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How to Celebrate National Simplify Your Life Week in August

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Almost everyone should simplify their life a bit, but it usually seems much too complicated to take on the challenge. The first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week Now is your
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chance to make some leeway on all the things that have been weighing down and complicating your life. There's a lot of stress in NYC, so it's time to get rid of some of it by letting go of anything unwanted and unnecessary.

Clean out and donate

Look around and chances are there are at least a few things within eyesight that you no longer want or need. Walk around your home with three large bags one for garbage, one for donations, one for recycling and get rid of everything that's just taking up space. The Salvation Army and Goodwill are just two of the organizations in NYC that will take your unwanted items. Check the websites for the type of donations they accept.

Organize your home

When you've cleaned out what you don't want, you now have the space to get everything else in order. Make a list of what you want to organize and how, then head over to The Container Store for some items that can turn your home from messy chaos to an orderly oasis. Once it's neat and tidy, keep in mind how much work you put into getting it that way and you're likely not to get it messy again.

Hire a professional organizer

If you don't have the time and energy to organize your home by yourself, call in a professional organizer. There's quite a few of them in NYC, but two options to consider are Genius Organizing and OrganizeNY. They help clients organize everything and provide tips on how to keep it that way. Many professional organizers don't just get the home in order, they also help with other tasks that are tedious and need to get done, such as writing out holiday cards, setting up travel plans and waiting for a car to get serviced.

Delete people from your life

Go through the list of people you know and get rid of people who are just taking up space and cluttering your life. Too often we keep people around long past the time we should. Start by taking these people out of your phone and off your social networking sites. You may feel guilty at first, but you'll feel better in the future when you realize you no longer have to deal with their toxicity.

Eliminate unnecessary costs


Take all the bills you have to pay every month, along with any others you owe, and either pay off some of the bills or make changes to try to pay less. Call up any company that charges you interest, such as your credit cards, and ask if you can renegotiate the percentage of interest you pay. It's a huge relief when you take better charge of your finances even better when you pay things off. If you don't already have a savings account, open one up and choose an automatic savings plan so it's easier to save money. Even if you save a few dollars a week, it's better than nothing.

If there was ever an opportunity to get your life in better order, National Simplify Your Life Week would be it. You'll feel much better even after getting one thing in order and it will snowball into doing more. With the hectic nature of NYC, who wouldn't want to get rid of unnecessary stress?

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When: August 1 - August 7
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