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Living with less, but only the best

Living with less, but only the best
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The Minimalists Clothing Co. C-IN2 is famous for its sexy men's underwear. The product line includes low rise briefs, boxers, boxer briefs, trunks, thongs, jock straps, crew neck t-shirts, v-neck t-shirts, tank-tops, t-shirts, sleeveless t-shirts, long underwear, and socks. If you know that you're a “grower” or a “shower,” C-IN2 even makes a pouch size to accommodate different sizes and shapes of the male anatomy in the Personal Fit Factor collection. From fashion designer Gregory Sovell, the original creator of 2(x)ist, C-IN2 was born. Celebrity photographer Rick Day shot the most recent "Parole" advertising campaign in the heat of Miami for 2012. Look better getting undressed and “C” yourself in C-IN2.

5 Strategies for Decluttering a Small Space It is a lot harder to keep an apartment or small house organized and tidy — but it is critical that you do so. It only takes one pile of papers and one box to overwhelm a smaller space. What to do? We asked organizing and de-cluttering guru Nicole Anzia of Neatnik in Washington DC what her top five strategies are for harnessing chaos in smaller homes and apartments. The Top Five Strategies for Decluttering a Small Space: Embrace Storage Containers: People often think, "My apartment or home is so small, I can't fit a filing cabinet, bookshelves or a desk," but if you don't buy the appropriate storage products, things pile up quickly in a small space. Furniture As Storage: Is there an ottoman you could also use to store blankets? Think Vertical: In small homes it is very important to maximize all of the space. Get Rid of Things: Chances are you don't need most of the papers that you're keeping — shred them. (Image: Small Cool 2010: Whitney's Well-Organized Home)

Incredible Clutter Transformations In the beginning of January, Leo Babauta and I challenged you to dump 50% of your stuff. More than 2000 people signed up for the Clutterfat Challenge and made a commitment to clear the clutter. Here are 2 remarkable stories of real people donating, selling and trading in their clutter for a better life. Stevie Allen I recently participated in The Clutterfat Challenge, where I agreed to go through all of my “stuff” over a 30 day period and attempt to get rid of what wasn’t needed or wanted anymore. The goal was to dump 50% of my stuff. Pride goeth before the fall. I began this journey according to the directions, downloaded the three page worksheet, and walking into the bathroom to begin counting every object in there. To say I was angry, depressed, overwhelmed, and maybe even a bit furious during the two days it took me to count all the stuff in my house doesn’t quite describe the emotion I felt. The final statistics A breakdown of where my stuff was: Read more from Stevie at leftlemon.com.

» Finding yourself in spareness We often create an identity for ourselves using things. We have logos or slogans or cute catchphrases on our clothing, and it shows people who we are. We have tattoos or piercings, baseball caps, accessories, smartphones, designer bags, Manolo Blahnik shoes … and these express to others who we are. In our homes, what we have on our walls shows others who we are. What TV shows we watch, what books we read, what celebrities and blogs we follow. But what happens when you strip all this away? In spareness, we are confronted by a lack. When there is just you, and nothing else, you must look inside yourself. There is an empty room, and you. In spareness, you find enough.

operation organization: 7 Habits of Highly Organized People I would not say I was born naturally organized. I've more often identified myself as a more right-brained creative type. However, I've always enjoyed the pursuits and observed the positive effects of organization since childhood. I have found that maintaining a truly consistent organized lifestyle takes a lot of intentional effort, discipline, and practice to achieve. Beginning my own family has probably afforded me the greatest opportunity to observe a few of the biggest benefits of managing a simplified and organized home and life: To find things when I need them {quickly}.To feel as though I'm being a good steward with my time. As I've grown in my knowledge and understanding of organization through real life experience, and intentional education over the years, I've observed there are a few habits that have helped me maintain an organized lifestyle: 1. FREE your mind. 2. Clutter is magnetic. 3. Eliminate the idea of a "junk drawer" where random items are tossed. 4. 5. 6. 7.

