo blog that is. Inspired by MSNBC.com’s Picture Stories galleries and Brian Storm’s MediaStorm, The Big Picture showcases high-quality images that are simply amazing. Photo collections I’ve enjoyed: Human landscapes from above, Typhoon Morakot, The longest solar eclipse of the century. You can see interesting, beautiful, and inspiring images, without leaving your home or buying anything (other than Internet access). The Internet Rocks!

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I’ve been a busy little worker bee this week, writing all kinds of procedures and bulleted lists for my writing gig.

  • I’ve had my nose to the grindstone
  • I’ve worked my socks off
  • I’ve worked my fingers to the bone

All this work and no play has definitely made me a dull girl. Time for a new perspective.

Time to look at the big picture. The Big Picture photo blog that is.

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Inspired by MSNBC.com’s Picture Stories galleries and Brian Storm’s MediaStorm, The Big Picture showcases high-quality images that are simply amazing.

Photo collections I’ve enjoyed:

You can see interesting, beautiful, and inspiring images, without leaving your home or buying anything (other than Internet access).

The Internet rocks!

What do you love about the Internet?

Start small; Declutter a drawer

Decluttering your home can be overwhelming if you look at the BIG picture. So don’t look at the big picture. Instead, start small. Focus your effort on a single drawer. Step 1: Target a drawer. Pick a drawer any drawer. Step 2: Take everything out. Step 3: Clean the drawer. Step 4: Purge. Step 5: Group alike items. Step 6: Put things in the drawer. “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris

Decluttering your home can be overwhelming if you look at the BIG picture. So don’t look at the big picture. Instead, start small. Focus your effort on a single drawer.

1.  Target a drawer

Pick a drawer any drawer. This drawer looks like a good candidate.

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Bathroom drawer (the before picture)

I call this drawer my cosmetic junk yard (yes, I’m sheepishly taking ownership of this mess).

2.  Take everything out

This step is critical. Everything must go.

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Keep removing stuff

Don’t be tempted to stop short. Remove everything from the drawer.

3.  Clean the drawer

<imagine my empty drawer – I forgot to take a picture>

Now that everything is out, clean the drawer. You’re starting over. Imagine that you’ve just moved into your home. 

4.  Purge

  • Remove things that should be somewhere else 
  • Throw away expired items and junk
  • Make a pile of useful things you don’t use: the give-away pile

5.  Group alike items

Next organize things into groups, rather like organizing Halloween candy after trick or treating. For example, I made a pile of my teeth products, my lotion products, my deodorants, and my travel sized stuff.

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Misc freebies from my dentist

6.   Put things in the drawer

But first, shut your eyes and imagine your drawer. How do you want your drawer to look? What do you need in your drawer? Once you know what you need and how you want it to look, open your eyes and make it happen.

When I shut my eyes, I imagined my bathroom drawer with the things I use daily. No duplicates or backup products.

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My new drawer

Ah, much better. Everything I need is readily available. 

Peace and order now reign where there was previously chaos. I open my bathroom drawer and smile.

“Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris

10 minute decluttering

I love this idea from Non Consumer Girl… “Every Monday, I get together things that my family and I no longer need or want. I call this Declutter Mondays”. You don’t need to make decluttering a huge project. Just take 10 or 15 minutes and purge. Give it a try! You don’t need to make decluttering a huge project.

I love this idea from Non Consumer Girl – “Every Monday, I get together things that my family and I no longer need or want. I call this Declutter Mondays.” Since the beginning of the year, Non Consumer Girl (great name!) has been decluttering and selling things on eBay. In two months time she’s sold $1,400 of stuff. I feel inspired.

So here I go. Time to wander through my home looking for items that can go. Things that are not beautiful or useful (as in actively being used) are fair game. Here’s what I came up with in 10 minutes.

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Not bad. Media and books are an easy target. Clothing is easy to purge. If you can’t remember the last time you wore something, move it along to someone else. In 10 minutes time I have a small bundle of things. Could I do this everyday? Sure. Or one day a week. It’s quick, easy and helps me reach my goal of having a peaceful, clutter-free home.

Give it a try! Decluttering doesn’t have to be a huge all day project. Instead, break your grand decluttering plans in to 10 or 15 minute chunks. Do a little bit at a time and you’ll make a difference in the amount of stuff floating around your home.

Enlist your children in this project. Ask them to bring you three things they no longer want or use. Bit by bit you can create a clutter-free home, one step at a time.

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