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Let Go, Get More. (Giveaway and Video)

Submitted by on July 7, 2011 – 6:44 am17 Comments


Don’t you wish you knew then what you know now?

From where I sit these days, I see that having less, wanting less makes big room for the good stuff. The uncomplicated and easy stuff. La vida buena, gente!

So, I have been cleaning out the completely cluttered in-box, chucking stuff from the attic, donating craft supplies we don’t use and pants that don’t fit. I have been bulk cooking, making ice cream instead of buying it, and eating the vegetables we’re growing in our own garden. I’m even spending less time online. Wepa to me!

Growing up really does mean knowing when it is time to reprioritize, let go and start all over again. It means trying new things when the old stuff isn’t working. (See video above).

Having less so you can have more.

If you knew then what you know now.


Resources for La Vida Simple

10 resources for decluttering

Letting Go is Not the Same as Giving Up

7 Balanced Keys to Successful Living

Declutter your Mind

The Minimalist Woman’s Guide to Having it All

A Giveaway to Help You Shop Smart

Three winners will be selected to receive one LatinaSmart reusable tote bag and one $25 Kmart gift card. Both prizes are courtesy of Kmart and the LatinaSmart campaign.

To enter:
Leave a comment and tell me how you make room for more in your life. Is it by decluttering, shopping smart, spending quiet and simple moments with your family?

You must be a resident of the United States to enter.

Entries are open through 11 a.m. Thursday, July 14 and winners, selected at random, will be announced Friday, July 15.

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Disclosure: I am a paid team member of LatinaSmart, a campaign sponsored by Kmart.


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  • Uchi says:

    Great post..! :) great video..!

    I should clean out old toys and old stuff :)

  • Bren says:

    i hate to admit this, Carrie, but I had to hire a young college kid on Sunday to come over and de-clutter my traveling mess! I had 3 suitcases still needing attention which just makes it worse for the next trip (ie, this one to LA). She did such a great job while I worked that I’m thinking I may need to do that every 2 months or so. I need to tackle my office next. Why do I still hold on to college books and papers!?!? Why o why! Ultimately, decluttering for me would involve keeping my kitchen clean, keeping press materials from press trips in one area and in stacks based on editorial priority and then, simply doing nada!!! :) GL to all the entries! :)

  • Brendalyn Alisha Lopez says:

    I’ve come to realize that letting go of the negative people I tend to surround myself with has led to a happier me. I’ve always felt like I could “fix” everyone and when I can’t, it frustrates me and makes me feel like it’s MY fault that I can’t help them. That has taken a toll on me. By trying to be a good friend/family member, I’ve allowed it to control my overall felings and their gloominess has become my gloominess. Realizing the I can not change people but instead offer my help and if they accept it, great. If not, life moves on. Removing the negativity is a wonderful thing!

    As for thing I actually own, I do this about every 3 months. There are some things that I just hold on to for whatever mental reason I keep repeating in my mind but the majority of things I get rid of. I make sure I know someone who can use them before getting rid of things. When I do this, it makes me feel good!

  • Bren says:

    oh, and i have 3 boxes at my front door right now replete with things that need to be donated which I try to do every 3-6 months. ;) donating feels sooooo good. Mija. if you saw my dressing room, you’d be giving away stuff, too! Una pura locura! : ) And, always luv ur vids. So telling of your personality! :)

  • Do you have a video camera posted in my house right now? LOL I have storage bins and boxes of clothes, shoes, you name it that I need to donate. I am searching for more of the simpler life and this is a great reminder.

  • Love this! I agree, life can def. feel overwhelming when we allow the clutter in. Like you I am going to be Latina smart and get more by getting less! Asi es! Vamos!!!

  • wow nice giveaway, i shop smart with less money, and became a much better person using/reusing and recycle.
    I donate a lot of clothes, books last week. I sold a lot of stuff on craigslist that we did not use.

  • Amanda says:

    Gracias a los quarterly yard sales in my community, I get rid of a bunch of stuff every three months. Unfortunately, I’m looking around now and there are corners in my home that feel like the more I sell and give away, the more I acquire. Pero poco a poco…

    Truly letting go and getting more will be my mid-year resolution.

  • Anna says:

    Coincidentally, I have just spent some time cleaning out my email inbox! My work email had nearly 30 pages of emails, which I have cut down to 18 so far. I definitely still have more work to do there! I am also using my time stuck riding in the car to get my grad school work done so that I can enjoy some free time with my hubby in the evenings.

  • Ah clutter! It is everywhere, especially in my tiny NYC bedroom. Still, I find that creating storage space helps me clear out the junk and the clutter. As I have gotten older, I have craved space. Because space creates positive energy. When there is space, the energy isn’t as heavy. I accomplish this by buying bins to store linens (I stack them in my closet once filled) and purchasing hangers that hold multiple pieces of clothing. My Dad also helped me by attaching shelves to my wall which serves as my office space. All these items really allow me to feel much more organized. It’s the best way for me to thrive!

  • Eva Smith says:

    Great question Carrie! Definitely need to de-clutter around my house. I prefer a clean space because it makes me think better. Thank you for your thoughtful advise. It’s what being Latina Smart is all about.

  • Tia Mirtha says:

    Gave away things that used to belong to my mother(10 years after her passing), like juegos de sabanas, toallas, endredones, manteles,.. I just could not do it before. Hired a hard working Cuban lady to do all the cleaning and to get all the closet and the pantry clean and organize. Now I have to tackel the spare room. Two years after retirement and I have done nothing about it. That’s my next project.

  • chiquita says:

    Thanks for the tips. I have realized as well that less is best and have started decluttering my home. I figured if there is something in a box/drawer that I have not needed in the past year than it needs to go. I keep a plastic bin handy that I use to accumulate stuff and then off to donate them at goodwill.

    I have also started being a wiser shopper by using coupons and combining them with sales. It is great to see how a few minutes of planning can save lots in the long run.

  • Patricia says:

    Making room in my life can be tough at times. I hate to admit, but I am a college graduate of 6 years and I am still holding on to my notes from classes. I think I can get rid of those. I haven’t used them since. I held on to them thinking that I would need them. REALLY…I don’t think I will be using them, so as soon as I am done here…they are going to the trash.

    I have also jumped on to the saving money while shopping badwagon. I am learning the whole cuponing thing and I kind of like it. It is a good idea to smart shop. Especially en estos dias! Thanks.

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