There have been numerous times in my life where I have created ‘unique’ storage ideas to hide or house ‘stuff’. Barnboyfurniture.com has been amazing when it comes to humoring me with my creations.

That said, I was given this link by a friend and neighbor on facebook- (Bo Kelleher at Kaltura). I had to pass it on!

Check out:
http://www.stashvault.com/storage-drawers-concealed-under-stairs/

I absolutely LOVE this idea! Each drawer is large enough to store useful things. It can replace your kitchen ‘junk drawer’, it can store all of that ‘stuff’ that goes upstairs, it is useful for flashlights or emergency equipment, AND, if looks great!

Thanks Bo for passing this along!

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When we think of ‘clutter’ in our lives, we often think of the ‘stuff’. That is, the material ‘stuff’. The things we buy or collect.  Let me suggest that people in our lives can be ‘clutter’ as well.

Especially the ones who are toxic.

Toxic people are those that walk around in a cloud of black.  They carry around heaviness. You finish talking with them, and you feel exhausted. They may be negative, pessimistic, critical, and dishonest, love drama, or tell you about how much they have to do. Regardless, you know who they are.

I had the distinct honor of meeting Don Miguel Ruiz the other day.  He is the author of ‘The Four Agreements’, and a beautiful, insightful and humble man who carries great messages. He said something that was obvious, (and a bit humorous), but very difficult to grasp for some reason.

When talking to his children about what to do about toxic people, he reminds them “YOU CAN WALK AWAY”.

Wow! What a concept. It’s really that simple.  Why stick around?  Why expose yourself to that?  What’s the point?

Now, let’s take it a step further as Don did.

When you are spinning around, taking on too much (and telling everyone about it), texting and tweeting and facebooking and emailing, happily engaging is the madness around you, maybe not being authentic or honest or living the life you were meant to- then YOU ARE THAT TOXIC PERSON.

And as Don Miguel Ruiz simply put it- “You can’t walk away from you”.

 

For more information on Don Miguel Ruiz, please visit his website at:

http://www.miguelruiz.com/index.php

 

 

 

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My experience had lead me to believe that most of our clutter begins in our ‘head-space’.  Our outside immediate environment is simply a reflection of where we are at.

If we have taken on too many commitments, are too busy, are texting, tweeting, facebooking, emailing, calling, holding onto resentments, fears, judgments, practicing negative thoughts towards self or others- basically, if we invite a lot of chaos into our lives- then it is quite probable that our head is a cluttered mess, as well as our environment.

To begin, there are really only two basic rules we need to keep in mind.  If you remember these, AND incorporate these into your lives every MINUTE, then both your internal and your external environments will be a lot less cluttered.

1. Stay on only ONE task at a time.  Focus ONLY on that particular task.  No other thoughts need enter your mind while you are doing the task at hand. I call this “MONO-TASKING”

2. Invite only positive, healthy and loving things into your life.

 

 

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