5 Ways To Simplify Your Life

By Danielle Braff
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Marcia Ramsland, a San Diego-based organizing coach suggests simplifying the things around your home to clear your head. She says that when you do this, “Your mind stays focused, and you get a lot more done in a shorter amount of time”

Chicago Tribune

Chances are, your life is messy.

One out of 10 Americans rent a storage unit, according to the Self Storage Association, and 25 percent of people with two-car garages don’t even have room to park inside them.

You don’t have to go to extremes a la Marie Kondo and her “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” There are ways to simplify your home and your mind without getting rid of everything that doesn’t provide extreme joy.

“When you simplify and just have the things around you that you like and need, you can stay focused,” said Marcia Ramsland, a San Diego-based organizing coach for business and for life. “Your mind stays focused, and you get a lot more done in a shorter amount of time.”

We found products that appear to be created to simplify your life.

Canon image FORMULA P-215II Mobile Document Scanner $299.99 at staples.com
Get rid of all the paper in your home. “I use my scanner to digitize articles, cards, letters, bills, statements, instructions, pamphlets and more, anything for which I need the information but not the original copy,” said Francine Jay, author of “The Joy of Less.” “It’s wonderful to eliminate piles of paperwork from my desk and have all the information at my fingertips, or on my laptop or in the cloud, so I can access it instantly and anywhere.”

Memo Chalk Jar Starts at $10 at joannehudson.com
No longer will you have to do a sniff test in your fridge or pantry. It’s time to toss all your storage jars and streamline them into one system: this one. They are dishwasher and microwave-safe, and you can label each one, wipe it clean and then write on it again when you have new food inside.

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