Quix Tip: Free Your Stuff

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“A man there was,
though some did count him mad,
The more he cast away,
the more he had.”

- John Bunyan

If you or someone you know is having a hard time getting rid of things, here are three steps to take:

  • Fill just one box with things you haven’t used in a year.
  • Imagine someone out there in the world happily putting to good use the objects that are dust collectors in your closet.
  • Drop them off at Goodwill or Salvation Army (during business hours!)

The next step is to keep at it, simplifying and organizing. As Katharine Fullerton Gerould said, “Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life.” So it’s a dance you dance throughout your life. For example, think of the paperwork out there – remember when computers arrived and we thought we were in the dawn of a paperless society? Paper consumption has gone up – it’s perhaps a little too easy to hit the ‘Print’ button. Statistics have shown that 80% of all papers filed are never looked at again and 50% of all filed material going to storage has no retention value.

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