The Power of Editing

…. or, how less is really more.

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Recently we got new carpeting upstairs at our house. When you get new carpet, you have to pack up and move out. In moving back into my office/ sewing room/ spare bedroom, it was time to reassess.

I had long been frustrated with the functioning of the room. I work in there – all household paperwork and bills; all House to Home computer work and paperwork gets done there. I sew in there – for years I’ve been making quilted artwork. And, it’s a spare bedroom.  The futon bed in there took up lots of room that I realized I wanted for sewing and working on other stuff.

So I decided to get rid of it. It felt radical to me. Like, can I really decide we will not have a spare bed so that I can more easily do what I really want to do in this room which is de facto my office?

Giving myself permission to ditch the bed (I gave it away on Craigslist) was so liberating. My creativity has taken off since I made more room for myself in there. There is room to spread out and I have space for cutting on a separate table from where the sewing machine is, the desk is in a more pleasing position, and the room has an overall lighter feel. It works for me. It fills me with happiness whenever I come into it.

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So, don’t be afraid to get rid of what’s not working for you. Do you use it? Do you love it? If the answer to both of these questions is no, then – let it go. See what kind of space opens up for you when you do.

Recycling Stuff You Didn’t Think You Could

Who knew? Best Buy takes all kinds of things for recycling. The kiosks at the front of the store include drop-off containers for:

plastic bags

CDs, DVDs, cases           images

used gift cards

wires, cords, cables

remotes and controllers

ink and toner cartridges

rechargeable batteries

But in addition, they take a ton of other stuff. Computers, printers, game controllers, TVs up to certain sizes, cell phones, and more. A complete list is here, and at the bottom you can choose your state to see any restrictions that apply.