List of Things to Dispose Of Cleaning out clutter can be a tough task, especially if you have been letting it build up for a while. Instead of setting aside a huge block of time to take care of months' or years' worth of clutter, take baby steps by throwing away only one type of item a day. And by throwing away, I mean recycling, selling, donating, or — as the last resort — trashing. Have we missed an item? How to Get Rid of Clutter In response to my raging spring fever, and in anticipation of our impending move in two months, I just finished a whirlwind cleaning of our apartment. People say I clean when I’m stressed. I say I clean not to go crazy. Eight bags of garbage and a carload of Goodwill donations later, and who cares if I’m crazy, our apartment is clean, right? Clutter Prevention The best way to stop clutter from building up is to clean as you go. Getting Rid of Clutter Start with a mass cleaning to get rid of your clutter.Chances are, if you’ve reached the point of looking for help getting rid of your clutter online, you need to do some serious cleaning. Use organizing “tools” to make getting rid of clutter easier. Share household chores and cleaning to get rid of clutter. Use a cleaning schedule to get rid of clutter. Commit to a system of keep/donate/recycle/and throw away to eliminate clutter. More Ways to Get Rid of Clutter Additional Clutter Removal

May Declutter Calendar: 15 Minute Daily Missions For Month Here's the May 2014 declutter calendar with a daily 15 minute decluttering and organizing mission for each day of the month. Remember, here are the ground rules: 1. Work for 15 minutes to declutter and do the mission listed, and if you need to work longer, and have the time, go for it. 2. 3. 4. 5. Plus, get some inspiration from the quote of the month, below. May Decluttering Missions: Day 1 - Declutter old and unused cleaning suppliesDay 2 - Declutter worn out cleaning toolsDay 3 - Declutter unused instrumentsDay 4 - Declutter excess vases and flower potsDay 5 - Read Organized Home Challenge #18: BathroomDay 6 - Declutter under bathroom sinkDay 7 - Declutter bath and shower area Get The May Declutter Calendar Printable Here's a printable version of the calendar of daily missions that you can use. Click Here To Get Your May Printable Calendar(opens into a new window, as a PDF) Do You Want Next Month's Calendar Too?

50 Things You Should Stop Buying & Start Making As a society, we have become over-reliant on “ready made” products. We have lost the ability to make things from scratch. Rather than blend up some peanuts to make delicious, tasty and fresh peanut butter, we’ll spend many dollars on a jar from the store that contains artificial preservatives, unnecessary packaging and that simply lines the pockets of huge, unethical multinational corporations. Aside from foods, you can also make your own personal care products, beauty and make up products, cleaning products and home accessories that taste, work or look better than store bought, without the harmful chemicals and toxins and free from excessive, earth damaging packaging. Foods Homemade Ketchup – This ketchup won’t brake the bank, tastes better than the real deal and contains no added sugar – so it’s nutritionally good for the whole family. Peanut Butter – It is so simple to make this pantry staple it would be silly to buy it. Want to learn more about making your own foods? Next Page >>>

The Inspired Room - Voted Readers' Favorite Top Decorating Blog Better Homes and Gardens, Decorating Ideas, How to Organize, How to Decorate, DIY Decorating, DIY Decor, Home Blog How to Downsize and Get Rid of Clutter We’re downsizing, in a big way. Going from a sprawling suburban apartment (okay, it’s 820 square feet) to cramped (but charming) place in the city means we’ve had to downsize. In order for our new space to not look cluttered, we need less furniture and less stuff. So we got rid of about half of it. Here’s how we did it: 1. I made strict guidelines and went through my closet at warp speed. Items that were in style and in good shape, I sold at a consignment store. 2. My boyfriend (N) and I sat in our living room one day and made a list of all the furniture that is not coming with us. Is it structurally sound? All furniture that isn’t coming is going on Craigslist, to Goodwill, or in the trash. 3. The desk drawer was full of stuff but and had not been opened in a year. We had to be ruthless. 4. Does anyone else have an absurd amount of tupperware? No duplicates of anything. 5. N announced recently that our DVD player isn’t coming with us. 6. Is it super super old? 7.

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